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Product Details

  • Series: Romancing America
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc. (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616265930
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616265939
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 23 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,956,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I gave this book 5/5 stars. I liked the characters in each story. I enjoyed the settings and thought they made each story unique. Each author writes her part of the story very well. They all flow well together. The book itself has a conclusion you will enjoy. I liked the historical aspects in this book as well. If you like Christian historical fiction with a touch of romance, you will enjoy this book!
(Irene Grove Irene's Christian Reviews 2012-08-08)

I would recommend this story to anyone interested in some good old fashioned romance! I especially loved the many positive traits of the main characters along with the powerful Christian theme. In one of my favorite stories presented here (To Sing Another Day by Kim Vogel Sawyer) I was reminded of the nuance of Louisa May Alcott and of a Christmas that was about the spirit of the season as opposed to the material aspects of physical gifts; gifts of love and charity are what is important at that time of year. This novel would be a perfect Christmas gift as well as a great book for those needing a little reminder that you need to look at the glass half full. Even though the story unabashedly features faith and God, it does not preach or overdo it which is a feat considering how much the storylines embraced it.  Definitely going on my favorites of 2012 list.
(Marie Burton Burton Book Review 2012-09-25)

The authors did an amazing job of intertwining the stories that must take a lot of talent and planning. Each set of couples I thought was going to be my favorite - Sean and Jamie, Gail and Alan, Helen and Bernie, Permelia and William. I did not want to put the book down and finished it in 2 days. I will admit I was teary eyed a few times. The stories draw you in emotionally. I highly recommend this book.
(Donna Feyen More Than a Review 2012-07-18)

This is the best Barbour novella collection I have read, both because of the quality of writing of the individual authors, and because of the originality of having four stories so interwoven that story one is actually told in four parts, yet manages to fit into the whole, and all centred around a reunion in Central Park. An excellent beach read. 
(Christian Book Reviews Iola Goulton 2012-07-11)

Book Description

Four generations of heroes seek true love in New York. Home from Afghanistan, Sean Wolfe is scarred and angry. Alan James’s true love has disappeared. Helen Wolfe has given up her hopes and dreams. Civil War has damaged William Wolfe beyond hope. Will these hurting souls discover a love that never fails?


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If you like Christian historical fiction with a touch of romance, you will enjoy this book!
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I read the book in one day, I could not put it down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marian Baay on August 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
Dream a Little Dream by Ronie Kendig

Afghanistan War, present day

Jamie Rosso's uncle Alan is a collector of war memorabilia. He reseaches medals and other pieces and tries to find out who they belonged to. He's a Vietnam veteran and when he returned the woman he was supposed to marry was gone. He always kept hoping he would find her. Now after almost 40 years he's ready to move on with life and he's closing his shop. Jamie can't believe uncle Alan is giving up and she decides not to give up. When Alan is not looking she's snatching away a box with letters from the Wolfe Estate. The Wolfe family is very dear to Uncle Alan and Jamie can't believe he wants to get rid of this box with letters. Jamie decides to dig through the box and tries to find the living Wolfe relatives.

Sean Wolfe got injured by an IED in the Afghanistan War. He's suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury and has scars on his neck and jaw. His fiancée broke up with him. He is hurt and swears he is done with women.

Sean comes from a family of warriors. His father served in Vietnam and came back a different man. He killed himself when Sean was just 4 years old.

Jamie found Sean and gave him the letters from his grandfather. First he didn't want to read them, because of the bad memories they would give. But Jamie told him: "We all need the bad memories to recognize the good ones." (I love that quote!)

Sean starts reading the letters and finds out that his dad was a better man than what his mom let him to believe. When he is reading the letters he finds out about a coin that has passed through the Wolfe family for centuries. He asked Jamie if she also found that coin in the box with letters.

Jamie wonders if Sean knows a woman called Gail.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Iola on August 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
Most Barbour novella collections are four separate but related romances, usually four friends or siblings, four people in the same location, or four members of the same family in different generations. While Central Park Rendevous follows this general pattern, it is different and I really liked that originality.

Each story features a romance that is some way related to Central Park (the title of the collection is a big clue), gold coin from the Civil War, a soldier who has been changed by his wartime experiences, whether physically or mentally.

The first story is Dream a Little Dream, by Ronie Kendig. It is set in the present day, and is unusual in that it is actually told in several parts, so that it forms both the beginning and the end of the collection, introducing and rounding out the four stories. Jamie Russo meets Sean Wolfe, who has recently returned from Afghanistan.

A Love Meant to Be by Dineen Miller is set in 1973, in the Vietnam War. Alan James is off to war and plans to reunite with Gal Gibson when he gets home. But Gail's sister foils their reunion, until Jamie, his niece, finds out and trys to make things right thirty-eight years later.

To Sing Another Day by Kim Vogel Sawyer was my favourite individual story. Set in World War II, it was the story of Helen Wolfe, who has to relinquish her dreams of being a professional singer when her fiancé abandons her and she has to care for her family. She pawns a family heirloom, a Civil War gold coin, to feed her family, an act which changes everything.

Beauty From Ashes by MaryLu Tyndall provided the Civil War perspective, through the story of William Wolfe, who gave his fiancé, Annie, a gold coin engraved with his initials before going to fight in the Civil War.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Irene's Book Reviews on August 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
The stories in this book takes place in different time periods but the authors bring the stories together very well. I have read many of these four-in-one books. This particular book is unique in how the story lines are tied together.

Some of these four-in-one books have stories that could really stand-alone. They may relate to each other but you could read one and enjoy it without reading the others. Central Park Rendezvous is different in that you have to read all of them to get the full story. I liked that about this book. Written this way by these great authors gives the book a novel feel instead of four separate stories.

I gave this book 5/5 stars. I liked the characters in each story. I enjoyed the settings and thought they made each story unique. Each author writes her part of the story very well. They all flow well together. The book itself has a conclusion you will enjoy. I liked the historical aspects in this book as well. If you like Christian historical fiction with a touch of romance, you will enjoy this book!

I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By weatherlover1 on August 16, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This book had a very interesting storyline. We start out in modern day New York City where we meet Jamie and Sean. The other stories intertwine together through letters written by Sean's family from the past. We travel to 1973 during Vietnam war then back to Jamie and Sean. We then head to 1941 and the beginning of WWII. After another stop back in the present we head all the way back to the civil war. The book concludes with present day.

What I liked: I really like how this story was told. It felt like one novel not 4 shorter ones. Having one of the stories be the focal point was also fun as it felt more like a regular novel. The authors did such a good job of writing together I kept forgetting that 4 people wrote the book. The use of the letters to hold the story together made it unique.

What I did not like: I wish Helen and Bernie's story(1941) had been a little longer. It also felt like that story was left hanging a little bit and it would have been nice to know how it all turned out for them.

Over all I really enjoyed this book I even cried at the end. I just really liked how all the stories tied together and make the whole book uniform. A must read!
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