Thursday, February 27, 2014
With her father recently deceased, and her mother ailing, Molly's not far off the mark. If she can't keep their farm profitable, her mother wants her to marry Mervin Mosier to solve their financial problems. Then Molly meets handsome horse trainer Leon Fisher, who has come from Montana to Pennsylvania to work with a horse breeder--and not incidentally to find a bride.
Molly jumps into full "control" mode to arrange things so that Mervin will fall in love with someone else, and Leon won't want to go home to Montana. But the harder she tries to manipulate the lives around her, the more her plans fail. Readers will find the book hard to put down. Will Molly ever give up control and wait to see what God has planned for her? Or will she control herself into a lonely spinsterhood?
On a personal note, reading Minding Molly was a bit of a nudge for me, since I, too, have always identified with Martha in the Mary and Martha story in the Bible. Minding Molly is a novel that will keep readers entertained as they follow Molly while she learns that "the course of true love never did run smooth."
My thanks to the author and Bethany House Publishers for my review copy of Minding Molly.
Monday, February 3, 2014
An absolutely fascinating story of Great Britain's obsessive search for a Northwest Passage through Arctic waters in the early-to-mid 1800's. Martin Sandler relates history with a story-teller's skill. Some non-fiction can be a slow read, but not "Resolute." I couldn't put it down--the images of the explorers' hardships stayed with me long after I finished the book. If you enjoy history, you'll love "Resolute."
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Elizabeth Harding arrives in Cheyenne, Wyoming, with a brand-new medical degree in her possession, certain that her practice will be an instant success. Instead, she sits in her office day after day awaiting her first patient. If it weren't for the friendship of Gwen, from whom she rents a room, Elizabeth's days would be bleak indeed. It seems the entire population of Cheyenne is skittish about accepting a woman doctor.Jason Nordling, an attorney in the office next to hers, has problems of his own after his defense of a high-profile murderer backfires. When Jason meets Elizabeth, his attitude is the same as that of the other citizens--a woman cannot be a capable doctor. As the days pass, the two of them form a shaky friendship, but previously-held opinions on both of their parts prevent them from becoming more than casual friends.
Cabot has included secondary plots involving characters from the two previous books in this series--Summer of Promise and Waiting for Spring. As each plot twist arises, With Autumn's Return ramps up the suspense. This book kept me guessing until the final pages.
Although With Autumn's Return is the third book in the Westward Winds series, it isn’t necessary to have read the first two novels in order to enjoy this one. I suggest you add With Autumn's Return to your must-read list for 2014. And if you haven't already read the first two books in the series, by all means put them on the list too!
My thanks to the author and Revell for providing my review copy.