- File Size: 323 KB
- Print Length: 90 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: The Wild Rose Press; Last Rose of Summer 1st edition (February 22, 2013)
- Publication Date: February 22, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BK895SO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,081,628 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Night Stars and Mourning Doves (Dearly Beloved) Kindle Edition
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This is a short, well-balanced story about a widowed father recovering from grief.
The heroine, Elyse, has been through her own share of pain too.
Both main characters heal with each other and within their loving and supporting families.
While predictable, “Night Stars and Mourning Doves” is well written and beautifully metaphorical, showing the broken hero (Eric) that all living beings – even doves – suffer loss and pain but adjust to the new circumstances and move on.
Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
The title was very fitting for this short lunch time read that I really enjoyed. Anyone who has had to go through any kind of ups and downs or tragedy in their lives will be rooting for Elyse and Eric to have that HEA.
The family dynamics and interaction was written with meaning and passion. I found that for such a short story it seemed as if Ms. Hoornstra added layers to her story which added depth.
Because of the hardships in their lives Elyse and Eric deserved some bit of happiness. But neither wanted a relationship. Eric lost his first wife figuring he would never find that kind of love again. As a cop he and his young son find themselves back home with his parents. Elyse lived with a life of sexual abuse, from her dad. You see just because you have money doesn’t mean bad things don’t happen. After her parents were killed you would think that the abuse would end but it didn’t. Ms. Hoornstra shows us that sometimes women find themselves going from one abusive relationship right into another. Whether it is sexual, verbal or physical it is hard to break the cycle because once abused you feel as if that is what you deserve. Elyse endures a lot finding that the only way out was divorce…but there were problems.
There is an instant attraction between Elyse and Eric. Ms. Hoornstra rings their emotional connection of a hard life into play. It was easy to feel the heat between them as you share in their night of passion; with the gentle way of tugging at your heart. Ms. Hoornstra wrote from her heart with such feeling that the characters seemed real. I loved how we were introduced into their lives from the start where they instantly became family.
Family, new love, warmth and new life. I simply loved this story and can’t wait to read more by Ms. Hoornstra.