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Seasons Of A Life (The Lakeville Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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As the main, and minor, characters, face their past and present, they realize that they have some issues that are holding them back from finding a way to true happiness. Through the use of hope, love, trust in others, prayer and forgiveness, they are able to trust in God and know that he will guide them where they need to be. This is not an easy task or can be done on a straight path or in the same manner as others. It is an individual journey toward peace.
Part of that journey, in this novel, has a great deal to do with family and its dynamics. Some are positive and are a blessing from the beginning and continue to be decades later. Some are fraught with anger, abuse, or other negative attributes that bring toxicity into the family. In this novel we see two different families. One like the former and one like the latter. It is the latter that is the primary focus in this novel, at least at the beginning and how two of the characters work through the harms and disappointments and anger that they felt within this relationship. And how each person is affected and finds a way to move forward to a place of peace.
The characters are wonderful. They are all very different and have relatable personalities. Their flaws are shown just as readily as their strengths. Their honesty as well as their misperceptions. They are realistic people the reader can easily understand and empathize with.
The storyline is interesting and engaging. It is varied in nature, full in description, and brings the novel to life.
While this novel is about the power of hope, faith, prayer, love and God, it is not preachy or overwritten. It is a novel that those who enjoy sweet, warm and wonderful reads with a touch of humor and wit will appreciate. Yes, this is a Christian novel, but no it is not purely a religious novel. It is one I believe most readers will enjoy.
I received a free paperback from Celebrate Lit. I purchased an ecopy of this novel.
I voluntarily read and reviewed this novel. All thoughts are my own
I really liked the storyline and the characters but it is one that I wouldn't really consider to be in the Christian genre, yes it is a clean read and the characters go to church and sing worship songs and are christians ( most are, just not the secondary characters).
I really liked the ending and I am going to add the second book in this series to my to be read pile.
There are a couple of scenes that just seem to be wrong to me such as her two sons are 17 and 18 and she had to have "babysitters" when she left them when she went on a date and the one that really surprised me was when she gave them a hug and a kiss when they were going into Sunday School.
The characters both had to learn to leave the past in the past and they both had to learn forgiveness as well as Sammie's daughter Sunny.
I am giving "Seasons of a Life" by D.H. Barbara three stars!
I was given a complimentary copy by the author and Celebrate Lit and these opinions are my own.
I declined to give it five stars, though, because as someone else mentioned, the 17 and 18 year olds in the book seemed to need baby sitters. Not very realistic, in my opinion.
Also, without giving too much away, there is an event in the last portion of the book, that struck me as unbelievable. My husband, like one of the main characters, is also a Vietnam vet. While not impossible for this event to occur, I know the approximate age bracket of the two main characters, and it does not seem realistic. Even if it was possible, somehow I just did not like it. I think the story worked fine without adding in this event.
However, if you enjoy a sweet, clean romance, this book is for you.