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Annette O'Hare5 Stars Out Of 5August 7, 2009Annette O'HareLove Finds You in Poetry TexasBy: Janice HannaBelinda Bauer realizes her quaint home town of Poetry, Texas is overrun by single men and only a few women. She decides to take matters into her own hands and becomes the towns marriage broker. Thanks to some serious searching on her part, the streets of Poetry are soon flooded with brides-to-be. The problems arise when some of the brides marry the wrong men!Janice Hanna weaves a wonderful story full of poetic charm in this prairie romance set in 1904. Hanna is famous for getting her characters into complicated fixes and she didnt let me down in this book. When the town minister decides to re-marry, Belinda sends for a bride-to-be who seems to be perfect in print. When the parsons intended arrives, she is more suited for center stage rather than hidden behind the pulpit!In the end everyone ends up with the match God has planned for them despite Belindas attempts to join the hopelessly mismatched. Even Belinda who has vowed to stay single for the towns greater good finds herself falling for one of her own clients.
Leslie Nott5 Stars Out Of 5August 5, 2009Leslie NottLove Finds You in Poetry Texas, the entertaining story of a matchmaker without a clue. Belinda Bauer decides to become a Marriage Broker in the small town of Poetry, Texas. She sets out on her endeavor and her first act of business is to find a bride for her close friend, Georg Kaufman, who is convinced that he doesn't need a bride at all! Along the way she finds many brides for many would be grooms in her small town, not always the ones they ordered! However, Belinda is beset by the inability to find a bride for Georg. Neither party realizes that Gods plans for Geoge do not include a mail order bride! The story returns again and again to the idea that you should never attempt to get ahead of God's plan for yours or other peoples lives. While some matches don't work out well for some, they all work out just as God intended them too. The prevailing theme is that no matter how well intentioned you are, you can't rush Gods plans. In every situation in this book, you can clearly see the hand of God move.All in all this book is quite delightful to read. The plot is engaging and draws you in rather quickly. Predictable in some places, but rather unpredictable in others. The setting is well described, without being wordy. Reminiscent of old western movie sets. You feel as if you are in the mercantile, or barber shop or any other place the action is taking place in. Characters are well developed, you almost feel like you know someone just like them! Obviously Janice has drawn inspiration from people around her! I would highly recommend this book. It is a great read, easy to follow, but not dull. It pulls you in and makes you feel as though you are witnessing the entire amusing ordeal. Very much worth curling up with on your sofa!!
Eleanor Clark5 Stars Out Of 5August 3, 2009Eleanor ClarkWhoohoo! I could not put the book down. I have never seen so much Godly wisdom wrapped in one cover. It is a masterpiece of literature, psychology, and of course, biblical principles. I will recommend it to everyone, especially those who have issues in which they are dealing. This book should be a movie.Truly, it is the best Inspirational romance that I have ever read and I read several each month.
Jamie5 Stars Out Of 5July 23, 2009JamieWhat a delightful story! I really appreciated how she crafted an interesting and strong main character with a big heart who constantly seeks God through prayer. Great characters, great book! I can't wait to read Fools in Love that comes out in August.
Bev Blackstone5 Stars Out Of 5June 29, 2009Bev BlackstoneI am an avid Christian fiction reader, but never much in the romance genre. "Love Finds You in Poetry, Texas" was a complete treat. What a lovely, lively, often rollicking good story of creative marriage matches (and mismatches). It caused me to reflect on the "knowing" of love that cannot be explained to another person, and the blessings of integrity which flow in relationships. The author's weave of engaging characters and poetry is loaded with rhyme and reason that will satisfy to the last page. I previously read and loved Janice's historical novel "Hurricane," and this one joins as a new favorite. Can't wait for what she writes next.