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Leaving Lancaster by Kate Lloyd Review by Mary Hake
This Amish novel with a different approach offers a heart-tugging read. During her teen running-around years, Esther left her Pennsylvania Amish community with Samuel Fisher, whom she married in California. Samuel was drafted and lost his life in Viet Nam. Their daughter, Holly, now 37, lives with her mother above their Amish Shoppe in Seattle, Washington. Esther had told Holly her parents were dead and she didn’t know where her siblings lived, so Holly grew up without the extended family she longs for.
Esther’s mother, Anna, has written her letters over the years and relates how her health has deteriorated, begging her only daughter to come home. Esther reluctantly agrees to return to her childhood home, dragging resentful Holly along on this redefining journey. What a contrast in lifestyles they encounter! And just when Holly is getting to know her relatives, she learns the clan intends to move to Montana, where farmland is plentiful.
Throughout the story, guilt and secrets are uncovered, aggravating painful wounds from the past but they also create opportunities for change and healing. Can all the lies and hurtful words and deeds be forgiven so reconciliation can occur? Esther believes Samuel’s mother hates her and there’s no hope for any relationship. Holly is determined to get to know her grandparents and find answers about the dad she never knew.
To all the turbulent emotions stirred among family, add a dash of romance. Anna’s Mennonite neighbor has a single son, Zach, a handsome, successful veterinarian who comes to Holly’s aid more than once. And widowed Nathaniel has been attracted to Esther since their school days.
Could these two distressed women find love in Lancaster? Would they be willing to leave their city lives and choose plainer ways?
I enjoyed this book with its authentic feel, and I couldn’t restrain my tears at a most powerful scene. It does go overboard with similes that shout “look at me” rather than move the reader deeper into the tale, but those are easily overlooked since the book calls you to keep reading. I hope the story will continue in a sequel.
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To the FBI it's a cold case. To Kariss Walker it's a hot idea that could either reshape or ruin her writing career. And it's a burning mission to revisit an event she can never forget. Five years ago, an unidentified little girl was found starved to death in the woods behind a Houston apartment complex. A TV news anchor at the time, Kariss reported on the terrifying case. Today, as a New York Times bestselling author, Kariss intends to turn the unsolved mystery into a suspense novel. Enlisting the help of FBI Special Agent Tigo Harris, Kariss succeeds in getting the case reopened. But the search for the dead girl's missing mother yields a discovery that plunges the partners into a witch's brew of danger. The old crime lives on in more ways than either of them could ever imagine. Will Kariss's pursuit of her dream as a writer carry a deadly price tag? Drawing from a real-life cold case, bestselling novelist DiAnn Mills presents a taut collage of suspense, faith, and romance in The Chase.
Award-winning author DiAnn Mills is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. DiAnn's first book was published in 1998. She currently has more than fifty books published. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists and have won placements through the American Christian Fiction Writer's Carol Awards and Inspirational Reader's Choice awards. DiAnn won the Christy Award in 2010 and 2011.
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Race Against Time by Christy Barritt Review by Mary Hake
Tension and suspense grip the reader from the first sentence. The danger feels real and keeps the pages flipping as we Race Against Time with the characters. Madison Jacobs, a widow with a young son, is attacked in her own home. Her neighbor, police detective Brody Philips bolts to her rescue. This pattern of threats and attempts to save continue throughout the fast-paced novel.
Although I suspected the identity of the murderer early in the book, it didn’t lessen my enjoyment as I rooted for Brody to stop the serial killer. Christy Barritt weaves a web of the connections that prompt the Suicide Bandit’s choice of victims, all pointing to the guy he’s targeting.
Amidst the turmoil and fear, a longing to love and be loved surfaces. Madison thought she would never want another romantic relationship since losing the one you love hurts way too much. Brody has never found a woman he felt drawn to commit to for a long-term relationship. Could their mutual attraction turn into something substantial—do they want it to?
This story also deals with guilt and forgiveness for the past. The deeper issues enrich the tale and offer hope for the future. Race Against Time is more than a simple mystery thriller. Read it for escape. Read it to help you heal from the past. Read it to help you grow in trust.
A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. C. S. Lewis A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell. C. S. Lewis
A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride. C. S. Lewis
Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives. C. S. Lewis
Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither. C. S. Lewis
An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason. C. S. Lewis
Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable. C. S. Lewis
Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important. C. S. Lewis
Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. C. S. Lewis
Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say "infinitely" when you mean "very"; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite. C. S. Lewis
Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. C. S. Lewis
Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities. C. S. Lewis
Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. C. S. Lewis
Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn. C. S. Lewis
Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement. C. S. Lewis
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival. C. S. Lewis
God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing. C. S. Lewis
Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind. C. S. Lewis
How incessant and great are the ills with which a prolonged old age is replete. C. S. Lewis
Humans are amphibians - half spirit and half animal. As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time. C. S. Lewis