Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Thought provoking and honest, Journey to Omwana, is the story of Jake, the son of lifelong missionaries, who has chosen the life of a missionary himself. Growing up as the child of a missionary, the harsh life in Venezuela doesn't seem remarkable to him. His mother (now ill and perhaps unable to return to the mission field) and father have returned to the states. While home visiting his parents, Jake meets Julia at the insurance office while taking care of some business for his mother. Every effort to find a wife and help mate to join him in the mission field has thus far failed . . . but Julia has always felt that God has a special plan for her . . . Journey to Omwana is a story of trusting God's plan, or FEARING God's plan, of wrestling God for control . . . of running from God . . . things that all of us that love the Lord have done . . . because nothing of worth is attained easily . . . and humans, well, we are a stiff necked people . . . but we are HIS people . . . this is a refreshingly, open and forthright look at what happens when we hear God's call and follow . . . of how He walks with us through the unknown . . . how He sends those to us to encourage us . . . and how our only real HOME is in Him . . .
Although this is the FIRST in The BlackBerry County Chronicles, it's the second one I've listened to . . . and I thoroughly enjoyed it . . . the gentle spirit of God's love shines through in these books . . . not the "beat you over the head" kind of Christianity . . . but the grace and kindness of the "come along side you" and "share your burden" love that Christ himself taught and practiced. The folks of Crispens Cove are funny, close, and quirky. . . and they accept Charlotte, their new resident writer with genuine neighborly love. As in all small towns, everyone knows everyone else's business and the news that Charlotte writes "romance" novels, spreads like wild fire . . . and the pastor soon takes that to mean that Charlotte writes some steamy stuff!!! That little knot takes quite some time to get untangled . . . I found the first book in the series to be just as good as the second one . . . and I'm looking forward to listening to Book Three!
From Ireland to Ellis Island, Cara, now in New York, arrives in search of her brother, Eoghan. Cara found work in a candle factory and to her surprise, she also found many friends in the boarding house where she lived . . . and one enemy. The story is a gentle, easy listen, even with the danger that Cara encounters . . . I had never heard of the Fenian Brotherhood before listening to No Safe Harbor. All in all, clean, good book.