A Vision of Lucy - Rocky Creek Romance Series #3  -     By: Margaret Brownley
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A Vision of Lucy - Rocky Creek Romance Series #3

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Lucy Bradshaw dreams of working as a photographer at the Rocky Creek newspaper. If she can earn money making photographs, then maybe her father will see that what she does is worthy, more than just a distraction. And her deepest hope is that he'll see her as an artist, the way he thought of her deceased mother, a painter. But trouble follows Lucy on every photo shoot: a mess of petticoats and ribbons, an accidental shooting, even a fire.

When Lucy meets David Wolf, a quiet, rustic man who lives on the outskirts of town, she thinks she can catch the attention of the town with his photograph. She doesn't count on her feelings stirring whenever she's near him.

Two things happen next that forever change the course of her life: Lucy meets someone who sees her as no one else has-as the compassionate, creative young woman that God made in His image. And Lucy helps David uncover a secret that forces him to change his perspective on an event that left him deeply-scarred. God's arms are around this unlikely couple as they discover the truth about long-held assumptions and the importance of forgiveness.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1595548114
ISBN-13: 9781595548115
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Series: Rocky Creek Romance

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Publisher's Description

Trouble follows Lucy wherever she goes. So does a vision of second chances . . . and love.

Lucy Fairbanks dreams of working as a photographer at the Rocky Creek newspaper. Her deepest hope is that her father will see her as an artist, the way he thought of her deceased mother, whose paintings still hang on their walls.

But disaster follows Lucy on every photo assignment: a mess of petticoats and ribbons, an accidental shooting, even a fire.

When Lucy meets David Wolf—a rugged, reclusive man who lives on the outskirts of town—she thinks she can catch the attention of the town with his photograph. She doesn't count on her feelings stirring whenever she's near him.

Two things happen next that forever change the course of Lucy's life. But will these events draw her closer to God or push her further away? And how will David accept this new vision of Lucy?

Author Bio

Margaret Brownley is a New York Times best-selling author and has penned more than twenty-five historical and contemporary novels. A Lady Like Sarah was a Romance Writers of America RITA finalist. Twitter: @margaretbrownly Facebook: MargaretBrownleyAuthor

Endorsements

In the third book of the Rocky Creek Romance series we meet Lucy Fairbanks, a feisty female photographer. Though the storyline drags a little in the beginning, it picks up and redeems itself and becomes a satisfying read. - 3 stars Romantic Times

"Margaret Brownley's historical romance novels have a great balance of humour, love and intrigue and A Vision of Lucy continues that trend...this is a fun, sweet story with some more serious elements...Fans of Mary Connealy and Karen Witemeyer will certainly enjoy A Vision for Lucy and Margaret's other stories." - Relz Reviews

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A Vision of Lucy by Margaret Brownley tells the story of Lucy Fairbanks, a young girl in the post-Civil War small town of Rocky Creek, Texas. Trying to follow her dream of becoming a photographer, Lucy meets a mysterious stranger with an even more mysterious past. Questions pour through Lucy’s heart as the stranger brings unwanted memories back to Rocky Creek.

Brownley's ability to create characters meshes well with her ability to create strong background stories. Her descriptions and attention to detail do an excellent job of bringing the reader back in time to the late 1860s.

Lucy is faced with the challenge of finding her place in the world while discovering her feelings for David Wolf, who is half Indian and half white. Lucy helps Wolf uncover the secrets that have haunted him his entire life. They discover together the plans that God has for them (Jeremiah 29:11).

Lucy is always ready to see the good in others and willing to help in any situation. She relates to major and minor characters through her love and compassion. Although she has trouble recognizing God’s presence in her life, she puts peoples' needs ahead of her own and tries to encourage and build them up.

A Vision of Lucy is suitable for older teenagers and adults, especially lovers of Christian romance. The highs and lows that follow Lucy Fairbanks will take readers on an emotional adventure that will leave them wanting more. The mysteries that weave through Rocky Creek will keep readers glued until the very end. Brownley's writing is uncomplicated, natural, and rather charming in its simplicity. She has done a wonderful job creating a story to capture the hearts of readers everywhere. Caroline Cilento, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. GrandmaCee
    Missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Funny and uplifting
    November 17, 2012
    GrandmaCee
    Missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book will make you laugh. Light hearted enough that you wanted more. This series is a must read, This author has a way with words. Keeps you interested until the end.
  2. Jenny Lazuardi
    Milwaukee
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Charactors.
    November 21, 2011
    Jenny Lazuardi
    Milwaukee
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I enjoyed the humor in this book. The author dealt with serrious matterial and also added humor. I was spellbound. I red it 3 times. Lucy was so funny.
  3. Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Enjoyable Escapades with a Serious Note
    September 29, 2011
    Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Lucy Fairbanks is a twenty-year-old woman with a passion for photography, a tendency to allow her curiosity and impetuousness to get her into trouble, and an unfortunate habit of talking too much, particularly when she is nervous. The man known as David Wolf is a half-white, half-Native American living in Texas only a few years after the end of the Indian Wars. He has returned to Rocky Creek to find the four men who drove him out of town as a ten-year-old boy, and to reclaim the box they stole from him, the box that he hopes will hold the key to his identity. David and Lucy meet when he rescues her from a stagecoach robbery-gone-wrong (and quickly finds the most effective way of quieting the talkative woman).

    While her father keeps trying to marry her off, Lucy wants a career in photography. Unfortunately, her first assignment for her local newspaper ends when the unscrupulous printer rewrites her story about the ‘wild man', David Wolf, which results in him being shot and Lucy secretly nursing him back to health. David faces further trouble when man goes missing, and David is suspected of being involved, which presents both characters with problems.

    Lucy is a likeable character, although she has her faults - she is talkative, freethinking and possibly overly independent, while David is more private (to the point of being secretive). Although A Vision of Lucy is the third book in Brownley's Rocky Creek series (following A Lady Like Sarah and A Suitor for Jenny), it can easily be read as a stand-alone. A Vision of Lucy is a formula Western romance, but is no less enjoyable for its predictability, with the instant attraction between Lucy and David providing both enjoyment and some frustration (well, as the saying goes, the path of true love never did run smooth, and this is especially true in romance novels).

    Oddly enough, this is the second historical Christian Fiction I have read recently about a lady photographer with this one being the lighter of the two. This was an enjoyable novel, and while for the most part it was a light-hearted romance, it did touch on deeper issues including discrimination, revenge, forgiveness, and how our upbringing affects our views of God. I would certainly read more books from this author.

    Thanks to Thomas Nelson for offering this as a free ebook in an online competition.
  4. Jolene
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    A Vision of Lucy
    September 2, 2011
    Jolene
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Lucy Fairbanks' passion for photography gets her into unusual situations. She's not afraid to take a risk if the reward earns her the title of artist or photographer. After ending up as a witness/almost-victim in a stage coach robbery, Lucy is saved by the mysterious David Wolf who is believed to be a wild man by the locals of Rocky Creek. Motivated by both gratitude and selfishness, Lucy attempts to vindicate David by photographing him for the local newspaper. Unfortunately, her plan backfires and places David's life in danger. But this isn't the first time that the town's inhabitants have tried to kill David. As a half-white, half-Indian child, he was ostracized and endangered. Twenty years later, he's back with a vendetta. As Lucy and David grow closer to each other, the mystery of David's past becomes an insurrmountable hurdle. Will their young love survive? Or will prejudices of the past keep them apart forever?

    A Vision of Lucy by Margaret Brownley is the third book in the Rocky Creek Romance series, but it is fine to read as a stand-alone novel. This book combined two of my favorite pastimes (reading and photography), but I wish it had been more engaging. Some books will draw me back to them whenever I have a free moment. Unfortunately, this one didn't. However, I did enjoy the photography quotes and learned some information about very old photography practices. I thought the characters of Lucy and Caleb were well-written and I honestly couldn't guess who the "fourth boy" was until he was revealed.

    A Vision of Lucy will probably be loved by some people and disdained as forgettable by others, a judgment depending solely upon personal taste. I recommend renting it from the library before buying.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this e-book free from Thomas Nelson via NetGallery. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  5. Amydeanne
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    fun and easy read
    August 10, 2011
    Amydeanne
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is the first time I've heard of the Margaret Brownley and the Rocky Creek Romance Series. A Vision of Lucy is fine as a stand alone book - though I'm curious about the other characters in the series after reading this book!

    This was a fun and easy read for me. I loved the story - being a photographer myself I got how hard it is to sell your work and all the "issues" that incurr while trying to capture that perfect shot! It was a really crazy fun story- I admit slightly cliche, but just the way I like it! lol. I love the story of Lucy's faith and the redemption that runs through the story.

    David Wolf made for an interesting character - I will admit the flags when up and a touch of heat when he commented about himself being a "half breed" ~ being Canadian and knowing the history of the Metis people that is an extremely touchy word even in today's society (or just perhaps because I'm getting older lol) so I had a real connection with his feelings as I've been through that racial issue personally as a child and understand the depths far more than what was expressed in this book - that being said Margaret wrote it well enough that I was not offended and felt okay with way she used the expressions.

    All in all A Vision of Lucy was a fun book for anyone looking for a sweet romance book! I would gladly look for more books by Margaret Brownley and the rest of the Rocky Creek Romance Series because it is fun and what a sweet Christian romance book should be like!

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