Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Bossy Bridegroom; A Promise Kept; Captive Dreams

Three Heartsongs to consider

Author: Mary Connealy
Publisher: Heartsong Presents
ISBN: 978-1-60260-339-4
Genre: Inspirational/contemporary romance

Michael Davidson was a verbally abusive husband, destroying his wife’s self-esteem, and ruining their marriage. Now, he is a new Christian and he wants a second chance. Unfortunately, when he tries to discover where his wife is, he learns that she has given their daughter up for adoption. Michael flies into a rage and storms to his ex-wife’s house demanding answers.

Jeanie Davidson tried to contact Michael when she found she could no longer care for their daughter, but Michael never answered any of her letters. Now he is demanding answers by bullying her and expecting her to drop everything and take him back when he claims he’s changed. Jeanie sees no change. She sees the same angry, demanding Michael.

But Michael is not taking no for an answer. And worse yet, Jeanie’s pastor is siding with Michael, insisting that they live together to try to work out their marital problems. Problems Jeanie doesn’t want to work out. She wants Michael out of her life. Will Jeanie learn to trust her ex-husband again?

THE BOSSY BRIDEGROOM is a different sort of Heartsong Presents than others I’ve read, and to be honest, I didn’t like it nearly as well as the traditional ones. To be honest, if I were Jeanie, I would have told Michael to get lost, called the police and even changed churches if the pastor tried to involve himself. But this is fiction, and my approach would have had no happily-ever-after in the romance department.

I know some people have contacted Heartsong Presents in the past asking for romances involving married couples, so if you were one of these individuals, then THE BOSSY BRIDEGROOM will be one that you’ll want to read. It is certainly different than the rest. And it was interesting to see how Michael and Jeanie worked out their many problems. Available at www.cbd.com, www.amazon.com, or www.heartsongpresents.com. $4.95. 170 pages.


Author: Cara C. Putman
Publisher: Heartsong Presents
ISBN: 978-1-60260-503-9
Genre: Inspirational/historical romance

Josie begins her married life with Art Wilson with excitement. Only one thing mars her happiness; she’d hoped to begin her married life close to home and the guidance of her mother. Instead, she is beginning across the state, in a city she is unfamiliar with, with no close family.

Still, marriage is everything Josie hopes it would be. Art is supportive of her fledgling cooking abilities, and patient when two months into the marriage she starts developing stomach problems. But when those stomach problems turn into a hoped for pregnancy, the excitement level skyrockets.

Still, when an unexpected loss rocks their world, Josie cocoons herself, and Art struggles to know how to reach out to her. World War II is in its beginning years, and when a distant cousin comes to America seeking refuge from the London bombings, their relationship is compounded. Will Art and Josie be able to work through the difficulties and develop a lasting love?

I was just thinking as I finished reading the Heartsong Presents before this one that it is a shame there isn’t too many of these little books out there on the relationship of a husband and wife inside a loving relationship when troubles occur and they have to go through “for worst” part of a marriage. A PROMISE KEPT is this sort of book. I know several of my friends were wanting Heartsong Presents dealing with a marital relationship, and this book should be one that will meet their needs.

I enjoyed reading A PROMISE KEPT, and am looking forward to reading many more books by this author. World War II is my favorite historical period to read about and it was neat to know that my favorite World War II author, Tricia Goyer, helped Ms. Putman with parts of this story. Readers of Heartsong Presents, fans of World War II romance, and historical fiction shouldn’t miss A PROMISE KEPT. Available at www.amazon.com, www.cbd.com, and www.heartsongpresents.com. $4.95. 169 pages.


Title: CAPTIVE DREAMS Book 3 of CORNHUSKER DREAMS, releasing Nov. 1....
Author: Cara C. Putman
Publisher: Heartsong Presents
ISBN: 978-1-60260-078-2
Genre: Inspirational/historical

Anna Goodman is drowning in a sea of despair. Her beloved mother is dead, her brother, Brent, is Missing in Action in World War II, and her father is turning into a grouchy drunk. Anna’s only escape from the unpleasant place home has become is the factory job where she works assembling parachutes.

Still, Anna is upset when she goes home to the family farm to find out that her father has hired German prisoners of war to work in their fields. Anna is quick to throw them off the farm, but she has no idea how she’ll get the farm work done on weekends when she has a house and her father to take care of.

Specialist Sid Chance overseas the prisoners work, and he is instantly attracted to the spunky girl who reminds him of his sister. But Anna doesn’t seem to want anything to do with him, or the prisoners. Still, he tries to time his visits to when he knows that Anna will be on the farm. Will Anna be able to learn to trust him?

CAPTIVE DREAMS is one of the newer Heartsong Presents to come out. I’m not sure how they are marketing it – as historical or contemporary – but since the story happens when my mother was young and before I was born, I’m going to classify it as historical. Set during World War II, this period is one of my favorite war time periods to read about.

This story has an air of depression about it at first, as Anna is dragged down by the life situations around her. Still, I hoped that everything would work out for Anna and her family, that her brother would be found alive, her dad would come out of his depression, and that Anna might find that there is a silver lining in the clouds after all. If you enjoy WWII fiction, this would be a good book to read. There is a lot of real life in it. Available at www.cbd.com, www.amazon.com, and www.heartsongpresents.com. $4.95. 170 pages.

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