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Vendor: White Rose Publishing
Publication Date: 2013
Wednesday's Child grieves for his soul...Liam Page, school teacher and ex-missionary, is a man with a secret agenda. Revenge. But when he says it with flowers, and accidentally drenches a woman who just happens to be the school's landscape architect, he may have found a light in his darkness. After an abusive relationship, Jacqui Dorne prefers work to men. It's safer. But Liam Page with his boyish charm and wounded soul, manages to change her preferences. Has God led her to Liam to help him heal?When their growing relationship is marred by the reappearance of Jacqui's ex-boyfriend, they find themselves suddenly embroiled in a series of dangerous events which leads them to Africa and has them fighting for both love and life.
Clare Revell lives in a small town in England with her husband, whom she married in 1992, and her three children. Writing from a early childhood and encouraged by her teachers, she graduated from rewriting fairy stories through fanfiction to using her own original characters and enjoys writing an eclectic mix of romance, crime fiction and children's stories. When she's not writing, she's reading, sewing, keeping house or doing the many piles of laundry her children manage to make. She has been a Christian for more than half her life. She goes to Carey Baptist Church, where she is one of three registrars.
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TammyMassachusettsAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A page turner!November 30, 2013TammyMassachusettsAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Clare Revell's current series is based on an old nursery rhyme and set in Headley Cross, a fictional town in England. The lingo is British yet Ms. Revell smoothly writes so Americans will easily understand what is meant. I reminded myself that "chips" are what we call "French Fries" - and cringed when Liam doused them with vinegar and salt then added ketchup. Vinegar & salt on potato chips (i.e. crisps) is barely acceptable to my palette, don't put that stuff on my fries! Yet this one scene alone gave me a mental image of both the character and setting.
The plot for this novel is mostly romance with a light suspense. It opens with an event that scars Liam Page, physically and spiritually. Though horrifying, Ms. Revell does not get graphic with descriptions. Even so, Liam's pain is palpable and the reader instantly connects with him. When he meets Jacqui Dorne, neither is looking for love. Ironically, Liam tips over a vase of flowers spilling water all over Jacqui's laptop. When it turns out she's the landscape architect just hired by the school where Liam works, both start to suspect they were meant to meet.
Romance blooms in a believable, natural progression. Liam's damaged faith is a roadblock for Jacqui. Ms. Revell delivers a nice spiritual message without ramming it down her reader's throat. Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? We all have difficulty with that one. Jacqui has come to terms with it herself and now helps Liam overcome his painful past. Then the suspense part of the story really kicks in.
From the start, the "bad guy" is known -- Vince, Jacqui's former boyfriend. Exactly what is he up to and why? Jacqui and Liam both plunge into a world of spies and intrigue in an effort to find out. Vince understandably dislikes Liam. How far will he go to get rid of the competition?
This novel is a page-turner - I had a hard time setting it down. It's the third in a series based on Ms. Revell's rewrite of an old children's nursery rhyme. I look forward to reading the others in this series!
Marianne EvansSuburban Detroit, MIAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Top Notch Romance & Suspense!January 28, 2013Marianne EvansSuburban Detroit, MIAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Any book that begins with the scripture Jeremiah 29:11-13 is going to grab my attention straight away. This formative verse is so applicable to the wonderful story Revell creates in Wednesday's Child.
I'm enjoying her spin on a time-honored nursery rhyme and the ways in which she weaves each day's verse into a spine-tingling suspense novel. (I have to admit: I've gotten sneak peeks at all of Clare's covers for this series, and Wednesday's Child is my favorite. What an amazing, straight on depiction of the hero! But I digress_)
Liam Page is wounded. The burdens he carries tug your heart. I love the ordained way in which he meets our more than worthy heroine, Jacqui Dorne. Their paths, we discover, were meant to intersectÃ¢â¬ânot just on a professional but on a personal level as well.
Some of my favorite stories deal with the issue of why God allows bad things to happen to seemingly innocent people. Add to that theme the threat of a menacing villain and you have the recipe for a great page-turner. Revell writes with a clean style and a keen sense of romance and suspense. Balancing the two can be tricky, but in her hands and heart the combination works and engages the reader to the last page.
Revell delivers on all counts in this offering, and I look forward to Thursday's Child - coming soon from Pelican Book Group!
DISCLAIMER: A copy of this book was provided to me free of charge by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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