Thursday, March 4, 2010

Hearts Awakening

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Hearts Awakening
Bethany House (March 1, 2010)


Delia Parr


Delia Parr, pen name for Mary Lechleidner, is the author of 10 historical novels and the winner of several awards, including the Laurel Wreath Award for Historical Romance and the Aspen Gold Award for Best Inspirational Book. She is a full-time high school teacher who spends her summer vacations writing and kayaking. The mother of three grown children, she lives in Collingswood, New Jersey.

Two people in desperate circumstances. Life has left few choices for Elvira Kilmer. Her hopes for marriage and a family of her own have long since passed her by, and her arrival on Dillon's Island, nestled in the Susquehanna River, is not of her choosing, either.

She needs work. And Jackson Smith needs a housekeeper. Yet Ellie never imagined the widower would be so handsome. Jackson, on the other hand, has never met anyone quite so...plain. But he quickly comes to realize that Ellie's presence may solve his own problems--both the rearing of his young boys and the scandal that surrounds his first marriage.

When Jackson offers her something quite out of the ordinary, will Ellie look beyond mere necessity and risk opening her heart?

Yet what options does she have? To marry would mean a home and stability. So despite the rumors circling Jackson and his first wife, Ellie accepts this unlikely proposal...

If you would like to read the first chapter of Hearts Awakening, go HERE.

This book just arrived in the mail Tuesday, and I wasn't sure I would get it read in time to post a review. Not to worry - it immediately drew me in and I couldn't put it down! My heart ached for both Ellie and Jackson and for the hurts and rejections they each had experienced throughout their lives. And then there were Jackson's precious boys: 3-year-old Ethan, who hasn't spoken since his mama's death, and 5-year-old Daniel, who is Ethan's champion and protector. . . .and is convinced that his mama is coming home again.

Will the hearts of this hurting couple stay shuttered and dormant? Is a business arrangement the best either can hope for? And what will it take to comfort those sweet boys and enable Ethan to speak? When they discover their Hearts Awakening, will Jackson and Hannah allow God to heal their past?


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Cathy said...

Oh man Linda, you just pulled me in. This sounds really good. My kinda book.

sara said...

this does sound good. I have not read any books by this author

Abiding Branch said...

Oh wow! Thanks for sharing! Last year I went to a Christian Writers conference where Steve Laube, the Lit Agent, spoke and he was telling us that what was hitting the publishing houses was along these lines: Put a bonnet on it and it will sell. But these soft covers do draw a lady in and I'm glad to hear the story does as well.
Thanks Linda!!!

Kim said...

This was an AWESOME book!!!