Friday, October 9, 2015

Love's Unfading Light

GIVEAWAY

RAWLINGS, NAOMI
LOVE'S UNFADING LIGHT

Tressa Danell is finished with men—from the wastrel who left her a widow, to the smelly trapper who keeps proposing, to the banker who wants to repossess her bakery. Every hour is spent working to pay off her late husband’s debt and keep a roof over her son’s head, though it’s doubtful she can do both for very long. But one thing’s certain—she’ll never be beholden to a man again.

Tired of living in a small town that blames him for actions his father committed ten years ago, Mac Oakton is scheduled to leave Eagle Harbor. So why does the pretty widow at the bakery keep tugging at his heart? He can’t get involved in her predicament when he’ll only be around for two more weeks.

But when Tressa’s burdens overwhelm her, they both face a decision. Can Mac set his own plans aside to help? And can Tressa accept his support if that means giving up her independence ... and being obligated to a man again?

My Review:

Mercy, but the townspeople got my dander up from the get go. I have never come across so many narrow-minded, sanctimonious, grudge-holding, unforgiving, judgemental people in one book! I was fuming on Tressa's behalf the whole way through the read. There's something very energizing about being righteously indignant for a sustained period of time. LOL

Tressa's future looks beyond bleak. Overwhelming odds keep pummeling her down. Just when you think it can't get worse it does! Mac is a bright beacon on her horizon. (pun intended since he's a lighthouse keeper.) His gallant and earnest desire to help Tressa is so endearing. Unfortunately, Tressa doesn't think so. But she can't always resist his charm which results in some lovely playful and humorous scenes. 

Rawlins expertly weaves strong inspirational threads amidst the angst and drama. Mac comes to grips with his past and searches for God's hand in his future while Tressa struggles to believe in her worth as a daughter of a Heavenly Father. Both touched my reader's heart without the message feeling preachy or forced. Definitely deepened the read and left me with lots to think -- and pray -- about.

A delightful start to a promising new series.

My thanks to the author for providing me with a review copy of this book.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Love's Unfading Light please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday October 10 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

36 comments:

  1. Thank you so much, Kav! I have been keeping my eye on this one. I am loving the cover. :)
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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    1. Gorgeous cover, I agree. Good luck, Amy.

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  2. This sounds like a good one. I like the lighthouse connection. Thanks for the review and giveaway!
    momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. You're welcome, Loraine. Good luck.

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  3. I LOVE Naomi's style and I've been really intrigued by this series! :) Excellent post Kav!

    Blessings, Amada
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    1. Thanks, Amada. I love her writing style as well. Good luck.

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  4. Amazing cover. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom.

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    1. Yes -- love the softness about it. Good luck.

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  5. This was a new to me author until a few weeks ago when I started seeing her books on different blogs. Her books sound so great but unfortunately the library around here doesn't have them !

    Book1lovingmomma at gmail dot com

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    1. Her Love Inspired books are awesome and this is a self pubbed book which is why your library probably doesn't carry them. Same at my library. Good luck, Deanne.

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    2. Is that right , she writes Love Inspired books ? Her books sound do good. Hopefully I'll be able to read her books soon .

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    3. Yes -- four -- all historical -- three set in France and one in Western. They're really good.

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  6. Don't enter me as I have read it...loved it. Naomi is a great author and I have #2 in the series waiting on my Kindle! I think #3 will be available in November.....I look forward to reading all 3 in the series. Thanks for your review, Kav.

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    1. I have the second book waiting for me too. Enjoy! We'll have to compare notes!

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  7. This book sounds great and I love the cover! Thank you for sharing this one, Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Melanie. Good luck!

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  8. What a lovely cover.....and an usual occupation for a hero! Sounds like Naomi has written a heart-touching book!

    sheridastewart (at) gmail (dot) com

    Thanks, Kav!

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    1. She has indeed, Sherida. Good luck.

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  9. Oh my, Kav but if you enjoyed this one....you need to pick up the second one in this series (just released in Sept) "Love's Every Whisper"! I think it was her best one yet....and I SO fell in love with both of her books!! Mrs. Rawlings has such a great writer voice, depth of character & historical details that your head will spin! Delightful right to the very end, you won't be left disappointed :-)
    I, too, loved Tessa's gumption & determination to go against the general populaces opinion of her. To march up the middle of the town with my head held high & ignore the wretched whispers behind her back. And I also loved Mac's equal determination to win her heart and save her reputation! Without giving any more away, I couldn't agree more with your review. You simply MUST pick up the second book, it's every bit as good & engaging as this one!
    I'm not entering this contest as I've already read/reviewed & enjoyed BOTH books in her Eagle Harbor series. Good luck to those who are entering, you will not be disappointed in this one :-)

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    1. I am really looking forward to reading the next one. It's in the reading queue! You've got me excited about the next one. I think it's Elijah's story so happy about that. And Victoria. Loved the way Naomi set up the series in this book too....but oh my goodness...that town -- I think they should move. LOL

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    2. Yes, it's Elijah & Victoria's story....and you will love it just as much, if not more, than this one....at least I did anyway! You will eventually fall in love with Eagle Harbor, it might take a while, but I think you will :-) I hope that you will be able to read it fairly soon! She also has a third one coming out it looks like November 9th (at least Amazon says so!) entitled "Love's Sure Dawn" featuring Rebekah (Elijah's sister) & Gilbert. I can't wait to get my hands on that one!
      I hope Naomi continues this series for a few more books. The characters & town are hard to leave behind....you will be in book mourning for a while! :-D Glad I got you excited for it! If you want to read my review on either book (or both) please let me know, I can send you the links via email. Unless, like me, you wait to read the book first and then read reviews so you can make the conclusions for yourself! :-)

      teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    3. I'm not sure about the whole Eagle Harbor liking thing, but I trust your judgement...maybe....LOL And yes, please send me the links to your reviews or just tell me your online name and I can look it up on Amazon or goodreads. Sometimes I like to read reviews before a book because it really revs me up and I get uber excited about the book. Just have to be careful there aren't any spoilers though. :-)

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  10. Naomi Rawlings is a new to me author, but I look forward to reading this book.
    reneerachoyolsenATgmailDOTcom

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    1. I love discovering new-to-me-authors. Good luck, Heather.

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  11. Naomi Rawlings is one of my favorite authors. I've been waiting for this one!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  12. Sounds like lots of emotion, of one kind or another, in this book- as well as a wonderful story. Thanks for your review, Kav - I'd love to read 'Love's Unfading Light'!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. I've got this already and I cannot wait to read it!!!

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    1. Prepared to be enraged on behalf of the heroine, Tina!

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  14. Isn't that something we women often struggle with, our worth as women, even in God's eyes? We are often our own worst critic! Sounds like a good read.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Yes, absolutely and then add in the time period when women had so few rights and Tressa's volatile background and phew, you can totally see where she's coming from. I just ached for her. Good luck, Patty.

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  15. I love her books! I haven't read this one yet. :)
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  16. This is my first discovery of this story! Thank you for your review. Sounds really interesting. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. It's a great series that is being released a few months apart. I'm reviewing the second book next week. Good luck, Kathleen.

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