Angelina have humiliated in her,and the mother was humanitarian both love God,I like to read books about love in God, we don't have to be in church or read the bible every day, ! What he wants from us acknowledge,said thanks when we have food in our tables,when our family leave the house to school,work, you said please walk with them,ask for his help when you need it, your will feel his protection,this book make mellow,thanks Lindi Peterson for your book.Thelma
Another novel by Lindi Peterson that holds your attention from beginning to end. As a person who loves shoes I can imagine spending thousands of dollars at the shoe store. But having to spend a large amount of money in a short amount of time can seem like a burden. Especially when a handsome accountant has charge of the charge card. Read on to find out how Ann copes with these problems and a host of surprise twists in the first of the Richness in Faith Series.
Words cannot describe my feelings I had when I read this book. Lets just say amazing doesn't come close, its more like wonnderful-incredibly-amazing all in one! I haven't read a book in over a year and a half and I took this book to the beach and in less than 2 days, I read it. I could not put it down. Every page was a mystery and so exciting, it kept you wanting to read further to see what was going to happen next. I place this author along with some of my all time favorites - Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Elin Hilderbrand, Johanna Lindsey, etc.... A must buy!!! Thank you Lindi Peterson for writing this book and getting me back into reading once again. Cannot wait for sequel #2 to come out.
I fell in love with this book from the first line. From the strained relationship between Ann and her mother, and the unanswered questions about the "other side of the family," I was immediately pulled in to the story.
The characters and their quirks are fantastic--Ann (who goes everywhere with her cat), Aunt Venus (who refuses to marry her boyfriend of twenty years), Mom (who bonds with her daughter in airports between missionary work), and so many others. I found myself invested in each of them, even down to Loud Jimmy, who I both hated and felt sympathy for, since he was obviously so misguided.
The story begins with Ann having lost her job, and working on her resume so she can find another. She meets her mother in the airport, and we get a sense of her resentment from always being left behind while her mother dashes across the world on mission trips. Ann receives a letter, summoning her to the reading of her father's will, and pulling her into the world of the mysterious "other side" that her mother has tried so hard to keep secret.
When she arrives at her father's house, she meets Stace, who says she's the help, but who turns out to be her half-sister. Her father has given her twenty-four days to spend one million dollars, if both she and Stace are to receive his inheritance. A reluctant Brent, her father's CPA, must place his own life on hold to accompany her and manage the money.
Though Brent and Ann are mutually attracted, two things stand between them--Brent's "big brother" relationship with Ricky, an at-risk teen boy, and his impending missionary trip to Peru. Ann and Brent must go on a rescue mission when Ricky uses Brent's money to buy his own ticket and runs away to Peru. While there, Brent tells Ricky he and Ann aren't in love, crushing her hope for romance. Being in Peru makes her face emotion related to her mother's mission work she's suppressed for years.
I enjoyed the ups and downs of the romance, as well as the real, heartwarming moments from the side characters. The big-moment kiss did not disappoint--I could even feel the chill from the rain.
If I have any criticism at all, it would be that there wasn't a scene where Ann went to church, even though Brent asked her to several times. I kept waiting for that moment when she walked into the sanctuary wearing her heart on her sleeve, but not for Brent. The moment did happen, just not in the church like I'd expected. Even so, the religious arc of the book felt complete.
I fell in love with Peterson’s writing after reading her books Her Best Catch and Summer’s Song. Even though I didn’t immediately connect with Ann’s story, I had to know what happened next.
Ann’s mom (Trixie) is a missionary and has traveled all her life. Even though Ann doesn’t share this calling of being a missionary, she does routinely take her mom to the airport and picks her up whenever she returns. Ann isn’t close to her mom, but she strongly desires her mom’s love and affection. Ann has never met her father and according to what goes on, she never will. Will Trixie ever answer Ann’s questions about her father or will Ann have to find out about him some other way?
Ann is unexpectedly called to Florida for the reading of her father’s will and her world is suddenly turned upside down. When she arrives she learns she has to spend 1 million dollars in a hurry on HERSELF (being frugal minded and practical have to be reconsidered as she goes on a massive shopping spree in order to achieve this inheritance), she is not allowed to handle the money herself so she must go with CPA Brett Hamilton, she learns her name is Angelina, and she has a half sister named Anastasia who miraculously gets engaged after learning about the will.
While Ann QUICKLY learns to spend 1 million dollars on shoes, purses, clothes, jewelry and other such items, she also does all she can to learn about her father who had two daughters with two different women. Ann also considers how her own mom ran from the situation while she was an infant, her relationship to Christ after refusing missionary work into her teens, her feelings towards the impulsive and dramatic half sister she is eager to be friends with, and her feelings towards Brett as he balances a younger brother and the legal paperwork on becoming a missionary himself.
Ricky, Brett’s younger brother from a mentoring program, brought most of the fun to the plot. His soccer games, his friendship with Lauren, and the dilemma of whether or not he’d make it to prom makes for some interesting scenes and a great diversion for Ann and Brett. I also wished Brett had been more involved in the shopping, but after seeing how busy he was putting the missionary trip together and helping out Ricky, it’s understandable why he handles the shopping the way he does.
An overall great story with closure, forgiveness, acceptance, an extremely uncomfortable situation that becomes a real family, romance, and the assurance that God never stops pursuing us because of His great love. Ann doesn’t make it to church in this book, but her heart receives healing and a solid transformation that makes her story more enjoyable than I believed it would be. I love that this book mostly takes place in Florida, I love the cover, and I continue to bless God for authors like Peterson.
I want to thank the author and publisher for sending me a review copy. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.