|With This Spark|
'CASTAWAY WITH THE COWBOY', author PAM HILLMAN - 5 stars
Pam Hillman whisks the reader away to a 1876 deserted Caribbean island in her adventurous romance, 'Castaway With the Cowboy'. Level-headed Montana horse wrangler/cowboy Zach Holifield is hired to deliver Jessup Grantham's prized stallion safely, by ship, to Costa Rica. When in an attempt to outrun a storm, the boiler blows a hole in the side of the ship, causing it to fill with water and catch on fire - Zach finds himself in a small rowboat along with passengers nanny Abby Lindstrom and her charges Meggie and J.J. (children of Jessup Grantham), cabin boy Toby, and middle-aged missionary couple Milton and Paulette Manning. After fighting choppy water to land on the beach of a deserted island with a steep, rugged terrain, steamy humidity, and bugs attacking from every direction - they are forced to work together for survival.
This beautiful story is full of adventure from beginning to end, vivid descriptions, romance, realistic characters, and wonderful elements of faith. I was mesmerized by the characters survival techniques, which kept me swiftly turning pages for the outcome, involving a surprising unexpected twist near the end. I found 'Castaway with the Cowboy' enthralling, the only downside was that it just wasn't long enough - I didn't want it to end!
Don't miss Pam Hillman's wonderful 'Stealing Jake' - just released in paperback, and new novella The Lumberjack's Bride, included in 'The 12 Brides of Summer' (Novella Collection #3) on eBook.
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'LIFETIME INVESTMENT', author MYRA JOHNSON - 5 stars
It is July 1929, newly-weds Lily and Adam Longmont are beseeched to move from Hot Springs, Arkansas to Agua Viva, Texas - after the death of Adam's uncle Richard. His aunt Stella is in danger of losing her working cattle ranch, supposedly from poor financial management, it is felt Adam can turn things around in a matter of months. Adam, who has lived his entire life in the city, and Lily, a college graduate with a shiny black Ford Runabout, milky complexion and delicate hands - are in for a rude awakening when they arrive, by train, in this desolate area just miles from the U.S./Mexico border. They are met by a brusque, cynical, gaunt aunt and driven in a buckboard to a ranch house without electricity, phone, or indoor toilet - and no car. Lily handles household duties, in order to free aunt Stella and Adam to handle ranch business; both Lily and Adam find themselves faced with continuous exhaustion and their marriage being torn apart from the strain.
The 1929 stock market crash and resulting Great Depression only add to the problems of disappearing cattle and other serious tragedies. Opinionated, stubborn Lily - and Adam, with his feelings of obligation to family, must learn to survive difficult circumstances through trust, cooperation, and communication - not only with each other, but through prayer and faith in God. 'Life Investment' is a touching, heart-warming romance which offers insight to a difficult era and setting. I loved this wonderful story by Myra Johnson, and highly recommend it!
Myra Johnson's 'The Sweetest Rain', Flowers of Eden - Book 1 (Franciscan Media) releases Sept. 18th; her (Love Inspired) 'Rancher for the Holidays' releases Oct. 20th.
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GIVEAWAY: OWG wishes to thank Pam Hillman, Myra Johnson, Ruth LoganHerne, and Mary Connealy for their generous contribution of 1 copy, each, of the 'With This Spark' eBook as giveaways for FOUR blessed commentators! Please leave a comment on Bonnie's reviews, as well as on Noela's - and you'll gain 2 entries in the drawing! (Please leave your e-mail if we don't know you.)