Chirp and Chatter Pages

Friday, May 16, 2014

Designed by Love, Mary Manners


This may well be my favorite of this author's Heart's Haven offerings, to date. I love them all, but Traci and Dylan captured my heart - and I love the way the ever-present Heart's Haven angels did their "thing" in this book. Just perfectly perfect!

Wounded Grace (Tanya Stowe)


Wounded Grace is part of the Heart’s Haven Easter collection, in which a startling and unexpected occurrence saddens many faithful visitors to the Haven. But Tanya Stowe manages to reach around and beyond that central shock, and build yet another truly heart-rending set of circumstances between the hero and heroine. When their past threatens their future, only God and His wonderful messengers can create the kind of miracle that will bring renewal and refreshing into the hearts of two people who’ve suffered far too long. Stowe is a master storyteller with a keen awareness of and empathy for humanity with all its faults and foibles. A beautiful tale, beautifully written.

Jodie's Song, Marianne Evans


Marianne Evans never has a problem touching hearts in the pages of her books…and Jodie’s Song is certainly no exception. I enjoyed this special Easter story, loved the themes of rebirth and renewal, loved the pull of heartstrings, the angst…and the refreshing healing power of Christ that was displayed so beautifully in the lives of these characters. Sadness…oh, yes—very true to life sorrow and loss. But Evans is a master at portraying the ever-present hope Christ offers to those who will accept it. Jodie’s Song is definitely a Heart’s Haven keeper.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Whispers on the Prairie (Vickie McDonough)


Well, Vickie McDonough does it again. Whispers on the Prairie is a beautifully written tale filled with heart-tugging emotion and a terrific story line that is the perfect first book in a series. I love the Harper family, and can't wait to watch the other two brothers fall in love. Ethan's angst over failing to keep his older brother's flighty wife from getting herself killed, and Sarah's love for the sweet aunt who gave her a home are key elements in this touching story. It's a series of tragic, funny, moving events as all three Harper brothers make a play for the pretty "city gal" who is forced to accept their family's hospitality, though she knows nothing of prairie life. Vickie McDonough consistently writes fiction that resonates, and Whispers on the Prairie is yet another example of that skill. Just a delightful read!