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Reading Between the Lines Paperback – September 5, 2006
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-- Neil Clark Warren -- Founder and Chairman, eHarmony.com
"Reading between the Lines is a unique tale of faith and romance, written with surpassing charm and humor. Rick Hamlin finds magic in the lives of Jim Lockhart and Elizabeth Ash, two busy but lonely New Yorkers. Beautifully drawn characters and imaginative plot twists make this a truly engaging -- and enormously satisfying -- love story."
-- F. Paul Driscoll -- Editor in Chief, Opera News
"Endearing and touching in turns, this book will capture the romantic heart. I was captivated and charmed, and you will be too."
-- Debbie Macomber -- Author, Susannah's Garden
"It's a delight to find a book that succeeds on so many levels at once...an ingenious, suspense-filled plot; authentic characters you miss like absent friends when the story ends; an insider's view of the contemporary New York scene; a love story big enough to encompass death and abandoned dreams; and above all a drama of the spirit that left me, like the protagonist, walking a little closer to God."
-- Elizabeth Sherrill -- Author, The Hiding Place and All the Way to Heaven
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Top Customer Reviews
Jim Lockhart, casting director, has survived his wife's death of cancer by throwing himself into his routine and by reciting a simple prayer: "Jesus Christ, have mercy upon me. Make haste to help me. Rescue me and save me. Let thy will be done in my life."
Though his friends encourage Jim to date, he hasn't had the heart to until he takes a risk. The date is a date from the Twilight Zone. He decides to give up on dating until Dorothy Hughes, whom he has just cast in a commercial, introduces him to Elizabeth.
Rick Hamlin has written a pleasant, sweet love story, much of it from the male viewpoint, showing a husband's grief at his wife's untimely death. He also illustrates the confusion of those entering back into the dating environment, the importance of hope, and the misunderstandings that can come from reading between the lines. Hamlin draws his characters well, and they stand out as individuals.
The book offers a pleasant reading experience for the romance lover, but without any substantial Christian content other than a rote prayer mechanically offered. -- Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book Previews.com
Casting director Jim Lockhart has moved on somewhat past the death of his beloved wife by diving into his work at Babcock, Crier, and Nelson and turning to prayer. The vocation keeps the loneliness away while asking "Jesus Christ, have mercy upon me. Make haste to help me. Rescue me and save me. Let thy will be done in my life" This provides him some solace. He casts Dorothy Hughes in a commercial and she introduces him to Elizabeth. Both will agree that the Lord works in mysterious ways
Rotating perspective between Jim and Elizabeth, READING BETWEEN THE LINES is a warm second chance at love tale starring two likable but fearful individuals. Readers will sympathize with Jim who mourns the loss of his beloved spouse who was too young to die from cancer and lonely Elizabeth too afraid to take a chance on a permanent relationship. Readers will enjoy their endearing courtship filled with doubt, fear, and love.
Hamlin's skillfully detailed characters compelled me to rush along with Elizabeth as she seeks the next purple passage in the well-worn books, and worry with Jim as he attempts to step out and take risks. All the while, the story reminded me that faith can see me through.
Just like Elizabeth's comforting old romance novels, this book reads quickly and seamlessly, yet the plot is always intricate and engaging. Reading between the Lines kept me captivated and rooting for Elizabeth and Jim to find their "happily ever after."
While not overtly a Christian book, the underlining truth of prayer makes the story. Worth picking up a copy. I enjoyed the story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book it was a light and beautiful read that will stay with me for a very long time. I also learnt a wonderfully powerful little prayer in there that I have since... Read morePublished on July 16, 2014 by Amazon Customer
IF YOU'LL LOOKING FOR A ROMANCE NOVEL WHICH DOESN'T HAVE ANY OVERLY GRAPHIC SEXUAL PARTS THIS IS IT! Read morePublished on October 21, 2012 by Keen to Analyze
If you need hope and assurance that God truly is at work in our lives, curl up with this book and let the message of the story speak to you. Read morePublished on October 10, 2007 by Jane Kise
As a praying Christian, I've read a lot of books that try to convert and others in which prayer and belief are just part of the fabric of the story. Read morePublished on August 28, 2007 by Mama Watsioni
Rick Hamlin has done a superb job of creating the special people in Reading Between the Lines. Jim and Elizabeth are real people with real life journeys that will warm even the... Read morePublished on June 26, 2007 by Marilyn A. Pasqual