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Love's Unfading Light: Historical Christian Romance (Eagle Harbor Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B00RS9604Q
- Publisher : Cedar Lake Press; 2nd edition (March 23, 2015)
- Publication date : March 23, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 3877 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 261 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #25,131 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Tressa, a widow from a loveless marriage, left with a son, a bakery and a tremendous amount of debt. After her husband’s death, she seemed to do a decent job supporting her and her son, until a robbery unleashes all her dead husband’s creditors to conspire against her. Poor woman lost ground fast. Just thinking about her circumstances makes me so grateful that I wasn’t born in that time period. And Mac, an assistant lightkeeper, willingly sacrificed everything for her without expecting anything in return. Without coming across as preachy, Mac modeled Christ’s love for us.
Although subtle, Love’s Unfading Light packs a powerful message tucked inside those pages. Like how we judge others based on their associations. How sometimes we’re certain we’re following God’s path for our lives, but then He turns us around and points us in a different direction. How God has the power to transform an impossible situation into a blessing. I can’t wait to dig into Love’s Every Whisper, Elijah and Victoria’s story!
To Ponder: Sometimes we can’t see the bigger picture, the whole truth regarding our circumstances, but God knows. Do we accept the current situation as truth and allow the bleakness to overwhelm us or do we look past the circumstances to trust the God who loves us with a limitless love?
Disclaimer: I purchased my own copy of Love’s Unfading Light when it was free on Amazon. This review is my fair and unbiased opinion, and I was in no way compensated.
(Though reviews are inherently subjective, I prefer to provide some organization to my opinions through the use of a personal rubric. The following notes may contain spoilers.)
Plot and Setting: 4 -- Plot is engaging. Has unique elements and no major holes, but a few shaky bits and/or a slight lack of focus. Setting is clear and believable. Timeline may be a bit hard to follow. A lot happened in a rather short time. I kept thinking more time had passed than really had, as the whole story takes less than 2 weeks. Makes for a very quick romance (and they go particularly quickly from love to marriage), though it manages not to feel too fast. The building weight of debt upon debt upon debt started to feel a bit repetitive, but the resolution of all that was very satisfying. The glimpses of Elijah and Victoria's relationship were interesting, but were more setting up the next book in the series than contributing to the plot of this one.
Characters: 4 -- Main characters are relatable, realistic, interesting, and dynamic. Some minor characters have depth, while others may be slightly stereotyped or simplified. Definite strong points in the relationships between characters. Tressa and Mac face external challenges and internal doubts, and it all felt very real and believable. I like them each individually (weaknesses and all) and as a couple. Some of the minor characters are given a lot of depth and realism, while others (mainly the villainous/snooty/greedy ones) are more stereotypical, one-note characters. Lots of interesting relational dynamics with friends, family, and townsfolk.
Mechanics and Writing: 4 -- A handful of typos, punctuation issues, or word errors. (<15/100 pgs) None of the errors seriously hinder understanding. Good use of POV. Generally skillful writing. Errors include: homophone confusion, mild punctuation issues. Errors only started popping up in the later part of the book, and there weren't too many. Some odd/missing punctuation (like missing quotation marks) and word confusion (snuggly for snugly, motely for motley, morning for mourning, and the character Finley McCabe turning into Finely McCabe on at least 3 separate occasions in the middle of the book). POV alternates between Tressa and Mac mostly, with several sections of Elijah.
Redeeming Value: 5 -- Well-developed, central, uplifting themes. Drugs, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified at all. No explicit sex scenes. Clear moral guidelines for behavior. Themes of love and sacrifice (in sharp contrast to the greedy, unmerciful chorus of many in town, especially the wealthy elite), and finding our worth in Jesus, who gave his life for us, rather than judging ourselves based on the opinions of fallible, self-centered humans.
Personal Enjoyment: 4 -- I liked it a lot. Highly enjoyable and very entertaining, with perhaps an issue or two that tempered my pleasure. I’d enjoy reading it again.
One thing this wonderful story tells about besides the copper mining in Michigan and most of what gives the name to the Copper Country in Michigan, because there were many copper mines in that country and other places mostly I believe in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, is the history of the Great Lakes, especially Lake Superior. This story tells of just how quickly and how bad storms can be on this massively huge Lake and the others. This history given is factual as storms can even take down mighty cargo ships just as badly as the oceans. I was there when the mighty Fitzgerald went down in Lake Superior.
Anyway this has history that is intriguing, as a well written story with a lot going on. I highly encourage you to read this book and this series as I intend to. It's going to be so good.