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Acceptable: A Five-Star Review of Sweet Accord by Felicia Mason

“I’ve done a lot of thinking the last couple of weeks.”

“And did you come to any conclusion?”

She nodded as she ran a finger along the back of a metal folding chair. She looked up at him…

“I still love you.”

I cannot stop my tears from falling. Praise the Lord for this Love Inspired, Heartwarming Inspirational Romance– a story about the King who conquered the world with love, a story about two people who was drowned with it, and a story of faith, of prayer, of hope, and of God’s will.

Indeed, romance stories have never been this beautiful. Indeed, when God is placed in every life story, everything becomes all the more beautiful! Most importantly, everything comes into place like the puzzle pieces that make up a most wondrous image.

This story revolves about two servants of Christ who found each other through circumstances. And ultimately through the music of God’s love in their hearts. Matt and Haley may not have started off with hearts and rainbows and flowers, but that made the story all the sweeter. I would not say any more at this point, because that would mean explaining something that goes beyond a mere attraction between two people.

This is true love in each of its pages. It is 1st Corinthians Chapter 13 personified! This is the love of God, reflected on two imperfect people.

And what ultimately drew me to this story was how the author weaved the story, and how I understood that though it was full of flaws, still, none of it mattered. None of it. Because everything fell into place and everything was fully understood, when Felicia Mason wrote:

If I’ve made any errors, blame it on my head and not my heart.

Oh Lord, You have been faithful to me all along. I’ve seen Your beauty through this story. I know nothing can be compared to You. You are the Most High, but still, I thank You for this. I thank You with all my heart, Lord God.

In the sweetest name of Jesus, our Lord…

Amen!

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Second Chances: A Five-Star Review of The Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux

Have you ever wanted to rewrite your past?

Many times in our lives, we have made mistakes. Regrets follow us everywhere we go, and at one point or another we may have said to ourselves,  “If only I could turn back time…”

In this novel, three beautiful women will be granted an opportunity for a second chance no one wanted to miss.

Three women who have reached the age of forty, decided to meet each other for the second time in their lives- the first acquaintance being stuck in line in the Department of Motor Vehicles. Each women have their lives so crooked, they all wanted a reprieve. Staying in a summerhouse in Maine together was their chosen solution.

Ellie, once an art student, a pretty and petite lady, became a writer who was now unable to write for three years, who became as fat as a cow, and a wife whom her ex-husband has stolen everything from. Now, Ellie was so anxious of seeing the two ladies for when last she saw them, they were so beautiful, no words can describe them. And yet seeing them in the summerhouse gave her deep comfort. For when she saw them, they were even worse than she was.

Leslie, once a sexy, vibrant, ballerina, did not pursue her dreams and went back instead to Alan, her then boyfriend, now her husband. She was now a mother of two, one being a spoiled brat, the other much more like her- gentle and laid back. Obviously, she was not the beautiful woman they once saw at the Department of Motor Vehicles. (Oh but her story, the choices she made, and the things that happened thereafter will surely made you cry tears of joy!)

Madison, ah Madison. I think she had gotten the worst of all. Once a model, the most beautiful of three, she became a cigarette smoker, skin and bones, her eyes that of a zombie’s, and her lips as pale as chalk. And what made my heart ache was that due to an accident, she would not be able to bear a child.

Now, what made my heart reach out so blamelessly to both the writer and the characters was that the story is as true as it can get. Many times,we thought that beauty is long-lasting. We thought that cheerleader in your college (who was a bitch) would be even more popular when she gets old and yet, voila! Where is she now? We thought that nerdy-nerd in our class will not get anywhere and yet, why is she the most famous scientist of her day and age? We thought the beauty will last. Only love does!

No one knows what will happen, five to ten years from now. No one.

And the chance these three girls have for a lifetime, will not be surely missed.

Jude Deveraux, oh Jude is just plain amazing. Believe it or not, I have read almost all of her books and each one made me believe in second chances, good people, faith, and love. And this story, was- and will be always- a breath of fresh air from romances who have rakes for heroes, and fire-breathing dragons for heroines. Her characters are real! As real as they can get! And the story she weaves are the words of a genius!

A good read. A really great read indeed!

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Asymmetry: A Five-Star Review of Grayson’s Vow by Mia Sheridan

Balance.

Who said there was balance between the Dragon and the Witch? Everything was out of balance. Everything was out of place. From the time they met, there was no equilibrium. The world shifted on its axis and they claimed it for what it was- what it is: Love.

Grayson Hawthorn is a man of dark past. His mother gave him away; his father resented him; his stepmother was oblivious to his suffering, rage seeping through her veins. No one loved him. Or he thought no one did. Until he met the fiery Kira Dallaire, a sharp-tongued woman without a dollar to her name, well, except that of what her grandmother left her, which all started this love affair. These two people are both desperate to save themselves, all they have left, and the people who depend upon them for a living. And so when the only option left was to depend upon each other, one benefitting the other, they both shared in an experience neither of them could ever forget.

I loved how, like the Archer’s Voice, every word fell into place as if the full-length novel was written in one sitting. Every detail supported the other until it made a fantastic work of art. The author breathed life into the characters, enabling its readers to capture every emotion, every heart and soul of the story.

The characters were also woven beautifully. I cried with them, laughed with them, and even got angry and crazy with them. Even Walter and Charlotte has their own story to tell and a love they had for a sad boy who was stuck in a maze of life and hardship.

In all honesty, I found the story depressing in one point, which is somehow good in one way or the other, because only then will we know that a story written by someone far away from us, can touch us as if she was right beside us.

Unlike the Archer’s Voice, I also felt that the story was more fast paced. Seen on Archer Hale’s story, a standalone of the same author, was an evident build up which made the story all the more true in its content and logic. While Grayson’s Vow has the vibe of being straight to the point, it still gave out a certain truthness as if it may really happen in real life. Eitherway, if I am to choose, I would have to say that I loved how Archer’s story was written- a slower paced story with an evident buildup.

All in all, Grayson’s Vow did not lack in its beauty. And it’s asymmetry just proved how love works truthfully in everyone’s lives. This is Grayson’s Vow.

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A Voice Unheard: A Five-Star Review on Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

“Bad things don’t happen to people because they deserve for them to happen. It just doesn’t work that way. It’s just… life. And no matter who we are, we have to take the hand we’re dealt, crappy though it may be, and try our very best to move forward anyway, to love anyway, to have hope anyway… to have faith that there’s a purpose to the journey we’re on.” (Bree Prescott, Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan)

I am a lover of romance novels, but I have to admit that every single time I try to start on a contemporary novel, I am awash with deep anxiety and concern. Except for Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ and Jude Deveraux’ contemporary romance novels with witty banters and a great dose of TRUE LOVE, I am not easy to trust writers of contemporary who romanticize sexual intimacy with love and who tries to find normalcy in infidelities. Maybe I was looking in the wrong direction, I do not know. But this…

This was an epiphany.

Archer Hale lost his voice to an incident that occurred years ago- an incident that made him a totally different person. He was deemed weird, not right in the head, and stupid by the people in the small, wonderful town in Maine. He could not ask for help. He could not trust anyone. He was simply alone.

Until he met Bree Prescott.

Bree was not a resident of the small town, but she chose to stay in this magical paradise to heal her wounds from one nightmare she cannot seem to let go. Soon, she was to find out that it was not only her wounds that were about to heal but a heart that was broken, a past that was tarnished, and a voice unheard.

The author, Mia Sheridan, used the simplest of words in writing this novel, and yet these words seemed to seep out from the pages of the book, enveloping the reader to a tight embrace that made one want to shut off the world from one’s system and just drown in to the abyss and the heart of the book. I was exhilarated. Having the opportunity of reading this book among thousands, millions of books I would have found, was indeed fate working on the seams. The words were ambrosia, an aurora to an avid reader’s soul.

However, I would have to admit that I was fearful to ride on this adventure that the author seemed to tempt me with. I was broken by a lot of books in the past that literally changed my perspective on how society is trying to shape our minds today. Take infidelity for example. That and the many novels on heavy erotica without actually going anywhere. Yes. The society is trying to strangle us without our knowing by adding perfume to the wounds it inflicted, leading us to think that what is wrong is actually right when everyone does it. And so I was fearful.

But, and this is the truth, riding on this adventure is the greatest decision I have ever made.

The novel is soothing to the soul, a balm to a restless, hopeless search for true peace, true love, and true faith on finding the one true missing piece from a dark past: Archer’s Voice.

P.S. “Only you, only ever you.” Picture above is not by The Little Bonnie Lass. Find the photo’s owner on Instagram! jodi_bibliophile_x

P.S.S. Here is a fan-made trailer of Archer’s Voice by Becca Manuel. Enjoy!

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