Her Valentine Hero
A wonderful story
I like how Gail Gaymer Martin takes real life situation and weaves them into a story. In Her Valentine Hero we meet Neely Andrews, her family and Jonny. We see how secrets affects lives and relationships and how we can be set free from secrets by giving them to God and letting Him help us deal with them.
It also revealed that Neely's deceased mother had a secret. How has it affected and will affect the family when it is revealed? I can't wait for the story to continue to see what the secret is and how it will affect the family.
May 2, 2013
Things can change
This book was very good and shows us that God has a plan and that things can change. It was a book that kept you interested.
March 1, 2013
Going home again
This book has little to do with Valentine's Day. Gail's story allows us to see the challenges of going home when you haven't put your past behind you. While Neely sorts out her past, Jon is there to show her, he's no longer a pest and his teenage crush for her has matured just as he has.
February 9, 2013
A seasoned story-teller!
I have been a fan of Gail Gaymer Martin's books since I discovered that many are set near the lovely lakes of Michigan. While this one is set in Michigan, sadly there isn't a single ripple of lake water. Still, the book is a lovely escape and a great weekend read.
Gail is a seasoned storyteller with about 50 books to her credit. Her stories weave together real life journeys and struggles, God-honoring relationships and romance, and an ending that leaves you wishing for another 50 pages. In fact, I find myself, at the end of each of her books, dreading that there are few pages ahead because I don't want to part with the characters that she has lovingly developed.
I deeply appreciate that these stories minister hope and joy to the reader, as salvation and trust in God are subtle themes of every book.
In this book, Neely and Jonny are childhood friends who meet again on the football field, where he is the school coach and she has returned from Indianapolis to resolve personal issues and care for family needs. To her, Jonny is still the little brother of her best friend and she finds it difficult to notice that he is now a gorgeous man, inside and out. When she finds herself calling him for help again, she finally realizes that he has a growing place in her heart. But her secrets and fears keep him at arm's length until a near-tragedy brings them to face these issues honestly. The response is not what she expected, but life never is what we expect ... sometimes it's so much better. Valentine's Day provides a lovely setting to conclude the story, and make the reader want to know so much more about the characters. A great surprise in this book is the character of Neely's father and his relationships with both Neely and Jonny.
Fortunately, Gail plans to continue the story in her next book, which I anticipated from the moment I closed the back cover of this delightful story. A seasoned story-teller, Gail has delivered another story that weaves together the love and hope of God with the love and hope of relationship.
February 1, 2013