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Nancy's Notes - April 28, 2011

“Larkspur Cove”, by Lisa Wingate, “Girl in the Gatehouse” by Julie Klassen, “Paradise Valley” by Dale Cramer, “The Journey” by Wanda Brunstetter


    Our last book order had some new inspirational fiction that may be of interest to you. The first entitled, “Larkspur Cove”, is written by Lisa Wingate.  After surviving the worst year of her life, Andrea Henderson moves home to Moses Lake, Texas, to recover her faith and build a new life. Game warden Mart McClendon finds himself in Moses Lake to forget a tragedy for which he can’t forgive himself. But when a mysterious little girl is suddenly seen with the town recluse, these two are drawn together in a search for her identity.
    Julie Klassen has written, “Girl in the Gatehouse”. Banished from the only home she’s ever known, Mariah Aubrey hides away in an abandoned gatehouse on a distant relative’s estate. There she supports herself by writing novels in secret. When Captain Matthew Bryant leases the estate, he is intrigued by the girl in the gatehouse. Will he risk his plans for a woman shadowed by scandal?
    Dale Cramer’s, “Paradise Valley”, is inspired by actual events. It is based on legislation passed by Ohio legislators in 1921. A bill was passed requiring all Amish children to attend public schools. Those families not complying would risk the removal of their children from their homes. A portion of the Amish community found sanctuary in the mountains of Mexico at Paradise Valley. The author wants readers to reflect on how Christians should react when their home structure and lifestyle are threatened by the state. This piece of fiction tells the tale of Rachel Bender and Jake Weaver. Although Rachel considers Jake “the one”, she is forced to leave him behind when her family moves to Mexico. In an unfamiliar land where no one speaks their language or knows their ways, the Benders establish a homestead in exile.
    Wanda Brunstetter has written, “The Journey”, a book in the Kentucky Brothers series. Titus Fisher lived in Pennsylvania, chose the wrong girl, and had his heart broken. When he moves to Kentucky, he discovers that he possesses woodworking skills. He must decide whether to stick it out in Kentucky or return to his old life in Lancaster. Suzanne Yoder’s talents don’t lie in the traditional Amish kitchen. She must suppress her artistic skills that are frowned upon by her Amish community. Will their journey end with romance in Christian County, Kentucky?
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