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Vendor: White Rose Publishing
Publication Date: 2017
Series: Paradise Pines
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D. ChatleyAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Time to flyMarch 18, 2017D. ChatleyAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Totally loved this book, I read it in one sitting. This was an amazing story of a young lady (Raine) who strikes out on her own to discover herself but little does she know what that entails. Up till this point Raine's life has been planned out for her including her schooling and her future career by her parents. And being the dutiful daughter, Raine has just followed the path laid out for her. However, not that she has completed her schooling early, she decides to enjoy an extended vacation on her own before beginning her fulltime job that is waiting for her, against her parent's wishes.
During this getaway Raine meets a lady who has the character of an angel or perhaps an angel for real, who can tell. This lady, Angelina, seems to know things about Raine that no earthly person should know and as Raine gets to know her, she realizes that Angelina seems to have such a peace about her. Moreover, Angelina is a walking Bible consistently quoting Bible verses. This is one thing I love about this book, the story is intermixed with many passages from the Bible showing how our lives are to be interspersed with God's Word.
During her stay at the inn run by Angelina, Raine encounters the neighbor (Declan) who seems surly on the first encounter but upon future encounters, Raine discovers that her heart is drawn towards Declan. Declan and her begin spending much time together and you as the reader can see how they are both drawn to one another. Yet there are some roadblocks in the way of their relationship. First of all, Raine is planning to go back home at the end of her vacation and everyone knows long distance relationships rarely work. Secondly, Declan has been hired by Raine's father to keep an eye on her without Raine's knowledge and the deeper their relationship grows, the more difficult it becomes for Declan to come clean but how is Raine going to react when this comes out. The relationship between Raine and Declan is a beautiful picture of how God sends people across our path just when needed.
Additionally a key element of this story is how God uses encounters with butterflies both in the art form and in live form to speak truth into Raine's life and to draw her to himself. During her time at this inn, Raine discovers that God wants a personal relationship with her. Up till now, she had religion but not a relationship. In fact, butterfly become such a big part of this story as Raine discovers her true calling in life and discovers joy in helping others. God uses the butterfly and others in her life to tell her that this is her time to fly. And during this journey with God, Raine finds healing for pain in her past.
Bottom line is that I would have given this book a 6 out 5 stars if I could. The storyline is intriguing and draws you into Raine's life and her search for who she is meant to me. And all along the journey the reader is encouraged in their walk with the Lord as you will see how God continually draws Raine to himself in love and gives her joy and peace in return. Highly recommend!!!!!
Karen RWAGender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5A heartfelt contemporary romance!January 31, 2017Karen RWAGender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A heartfelt contemporary romance set on the beautiful Central Coast of California!
Taking a timeout before beginning a new career, Raine has no idea of what is in store for her when she arrives at Paradise Pines Lodge in lovely Cambria. Hoping for some peace and tranquility, her life will open up in ways she never dreamed of before.
I enjoyed the cast of characters, especially Miss Angie who adds a divine touch and sparkle to Raine's life, and her energetic friend Shay. The mysterious way God works in Raine's heart and life made the story interesting, with a lot of spiritual depth. Butterflies were cleverly used as a metaphor in many ways, perfectly reflecting her spiritual renewal and newfound joy for life, as well as transformation in others. Her relationship with Declan seemed realistic with a lot of emotional tension at times. I wasn't sure how it would end given the short time period. It kept me reading on to find out.
Reading the descriptions of the area with its unique sights brought back some special memories for me after spending time there long ago. The artistic communities, rolling hills and ocean nearby are a lovely setting for a novel. It made me want to go back to visit. The funny house of the 'Captain' made of recycled materials is indeed a real place too!
Recommend to readers who enjoy a clean contemporary romance with a lot of faith.
(An e-book was provided by the author. All opinions are my own.)
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