03 December 2015

Giveaway: Carrie Fancett Pagels Reviews Darlene Franklin's "Tobogganing for Two"

Tobogganing for Two by Darlene Franklin


Carrie Reviews Darlene Franklin's Tobogganing for Two part of the Love's Sporting Chance collection by Forget-Me-Not Romances. 

Five Stars *****

This was a wonderful Christian historical romance set in the 1870s.  Darlene's novella is also part of the Sporting Chance collection.  I read this book as part of the collection and enjoyed it very much! It is a nice easy evening read leading up to Christmas. Highly recommend! 



Blurb: Laura Evans moves to Plymouth, Nebraska, to take care of her aunt and her paralyzed sister. Dr. Jay Andrews has come to Plymouth to escape his work among those wounded during the Civil War—only to be faced with a paralyzed patient. Laura and Jay clash as they face fears from their past. Will a midnight toboggan ride bring them together, or push them further apart? 

CFP: Ms. Franklin did a great job setting up the Evans sisters arrival in Nebraska, to stay with their aunt, who also has some physical limitations. Laura has been caring for her sister, who is paralyzed from the waist down, by herself.  Dr. Andrews is a young physician who has served in the Civil War. He has a heart for people with disabilities and thinks of ways to accommodate them. Jay has set up the aunt's home to be disability friendly as is his office. He's a very kind soul and easy to see how Laura could quickly fall in love with this wonderful hero!

Bibliotherapy: Great book for those coping with physical disabilities. Particularly a nice book for those who have someone who requires the use of a wheelchair (referred to as a "bath chair" in this story.) Also good for those who struggle with guilt that is impacting their ability to move forward in life.

This novella is looking very good for making my list of Best Bibliotherapy Books of 2015!!!

Giveaway: An ebook copy of Darlene's novella for one of our readers. Answer the question: Do you have a loved one who uses a wheelchair?

42 comments:

  1. Best bibliotherapy books of the year? Why, thanks, Carrie. I am honored. I started out with Edith Wharton and tobogganing, but it became much more personal than that as I wrote it.

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    1. I could see that in the novella, Darlene, that as it became more personal it really RESONATED with me and I hope with the readers! Yes, this will be on my list!

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  2. P.S. Yes, I know someone in a wheelchair. ME.

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    1. And that knowledge and personal experience that earns you credibility can likely propel this book into the top Bibliotherapy spot!

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  3. I do not have a loved one that is in a wheelchair, although my hubby's sister has MS and may have to use one someday. The book sounds wonderful and the review certainly makes me want to read it! Thanks for the giveaway, Darlene.
    bettimace at gmail dot com

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    1. Betti, I thought I replied. . .God's blessing on your SIL.. . .Darlene

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    2. Like Darlene, I am praying for your SIL, Betti! MS is a tough disease.

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  4. Thank you for the great review, CARRIE! Sounds like a wonderful read and coming from Darlene Franklin, I'm sure it is!! I was born in Nebraska (Omaha), but didn't live there long. I still have lotsa cousins who live there, though! My mom was in a wheelchair before she passed away, but no other family members.

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    1. Hi Diana, "coming from Darlene Franklin." You folks are out to give me a big head.

      Darlene

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    2. Thanks, Angel Diana! Don't miss out on this novella! It was hard for me to see my mom in wheelchair when she was in hospital with cancer but she was only in for short periods of time.

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  5. CARRIE, thanks for the wonderful review. Before moving to Heaven, my Daddy used a wheelchair b/c he was a double amputee of this legs. Now He is made WHOLE and walking on those streets of gold. Thank you Lord!

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    1. Caryl, beautiful about your father, isn't it!

      Darlene

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    2. Caryl, that is a great image of your father! Jesus can make us whole again!

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  6. This sounds like a lovely story! My father-in-law used a wheelchair during the last 2 years of his life.

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    1. Don't miss out on this book, Christine! It is hard to be elderly and in failing health and try to use a wheelchair.

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    2. Christine, I bet you're missing your fil. Thanks for commenting.

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  7. I don't have a loved one in a wheelchair, but I know people who use wheelchairs. This sounds like a great book.

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  8. Great review Carrie. Darlene, sounds like an interesting story.
    As to a loved one in a wheelchair...I use one if I have to be out for long periods of time that require a lot of walking.

    I am NOT entering the contest...I already have the book, but haven't read it yet.
    blessings,Tina

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    1. Tina, you are going to love this story! I didn't know you were still having trouble with your feet that you had to use one, Tina. I used to have to do that, too , and used a scooter to get around when shot

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    2. Hi Tina, are you one of the Tinas in my Gals group? If not, glad to meet you. Wheelchairs are a great blessing to those of us who have trouble getting around.

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    3. Darlene, yes I am in your Gals group!
      blessings,Tina

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    4. Carrie, it is not my feet...but my knees and back. And I am chronic exhausted and some other physical/medical problems that prevent me from doing a lot of walking, standing in one place long, etc. So I have the wheelchair in case I need it.
      Blessings,Tina

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  9. My father used a wheelchair in his last few years. (I miss him.)

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Hi Mary! I think a lot of us must have WWII war era fathers who may have needed those wheelchairs partially because of war injuries. My dad was shot twice in the leg and I think that was part of it.

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    2. Mary, this time brings back grief, doesn't it? I pray your memories will be good ones.

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  10. Thanks for the great review Carrie! Darlene, sounds like a wonderful story and I'm looking forward to reading it! My dad spent the remainder of his years in a wheelchair because of an amputation, and my mum needs to use a wheelchair for much more than a few steps.

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    1. Hi Noela, I'm like your mother. I can walk, but not all that long.

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    2. I didn't realize your Mum needed to be in a wheelchair, Noela. I pray she is doing okay! I'm having a very hard time walking today because of the PRP.

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  11. No one in the family has used a wheelchair but have used walkers. I have a grandfather who served in WWI an Uncle who served in WWII and my father served in the korean war.

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    1. Hi Kim, yes, my hero was a doctor in the Civil War. The experience haunts him. Thanks to your grandfather and father for their service.

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    2. Hi KIM! My son tried to "borrow" my dad's walker when he was only 1 and Dad didn't like that! My father was in his mid 80s when my son was born. He served in WWII and earned the Silver Star. You must be proud of your family members who served!

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  12. I had a loved one who used a wheelchair He is now running in Heaven That was my husband
    God bless you all My husband was also a Veteran He lost his legs in Vietnam

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    1. Hi Chris. In all our conversations, I never knew that about your husband. Nice to learn something new about you!

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    2. Chris, I pray for you regularly. You are such a sweetheart. So sorry you lost your hubs so early! Hugs!

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    3. You have won a copy of Darlene's Tobogganing book Chris! Congrats!

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  13. Great review, Carrie - thank you!! Darlene has written so many wonderful books - I've loved each one I've read. I love the storyline "Tobogganing For Two", and look forward to the opportunity to read it. I especially enjoy books with strong bibliotherapy.

    My aunt - who I help care for - uses a wheelchair when I take her to doctor appointments. She uses a walker in her house, but her walking is very limited. She never leaves the house except for doctor appointments, spends most of her time sitting - or sleeping, and has 24/7 care.

    You are an inspiration to everyone, Darlene, and are in my prayers!!

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    1. Bonnie (and Carrie), I never start out to write "bibliotherapy." I usually have a theme, because that ties into the conflict. And you can usually tell what I'm struggling with at any given time when I keep repeating the same plot device over and over again. (or maybe you don't notice that, which is all the better for me!)

      Anyhow, I am thinking about writing a romance for Eliza, the bathchair-bound sister. What do you think?

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    2. God bless you for your help to your aunt, Bonnie! Darlene is an inspiration, isn't she? I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE for Eliza to have a romance!!! Even though you didn't set out to do it, God made that bibliotherapy intrinsic and organic to this book!

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    3. I think that's a wonderful idea, Darlene!!

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  14. My dad uses a wheelchair when he goes out to the doctor and he used it when he was in the hospital. Now he just needs it when it would be too far to walk using his walker.

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  15. Hi, Jan. It sounds like he's improving, which is good news!

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