Sunday, May 30, 2010
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Friday, May 14, 2010
ABBY IS ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE HEROINES I HAVE MET. I LOVE HER FRESH POINT OF VIEW -- AS A WHITE WOMAN WHO HAD GROWN UP IN A FLATHEAD VILLAGE SHE HAS KEEN OBSERVATIONS OF THE SUPPOSEDLY SUPERIOR WHITE WORLD THAT ARE BOTH HUMOUROUS AND PROFOUND. I ESPECIALLY ENJOYED HER INTERACTIONS WITH WADE'S FATHER. I COULD HAVE READ A WHOLE BOOKFUL OF THOSE TWO GOING AT EACH OTHER!!! LOL.
Monday, May 10, 2010
A SOLDIER'S DEVOTION
An accidental meeting : U. S. Air Force pararescue jumper Vince Reardon was headed to a lifesaving mission. Until a too-pretty lawyer crashed her fancy car into his motorcycle -- sidelining him for two weeks. Vince can barely accept Valentina Russo's heartfelt apologies. Ever since his brother was wrongly convicted -- and killed -- in prison -- Vince has lost respect for lawyers. But wait -- is that Val volunteering as his refuge for underprivileged kids? If Vince isn't careful, this lady of the law might just earn his respect and his heart.
A SOLDIER'S DEVOTION HAD ME ENTHRALLED FROM THE GRIPPING FIRST PAGE TO THE HEART-WARMING CONCLUSION. THE SOLID ISSUES THAT VINCE AND VAL BATTLE ELEVATE THIS BOOK FROM AN ENJOYABLE LOVE STORY (THOUGH IT IS THAT) TO AN INCREDIBLE AND UPLIFTING MUST-READ.
IT IS FILLED WITH THE STUFF GOOD BOOKS ARE MADE OF -- TENDER MOMENTS...ROMANTIC TENSION PULLED SO TAUT THAT YOU'RE SQUIRMING. IN FACT, THE BOOK IS PEPPERED WITH DROP-DEAD, HEAR-PALPITATING MOMENTS WORTHY OF A FULL BLOWN SWOON! BUT CHERYL ALSO ALLEVIATES TENSION WITH HILARIOUS, LAUGH-OUT-LOUD SCENES.
WHAT STRUCK ME MOST AS I READ THIS BOOK WAS CHERYL'S ABILITY TO CREATE TWO DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT CHARACTERS WITH HER EXQUISITE CHOICE OF WORDS.
VINCE IS A MEMORABLE HERO. HE IS ANGRY, BITTER AND HURTING AND HASN'T LET GO OF HIS PAST. THIS IS CONVEYED BY TERSE, SINGLE WORD SENTENCES PUNCTUATED BY FRAGMENTS OF THOUGHTS. GRITTY AND REALISTIC, IT HAD MY HEART POUNDING IN FEAR FOR VAL EVEN THOUGH I KNEW VINCE WAS GOING TO BE THE LOVE INTEREST.
BY CONTRAST, VAL'S THOUGHTS AND WORDS ARTICULATELY FLOW WITH EMOTION AND COMPASSION. THIS TECHNIQUE CARRIES THROUGHOUT THE STORY UNTIL VINCE BEGINS TO CHANGE. AS HE GROWS SO DO HIS THOUGHTS AND WORDS WHICH ARE CONSTRUCTED INTO LONGER SENTENCES THAT GIVE US A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF THIS MAN. I THINK THIS IS A FANTASTIC TECHNIQUE TO CONVEY GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT IN A CHARACTER. IT ALSO SHOWS HOW FAR APART VAL AND VINCE ARE AT THE BEGINNING OF A SOLDIER'S DEVOTION AND HOW UNITED THEY BECAME BY THE END OF THE BOOK.
CHERYL TELLS THIS STORY WITH COMPASSION BORN OF AN UNDERSTANDING HEART WHICH DEFINITELY MAKES IT STAND OUT AMONG OTHER CONTEMPORARY ROMANCES. A BRILLIANT BOOK BY A BRILLIANT AUTHOR.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
As a nanny, Millicent Fairweather poured her energy and talents into the two young charges under her care – only to have them suddenly and without explanation sent to a boarding school. Bereft and unsure of where life will lead her, she agrees to accompany her sister and brother-in-law to America. They board the Opportunity, confident a better life awaits.
Widower Daniel Clark determines to begin life anew in Gooding, Texas, operating a mercantile. But when his nanny leaves him stranded aboard the ship with his young son, he finds himself in dire need of assistance. Obtaining temporary help from steerage, Daniel is initially taken aback by the pretty bundle of energy who takes over his suite. Yet Miss Fairweather’s unique child-rearing techniques and tireless devotion to his son win him over.
When tragedy ensues and a whirlwind decision is made, Daniel and Millicent’s lives irrevocably intertwine. Will love soon follow?
THIS IS THE FIRST BOOK I’VE READ BY CATHY MARIE HAKE AND I’M ECSTATIC TO FIND THAT SHE IS THE AUTHOR OF OVER TWENTY NOVELS BECAUSE IF THEY’RE ALL AS CAPTIVATING AS THIS ONE I HAVE HOURS OF READING ENJOYMENT AHEAD OF ME!
DANIEL IS PARTICULARLY APPEALING IN HIS EARNEST ENDEAVOR TO ORGANIZE EVERYTHING – INCLUDING POOR, FREE-SPIRITED MILLICENT. HIS INTENTIONS ARE SO GOOD, BUT HIS DELIVERY LEAVES A LOT TO BE DESIRED WHICH CREATES PLENTY OF HUMOROUS SITUATIONS.
MILLICIENT IS REFRESHING AND FUN AND AN INNOVATIVE NANNY. I LOVE HOW SHE KEEPS DANIEL IN A FLUMMOXED STATE AND HOW BLUNDERING HE IS IN THAT STATE. BUT THERE’S ALSO HIS DETERMINATION TO WOO MILLIE THAT MAKES HIM SO ENDEARING.
THIS IS A LOVELY HISTORICAL READ.