08 June 2011

"Kaydie" - book review

Penny A. Zeller
 Diana's Corner


Review by Diana Flowers

Kaydie by Penny Zeller

~4 stars



Love Under The Montana Skies!

In Penny Zeller's, Kaydie, we find ourselves in Pine Haven, Montana Territory in the late 1800s. Kaydie Kraemer marries a smooth talking man, who promises her the moon, only to realize too late he is physically and emotionally abusive. Only after Kaydie's husband is stricken with a terrible disease and passes away, does Kaydie regain her freedom, but is still emotionally bound by her intense fear. She moves in with her sister, Mckenzie, and her husband, on a ranch in Montana, for she finds she is with child.

Kaydie falls in love with Pine Haven and its small town charm, and has no desire to return to the life of privilege she once enjoyed in Boston. She becomes friends with Jonah, the ranch hand, who was rejected by both of his parents as a small child, and has no desire to ever marry. Together they attend many of the small town's functions, such as Founder's Day, 4th of July celebrations, and dances, and Jonah, in spite of himself, falls for Kaydie and loves her new baby girl as his own.

As soon as Jonah gets up the nerve to propose, who comes to Pine Haven, and causes Jonah to back off?  And will he ever get over the hurt of Kaydie's rejection and forgive her? Will Kaydie trust God to guard her heart and her life? Will she settle for safety over love?

This book was a touching read, demonstrating God's grace and healing power to hurting wounded souls. It was also a very fun and relaxing novel, so go  grab a glass of lemonade and sit under a shade tree and read to your heart's content! Penny Zeller is an up-and-coming new author to keep our eyes on!


Giveaway:  Leave a comment with your email address for a chance to win!  Penny Zeller graciously offered a copy of Kaydie for giveaway!  Also, Penny will send a personalized bookplate, autographed with the winner's name on it! Thanks, Penny - Carrie & Diana.

29 comments:

  1. Welcome everyone to Carrie's fabulous blog, Overcoming Through Time! I'm honored to be here with my review of Kaydie written by Pennny Zeller. I wanted to mention that Google is still acting up and if it won't let you enter a comment, you may enter as anonymous (please make sure you leave email addy) or you can click on to Google Chrome which is what I'm having to do.

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  2. I love being fabulous today, MB!! My wonderful contributor, Diana, did a great job on this review. As usual! You spoil us, Diana!

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  3. Please enter me to win...thanks! ncmom@att.net

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  4. Sounds like another "must read". Thanks for the great review Diana. tsmathews61@gmail.com

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  5. I am so looking forward to reading Kaydie! My car keeps breaking down with expensive repairs, or I'd have bought a copy already. Thanks for a chance to win a copy!
    mallorielisabeth@hotmail.com

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  6. I really want this book bad!! Please enter me!

    Barbara Smith

    thatoldgal@gmail.com


    *LOL! I am entering this cute little comment for my sis-in-law who has macular degeneration and can't see well enough to enter. Thank you, Barb!

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  7. Hello Diana and Carrie,
    Thank you so much for having me as your guest today!
    Blessings,
    Penny

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  8. Thank you, Teresa and Mallorie for reading my review! Mallorie, my heart goes out to you. Car problems are the pits!:-( You are both entered in the giveaway. BTW I read the review to my sis-in-love and that's the comment she gave me to write above! lol

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  9. You're welcome, Penny, and thank you for writing such amazing books for us all to enjoy! Carrie, thank you for your kind words above. You are such a gem!

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  10. Good morning Anonymous and Teresa~
    Thank you for stopping by Carrie's blog and reading Diana's review of Kaydie. It is always nice to meet new readers.
    Blessings in Christ,
    Penny

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  11. Hello Mallorie~

    Ugh! I was sorry to hear about your car troubles. I agree with Diana, that is the pits!

    Thank you for stopping by to enter. BTW, I love the name Mallorie and have had it on my "character names list" for several months now for a future character. Have a good day!

    Blessings,
    Penny

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  12. Well, Penny, you have a Mckenzie, a Kaydie, and a Hailee, so a Mallorie would work just fine!:-)

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  13. We are so glad to have you visit today, Penny!

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  14. I've been really looking forward to reading Jonah and Kaydie's story! Please enter me in the giveaway! Thanks!

    Jenny

    Say.It.Loud01@gmail.com

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  15. Welcome to Overcoming Through Time, Jenny! You will be entered in the giveaway and thanks for coming by!

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  16. Thank you,Penny! I would be thrilled to see my name show up in one of your books someday! :)

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  17. You are so right, Diana! I do need a Mallorie in one of my books :) I have always liked that name and I usually name my main characters names I would have named my daughters if I would have had a half dozen more of them, lol!

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  18. Hello Jenny~
    Thank you for stopping by Diana's Corner on Carrie's blog. I so appreciate your enthusiasm about Jonah and Kaydie's story!

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  19. I really like how you spell your name too, Mallorie :) Hope you are having a great day!

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  20. What a wonderful review on Penny's new book. I definitely want to be included in the giveaway. I enjoy historical Christian fiction so much and this story sounds like one I can personally relate to. Thanks for offering this book as the giveaway and for the chance to win this great book. I hope I win!

    Blessings,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  21. Good morning, Barb, and thank you for your kind words concerning my review! I'm with you...love that historical fiction. I read other genres for some variety, but historical is my first love. Your name will be thrown in the hat!

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  22. Hello Barb,
    I agree, Diana did a wonderful job on the review! Thank you for your thoughtful words about my book. I hope you have a blessed weekend :)
    Blessings,
    Penny

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  23. Thank you, Penny, for the kind words and for all of your comments. I know what a busy young lady you are! I can't wait to see who wins although still hoping for a few more comments before we end the giveaway. Have a blessed weekend as well, dear Penny!

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  24. Congrats to Barbara Smith, chosen by random number generator! You will received a personalized autographed copy of Kaydie. Will email you! Thank you all for your fabulous comments!

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  25. Again, a special thank you to Penny Zeller for taking the time out of her hectic schedule to come by and "see" us. Also thank you, Penny, for writng such lovely books that encourage and remind us readers that Jesus Christ IS our source of strength...a very present help in time of trouble.

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  26. *writing* oops. Google Chrome is so small I can't half see what I'm typing, therefore all the typos...sigh.

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  27. I love giveaways because I get so excited about who wins! So...congratulations to Barbara Smith!

    Thank you again, Diana, for allowing me the honor of being on Diana's Corner and for your review. It has been a lot of fun chatting with you and Carrie, and of course, the commenters! :) Thank you also, Diana, for the kind compliment about my books reminding readers that Jesus Christ IS our source of strength. To Him be the glory forever and ever!

    Blessings in Christ,
    Penny

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