20 July 2011

Diana's Corner - Book Review by Diana Flowers


Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico 


Summerside Press, 2010



by Lena Nelson Dooley 




4 1/2 stars



Truly A Delightful Read!




In Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, Lena takes us off on a romantic, historic, and spiritual journey between several people. It is the 1890s, and Philip Smith an elderly, sick, quite well-to-do miner instructs his young friend, Jeremiah Dennison, to put an ad in the newspaper for a bride. Philip has loved Jeremiah like his own son, and so he feels obliged to fulfill the old man's wishes, much to his dismay. Why does Philip need a young, gold-digging wife to take care of him, when Jeremiah can meet all of his needs?

Madeline Mercer of Boston, a fine, young Christian woman, finds herself in a terrible dilemma when a business partner of her recently deceased father, announces that she is penniless, and must marry him. Also a friend of Maddy's dies in childbirth and insists Maddy take care of her baby, Pearl, before she passes away. Desperate to escape the horrible Horace and have a means to take care of Pearl, Madeline answers Philip's ad and flees to New Mexico. Upon meeting him, she is shocked to see that he is so old, but soon grows fond of this kind, Godly man, who has offered to take care of her and the babe.

Jeremiah is very suspicious of the lovely Madeline, but finds himself irresistibly drawn to her as a moth to a flame, his best friend's intended. Jeremiah also believes that even though he is not a Christian, he is a good man, and doesn't need God. Soon Madeline's past and Horace's lies and accusations catch up with Maddy. Will she be able to stay in Golden, where her precious baby and Philip have grown to love one another so. And what exactly are the old miner's plans for her and Pearl? Does Jeremiah give in and let God take control of his life? And what horrible things does Horace do, all for the love of money? Has he gone too far for God's mercy and redemption?

This was a beautiful story of forgiveness, love, and redemption as only Lena Nelson Dooley can tell it! I found myself more than once with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes... what a wonderful read with a surprise twist near the end!


Giveaway:  Leave a comment with your email address for a chance to win a copy of this award winning book!  

25 comments:

  1. Diana, such a lovely review, as usual! Thanks so much for telling us about Lena's book!

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  2. Thank you so much, Carrie. I read this book on my Kindle and I didn't get to see the cover at all as I read; Amazon said they would send me another copy so I could at least view the cover occasionally , but they didn't. It's gorgeous! You did such a fine job, Carrie, thank you! It was my pleasure to read and review such a wonderful book!

    Welcome, everyone to Overcoming Through Time! I'm so anxious to read your comments regarding Lena's book!

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  3. Great review, you left me wanting to know more. :) Thanks for entering me in the drawing.
    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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  4. Thank you, Pegg, it's good to see you! I'm especially jealous seeing you astride that horse; if I had one to ride maybe I could at least stir up a little bit of a cool breeze. lol VERY hot here in SC! Throwing your name in the hat, Pegg!

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  5. Posting a comment for my sis-in-law who can't post one:

    This sounds like a wonderful book and I would really love to win it. Thanks so much!

    ~Barbara Smith
    thatoldgal@gmail.com

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  6. I have this book sitting in my TBR pile. I won it on a previous giveaway. Thanks for the review, Diana!

    Ohh, a surprising ending?? I LOVE those!! :-D I look forward to getting the chance to read it.

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  7. Hi, Katy! Thanks for visiting OTT! Not so much a surprise ending, but more of a surprise twist, near the end. Actually there were a couple of surprises near the end! I love surprises, period! lol Hope you enjoy it, Katy!

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  8. Wonderful review Diana! One of the things I want in a book is that it can bring tears in my eyes. Books I read dry eyed I do never recommend to someone else.
    After reading your review I have good hopes this is one of those books I love. I'd love to read it!
    Marian

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  9. Thank you, Marian. It's nice to know I'm not the only sentimental soul around.:-) If you like a book to make you tear up, this one will do it!

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  10. Yes, me too, Diana, I want to feel that deep emotion when I read. Tears are good LOL!

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  11. Sounds like a great book! Enter me! shondaet@gmail.com

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  12. Hi, Shonda! That was short and sweet! haha YOU ARE OFFICIALLY ENTERED!!!

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  13. Dear Diana once again you have outdone yourself with this review. My book list keeps growing and growing! :) Thanks for the chance to win! tsmathews61@gmail.com

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  14. Oh, thank you, Teresa! This one was so fun reading on my Kindle! However, I am currently enjoying The Colonel's Lady in paperback! I love both formats, but find I can read the Kindle faster, b/c I can make the print bigger AND read after dark outside. Praying for you to get one, Teresa! I know that besides books, that, too, is on your wishlist!

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  15. I am reading Jennifer Hudson Taylor's first Highlander book on Kindle and it is SO much easier!

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  16. I'm looking forward to reading J. H. Taylor's Highland books as well. I just downloaded Jill Marie Landis' Irish series book one, Heart of Stone for 99 cents. Can't beat that with a stick!

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  17. Diana, your reviews are great! They make me want to read the books you are reviewing.

    Would love to win this one!

    Joan
    goangaz@aol.com

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  18. Diana, I tried to get Lena's pirate book in audio but someone wanted a ton of money for a used version!

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  19. Carrie, I have copies of my pirate book in audio.

    Diana, thank you for the wonderful review.

    I love my Kindle, too. Read a lot more than I used to, because I read when James is riding.

    I'm getting excited about receiving my Will Rogers award at the National Cowboy celebration at the Ft. Worth stockyards this weekend.

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  20. Thank you so much for the kind words, Joan, and Carrie, there you go. Lena has copies in audio.

    Lena, it was a delight to read and review your book. Congratulations on receiving the prestigious Will Rogers Award...you certainly deserve it! I made mention of the fact, on Carrie's interview with you, that I am so glad you still remain true to the meaning of "Christian" fiction. So many Christian fiction authors are veering away from that, and I'm so glad there is a strong spiritual thread throughout your books. God bless you in all your upcoming endeavors and have a wonderful time at the awards celebration!

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  21. I believe Wendy wanted to be included in the drawing and put her comment in the wrong place. We are nice on this blog, Wendy, so you are officially entered.;-) Her email is:

    wsmarple@gmail.com

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  22. I pray that Lena has an awesome experience this weekend and that the temps are in the 80's!!! Blessings! Carrie

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  23. Interesting twist on the mail order bride plot line. I've enjoyed other "Love Finds You" novels and this sounds good too!

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  24. Hi, Beth. Glad to see you here! This mail order bride plot is a bit different, which I'm glad because sometimes they are pretty typical! We will throw your name in the hat!

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  25. And the winner is, drum roll, Shonda!! Congrats Shonda and you can have either a digital copy or a paper one. Blessings! Diana and Carrie

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