Bellewood Book One: Give Us This Day - eBook
It all began in an elevator. A stuck elevator. Holly Harrison, noticed that the chubby man in the elevator with her had the kindest face she has ever seen, and once they were stuck, she realized he was truly a kind man. Jess Colton, was a handsome man, and a kind man, taking the stuck elevator situation under control, he kept Holly calm by praying with her and by getting them help. Score one for Jess!
A promise made during the situation brings Jess and Holly back together, as she attends church with him, just like she promised God she would during her panic stricken moments stuck in the elevator. Attending church however opens Holly up to the relationship she once had with God and makes her realize that she is missing that relationship. A face-your-issues and deal-with-your-problems style novel, this story finds Jess and Holly both facing the issues in life that keep them bound in their own type of prisons. Prisons that are self-imposed, and that are also imaginary, ones they don't seem to be able to break out of. This is a heart-warming story of overcoming our issues, and moving forward. Solving our problems and finding love. A story that will not disappoint. 320 pages 4 stars! Available in e-book format from your favorite seller of e-books.
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September 9, 2013
Sensitive & Insightful
As Jess Colton overcame his addiction to alcohol he developed a strong faith in God. Unfortunately the addiction to alcohol was replaced by an addiction to overeating. His resulting obesity threatens not only his life but his career. His poor self image is fueled by rude and insensitive comments and degrading looks from others, including his own father.
Holly Harrison has a past that haunts her, and a sister who routinely reminds her of that fact. A past motorcycle accident left her with a partial leg amputation, creating the need for her to wear a prosthesis. She had strayed from her Christian beliefs and hadn't attended church in several years. Her disability and lack of faith resulted in the belief that she isn't worthy of love.
Holly and Jess meet when stuck in an elevator in their apartment building. Holly panics and Jess comforts her and prays with her. Holly leans on Jess, and in a weak moment promises Jess she will attend church with him if they are ever released from their "prison." Holly is attracted to his beautiful blue eyes and warm and comforting personality, and during their emprisonment Holly and Jess become friends. As their friendship blossoms into a relationship, the challenges of their respective disabilities become obstructions which threaten their happiness and possible future together.
June Foster has broached numerous sensitive topics in "Give Us This Day," issues of addiction, obesity, disabilities, prejudice, dysfunctional families and loss of Christian faith. These topics are presented in a very open and insightful manner. Her characters are believable and their obstacles are realistically portrayed through events with which many readers can identify. The openness regarding these topics may be helpful to readers who struggle with some of the issues discussed in this book. The progression through insecurities and addiction in this book are impressive.
January 27, 2013