CrossReaders Book Review: Yours to Love by Cathy Jackson

CrossReaders Book Review: Yours to Love by Cathy Jackson

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Title: Yours to Love

Author: Cathy Jackson

Yours to Love

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Recovering from a heartbreaking divorce, prominent YouTuber Maximillian Roselle finds himself a single father of two young children. Lonely and in pain, they cling to each other on the island of happiness he has created for them, longing for a wholeness they cannot voice.

When strong-willed, compassionate, and empathetic Ruthie Eden enters their world, hope for that wholeness is born. Her heart bleeds for Max’s children and she is compelled to heal three broken hearts.

Slowly and cautiously Max weaves her into the fabric of their lives fearing she will compromise his trust, yet hoping she may be the healing balm his family needs.

Review

ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO WAIT

Once again, Ms. Jackson has spun a moving, emotional tale of loss, hurt, betrayal, devotion, acceptance, forgiveness, and new beginnings. The characters have real life situations, emotions, angst, anger, and reactions. While sharing the love of God, striving to live as a child of God, it does not come across as preachy or holier-than-thou, but instead, humble and devoted to the Lord.

Maximillian Roselle has a deep and abiding love for his two children, Michael and Caroline. He is a loving parent, is hands on with them, provides healthy food, a comfortable home, and his time. His ex-wife and the children’s mother decided that she wanted more in life, and walked away from all of them. Max is determined never to be hurt again, not allow another woman to become close, and to protect and nurture his children. The downside, he lacks a female companion, someone to have adult conversations with, enjoy a cup of coffee, and a relationship. Max is a famous YouTuber, with over fourteen million followers.

Ruthie Eden is a thirty-four-year-old virgin, who hasn’t dated, never been kissed, and has a deep abiding love of the Lord, His word, and her church. She loves working with the children and in the church nursery. Ruthie works two jobs, one full-time at a fast food restaurant, the other part time stocking hardware. She also has a love of writing clean romance and has written a book and hopes to continue writing clean romance, even if she has never had romance in her life.

The plot will have Max and Ruthie at a grand opening of a comic store interacting with customers, and for Ruthie, offering her book for sale. When Michael and Caroline’s babysitter cancels, he will bring them along, and Caroline will interact with Ruthie, becoming fast friends. Max will find himself needing to find a new Nanny for his children, and fate will bring him and Ruthie together several times. “God would allow in my life what He knew was right and that would bless me, so I believed the event would be a blessing.” There are no mistakes with God, and healing for Max is in the works, with Ruthie as a kind reminder, along with her living faith will help heal this broken family. “Being a Christian isn’t supposed to be easy. It’s all about giving everything up to the One who loves me more than anyone else could.”

There is a physical and emotional attraction between Max and Ruthie and one they both try to fight. She will not be with someone who isn’t a Christian, and he is afraid to trust and be hurt again. She never tries to force her religious beliefs on him or the children, but her actions and life represent the Bible she believes in while admitting she is human and subject to daily failure. “God knowing our needs before we tell Him.” The story is a clean Christian based romance.

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This review was submitted by: Kathy Heare Watts

CrossReaders Book Review: Love A Little by Rhonda McKnight, Sherri Lewis

CrossReaders Book Review: Love A Little by Rhonda McKnight, Sherri Lewis

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Title: Love A Little

Author: Rhonda McKnight, Sherri Lewis

Love a Little

Rating: 4/5 stars

About the Book

Serial dater, Cree Jordan, has lovephobia, but she’s going to have to get over it soon because she’s on an 8-hr flight to Paris stuck sitting between the only two men she’s ever loved. A flight cancellation leaves them stranded in the “City of Love” for 24 hours. Will she be able to get over her past to let herself love again?

Review

What happens when you put two amazing storytellers together? You get a page-turner like Love a Little. I met Cree before in the Jordan series and I couldn’t wait to get her story. I wasn’t prepared for the fast-paced, crazy shenigans in Love A Little. There is an airplane scene that was so vivid, that I felt every moment – I laughed, I squirmed, I rolled my eyes and I smiled at Cree’s moments of tenderness. I also met Wayne and David and both men had me feeling two very different reactions. A takeaway for me as a single woman is that what God has for you is yours. Time, Space and Circumstance cannot interfere with God plans. A satisfying conclusion had my heart smiling. Kudos to Rhonda and Sherri for their collaboration! I am now eagerly anticipating Dream A Little as I am given a sneak peek at the end of the book.

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This review was submitted by: Michelle Lindo-Rice

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CrossReaders Book Review: Nowhere for Christmas by Heather Gray

CrossReaders Book Review: Nowhere for Christmas by Heather Gray

Title: Nowhere for Christmas

Author: Heather Gray

Nowhere for Christmas

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Anything can happen on the road to Nowhere… A journalist and single mother, Avery is used to being in control though she tries to remind her-self to let God take lead in her life. Eli, her son, is happy as long as he has his music, plenty of food, and the occasional adult on which to practice his rapier wit. Gavin, a virtual stranger, is a photojournalist who mysteriously dropped off the scene a few years ago. The trio ends up together for a Christmas road trip to the small town of Nowhere. An eight hour drive in a rental car turns into two days of misadventure and calamity as bad luck seems to stalk them. They get a flat tire, the bumper falls off, the car overheats – and that’s only the be-ginning! Along the way they meet some interesting people – from a bait shop owner who moonlights as a mechanic to a chatty preacher’s wife and a highway patrolman whose wife and mother can’t agree on the best way to remove a skunk’s stink. Hungry, cold, and tired, the three finally reach Nowhere only to discover the town is nothing like they expected. They learn that reaching their destination doesn’t necessarily mean the journey has ended.

Review

Nowhere for Christmas was the first book of Heather Gray’s I have read, but I can’t check out her other books fast enough. It was just what I needed at this time. Avery was assigned to write a Christmas story about Nowhere, Oklahoma. She and her son, Eli had to make the trip with the photojournalist that had been assigned to the story, Gavin. Since they had never met, neither one had any idea what to expect. Gavin thinking Avery would be a man and Avery and Eli thinking Gavin would be an old stick in the mud, everyone was pleasantly surprised. It all started with a rental car mix up from a SUV, to being offered a sports car, to ending up with a hatchback with over 100,000 miles on it. This was one of the funniest books I’ve read. I found myself laughing out loud on numerous occasions. Pretty much anything that could go wrong…did, making this the worst road trip in history. (Or was it?) I can’t recommend this book enough!

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This review was submitted by: Teresa Sapp

CrossReaders Book Review: Starlight Inn by Lucie Ulrich

CrossReaders Book Review: Starlight Inn by Lucie Ulrich

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Title: Starlight Inn

Author: Lucie Ulrich

Startlight Inn

Rating: 5 Stars

About the Book

Beautiful book about Family, Faith and Forgiveness!

Review

Starlight Inn captured me from the first page. This book was one that once I started reading, I didn’t want to stop. Lucie has introduced us to some amazing people in this book, one being the mysterious Tillie Spencer, a little elderly lady who brings good to all she encounters. It appears that Tillie is an “Angel on Earth!” Ella Dixon and her sister Eva were born on Christmas, and Ella needs to get to New York to celebrate their birthday and Christmas. However, Ella has a business to run and last minute deadlines to meet. She gets caught in a blizzard in her rush to make it to New York for the festivities, and ends up finding a room at the Starlight Inn. She is introduced to Nick, who owns the Inn with his sister Fran. Nick and Ella’s attraction to one another is immediate, but they both have busy careers and live 100 miles apart. Tillie has a solution to everything, and seems to know things nobody else knows, as well as a way of walking in a room without being heard. Nick and Ella are convinced that Tillie is an angel, but according to Tillie, she “would have wings if she were an angel!” This book is all about faith, family, forgiveness, and fresh new beginnings! I recommend this book to everyone! I am hoping Lucie will make Tillie and friends a series!

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This review was submitted by: Rachelle Craig

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CrossReaders Book Review: Pinch of Promise by Elizabeth Maddrey

CrossReaders Book Review: Pinch of Promise by Elizabeth Maddrey

CrossReads Book Review

Title: Pinch of Promise

Author: Elizabeth Maddrey

A Pinch of Promise

Rating: 5

About the Book

Such a heartwarming story about forgiveness. The author talked about how important it is to pursue God everyday.

Review

I was given a copy of this book for an honest review

It wasn’t so long ago that Becky’s life was in shambles. Some people might remember her as Marie, the teenager that everyone knew as the troubled teen that her parents had to endure years of struggles with her. Her dad is a famous pastor-turned-parenting expert and writes books on the subject. The press was relentless about Becky and her troubles with drugs, being known as a bad girl and spending time in rehab facilities. The problem was, none of the stories were true. Her father wrote about a girl with those issues, but he never said who he was referring to. Can Becky every find a way to forgive her dad and find peace about her past?

One day Marie left her hometown, changed her name and never looked back. She had a very strained relationship with her father and had no intentions of ever forgiving him for the pain she went thru because of his books. Becky becomes a physical therapist and tries to live a quiet life. As she is working one day, someone comes in for treatment on his knee. Ben stares at his physical therapist and sees a glimmer of someone he use to know ten years ago. He can’t believe that it is possible that his therapist could be the same girl he fell in love with and never got over.

This is a powerful story about forgiveness and letting go of your past. The author has written a very touching story that shows us how hard it is to let go of your anger and start to let your heart soften from all the bitterness you have held in for so long.. As Ben decides he wants to start again with Becky, she continues to pull away from him. Ben’s friends encourage him to not give up on Becky . One of them tell him, “if you want someone in your life, you pursue them. And if they run the other way, then run faster. It reminds me of what we need to be doing everyday. The author gives a great example of how we need to pursue God everyday and if there are obstacles, then run faster to get to Him.

Becky has always collected salt shakers and the author writes a beautiful analogy how what the salt represents. Becky says her salt shakers remind her that we’re to be salt and light, and that even the tiniest pinch of salt offered someone the promise of a better life in Christ. The book is so beautifully written and shares with us the hurt that Becky felt her father had placed on her , when he wrote his books but would never say they weren’t about her. She also gives us insight into homeless shelters and the needs that can be overwhelming for them. I loved the ending and thought it was powerful and makes you think about who you may hold unforgiveness for. It is a love story with life lessons we can all learn from. All we need is “A Pinch of Promise.”

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This review was submitted by: Deana Dick