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: Operation Mistletoe by Elizabeth Maddrey

CrossReaders Book Review: Operation Mistletoe by Elizabeth Maddrey

Title: Operation Mistletoe

Author: Elizabeth Maddrey

Operation Mistletoe

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About the Book

Victoria hates Christmas. Gabe loves Christmas and gives the donations he makes at his big Christmas Lights Display to a good cause. Victoria (Tori) has been told by her boss at the paper that she is to do a report on the Christmas Lights Display this year. She is furious especially when she finds out that it is Gabe who does the Display, her old college crush.

Review

This is the first book that I have read by this author and it was an absolute delight! I’m not really much into Christmas stories, but this one was an unexpected pleasure to read.
I loved following Gabe and Tori’s story. Tori hated Christmas; from the time she was young something always terrible happened on Christmas and she feels she is cursed. Gabe loved Christmas and used his many acres of land and transformed it into a wonderful array of the story of Christs’ birth. He then used the funds generated to raise money for a good cause.
Also this just happens to be the guy Tori had a crush on in college. She is in charge of the doing the article on Gabe’s Christmas display and she is just so upset at this, but alas the job has been placed in her hands.
I enjoyed the story so much that I read it in one sitting and was hooked right from the beginning to the very end. I cannot wait to read more from this author. Elizabeth Maddrey is definitely going on my new favorite authors list!
I give this story 5***** all the way around and recommend to everyone. It’s a truly delightful read.

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This review was submitted by: Shannan Williams

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CrossReaders Book Review: Wisdom to Know by Elizabeth Maddrey

CrossReaders Book Review: Wisdom to Know by Elizabeth Maddrey

CrossReads Book Review

Title: Wisdom to Know

Author: Elizabeth Maddrey

Wisdom to Know

Rating: 5 Stars

About the Book

This book is the first book in the Grant Us Grace Series. This book is a must read!

Review

This is the first book in the Grant Us Grace Series! Elizabeth Maddrey brings the characters to life from the first page! Her way of writing brings bold truth to issues that many Christian may face today. Abortion, addiction, deceit, and forgiveness are so real in families today, and this book is spot on in dealing with them. Wisdom to Know is filled with unexpected twists and turns in the lives of Lydia and Kevin, the two main characters. Lydia deals with abortion, and Kevin deals with learning to forgive. We learn how to help someone rather than have them deal with the dark, lonely guilt that one struggles with after experiencing abortion. Wisdom to Know will draw you in to the reality that these issues could very well be going happening in our own Church today. I highly recommend this book to anyone age 16 and above!

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This review was submitted by: Rachelle Craig

CrossReaders Book Review: Child Of Dust by Shoba Sadler

CrossReaders Book Review: Child Of Dust by Shoba Sadler

Title: Child Of Dust

Author: Shoba Sadler

Child of Dust

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Beautiful but spoilt Vietnamese socialite, Cao Kim Lye, learns of her parents shocking death from the dashing Amerasian family chauffeur, Bryan Nguyen.

Kim steps out of a world of crystal and chandelier to enter the dust and chaos of working-class Hanoi. She finds herself living under the roof of a shop cum living quarters with Bryan and his adoptive family.

Ever conscious of the privileged class, Kim struggles against the emotional ties she forms towards Bryan, the reluctant saviour, who considers her an unnecessary hitch to his already complicated life.

He still bears the scars of abandonment by his mother and his American GI father when U.S. troops pulled out of Vietnam.

Eventually Bryan and Kim’s powerful attraction to each other begins to break down the walls between them, but is their attraction enough to blossom into a love that can sustain a marriage?

Review

I’m always impressed with a story that can deliver the gospel message in a subtle, but powerful way. I enjoyed reading Child of Dust. It was beautiful to see Bryan and Kim’s relationship develop over time. At times I was on the edge of my seat and found myself smiling at some of their conversations. I will admit that Kim had to grow on me because in the beginning she was really mean. Bryan, on the other hand, stole my heart when he told Kim “Wars in the flesh can never be won. My battles are fought on my knees.” I love that he was a praying man.

His words blew me away many times in this book like when he told Kim “At what? At whom? I’ve been angry for so long. Too many years. I grew tired of being angry. I gave all my anger to Jesus. I laid my pain down at His feet. I made peace with myself. The world may still war with me, but there’s no longer a war within me. Only peace.” Bryan’s words caused me to think and pray, they also encouraged me.

It was not only the words of the character Bryan that made this a unique story. The fact that this was not a typical love story gave it extra spice and flavor. Also, the hardship they had to endure made the story more realistic. This is one story that will captivate you with all the twists and turns. Make sure when getting ready to read Child of Dust that you don’t have anything else planned for the day, you won’t be able to put this book down. I could go on and on about this book. Highly and strongly recommend it. Is it possible to give a book 10 stars?

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This review was submitted by: Deborah Dunson