Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Blessings of the Heart/Samantha's Gift

Author: Valerie Hansen
Publisher: Love Inspired Classics
2003 – republished in December 2008
ISBN: 978-0-373-65126-9
Genre: Inspirational/romance

In BLESSINGS OF THE HEART, Brianna Walker lives in her dream home, a virtual mansion for just one person. She has a housekeeper, and valuable belongings. But when she has a pond built on her property, the last thing she expects is for the dam to break, washing down the ravine and destroying the only home of a poor man and his two young boys.

Mitch Fowler has spent all his money trying to find his sons after his wife ran off with them, and now he is penniless, jobless, and living in a shack with no running water. At least until the flood washes it out. The only thing Mitch can do is to go to wealthy Brianna for help. But Brianna hates kids, hates dogs, and hates mud. Still, she can’t exactly leave them out in the rain.

What happens next is definitely a comedy of errors. Whatever could possibly go wrong, did, and whatever had to go right, didn’t. Is it possible for a wealthy spoiled woman to fall in love with a poor man who is – and has – everything Brianna hates?

In SAMANTHA’S GIFT, kindergarten teacher, Rachel Woodward literally runs into the new school counselor on her first day of school. Despite her instant attraction, Rachel has reasons to stay far away from an attractive man. But then she ends up with orphaned Samantha in her class, a tiny girl who needs a firm hand, and someone to love her.

Sean Bates is new to Arkansas, but not to education. Newly hired from Cleveland, Sean is quick to find that Arkansas has some residents he’d like to know better. But when he tries to reach out to little Samantha, he quickly realizes she looks on him as a father figure. Will he really be in a position to father a lonely little girl? And will this child bring love to his own life?

These two classics from Valerie Hansen were a gift to me from the author – just for fun. I really appreciated reading these two stories, set in the fictional town of Serenity, even though it is based strongly on a real life town not too far from me. I read these two stories with a smile on my face, especially the first one as, like I said above, it seemed a comedy of errors. It kept me laughing and turning the pages to find out how these two completely mis-matched souls could possibly find a lasting relationship. Don’t miss this Love Inspired Classic. $6.50. 507 pages.

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