Tuesday, May 17, 2011

White Roses and Soaring Home (Two books)

Two books - one contemporary, one historical

Author: Shannon Taylor Vannatter
Publisher: Heartsong Presents
August 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60260-755-2
Genre: Inspirational/Contemporary romance

Pastor Grayson Sterling loves his wife. Unfortunately, Sara died two years ago, but Grayson still keeps his standing order for white roses, and he delivers them to the cemetery. He’s still grieving his wife’s death, to the point where he’s neglecting his son and his church duties, and the church wants him to get an associate pastor to help carry the load.

Adrea Welch is the florist who fills Grayson’s order, but she always works in the back of the shop so she doesn’t have to deal with the customers. Like Grayson, she also has a broken heart, but because her fiancĂ© was caught in the arms of another woman. Now Wade wants her back. Adrea is torn. Stay alone or return to the man who hurt her.

Grayson’s and Adrea’s heart’s recognized another broken heart and they naturally are gravitating toward each other. Grayson can’t deny his attraction to Adrea, but can these two people move past their loses to find a lasting love?

WHITE ROSES is the first book I’ve read by Shannon Taylor Vannatter. It was rather a heartbreaking novel, as it was so sad to read about Pastor Sterling’s deliveries to the cemetery. It made me cry. It also made me care about him. Adrea is also hurting, and I grew to care for her as well. The book was tinged with sadness, but the characters were well-done and I had to keep reading.

This is a short contemporary that is an easy read, I read this in a few hours during a power outage. It is also in a small, easy to carry size so you can slip it in your purse. If you are looking for a contemporary romance, then WHITE ROSES would be a good choice. Available at www.amazon.com, www.heartsongpresents.com, and www.cbd.com. $4.95. 174 pages.


Author: Christine Johnson
Publisher: Love Inspired Historical
November 2010
ISBN: 978-0-373-82848-7
Genre: Inspirational/Historical romance

Darcy Shea has a love affair with aeroplanes. She dreams of being the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. All she needs is a plane, flight lessons, a man willing to teach her, and to avoid the shackles of marriage, because a husband would never allow her to fly.

Jack Hunter is a test pilot, and when his engine locks up, he lands in Darcy’s small town. He is shocked by the number of news hungry people, including Darcy, chasing him around as he attempts to contact his mechanic and get out of there. And he definitely won’t let a woman’s libber like Darcy anywhere near his plane—not for a flight, not for lessons, not for anything.

Darcy is determined that what she wants she will get what she wants—and what she wants she usually gets. But what is the real reason Jack Hunter is keeping her grounded? Will she realize her dreams?

SOARING HOME is the debut novel by Ms. Christine Johnson. It is set during 1918 and the story takes place in Michigan (a point in it’s favor). It is war time and all the good men are off fighting, leaving the no-accounts, and physically challenged ones home. Darcy’s friend is engaged to be married (I missed the reason her fiancĂ© isn’t off at war) and she’s saying that no one believes Darcy can’t find a boyfriend because of the war… I found that unbelievable.

Jack isn’t at war, and Darcy is instantly attracted to him, but she wants his story (for the newspaper) and she wants a plane ride and lessons, and she will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Jack seems like a really nice hero, a bit stunned and shell-shocked perhaps, to have landed in the town he did, where everyone trailed him and he couldn’t breathe without someone trying to get his story or a flight. But he reacted well. Strong, courageous, and still nice in a firm sort of way. He was also a real gentleman, acting completely courteous. I liked Jack a lot. Darcy, I didn’t care much for. She was too bossy and overbearing for my taste. However, if you like super strong heroines in your historicals, then you will love SOARING HOME. Available at www.cbd.com, www.amazon.com, and www.steeplehill.com. Discussion questions are available at the end. $5.50. 282 pages.

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