- File Size: 483 KB
- Print Length: 184 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Grace Publishing (February 9, 2015)
- Publication Date: February 9, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00TFEOKQ2
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Living in different cities allows Raine to avoid the frantic calls and texts from her best friend while she decides what to do. Decorated war hero, Gage Jordan, is not so lucky. The Jordans are a tight-knit, loving family, and while he explains his uncharacteristic standoffishness as “adjusting,” they are concerned about him. Gage can’t escape his family, or the devastating injury that ended his 14-year military career. He and Raine have at least one thing in common; they watched someone they loved suffer and die. Gage recognizes that in the battlefield of his mind, he continues to carry the limp body of his friend.
Hope House was Raine’s parents’ lifework before the ravages of age and sickness kept them from it. Instead of a legacy worth reviving, Raine treats it like a millstone about her neck. Sometimes we’re so busy wallowing in self-pity that we need a Mrs. Belk to stick their nose in our business and remind us affectionately of our purpose in God’s handiwork. Her hippie parents’ gift of sacrifice made room for Raine to attend “The Show.” Outside the will call window is where two reluctant theatregoers; Raine and Gage, see one another for the first time in years.
Gage reads the Bible faithfully, now he’s trying to read into what his reaction to seeing Raine again means, if anything. They were never lovers, yet there’s an unmistakable chemistry between them. As a baby, Raine had been a lost cause before being adopted by an elderly white couple, the Stills. Gage and Raine’s spirits are already wounded, so before allowing physical attraction to bring further turmoil into their walk with God, both want to make sure she’s more than a cause to champion or conquer. If the doors of Hope House swing open once more, there’s hope for love, if Gage Jordan and Raine Still put aside the weights that beset them and just live a little.
For Raine Still…when it rains, it pours. Sadly, she is ready to give up on life as a spirit of depression and loneliness over takes her. In her mind, everything worth living for is now gone with the death of her parents. And even constant phone calls from her best friend, who has moved away, won’t change her made up mind.
Although, Gage Jordan, appears to be well put together on the outside, as a fourteen year Army Veteran and war hero, he continues to struggle with the emotional and constant memory recall from the devastation of losing his best friend.
Raines’ dark cloud, prevents her from being in a place where she can trust God, and in a way, blames Him for taking her parents away. But, God has a plan in place for her and Gage plays the starring role as through his faith, helps her to see the light of The Son again.
Together, along with the sovereign love and grace of God, they are able to not only restore each other’s hope, mend their broken hearts, and heal the wounds of loss, but give of themselves to build a safe haven and offer hope, faith and prosperity to others in need.
Although fictional, with this story, Rhonda, uses many platforms to address real, in-time issues, such as depression, loneliness, homelessness and the lack of care, compassion and compensation for troops who return home after going to battle and risking their lives for their country.
As with all of Rhonda’s creations, her unique gift of making it easy to lose yourself in the characters, will have you laughing out loud as well as shading some tears.
I would highly recommend this book to everyone and especially to those who are dealing with despair. Enjoy as it encourages you to, Live A Little.
P.S. Don’t you just love the names of the main characters? Raine and Gage. How awesome and creative was that?
Follow Raine Still through the depths of despair and incredible swells of joy as she attempts to balance the bliss of a possible new love interest, with the pain of her parents' deaths, and her will to live. There are a number of layers within this story and some readers will find themselves knee deep in moral perplexity as the story unfolds; Is Raine contemplating to be or not to be? Why is Gage reluctant to kiss Raine? Has he been less than honest about his life, is he involved with someone else? Does he pitch for the other team? Why is Raine so eager to be kissed? Yet thinks she is not worthy of being kissed? Does her past make her a lesser woman, or simply naive?
Love, loss, and guilt—are the narrative strands that run throughout this gracefully woven tale of inspirational romance. However, the emotional ties that should bind them seem to be the very ones that are unraveling. So, are the two main characters too damaged to intermingle? It is possible, as most people are damaged in some way, especially a number of wartime Veterans. Nevertheless, is Gage Jordan damaged because of the war or is he damaged due to some deep-seeded guilt he harbors for something he may or may not be responsible for? Moreover, is Raine Still, damaged because of her upbringing or does her low self-esteem stem from loneliness and fear because of her parent's death? The allurement that Live A Little presents to readers is precisely the allurement that will propel readers to continue to turn the pages to discover what will and has happened in both Raine and Gage's lives, and if they are willing to make room in their hearts for each other. Can Gage convince Raine to see that "hope" and faith are the balm she needs to heal her hurting soul? Pick up a copy of Live A Little and find out.