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Grand Rapids, Michigan
5 Stars Out Of 5
January 23, 2013
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Zack Manning is overwhelmed about which direction to take regarding his future as a computer software genius. He's been offered the job of a lifetime which could take him from rural Angel Falls, Texas to Manhattan. Zack is battling with himself regarding the position, and can't bring himself to accept the job when Zoe Wyndam raps on his door with a plate of food from the Heart's Haven community barbecue. He's not sure about her presence, knowing she's "different," and a bit weird, although pretty.
Zoe is a free spirit, a flower child born to hippie parents who raised her in communes. She dresses in peasant style tops, long flowing skirts, bell bottom pants, and her hair is woven into a long braid that flows down the length of her back. Zoe is blessed with the gift of discernment that she refers to as a "God thing." She's an artist with a vision and spends her days creating beauty in stained glass windows inspired by God. Her relationship with God is close to tangible. It appears to emanate from her being. Her dream is to do mission work in orphanages in Haiti. What could she and Zack possibly find in common?
In the little cottage rental community of Heart's Haven in Angel Falls, Texas, angels dwell and a spirit of love blooms. The residents have all been affected at one time or another by the movings of the angels throughout the community. Zoe has a special affinity for the angels, God's heavenly guardians, and it appears that the angels of Heart's Haven are moving about through Zoe and Zack's lives. As Zoe explains to Zack about her "God things" he's confused that she can so clearly feel the spirit moving within and around her. His only experience with church was when his grandmother was alive. She made sure he attended church every Sunday, but after she passed away he stopped attending. Zoe asked if he ever talked to himself, explaining that by talking aloud he was in essence talking to God. As they become more acquainted Zack doesn't see Zoe as quite so kooky after all, and begins to take to heart what she has to say.
Tanya Stowe enhances an already magical and enchanting setting named Heart's Haven, where her characters are as different as night and day. She creates quirky visions of Zoe, unique and one of a kind, spirited by angels and a strong faith in God. Zack is a grounded businessman who is on the path to a respectable career and success. She then tosses them together and they become as irresistable to the reader as they are to one another! This is a precious and sweet story of opposites who certainly attract!
Zoe Wyndham has a gift. A free spirit holdover from the flower power era, she sees angels, is highly empathetic, and somehow just knows things that others don't know. In short, Zoe's "different"...and she knows it. She's accepted who she is. Being a bit "apart" from everyone else isn't a problem for a woman who's heart is set on missionary work in Haiti.
Enter handsome computer programmer Zack Manning. He thinks Zoe's weird, but quickly discovers she's wonderfully so. But his feet are firmly planted on the high road to a successful career in technology.
Their paths clearly head in different directions. But as residents of Heart's Haven--an East Texas cottage-rental complex that's steeped in legends of love and surrounded by God's own emissaries--their little human plans don't stand a chance.
I love this story...love it! Zoe is such an amazing, kooky, wonderfully unique character. She grabbed me by the heartstrings and held on tight to the very end. Her journey to love winds its way through a tumultuous terrain of uncertainty, misguided notions, and plain old human stubbornness. All Zack can do is hang on tight and try to survive the ride...and maybe learn a thing or two about life, love, and giving up to God's will on the way. Tanya Stowe is superb at creating believable characters with wonderful quirks and foibles and endearingly different personalities. LEAP OF FAITH is a fun tale with a fine thread of faith that never overpowers the storyline. It's a well-written, wacky and wonderful addition to the Heart's Haven collection. Kudos to the author on a job very well done!