Terri - eBook
a fun read
Terri ~ Sharon Stock
This story involves a young mature woman who feels like the life she is seeking is slipping through her fingers. As she prays and gets direction in her life she opens her life and heart as she becomes a foster parent. I enjoyed watching all of her carefully laid out plans fall apart and her life open up to new possibilities that God places in her path. Including the new man in her life with the not so wonderful past. It was fun to follow their journey as they allowed God to direct and use them. It is a great book of trusting and encouragement!
I received a free copy of this book for my honest review
October 24, 2013
A Delightful Sequel
Terri Hayes owns the most successful day care center in Valley View, but nearly 30 years of age she continues to pray for a family of her own. She loves her business, but her maternal instincts are strong and her biological clock is ticking. In the meantime has decided to take in foster children. With her home located right next to the day care center, convenience is a bonus. Having completed the classes in foster parenting and passing the home inspection Terri receives a late-night call to come and meet her first child, a distraught 3-year-old little girl named Kelsey. The following day she is met with a flooded house. Forced to leave the house because of water damage she is convinced to stay in the basement apartment at the home of friends. Not the situation she had hoped for but a workable solution, Terri joins Steve Evans and his family. Steve is a successful author who has overcome some very difficult obstacles in his own life. When his daughters were young he became addicted to drugs and was forced to leave his home. Presently living in Valley View with his two daughters and granddaughter he has found happiness and enjoys his quiet time writing. His daughters have devised a scheme to get their father to date Terri, especially since she is living right there under his nose. Terri isn't interested in a relationship with a man whose children are nearly grown and a grandchild in his life. With a child to care for, a business to run, and renovations to be done to her house Terri resists any attempts at dating Steve. Her Bible study group becomes involved by praying for Terri's needs as Terri waits for God to direct her path.
Sharon Srock has a wonderful talent for writing about relationships. This is the second book in the Women of Valley View series, and I enjoyed it every bit as much as I enjoyed the first book, Callie. Creating relationships based on Christian foundations, the author blends the lives of her characters in a delightful manner. Sharon's characters are well defined and likable, with human frailties that are true to life. Woven through the main story line are bits of humor that enhance some of the more serious issues that are ongoing. Friendships are also important components in Sharon's books. Sensitivity and compassion are important aspects that mirror Christian relationships, and this book excels in these areas. I'm looking forward to the opportunity of reading book 3!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
September 20, 2013
Another Heart-touching Story by Sharon.
In this second book of the Women of Valley View Sharon gives us a closer look at Terri Hayes. We met Terri in book one of this heartwarming series.
Terri is the proud owner of her own daycare but despite that there is something missing in her life. Terri longs for the perfect husband and family. She has come close to finding Mr. Right a few times but no one can quite meet her standards. So until he comes along Terri focuses on becoming a foster mom.
Steve Evans is a man with a horrible past. As a young man he let drugs rob him of his family. After coming to his senses and giving his life over to God he was reunited with his two beautiful daughters, Samantha and Iris. Now he is a renowned author using his past as a compelling agent to win others to Christ.
Terri and Steve have become friends since he moved to be with his daughters, and when Terri and her new foster daughter are forced out of her house for a few weeks Steve offers his basement apartment to them. Will this be the perfect opportunity for his daughters to do a little matchmaking? Has Terri finally found Mr. Right or will a situation arise that makes change her mind?
Once again Ms. Srock has written such a moving story I found I was drawn into it from the very beginning. This was made even better by the secondary story of Terri's dealings with the young couple that are the parents of the foster child she took in. I am hoping there will be a third book coming soon!
June 22, 2013
This is my first book to read by Ms. Srock but I will certainly be looking for the others in the series! I thoroughly enjoyed reading Terri and it held my attention until the very end. I received a free copy of the ebook version from www.bookfun.org, and while there were a few glitches in the editing for it, I am sure they are corrected by the time the print version released. I love the cover and wish I had seen it before I read to get a picture of the characters in my mind.
Terri Hayes is a wonderful, big-hearted woman with a lot of love to go around. Because she has yet to have children of her own she felt led to become a foster parent. Steve Anderson, his family and various other friends rally around Terri as she faces various trials in her day-to-day life as a day care owner and new foster mom. At times funny but always heart-warming this story presents all sides of the foster care system. I loved how well the characters were developed and found myself wanting to get into the story and tell them exactly what I thought in certain situations. A very, easy read that touches on a difficult subject but still lets God's love shine through.
May 22, 2013