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5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent!
Reviewed in the United States on August 24, 2015
If you're looking for a well-written, amusing, touching, and believable story with quirky characters, you've come to the right place! The Christian theme is strong but not overpowering. Shelter is a fast-moving story which was great because I didn't want to put it down once I started it. The author did a marvelous job creating characters I cared about. I felt like I knew them from page one. I love her easy flow and somewhat sarcastic humor, too. This is the first book I've read by Robin Merrill but it surely won't be the last.
Wow what a great book! I wasn't sure what to expect going in, but this is a different sort of Christian romance. The blurb doesn't let you know that it's a romance, but it is. The romance part is almost equal to the other aspects of the story. I fell in love with Galen myself, lol. The other characters at the shelter were so varied and eclectic, and downright funny! I always love stories that show the characters praying, and really getting answers to their prayers, and this story didn't disappoint in that aspect. Loved the dog, and I sure admired Maggie for her patience with all of the grouchy people, lol. I loved the ending, and although it didn't have any big mystery elements that some people might want, it was totally enjoyable and a great read. I loved that it realistically portrayed a fairly new Christian learning to navigate God's leadings and finding out His purpose for her life. Going now to check out Ms. Merrill's other books. :)
What a wonderful story full of God, and how he works in our everyday lives. I am so happy I took a chance on this book, as I will be looking into reading more books by Robin Merrill.
Maggie, heard God tell her to leave her relationship and home and GO. She obeyed, and was led to a homeless shelter in a church, where she meets people from all walks of life, with different stories, and even meets a man, Galen. Will she be able to let go of her fears and trust in God and her heart? Without a penny to her name, and no job, what will she do? How will she overcome her situation? When the church catches fire what will happen?
I enjoyed this book a lot, and I encourage you to take a chance and read this one. It's full of hope, and love, and compassion, and realistic views, and a few twists along the way.
Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2019
I really liked this book a lot! The story is unique and fun to read! I won't retell it here, as others have taken care of that. I will say it was better written and edited than most I am reading on Kindle today! There were a couple of things I wished Merrill had tackled. Unless I missed something, there is no real introduction to the pastor, only a little here and there. He is an integral character to the story and I would like to know how he looked, where he came from, how he happened to start this work, and how Maggie felt about him when they first met. Actually more descriptions of most of the characters would be good. The grammar was better than in most of today's books, but there was still the wrong usage of lie/lay and the wrong use of the expression that should be "he could NOT care less"!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It's a relevant story of homelessness, God, and finding love where you least expect it. The heroine has never been homeless, but finds herself fitting in, and then moving into more of a leadership role. She uses the talent God gave her to help others in her same situation, but also to help some people in the community in general. She has a Christian attitude toward all, a forgiving attitude. She finds love where she least expected to, and helps those around her, homeless or not, to feel better about themselves and their journey to/with God. I look forward to reading more books by this author. It left me feeling really good.
Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2015
A great story. The characters are believable; I'm not familiar with Maine, but it's snowing when the principal character goes there, which seems reasonable. It's also a good clean Christian book, and easily worth five stars. David Carlyle, "Billy Thomas."
5.0 out of 5 starsSweet and funny Christian story of self-discovery
Reviewed in the United States on April 25, 2017
Maggie drives away from a bad relationship and is led to a homeless shelter in Maine where she begins a process of self-discovery that kept me interested until the last page.
I liked Maggie and all the other characters that I got to know in this story. I laughed out loud at times but there were also very serious moments as I was led to think about homelessness and the menu different reasons why people might be in that situation.
The romance in the story was very sweet but I also liked that this story was not 'just a romance.'
I definitely plan to read more books written by Robin Merrill.
Sex -none Language - none Violence - none Religion - lots! This story takes place in a church. The guests who stay at the church (homeless) are required to attend daily services. Jesus, praying, salvation, altar calls, etc are a significant part of the story.
5.0 out of 5 starsFrom nothing to hope it is it purpose
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 30, 2017
This is a easy read ideal a good book for filling a few hours on the beach or by the pool on holiday, or a lazy Sunday afternoon or which ever day you get free time. This book deals in a very gentle with a few homeless issue but is more about Maggie and her talents. With a possible romance in the background but you have to read it for any more info.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 3, 2016
At first I thought this book is not my kind of thing but the more I read it the more I fell in love with the church and characters. The good things is it Isn't a slushy love story it's much more than that ,you want to know more about all the characters and the church .I know there is a sequel but I'd like more stories about the church ,the pastor and the back stories on the homeless people and there journeys to becoming Christians .Lovely book very endirng