Hope Unashamed

Hope Unashamed
A Novella
Sequel to Love Unfeigned
(Coming of Age Romance)

He’s never been so mesmerized by a girl before. Can’t help getting his hopes up…

Arthur is a studious, “all or nothing” kind of guy with his life planned out. Even before he’s old enough to drive a car, he knows he wants a career in computers. Since he sees no need for romance until he’s ready for marriage, Arthur keeps his focus on his education.

Then, a new school year brings a stunning young lady into Arthur’s path, blindsiding his ideas on romance. As a result, his transition from boyhood to manhood includes the pursuit of the woman he wishes to make his wife. But when his pursuit falls through, Arthur must realize when it’s time to give up the shame of a broken dream—and learn what it truly means to hope for more.

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When It’s Time, a coming of age romance series

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A Christmas Promise by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
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A Christmas Promise by Thomas Kinkade

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Maybe Alice had some good news for her…
That would be a miracle. But it was funny; living in this town, miracles didn’t seem as impossible as they once did.

James has a life far away that he’s anxious to get back to. Leigh has a recent past she’s desperate to get away from. And Sam and Jessica are hoping for a future they’ve begun to fear they may never have. But this Christmas in the small town of Cape Light, they’re all in for gifts that will come in unexpected packages in A Christmas Promise, a novel by authors Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer.

It’s been more than a decade since I read the first four Cape Light novels, an all-time favorite series of mine, and maybe five years since I read one of the later Christmas novels. I was curious to see how it would feel to read this one after such a long break from the series.

Although this book will naturally have that much more meaning if you’re already familiar with the people of Cape Light, it’s still a full enough story in itself to read as a standalone. It’s got its share of Christmas corny, and a character’s change of heart that feels too thorough, too suddenly. But overall, it’s an easily-paced tale of heartache and hope, a touch of suspense, gentle romance, and blessings in disguise.

Quintessential holiday warmth for fans of feel-good reads, right here.

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Here are other novels I’ve read in the Cape Light series.

Cape Light (Cape Light #1) Home Song A Gathering Place A New Leaf A Christmas To Remember (Cape Light #7)

Blink by S.A. Jewell

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Ambassador International provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
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Blink by S.A. Jewell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Jason is on top of his world with a family and a profitable career. Mona Foster has successfully climbed the political ladder all the way to the presidency of the United States. But when people all over the globe go missing one day, Jason, President Foster, and a host of others will see more than their personal worlds crumble in Blink, a novel by author S.A. Jewell.

Yes, I’m familiar with the Left Behind series of bestselling books and the four movies they inspired. And, no, I wasn’t looking for a repeat of what I previously read and saw, but I was curious to see how Blink would handle the biblical apocalypse theme.

This novel doesn’t waste time in getting right to its main material, which I can appreciate. The chapters alternate among a variety of characters in several places and separate but related situations, and on the whole, the story kept me interested.

The opening of the novel is fairly solid. However, the book’s overall style feels rather unnatural and melodramatic, both in the characters’ dialogue and the narration. The characters seem more like “character types” that are necessary for the book’s subject than actual people with depth and nuance. The floating point of view is a bit tricky to follow at times, and several of the story’s arguments and explanations are repetitive. Also, a number of scenes rush over or through important events, and more believable characters might have given those “unbelievable” events a more convincing feel.

Still, ChristFic readers interested in end-times stories may enjoy this novel.

An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
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An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Polly finds out she’s not quite like other girls when she goes to visit her cousins in the city. It may lead to some awkward situations, but perhaps Polly’s differentness will prove not to be such a bad thing in An Old-Fashioned Girl, a coming of age novel by Louisa May Alcott.

Okay, so I’ll confess right out the gate that Alcott’s admission at the beginning of the last chapter ruined the end of the book for me. But as I came to like the characters so much, I can forgive how their creator deals with them in the end.

I enjoyed much of this book’s wording. How the characters speak, and how the author speaks about them, is what most makes these folks a pleasure. On the whole, I like Polly and Tom the best as children. Their dance at the party in Chapter 7 is…well, it’s just flat out cute.

The music struck up, and away they went, Tom hopping one way and Polly the other, in a most ungraceful manner.

“Keep time to the music,” gasped Polly.

“Can’t. Never could,” returned Tom.

“Keep step with me, then, and don’t tread on my toes,” pleaded Polly.

“Never mind. Keep bobbing, and we’ll come right by and by,” muttered Tom, giving his unfortunate partner a sudden whisk, which nearly landed both on the floor.

But they did not “get right by and by”; for Tom, in his frantic efforts to do his duty, nearly annihilated poor Polly. He tramped, he bobbed, he skated, he twirled her to the right, dragged her to the left…

Too many perfectly worded parts and tidbits to name. There’s Polly’s evening of flirtation as a young woman at the opera, the “bitter smile” on her face at the end of it, Tom bending to ask her, “Are you tired, Polly?” to which she answers, “Yes, of being nobody.” There’s Fanny’s observation of Maud that she directs at Polly, saying, “Blessed innocence! Don’t you wish you were a child, and dared tell what you want?”

A rather delightful and old-fashioned read from the author of Little Women.