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Sunday, May 20, 2012

New giveaway! Now I'm giving away Mary's Blessing by Lena Nelson Dooley (with bonus review)

About the book:

When her mother dies, Mary Lenora must grow up quickly to take care of her brothers and sisters. Can love help her to shoulder the burden?

Mary Lenora Caine knows she is adopted. As she was growing up, her mother called her “God’s blessing.” But now that she’s gone, Mary no longer feels like any kind of blessing. Her father, in his grief, has cut himself off from the family, leaving the running of the home entirely in Mary’s hands.

As she nears her eighteenth birthday, Mary can’t see anything in her future but drudgery. Then her childhood friend Daniel begins to court her, promising her a life of riches and ease. But her fairy-tale dreams turn to dust when her family becomes too much for Daniel, and he abandons her in her time of deepest need.

Will Daniel come to grips with God’s plan for him? And if he does return, can Mary trust that this time he will really follow through?

My review:

I really enjoyed this story and read it quickly. The writing was good and the style easy to follow, yet rich with language that evoked emotion. The prologue alone was enough to choke me up. Then the story launched into various dramatic situations that made me think about a few Little House on the Prairie episodes. Daniel was a sweetheart, but he had some maturing to do. I couldn't help pitying Mary's situation and how much responsibility she had, but at the same time I could see how much she needed her family to help fill that gap in her life that couldn't seem to ever be filled.

The spiritual and emotional ARC was well done for a number of characters including Mary's younger sister. I liked seeing her growth and also watching Daniel mature into a young man that could be trusted. The situation with Mary's dad was sad, but there was a lot of truth in what he said about our days being numbered. It's easy to forget that we won't all live to a ripe old age, but there is nothing we can do about that. Anyway, I liked watching this couple slowly rebuild their relationship, and witnessing Mary learning to trust Daniel again. It was a heartwarming story with a sweet ending. The best part was it never bored me but kept me reading. These days I am easily bored, so that's a clear sign that this novel is a good book.

Mary's Blessing was published by Realms/Charisma House and released May 15th, 2012.


Amber said...

Sounds like another great Summer Pager Turner !! Thanks for the chance to win it Michelle ! As always I hope you are having a blessing filled and wonderful weekend !!

Ladette said...

Sounds great! Thanks for a chance to win. :) blessings!

Debbie Clark said...

Marys Blessing sounds like a fun book to read. I can kind of understand what Daniel is going through as my father-in-law married my hubby's mother when hubby was 18. Hubby's mother had 6 boys total. That would have been very scarey to have six boys in a ready-made-family. All I can say is that he had a lot of courage & really loved my MIL a lot. :)
Debbie Clark

Boos Mum said...

This book sounds great and I think the cover is just beautiful. I Have not read the first one yet but I would enjoy winning this one. Please enter me. Thanks.

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Unknown said...

This book sounds like an excellent read. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

Anonymous said...

This is one I want to read.

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Abigail Mitchell said...

Sounds very interesting! I would love to win a copy!

apple blossom said...

Thanks for chance to win

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Carol N Wong said...

Would love to read a stunnong pageturner.


Bethany said...

Sounds interesting! Please enter me--

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Edgy Inspirational Author said...

and the winner is...


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