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Number of Pages: 402
Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2012
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 1.06 (inches)|
It seemed a normal spring morning in Savannah until Jonathan Rayburn heard an angelic voice on Monterey Square. Within moments of setting eyes upon the exceptionally beautiful Keri McGuire, he welcomed her to his beloved city and into his heart. In the days ahead, his faith is severely tested because of one homeless man and a civil lawsuit. Daniel Stanton, a busy attorney in St. Augustine, arrived at Mrs. Quinn's home, questioning why his father's client has requested his legal advice. One portrait upstairs caught his attention; one nearly identical portrait in the music room captured his wishful thoughts. Never in his life had he been so disappointed when he actually met the granddaughter from Milwaukee. While Laura Martin challenged his ethics, he prayed to be a man of conviction.
barbjan10Arlington, TXAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5SAVANNAH IS LOVLIER IN SPRINGTIMEOctober 4, 2013barbjan10Arlington, TXAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It was a surprise to me that more reviews hadn't been written on this beautifully composed story about Springtime in Savannah by Gail Warner. Truly, this story does not stand alone - but of several stories skillfully intertwined to keep the reader drawn in. Each story has the possibility of being complete as one - but to include so many well defined characters, each with different personalities and problems, was done with proficient cleverness by Ms. Warner.
The author went deep into research on the history of Savannah, as well as interesting facts that I would never have known without reading this novel. At times, I felt I was reading a travelogue which made the scenery in my mind vivid through the color of illustrious scripting. The story is lengthy - and never boring.
What can I say about this story that wouldn't add spoilers to future readers? My heart was warmed by the conversions to faith in Jesus. Some of the characters were idiosyncratic and unlikeable. I fell in love with those characters that were fun in spite of themselves. My compassion lay with the emotionally and physically abused with admiration for their passion to change their lives through Christ. The love interests were enthralling and romantic. Budding romance was proven unpredictable in the length of time and adversities the couples faced. I sensed this author was emotionally involved with her characters, as I also felt. Her characters and situations were so real that I found myself praying for those in the story that continued to sin and live evilly. It felt silly to pray - Gail had already decided their outcome! Will there be hope for these individuals in Gail's story? You'll be amazed as you watch God working in the lives of all under the pen of Gail Warner.
Ms Warner shows herself a person of deep faith in God; in tune with reality of our world today and historically, and that she is intelligent and capable of sculpting words with such an inspiring touch. Gail is an accomplished author that I will follow and look forward to her future publications. Whew, I got through this review without spoilers_.so if you want to meet the characters, learn the answers, take a guided tour of Savannah - history included - you'll need to get you own copy!
The Jane Eyre fanIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Christian fiction at it's best.August 6, 2012The Jane Eyre fanIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: femaleWith the setting in my favorite cities, Savannah and St. Augustine, I enjoyed this double 400 page novel. Christian fiction is an art.
Author: Gail Ann Warner
Located in: Rockford, Illinois
Submitted: March 06, 2014
Tell us a little about yourself. Since birth, I received a rich heritage with wonderful parents and a strong church. My brother died when I was a child, I gave my heart to the Lord at an early age, and I survived Hodgkin's Disease three times before the 11th grade. My husband of fifty years is a great minister of the gospel. We love our three daughters and eight grandchildren. I enjoy participating in Beth Moore Bible studies, traveling in the U.S., working in my flower garden, and connecting with friends on Facebook. I promote my novel through a Facebook open group by the same title: Springtime in Savannah.
What was your motivation behind this project? My original motivation was to live vicariously through my characters. I loved the editing process. For unlike reality, I could alter the outcome to a happy ending, add my humor, imagine suspenseful tales, fit historical information into the dialog, and compose moments of inspiration. My motivation for publishing my book was to honor my mother's request.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? This question is too large to answer, except to say that I dedicated my book to the Lord in a private prayer service. I believe in allowing God to open or close doors. I pray this novel will minister to each reader in an individual, unique way.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? My father and I shared the same books, so I gladly gave him the portions I had written. He approved. My mother rarely let me finish a sentence, so it was a surprise when she listened to me read the entire 400 page book.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? 1-Grace Livingston Hill described the complete opposites in her characters, and she presented the plan of salvation in each book. 2-Through Charlotte Bronte, I met my favorite character, Jane Eyre, a young woman that spoke from her heart with amazing passion. 3-Eugenia Price filled her novels with interesting characters and historical information while introducing me to Savannah, St. Simons Island, and St. Augustine.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: At a moment of inspiration, I began writing. I considered quitting many times for I struggled with every aspect, especially the computer. While visiting St. Augustine, I received an idea for a second novel. I gave God the credit, and I truly enjoyed writing the set novel, set in St. Augustine. In an effort to develop my own writing style, I wove the stories together on a timeline. Springtime in Savannah is uniquely written in a third-person, multiple POV's style.