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A Reluctant Melody Paperback – January 11, 2016
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About the Author
Sandra engages readers with page-turning stories of love and faith. She's the author of the heartwarming novella, The Yuletide Angel, and the award-winning novel, A Reluctant Melody. Rarely out of reach of a book, she's also an armchair sports enthusiast, country music listener, and never says no to eating out. Visit her at sandraardoin.com where you can subscribe to her newsletter to receive updates and specials. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and Bookbub.
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She would pay into eternity for her lapse in judgment, for loving a man who used her and tossed her aside. Hadn’t her father said as much before he cast her out of his house? If Papa were her this minute, he would remind her again of the sin she’d committed, and the mercy she would never find from the almighty and judgment-prone Creator.
Whoa! You can imagine Joanna’s reaction upon seeing Kit again and the conflict that oozed from the pages! With a benefactor holding a ticking clock, though, Kit had no choice but to convince Joanna to sell. Her continued refusals made him wonder if he hadn’t ran ahead of the Lord’s will. Often, I worry the same thing in my own life.
Favorite quote: “God doesn’t demand perfection from us first, Jo. He perfects us through our faith in Christ.”
A sprinkling of historical tidbits, a trail of intrigue, and the abundance of spiritual nuggets pulled me in every chance I got to read. While I suspected some elements, a few twists surprised me. I appreciated the real battle Kit waged over his addiction, even after being saved, and how his struggle wasn’t easy or glossed over. I generally prefer more sizzle in my romance reads, but because of their disastrous past and the constraints of the time period, I understand the restraint. Overall, though, A Reluctant Melody is a book I will keep in my library, just to reread and savor those spiritual goodies all over again.
TO PONDER: When someone I know struggles with consequences of poor choices, do I extend grace or judgment? Do I offer a listening ear or a cold heart? Am I a help or a hindrance?
DISCLAIMER: I PURCHASED MY OWN COPY OF A RELUCTANT MELODY. THIS REVIEW IS MY FAIR AND UNBIASED OPINION, AND I WAS IN NO WAY COMPENSATED.
A Reluctant Melody is an enjoyable romance novel with a twist. Joanna Stewart is a young widow who withdraws from the social scene after the death of her husband Clayton Stewart. After suffering from pneumonia and while on the mend, he unexpectedly dies from unknown causes. Some suspicious townsfolk think Joanna murdered her husband. Her stepson Perry Stewart, pursues her after his father's death and proposes marriage on a regular basis. Joanna is not attracted to Perry in this way but Perry is relentless in his efforts to woo her.
Kit Barnes, an old flame from the past, enters the scene when he tries to purchase Joanna's estate and turn it into a rehabilitation center for recovering alcoholics. There is so much negative history and distrust between the two of them. However, their paths cross on a regular basis which provides the opportunity to help set the record straight. There are many unexpected twist and turns in this well written love triangle!
Inspirational Author ~ Dolores Ayotte
I'm Not Perfect and It's Okay: Thirteen Steps to a Happier Self
Several years later, she & her former co-hart in sin meet again - Doubt, disgrace, gossips, condemnation,
Learning the true redemption of Jesus Christ and finally the love of her first love.
-- Pretty fast moving & keeps you from putting down the book (at least it did to me). A lot is going on & it keeps you interested.
I rate books differently than others. I use my stars a:
(*****5) can’t stop talking about it will do all of #4.
(****4) Will keep, reread, buy and pass on another copy and promote the author as best as I can.
(***3) Will pass on and share with others it was a great book keep as a reread as well when I get it back.
(**2) Will donate it to thrift store. Glad I read it but not worth reading again.
(*1) Not worth reading, great for a fire starter though.
For me this was not only a 5***** but a I hope there is much more!