- File Size: 2252 KB
- Print Length: 190 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Crocus Mountain Publishing (March 1, 2018)
- Publication Date: March 1, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079Z9RCHJ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,993 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Temporary Bride (Dakota Brides Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This book has the sweet historical romance done well with a great guy (not perfect, a few insecurities and a stubbornness of his own) and a broken but kind at heart woman. She has been widowed in an accident where the male lead promises his best friend (her late husband) to take care of his wife and son. She stubbornly resists this until her house burns down and she has no choice but accept his help. They get married so she and her son can live with him through the winter until she can rebuild (though she has no means to do so); planning to annul it then. It is completely irrational for her to think she can rebuild on her own with a toddler to take care of and the fire and other incidents should show her this. However, we find her pathological need to do this on her own has to do with an abusive childhood, early loss of her mother, and abandonment by her father to a guardian who told her she owed her for everything and if she disobeyed she paid dearly. This guardian used Scripture to justify her harsh treatment, abuse, and working her to the bone getting all “she owed her” for not putting her out on the street.
Some have commented that she should just get over it after her new husband treats her well for a couple of months. However, I have worked with trauma victims who had the abandonment and type of mental abuse she suffered. They often get through their childhood where they had no control over the hardships they suffered and no option to leave like adults do by building fierce walls around their hearts determination to never feel that type of pain again. They build systems like her nothing is for free mindset to gain some sense of control. They do not get over it by having a loving great spouse for a few months after spending many crucial formative years of trauma and abuse. It takes a lot of work and time for them to accept unconditional love from God and people.
The author handled the issues and questions Lena had quite believably from my experience. I did think her switching from her shutting him out completely to deciding to stay was a bit abrupt. I think if she showed more emotion and more wavering near and into the switch it might have helped. The explanations of the unconditional, unwavering, incomprehensible love of God using Scripture and the personal experiences of various people was very well done. It wasn’t preachy or judgmental by the guy and others but done lovingly and patiently. Showing as well as telling is important. He was very patient with her, but his temperament and positive outlook on life helped explain it. It takes that to get through to those with deeply ingrained trauma and beliefs. She tried to show him care and concern in the only ways she knew how. I think people were a bit harsh with her. Try to show some of the patience and unconditional love the book talks about, people! This book is well worth the time and money, but the great thing is it’s shorter and cheaper than much less well done novels. Bravo! Much enjoyed!
A must read if you want real Romance and the inspiration only the Scriptures and real faith provide!!!
The simplicity of the love, trust, faith and belief in the goodness and fidelity of our Heavenly Father.
The simplicity and patience of a faithful, steadfast and kind man, who loved with quiet strength.
The simplicity of faithfully keeping a promise, made in a moment of pain. And the simplicity of understanding, shown in how the Words of God in the Bible are connected to our lives today and always.
Linda Ford always writes solid, simple, yet fulfilling stories that show God's love and goodness, faithfully echoed within His Words of love to all of us.I
Thank you Linda for another well-written, God-centered, good book.