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A Temporary Family (Prairie Courtships) Mass Market Paperback – March 7, 2017
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A wife and mother of three, Sherri Shackelford's hobbies include collecting mismatched socks, discovering new ways to avoid cleaning, and standing in the middle of the room while thinking, “Why did I just come in here?” A reformed pessimist and recent hopeful romantic, Sherri has a passion for writing. Her books are fun and fast-paced, with plenty of heart and soul. Write her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website: sherrishackelford.com.
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On the surface, the plot seems simple, but it's not. It's also not a lighthearted story as with the author's earlier works. There are psychological introspections by the characters which are written very well. There is also danger, action, and romance. This is probably the most tense and serious Love Inspired Historical I have read so far. Excellent story, I would recommend this book.
Let me explain: The cover art makes this look like a typical Love Inspired Historical romance. It's not. In a typical romance the emphasis is on the slow and detailed falling in love of the hero and heroine. They will usually meet in the first chapter. Often the hero or heroine will have a 'problem' with God to Whom they are not talking. (God did not answer their prayers when a loved one died.) As the story progresses the lover with the fallen away faith returns to God -- often because of the inspirational actions of the lover. From no faith to full belief makes for a complete character arc which is very satisfying to many readers.
The above is not usually the case with Love Inspired Contemporary Suspense romances. In these stories there is action and danger. Often it is a matter of survival and staying alive. The whole story many be over in just a few days. There is no time for a gradual falling in love. There is no time for theological arguments to overcome a lack of faith. This is why in so many Suspense stories the hero and heroine have had a past history. Also much of the conflict is external, that is, a threat to the hero and heroine's lives. In addition, the inspiration in Suspense romances is often in the brave, even heroic, actions of the hero and heroine. They are tested. They are in extreme danger. They inspire the reader with their character and grace under pressure.
Suspense romances are great if you like them. Notice the cover art for Love Inspired Suspense. They all show tension. The reader knows at a glance that these are not sweet traditional romances. They are action suspense stories with a romance.
I must admit when I started reading "A Temporary Family" I was a little confused. I was expecting a traditional Love Inspired story and it was going off in the Suspense direction. I soon just shifted my expectations to that of reading a Love Inspired Suspense romance and all was right with the world. I loved it!
With "A Temporary Family" there is constant danger, floods, robbers, U.S. Calvary action, gun fights, double-crosses, serious sister sibling rivalry, Civil War PTSD, adorable children, hostages, and a whole lot more. The story is a surprise a chapter!
Bottom line: "A Temporary Family" is one of the most interesting, surprising, and entertaining stories I've read in many years. It's also the fastest reading book I've read in a long time. It was almost as if my thumb was tapping out a beat as I turned the pages on my Kindle. Tap, tap, tap, page, page, page.
Reading "A Temporary Family" is a fine way to discover what a Love Inspired Historical Suspense romance would be like. Maybe Love Inspired could start such a line.
My only caveat is to read this book as a Suspense romance. I feel Love Inspired did not do this book justice with the cover art. It's not the kind of story the cover art depicts...it's much better, more exiting, and actual great fun to read.
I won this book on a website unrelated to the author and was under no obligation to write a review. (Most books I win I do not review.)
Five Stars Suspense Romance! Highest Recommendation!
Both main characters, Tilly Hargreaves and Nolan West, considered themselves as flawed, imperfect. Tilly had grown in the shadow of her older sister. She felt nothing she did or didn't do was satisfying to her family. She had a short attention span, but she had a joyful heart, kind spirit, and generous mind. Nolan looked for solitude to heal the inner wounds the civil war had left in him. His OCD made him feel like an abnormal person, his ways seen as odd to those around him. The nightmares, the pain, the claustrophobia from being a prisoner of the war for over two years had molded him to be the person he was today, and keeping others at the arm's length suited him perfectly until he met Tilly.
I loved the suspense, how it was built into the story and escalated as the story went on. The plot was well crafted, the struggle to stay alive, to keep the girls safe, the action, the budding romantic feelings building between Nolan and Tilly, the uncertainty of the elements around them, it was all well put together, it was original, and the story had a natural flow in it. There were many historical references in the story, both real and made up, giving the tale, even more, depth.
As the Love Inspired series are the Christian faith based books with Harlequin, I missed that element in this story. I think with the increased drama and trouble the characters were in, the inner growth they faced, the struggles they endured, there were many ample opportunities to show their faith and trust in God and His guidance, but that was omitted from the story, and even though the tale as it was was satisfying and entertaining, I think a great opportunity was missed here.
Battles of mind and body, sweet romance, healing from deep inner wounds, accepting imperfections and learning to celebrate them, the story touched the emotions and delivered a poignant tale
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
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