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Clouds by Robin Jones Gunn Multnomah Books ISBN 1-57673-619-9

Shelly and Jonathan were inseparable childhood friends. Living next door to each other, they used a rope and a bucket to pass “treasures” to each other. The friendship lasted through their teen years and it appeared nothing would threaten it. But, they were wrong. The relationship ended when she refused Jonathan’s marriage proposal. Clouds, by Robin Jones Gunn, is their story.
The story opens with Shelly, a flight attendant, moving home after living on her own for a number of years. She had applied for a job transfer as she thought she would have more job security. She quickly learns that she was wrong and that she may actually lose her job. Shelly moves in with her younger sister and together they forge a stronger relationship. The last five years had not turned out the way Shelly had hoped and now that she is home she faces the fact that Jonathan may well be the only man she ever loved. In fact, she still loves him. An unexpected trip to Germany brings a chance and memorable reunion with Jonathan and his fiancé.
The past and the present come together with interesting results in this well written story. The dialogue of the characters is believable and honest. Over time, the reader watches Shelly come into her own. By quietly accepting Jonathan’s engagement and seeking strength from her faith, she does move on. This is an engaging novel with themes of family, love, faith and hope and it is easy to read.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I give this review of my own free will.


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Annabelle by Nancy Christie Pixie Hall Press ISBN: 978-0-9883817-6-4

Annabelle, by Nancy Christie, is a haunting short story. The author uses exquisite prose to present the characters and to describe their relationship. Her mastery of storytelling is obvious.
Annabelle is an only child whose father is a successful artist. Her mother poses for his paintings. Her parents have an intense relationship and Annabelle spent most of her young life observing them. Physically present, but not actually included, she wanted to be part of whatever chemistry they had and she wanted to pose for her father. One day she did pose and then their lives changed. Sometimes the price paid for getting what we want is expensive.
This is a story of love, desire, passion and loss. The intricacies of this family are impeccably detailed and the end result is a story that the reader will not soon forget.
I received this book free of charge and I give this review of my own free will.


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