This story opens with a young widow, trying to find her place in life for her daughter and herself, when she gets bad news that her foster mother suffered a stroke. Following her foster mothers death, she finds herself the owner of a unique house with a boat inside it on a marina. When she decides to take the plunge and fix it up, she discovers many roadblocks in her way. Brandy is learning one step at a time to trust God and live by faith, but there are so many twists and turns along the way! You will fall in love with Brandy and her daughter. You will see how one woman's kindness (Maggie) turned a young runaway's life (Brandy's) into something useful and she then turned around and spread that care to others.My only complaint about this book was it was not long enough! I wanted a bit more details there a the end...what happened with the house, did she open a B&B and all that! It was a really good story though. I loved her daughter, Gabby, and the stories that twisted through the books with the old pictures and the hint of romance for the young widow!
March 10, 2010
Genoa Bay is a heartwarming story about a woman who returns to her roots to make a fresh start after the death of her husband. Building a new life for herself and her daughter on Vancouver Island in the home left to her by the eccentric woman who raised her, Brandy faces challenges at every turn. But along with the roadblocks she runs up against, she finds new friends, including a potential love interest.Bette Nordberg is a master of description, painting colorful word pictures that bring the interesting location, characters, and action of Genoa Bay to life for the reader. She skillfully draws Brandy as a sympathetic single mother, still trying to come to terms with the loss of her husband while she attempts to discern and follow God's will for moving foreward. I appreciate that Brandy is so relatable. Because she's not perfect, we can enter fully into her struggles, making her ultimate triumph all that much more satisfying.
February 16, 2010
Bette Nordberg always writes believable fiction. Always. Nordbergs many loyal fans will be pleased and delighted that this author has delivered the goods yet again with her newest title, Genoa Bay. Telling a story ripe with heartaches ready to be healed, Nordberg skillfully handles the internal hesitations and grievances of young widow Brandy Beauchamp. Though living on the edge of financial disaster, Brandy forges ahead and risks her future (financial and otherwise) to take over a failing bed & breakfast. As Brandy and her daughter, Gabby, adjust to life on Vancouver Island, this single mom uncovers secrets, revisits her past, and learns to make choices for today with Gods enabling grace. Touching, introspective, thoroughly engaging...kudos to Nordberg for making us believe Brandy really exists.
January 27, 2010
It's been a long wait for another novel by Bette Nordberg, but Genoa Bay proves she hasn't lost her touch. Young widow Brandy Beauchamp and her daughter try to start over in remote, beautiful island area of British Columbia. As I watched the story unfold, it was easy to get caught up in her discovery of treasures and memories she found in the broken down bed and breakfast she'd inherited. Her perseverance in rebuilding her life and the old house in the face of severe obstacles, made me want to be there to help her. Nordberg knows how to touch her readers' emotions and most importantly, seamlessly weaves in her characters spiritual journey.If you're looking for a story of hope, this is it.
January 26, 2010