This is the first book Ive read by this author and also the first book Ive read in the Love Finds You series. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed Love Finds You in Geneva, Wisconsin. The setting is what drew me to this book, and I was not disappointed. The book is set in 1933, and I really enjoyed the place and time very much. I think the author does an excellent job of showing the reader the history through the everyday scenes and actions of the characters. As I read, I felt quite immersed into the history and setting.
I found the pace of the romance more in keeping with the historic setting, which I find refreshing. One of the outstanding parts of this story is that it is also about family relationships. This story is not concerned solely with the two main characters, but includes the interaction and dynamics of several family members, which add depth and interest. However, the gentle romance is very appealing, and is the main focus of the story.
Love Finds You in Geneva, Wisconsin, is most definitely Christian fiction, with Christianity and relationships with God being a major theme of the characters. The spiritual aspect is very encouraging to me, as a reader. I find this emphasis more relevant to my own life, which is one of the main reasons I read Christian fiction. Thanks to both the author and the publisher. I will be reading more books from this series.
If you enjoy historicals and you love a good romance you will want to read this book.
Pamela has created a wonderful cast of characters. The two main characters, Jack and Meg, are very likeable. They have their flaws that make you want to shake them and say, "Just say what you're thinking." But if characters did that then we wouldn't have much of story, this is what builds tension and makes for a great plot.
You will want to fight with Meg as she tries to make a way for herself as a reporter. Back in 1933 women didn't have the respect we do now and Meg isn't allowed to write for newspaper she works for, but we, as the reader, know she's a better writer than the bosses son.
Things seem to go from bad to worse (as any good book should) and I had to keep reading to see how Meg and Jack could both get out of their messes and find their way to each other's hearts.
You'll have to read the book to see how they do that, I'm not giving anything away!
A copy of this book was given to me by Summerside Press in exchange for an honest review.
Many times in my life I have felt like Meg--trusting God seemed impossible. Would He really give me the desires of my heart? Could I really trust Him? Even when everyone else disappointed me, the answer to both questions was, and is, yes. When I'm following Him, His desires become my desires and He's always faithful and trustworthy.
Ms. Meyers book, Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, challenged me, but also left me with warm, fuzzy feelings about God's best. I enjoyed this novel on many levels.
***I received this book from the author/publisher for purposes of review. The above is my honest opinion.***
Set in 1933 with the onset of the Great Depression and the imminent end to Prohibition, Love Finds You in Lake Geneva Wisconsin by Pamela S. Meyers is a fantastic look into the lives of Meg Alden and Jack Wallace.
Meg sees her position at the local news paper as a stepping stone to something greater. In a world where women haven't been welcomed into the reporting world, she's aspiring to a job she shouldn't have. Her boss, Mr. Zimmer, is adamant that women should stick to writing society news. When a reporting job in her office opens up, Meg is disappointed to see that Mr. Zimmer has hired someone from out of town to take the position rather than promote her.
Handsome and talented Jack Wallace enters the picture and Meg fights her disappointment that's quickly turning into a growing attraction to his lopsided grin and easygoing nature. Jack needs the experience of a small-town weekly (a newspaper that puts out weekly editions, not daily papers) but Meg may be a distraction he wasn't looking for.
I was immediately caught up in Megs story because I know how it feels to be called to something you're not sure you can attain. Meg desires a reporting job so badly but is constantly passed by because she is a woman. She also finds her trust in God waning when she can't see how her future will pan out - something I also can relate to.
As the novel came to a close I found myself extremely satisfied with how it all worked out. I wont spoil it here of course, but I'd highly encourage you to get your own copy of Love Finds You in Lake Geneva Wisconsin so you too can enjoy the rich description of Lake Geneva in all its 1930's charm.
I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.
This newly published book by Pamela S. Meyers winds historical tidbits throughout the story taking the reader back in time. The author's attention to the details of life in 1933 brings the book to life. Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin tells about the construction of the Riviera Ballroom, opened in May, 1933 on the shores of Lake Geneva. Ms. Meyers has done a great deal of historical research to get the facts accurate. Her heroine is Meg Alden, a would-be reporter in Lake Geneva, who finds that newspaper reporting is still a man's job in the 30s. Her hopes for a full-time reporter job in the local newspaper was stolen out from under her by Jack Wallace, a son of the owner of a Chicago newspaper. Despite his good looks, Meg has an aversion toward Jack for getting the job she hoped for. Yet, as time goes on, she feels herself pulled toward this polite charming man whose love of newspaper life rivals her own. Jack Wallace, new to the small town of Lake Geneva, is immediately drawn to the beautiful Meg Alden. He's willing to work closely with Meg on the publication of the local paper and is surprised when he finds Miss Alden unwilling to cooperate with his suggestions. Meg finds herself in a dilemma - torn between her distrust of men and her attraction toward Jack. They find themselves thrown together to solve a town mystery involving the naming of the new ballroom. The turmoil of their emotions keeps the reader involved to the end of the book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this newly published historical novel. If you love to read a good book and learn some history at the same time, you will, too. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, but I was under no obligation to read the book or post a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.