This was another great book about the pararescue jumpers of Refuge, Illinois. Im enjoying the series by Cheryl Wyatt who integrates racial differences in her stories as easily as personalities and careers. In this book, she not only introduced the bigotry that can occur between whites and Asians due to the Vietnam war, but also racism between so-called average and handicapped people, in this case, Mosaic Downs Syndrome.Pararescue jumper Ben Dillinger is in a parking lot minding his own business when a little girl begs him to help rescue her mother from their crashed vehicle. As the mother recuperates in the hospital, Ben learns she is between jobs and homes and finds himself falling for her. He wants to help her get a job so she and her daughter will stay in Refuge and he can get to know them better. As he sees it, his biggest problem is his inability to admit he has a brother with special needs who will soon move in with him. He loves his brother and has grown out of his childhood embarrassment about his brothers special needs at least hes sure has its just that he wants a bit more time before springing the news.Amelia North is enroute a new job when she faints while driving and crashes. In the hospital, shes amazed when her normally introvert daughter acts like shes known Ben Dillinger forever. Although drawn to the tall Asian, hes too bossy for Amelias liking. But as Ben shows himself to be a friend she can depend on and hints at becoming more, a heavy foreboding comes over her. Shes trying to make peace with her estranged parents but if theres one thing her dad always said, it was not to hook up with an Asian or dont bother going back home.Prejudice is an ugly thing and cannot be tolerated but if it came to choosing between Ben and her father, whom would she pick?
LOVED this book !! Author Cheryl Wyatt has done a wonderful job of creating believable characters, and showing how the Lord can take even what appears to be a hopeless situation and make it positive. This book is my very favorite (so far!) in the WINGS OF REFUGE series - - FIVE STARS !! :)
This is the first book of Cheryl Wyatt's I've read. Her unique ability to depict Amelia's vulnerability and determination drew me in. I instantly bonded with Amelia and just had to know what happened next. I lost a few hours of sleep staying up to finish it. Vivid writing and realistic situations kept me intrigued. Ben's character was exciting as well. His compassion was humbling as was his honor. Great read, I highly recommend it.
Book Three in Cheryl Wyatt's Wings of Refuge series continues to carry out her winning ways. While all of her books are very family oriented, this one has all kinds of family situations that need resolution.Amelia North is a proud young woman whose life was changed forever by one slip-up in high school, a slip-up that meant pregnancy and estrangement from her father. Her "mistake" brought about a precious little girl, though, who became the most important thing in her life. Amelia finds herself down and out with no money, poor health, and now her car is totaled. She's stuck in the little town of Refuge, on her way to St. Louis for a job she desperately needs.Enter pararescue jumper Ben Dillinger to the rescue. His heart breaks over the sad state of Amelia and her little girl Reece, and he knows he needs to help them. He feels God nudging him. But Amelia has been let down and shunned so much, even by her own parents, that she is determined that she has to refuse any offers of help from anyone, including God. Besides, she doesn't believe that anyone could really be as nice as Ben or the other people she meets in Refuge. There must be a catch, right?Cheryl Wyatt has created a novel that will bring tears to your eyes at times, but in the end it will leave you feeling good and praising God for His provisions. There is a lot in the novel to make us realize how important it is for us to let Jesus shine through us, how showing real love to others can change lives.The author has done a lot of research to learn about the pararescue jumpers, a special group of people who deserve our respect and admiration. I'm glad this series has shone a spotlight on them.I heartily recommend Ready-Made Family to readers in general, as well as the other books in the series. It is a romance but much more than that. A fairly easy and quick read, it's hard to put down until you're finished.