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Title: Joy Comes To Dinsmore Street
Author: Linda Wood Rondeau
Rating: 5 stars
About the Book
Most people looked forward to the dawning of the new millennium. For Colin O’Donnell, Christmas 2000 holds no anticipation until he learns Ma expects a visit from Joy, an adored cousin who disappeared on the girl’s sixteenth birthday. Why does she decide to visit Ma after all these years? The day Colin’s father left, Ma clutched Joy’s photograph as if it were a lifeline. Colin suspects the two disappearances are somehow connected although they occurred decades apart. Perhaps Joy’s visit will bring answers to years-old daunting questions. First, however, Colin must wrestle with a current mystery. What did he do to drive his wife from their bed? When all is revealed and the past and present collide, will Colin fight to preserve his marriage or follow his father’s path of abandonment?
Joy Comes To Dinsmore Street by Linda Wood Rondeau is a story of secrets, desertion, and self-hate but forgiveness redeems the story and the characters in the story. The story alternates between dates that range from 1967 to 2000 and each chapter is told from the point of view of one of the main characters. Gertie and Joy are cousins that are closer than many sisters but on Joy’s sixteenth birthday she disappears and is not heard from for decades. Gertie has become an adult and is married to her second husband but he leaves and never returns. This pulls Gertie into a barren life for she spends most of her time sitting at the window waiting for her husband to return and clutching a picture of Joy. Gertie receives word that Joy is coming for a visit after being gone for forty years and this seems to throw the entire household into turmoil. Colin, Gertie’s son, is facing problems with his wife, Ginny for she is keeping a secret and has begun sleeping in another bedroom. The only happiness that Colin seems to have is his son Colin Roy.
The author did an excellent job in telling a story that was quite depressing in some parts but through the development of all the characters and the plot line, she turned the story into one that is uplifting and even inspirational. No matter how bad the situation, God can help and when the main characters learned this fact, lives were changed and happiness returned. There were several twists and turns in the plot but in the end everything came together with a good ending. Even though at first I did not like some of the characters, the more I read the more I began to understand and began to care for them as I would a friend. Scenes were so well developed that I was feeling the pain and sorrow of each character in the scene. The author skillfully show how distrust and unforgiveness can be passed from generation to generation but in the end when one turns to God for help and offers forgiveness, lives are changed for the better. I would like to see a sequel that focuses on the life of Colin, Ginny, and Colin Roy.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read a story that shows how forgiveness and God can turn lives around and make them happy again.
Thanks to the author, Linda Wood Rondeau, for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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This review was submitted by: Deanna Gottreu – please visit her website at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog