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Shelter

Narrated by: Lisa Kelly
Series: Shelter, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (58 ratings)

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She begged God to rescue her. He said, "Go." So she headed out into the blizzard. In a car that wasn't exactly hers, with a dog who wasn't exactly a rat terrier, she drove. Until she ran out of gas in the small Maine town of Mattawooptock. What on earth is God thinking? But it is there, in a weird little bathroom in a weird little church in a weird little town that Maggie Hansen finds herself. And as God would have it, she finds a lot more than that.

©2015 Robin Merrill (P)2016 Robin Merrill

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 01-28-17

Simple Story . . . of what church SHOULD be

I loved Shelter and Robin Merrill's sequel, Daniel, both about The Open Door Church and Mission and the people who call it home and those who minister there . . . none of them are clean as a whistle, cookie cutter Christians . . . and do not pretend to be . . . the authorities are always on speed dial, ready to respond to a disturbance at the shelter . . . and some in the town are looking for any reason to shut the place down . . . but God stays one step ahead of them . . . this is the story of how Maggie and Galen began, how she, broken and afraid, asked God to help her escape from an abusive relationship in another state to drive in a blizzard to Maine, when God told her to GO . . . how she learned that she was good at cutting hair, in fact, and even better at serving God as a beautician and friend to the homeless . . . Robin Merrill is expert at showing us how God takes humanity's outcast and beaten down, and day by day, sets their feet gently on solid ground, through the love and ministry of His children . . . I hope the series continues . . .

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Shelter

What a beautiful, heartfelt story.

Maggie needs to go... she’s not sure where, but she has faith that she’ll find what she needs. She not only finds the place she’s meant to be, but also the people she’s meant to be with.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Fresh Christian romance about finding God's will.

This is a well-written and well performed Christian story about a young woman who follows God's leading to leave an abusive relationship. God directs her to a Church that doubles as a homeless shelter. The characters are true to life. The story is compelling. Having worked in a homeless shelter, I was surprised how many details of homeless life and the discrimination they face were accurately portrayed. This story is light on grit and is more uplifting, but it is still gets many details correct. I enjoyed this book and think it is perfect for an inspirational summer listen.

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A fun, Christian read

WHAT IT'S ABOUT
She begged God to rescue her. He said, “Go.” So she headed out into the blizzard. In a car that wasn’t exactly hers, with a dog who wasn’t exactly a rat terrier, she drove. Until she ran out of gas in the small Maine town of Mattawooptock. Mattawoopwhat? What on earth is God thinking? But it is there, in a weird little bathroom in a weird little church in a weird little town that Maggie Hansen finds herself. And as God would have it, she finds a lot more than that.

MY TAKE
This is a fun, Christian read with an interesting cast of characters. It's maybe a romance (it has a strong romantic element), but it's also very much about Maggie's growth and finding herself. Galen is a great guy and quite a contrast to the guy Maggie had been involved with before.

It dragged a little in the late middle of story, and there were some things that happened that didn't really seem to go anywhere, and I wondered why they were included. But perhaps that fits the odd assortment of characters at the homeless shelter.

I listened to the audiobook, and the narrator was adequate but sounded like she was in a tunnel.

3 1/2 stars, rounded up to a 4.

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  • Joycej
  • PEARL, MS, US
  • 04-18-17

Shelter

Good. Sweet, clean and enjoyable love story. I will share this book with a friend.

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Sweet story, feel good ending.

Interesting premise about a girl running from her life. While many points seem plausible, a few things just don't add up or leave the reader with questions. All in all its a gentle feel good story with some Bible sprinkled in, not too preachy. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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A touching and thought-provoking story...........

Shelter is another amazing book by the talented Merrill. I am a big fan of her writing, and I especially appreciate her diversity. Merrill combines Christian spirituality with a dash of mystery and a dollop of romance, all in one story. Shelter features Maggie and her journey from an abusive relationship and a purposeless life to an amazingly rich and fulfilling life in the tiny town of Mattawooptock, Maine, and at the Open Door Church. Although this book touched on many heavy issues - homelessness, addiction, prejudice, and depression - Maggie had such a strong faith that I never felt anything but momentary sadness before her positive spirit had me smiling again. My absolute favorite part of this wonderful book was that Maggie found a true partner in a man as loving and supportive as Galen. Throw in a visit from Gertrude (from the Gertrude Gumshoe series) and several examples of Merrill's dry wit, and this story deserves even more than five stars.

Lisa Kelly's narration is very enjoyable. She has a smooth and pleasing delivery and gives a flawless performance. She differentiates well between characters, and she is equally skilled at male and female voices. I plan to check out the next book in this enchanting series, also narrated by Kelly, soon.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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Perfectly done with great characters!

I have read all of the Gertrude Gumshoe mysteries, also written by Robin Merrill, and in them the lead character is Gertrude (who is featured in this book). I knew that at one point Gertrude lived in a homeless shelter, so it was really fun for me to see her origin story and actual meet the others who live at this homeless shelter.

The main character in this book, Maggie, found herself leaving her old life on a whim after God spoke to her that she needs to go. She winds up at this church which is also a shelter, and she sees God work in her life in many ways. The story is really enjoyable and honest. None of the characters are “perfect” which is exactly the point. We see their flaws, and it’s very authentic. I really enjoyed everything about this novel, the narration did a great job of bringing the characters to life. Another hit for Robin, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors!

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Enjoyed

Nice easy story with happy ending with good narration...thanks
Hope others enjoy it as much as I did.

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Sweet Story

This is a story of overcoming, of hope and of a sweet romance.

Maggie is down on her luck when she decides to make a change in her life. Leaving her life behind her, Maggie takes off in a with her dog, very few belongings and heads towards Maine right into a blizzard. As she talks to God to guide her she ends up at the Open Door Church which doubles as a homeless shelter. While at the shelter, Maggie found she had a purpose for her life and she found friendship and love.
Lisa Kelly does a fine job of narrating.

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."