5 Stars Out Of 5
Touched by the hand of God
June 29, 2011
Tender Touch offers a sweet love story as well as a thought-provoking look at the impact a divine gift might cause in the life of an ordinary person. Lacy Butler's ability to heal feels like anything but a gift to the young girl, who uses every means at her disposal to pretend it doesn't exist.
Royce Darnell's appearance in Lacy's reclusive world sets off a chain of events that will change the girl's life and capsize Royce's well-ordered, carefully planned existence. How can he make Lacy see God in her gift? How can he convince her the healing in her hands is, indeed, a giftâ€”not a curse?
There's not a single dull moment as Royce is caught up in desperate measures to save the mining town he loves, the people who live there_and the beautiful mountain girl who has captured his heart. When God reveals to him a solution to Harperville's impending demise, Royce knows he must obey God's gentle nudging, even though that obedience will almost certainly destroy any chance of a relationship with Lacy.
Tanya Stowe has created an absolutely believable world peopled with amazing, true-to-life characters who seem almost capable of walking off the page and into a reader's life. She handles the existence of the spiritual gifts with bold faith, calm assurance, and a tender touch of her own. Lacy's struggle to accept her ability as a gift God expects her to give back to Him by using it His way will undoubtedly raise a number of questions in the minds of readers who might never before have considered the possibility of divine gifts being bestowed upon mere human beings.
I loved this book, and can say in all honesty that it is one of the best I've read in the past year_and possibly longer. Stirring and thought-provoking, it also contains a sprinkle of humor and a dusting of fun. Truly inspired writing! I wholeheartedly recommend Tender Touch, and look forward to my next chance to enjoy the work of this talented author.