Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Value Fiction Blog Tour

Waterbrook Press has rereleased some wonderful fiction stories at a budget price for spring, only $5.99. I was sent two wonderful titles to review.

Beneath a Southern Sky by Deborah Raney

Publisher's Summary:
Daria Camfield is expecting her first child when her husband Nate is reported dead on the mission field. Devastated, she returns to the States and soon marries again. But two years later Nate is found alive in the jungle. How can Daria possibly choose between the two men who love her?

My Thoughts: Deborah Raney is one of my favorite authors. She takes wonderful real characters and plunges them into situations that look impossible and then lets the story unfold all the while totally grabbing ahold of your emotions and never letting go until the end. And even then her stories stay with you for a long time in their timeless message. It is the same with this story. We meet Daria and her doctor husband, Dr. Nate Camfield, serving as missionaries to a remote tribe in Columbia. With a deep love for each other and desire to serve God in their calling, they are living in the midst of a rainforest ministering to a trible called the Timone. When other villagers come asking Dr. Nate for his help little do they know as Nate leaves that their lives are about to change forever. When Nate doesn't return in the time set, Daria is torn between calling in help and holding off thinking he just got delayed. When news finally comes that Nate has died in a tragic turn of events, Daria heads home to Kansas with a broken heart and Nate's child growing within her. As she goes through the process of grief and tries to rebuild a life for her and Nate's young daughter, it seems God has brought a wonderful Christian man into her life to do just that. But as she ignores a small voice within her and marries Cole, a telegram will come that plunges all they know into an impossible situation and forces her into making a heart rending decision.

I couldn't put the book down. From the beginning, I was right into the story and could relate to all the emotions the characters displayed throughout the story. I thought the author beautifully wove in the themes of faith, forgiveness, trust and sacrifice in a story that I couldn't get out of my thoughts for days. I highly recommend this one.

Secrets by Robin Jones Gunn

Publisher's Summary:
Jessica Morgan wants desperately to forget the past and begin a new life. She chooses a small, peaceful town tucked away in Oregon's Willamette Valley as the place to start over - Glenbrooke. Once there, Jessica conceals her identity from the intriguing personalities she meets - including the compassionate paramedic who desires to protect her and the jealous woman who wants nothing more than to destroy her. Book I in the Glenbrooke series introduces the fascinating people of Glenbrooke in a compelling tale of romance and spiritual truth.

My thoughts:
Unfortunately, I only recieved the books last week so have just started this one but it already sounds very interesting in the first chapter. I'll give it a proper review when done. This is my first book by Robin Jones Gunn and I'm looking forward to getting more into it.

Thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah for providing both of these great reads for review. To check out other books in the Spring Value Collection go here.


CeeCee said...

You know my Christian book store never sells these value fiction titles. They sell other $5 books, but never the titles blogged about. Hmm.

Great review, btw.

Michelle said...

Those books sound like an interesting read.I must check them out.Great review Susanne

Karen said...

Both sound like just a good all-around stories and books I would enjoy reading.