Terri is book two in the Women of Valley View Series by Sharon Srock and it is just as great as Callie and Pam (also in the series). I love the characters in these books and although the books can be read as stand alones, they are a wonderful series when combined. The stories pull you in as a reader and you find yourself befriending the characters. Terri is a great contemporary fiction book and a must read!
Terri is a single woman who is feeling her biological clock ticking away. Shes not married and not dating and she longs to be a mother. After a television show awakens her to the need for foster care providers, Terri signs up to be a foster mother. Shes got everything she needs and checks off her list. As a daycare owner/provider, Terri is great with kids and already has the training there that she needs. Now it all comes down to which child needs her. But life isnt a check list and Terri soon finds out that even the best preparation doesnt allow for the craziness that can happen when youre doing life. Terri has to balance everyday life, work, motherhood and romance and its catching her off balance.
Ella and Sean had a rough start with an unplanned pregnancy at a young age but theyve managed to make it on their own quite well, until things start coming apart. Seans in need of a decent job and Ella allows worry to consume her. Along the way, their daughter, Kelsey, is caught in the middle of the storm. When a fight gets out of control, Kelsey is taken from Ella and Sean. Ella is heartbroken but understands she needs to get it together. Sean is consumed with anger and doesnt believe he needs the system to help him.
Terri is a great story about how life happens to people. It demonstrates that theres no way to plan for everything so it becomes essential to rely on God to strengthen and lead the way. It is the kind of book that feels like a warm hug. It is a fabulous addition to the Women of Valley View Series!
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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!
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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.
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!
This is the first book I have read by Sharon Srock and I really enjoyed it. Terri is a heartwarming story centering around a woman who is approaching 30 and desiring a husband and children to call her own. As Terri begins to believe her friend Steve may be her happily ever, she soon realizes their dreams for the future may not be compatible. Terri becomes a foster mom to an adorable little girl and Steve steps in to help out-and here the fun begins.
The author does a wonderful job with character development and I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an endearing story of family and love.
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