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Vendor: White Rose Publishing
Publication Date: 2014
Series: Passport to Romance
MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Returning To Your RootsMarch 5, 2016MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Londonderry Dreaming is an example of how the past affects the present, and how forgiveness and love needs to move on.
The story opens with Keith trying to sort out his grandmothers possessions, after her recent death, and while he is dealing with this an old love appears at the door. Apparently his grandmother had invited Naomi to come and she spend some time with her in Northern Ireland, and she has a gift for her.
There are surprises here that abound, and find some bitter individuals who try and manipulate the lives of their loved ones. This is what happened to this young couple, and the love they had for one another five years ago.
Is Keiths grandmother playing cupid from the grave, in some ways yes, and in others she is trying to lead them down the path to Christ. Loved how she touched all of her loved ones with notes and charts before her demise, and with letters after.
This is a very quick 96-page read, with a lot packed into a few short pages. Once you pick this one up, you wont put it down until the last page is turned. I really enjoyed this story.
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Pelican Book Group, and was not required to give a positive review.
SusanPMichiganAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Perfect romance read!January 27, 2016SusanPMichiganAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What a beautifully written story of overcoming your past mistakes, misunderstandings, and conquering love! The death of someone they love brings Naomi and Keith face to face again. All the old hurt comes right back. The discovery of a painting and the searching for the story behind it keeps these two in each others company for longer than expected. The settings are magical and I can just picture the beautiful Ireland landscape! Well-written characters make you feel right along with them as they struggle with their pasts and the hurts and misunderstandings that are brought to the surface again. Both Naomi and Keith grow in their own right as they work through what caused them to part and see how communication is key. The sweet romance builds once again and you just want to root for them! How does it end? Does the mystery of the painting get solved? I thoroughly enjoyed the journey between these two and the lives they built while in the story. The ending is just as wonderful!! I highly recommend this for a clean, but yet wonderfully engaging romance!
Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Londonderry DreamingDecember 24, 2015Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Londonderry Dreaming is a fabulous and fun short story. A definite must read.
JoAnn DurginAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Lovely Book!February 26, 2015JoAnn DurginAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This reader is now dreaming of booking a trip to the lush, rolling Irish countryside and Londonderry. I want to visit the places Naomi and Keith visited in this absolutely charming Passport to Romance novella. But, I suppose until I can set foot there in reality, Christine Lindsay's lovely story of faith, bittersweet loss, forgiveness and reclaimed love is the next best thing. As with everything this author pens, Londonderry Dreaming is an exquisite treat. Highly recommended, and I look forward to what she brings to us next. Bravo!
Janice GareyDecatur, GAAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Love Wins Despite Rabbit Trails & Mixed MessagesApril 17, 2014Janice GareyDecatur, GAAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Love Wins Despite Rabbit Trail Thoughts & Mixed Messages
(Review of Londonderry Dreaming by Christine Lindsay)
This book is just what I think a Christian romance should be. It contains likeable characters with high integrity trying to do the right thing while falling in love. Tangled communications and second guessing what the other person is thinking provides plenty of conflict along with trying to be people pleasers. A time crunch factor is added in since the couple will be together for only a short while to take care of things after the death of a dear one (who makes her wishes known plainly even after she has passed on by sending letters through her lawyer).
I really enjoyed the focus on the arts based on the occupations of the main characters. Sometimes those involved in the arts are not Christian in behavior. I like that this book realistically portrays Christians who work in the arts.
The Irish accents are interspersed for the enjoyment of the reader and do not detract from the story. The older people in the story are treated with great respect. The most romantic kissing scene has passion without further suggestiveness. It's very nicely handled as one would expect in a Christian romance. The story ends well leaving the reader with a smile on her face.
I won this book from another author's website. This review is my honest opinion, and I have received no compensation for my review. That being said, I highly recommend this book to all who love a good Christian romance.
Author: Christine Lindsay
Located in: British Columbia, Canada
Submitted: February 05, 2015
Tell us a little about yourself. I was born in Ireland, and am proud of the fact that I was once patted on the head by Prince Philip when I was a baby. My great grandfather, and my grandfatheryes father and sonwere both riveters on the building of the Titanic. Tongue in cheek, I think it's fair to say that as a family we accept no responsibility for the sinking of that infamous ship. Stories of my ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in Colonial India inspired my multi-award-winning, historical series Twilight of the British Raj, Book 1 Shadowed in Silk, Book 2 Captured by Moonlight, and Book 3 Veiled at Midnight. Londonderry Dreaming is my first contemporary romance set in N. Ireland. I live on the stupendously beautiful west coast of Canada with my husband and our grown up family. My cat Scottie is chief editor on all my books.
What was your motivation behind this project? I usually write historical novels, but when I heard that Pelican Book Group was looking for novels set in Londonderry N. Ireland, I simply had to write it. I was born in Belfast not far from there, and I've visited the beautiful ancient walled city of Londonderry.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Much of Londonderry Dreaming is inspired from my own family in Ireland. The bed and breakfast that my heroine Ruth stays at is based on my memories of my cousin's home in Country Fermanagh. The romantic kissing scene is set on the strange volcanic rock formation called the Giant's Causeway, one of the biggest tourist spots in all of Ireland.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? This book was pure fun for me to write. All those memories I could draw from on my trips to Ireland, and of course the humor that I nabbed right out of conversations with my own cousins. I had many a laugh writing Londonderry Dreaming.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? For my historical novels my biggest influence is Francine Rivers, but for this light-hearted contemporary romance Londonderry Dreaming, I would have to say my influence is JoAnn Durgin, who is not only a dear friend, but one of the critique partners on this book. A Christian romance that sizzles, but also has a strong spiritual take-away.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Stay tuned for my next book coming out with Pelican Book Group---Sofi's Bridge.