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Guide Me Home (Grace Alone Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – November 21, 2015
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About the Author
Connie Cortright has been a history buff all her life, reading biographies and history since grade school. Naturally, when she considered writing a story, her first thoughts turned toward historical fiction. Her novels are set in America's Midwest and reflect her own Wisconsin farming roots. Snippets of her childhood experiences pop up in her stories. Her life has been the fulfillment of her girlhood dreams: becoming a Lutheran school teacher, marrying a pastor, and having lots of children. Her life has taken her to both coasts (California and New Jersey) as she followed her pastor-husband in his service to various churches with their four sons. She and her husband now live in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Their four sons are married to wonderful Christian women, with eight grandchildren scattered from California to Washington to British Columbia to Missouri. They try to see most of them at least once a year and are very thankful for Skype! Connie loves reading books (especially historical romance) and now writing her own stories, inserting experiences from her own teaching days. Her book is available on Amazon.com. She can be contacted at Facebook, www.conniecortright.com
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Newly adult Emma Ehlke, fresh from college with her teaching degree under her arm, leaves home for her first job in a new community. She soon learns how classroom preparation and the real world meet only through experience. She also realizes how much she has to learn about the real world and how to handle the opinionated members of her Lutheran congregation. When her neighbor begins a carefully crafted seduction, Emma takes much of the story to learn the truth of the necessity of relying on God first, her gut and conscience always, and the people who have her best interest and her true heart in mind, forever.
Emma’s neighbor, Freddie, might be the admirer her self-esteem preens for, but the man whose admiration grows in her soul proves that true love might just lie nearer than next door.
Told in multiple viewpoints with delightful historicity in a familiar community in Racine, Kenosha, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Cortright’s multi-layered historical romantic fiction explores the reliability of true faith and friendship, the heart and spirit of an exciting period of time, and the nature of unconditional love.
In the middle of the cultural issues, Emma Ehlke graduates from college and begins parochial school teaching in a Lutheran congregation. The story of a teacher just out of college with that youthful zeal for living, far from her family and farm life, kept me involved. Under circumstances which could lead to happiness or her ruin, it was smooth and easy reading.
Connie Cortright does an excellent job showing her character’s farm life upbringing, while demonstrating a sound knowledge of the history of the United States in the time between WWI and the depression.
She also shows the character’s entrance into town life, with some pitfalls Emma innocently stumbles into. As the character encounters instances of prohibition, flappers and their newest garb and haircuts, she experiences the “hoofer’s dream” of city life and dance rooms she so thoroughly enjoys.
The added bonus for me was the writer’s ability to sprinkle a measure of peacefulness through a story that could go either direction up to the end. The author’s detail of time and place gently settled me into the era.
I rate this book a 5 because it was so satisfying. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series.
This book was a Christmas gift. I couldn't put it down until I finished it! I would certainly recommend it to others who enjoy historical fiction.
Thank~you Connie. God's blessings to you in your writing ~ I'm looking forward to Book 2!!