Friday, October 18, 2013

Storms of Life

I rate this book with 4 stars.
A must read.
Book Description:
Vera Minette Bradley lost too many loved ones in her life, and she wanted answers. Was it God's timing, someone playing God, or hospital error? This 18 chapter novel explores these questions when Vera returns to a small town she fled during the threat of a hurricane because her sister is ill and hospitalized. Jesus is our refuge through the storms of life, and Vera, her loved ones, and friends go through many in this inspirational romantic suspense. If you're a fan of humor, romance, suspense, mystery, or inspirational novels, enjoy this one for only $2.99.
My Review:
This author brings us a romance interlaces with a lot of suspense and mystery.  She brings us a true to life dialogue that details family and relationship concerns.  She brings us well developed characters that show how a person must always trust in God to see us through the storms of our lives.  I became invested in the storyline early  when the author addresses anorexia.  She takes us on a journey with this young woman who faces many challenges that a lot of us face today.  I loved Vera and found that some of the same issues she was dealing with  others are also.  This story reveals to us how we must always put our trust and faith in God to  bring us through adversity.
Vera is a young woman who teaches a creative writing course. Several years ago after the death of her mother and then being hurt by her boyfriend, she flees the area and has no plans of ever returning. 6 years later the local hospital calls to alert her that Bridgette, her sister, has been admitted and in critical condition.  When arriving at the hospital she is informed that her sister has been admitted with the diagnosis of Anorexia and only weighs 60 pounds.  This is a battle they have fought before with Bridgette, only this time the hope of her surviving is very unlikely.  Upon seeing her sister's nurse, Sally, frightening memories of her mother's struggle and death come rushing back.  Sally was also her mother's nurse.  Suddenly she is bombarded with so many emotions and after driving hours, she is exhausted.  Who does she see?  None other than the ex boyfriend, Doug.  She really doesn't have time to deal with him, nor does she particularly want to. 
Doug Stevens fell in love with Vera and on the very evening he was planning to propose a misunderstanding ensues.  She leaves him and he doubts if he will ever have the chance to apologize or clear up the misunderstanding.  When he sees her in the hospital he understands why he could never forget her.  Doug works construction and part time as needed at the bakery and takes off work to be with Vera during this difficult time. 
At the loss of her sister and no family left, she longs for comfort.  One Sunday she attends the local church she grew up in and during the service she rededicates her life to the Lord.  She knows to get through this difficult time there's only one thing she can depend on and that is how much God loves her.  She puts all her faith and trust in God to lead her in the right direction. 
As she and Doug spend more time together and become closer, she realizes that her feelings for him haven't changed, but can she take the risk of trusting him with her heart again.  Doug has never stopped loving her and wants to spend the rest of his life with her.  She takes a leap of faith and accepts his proposal and starts to plan their wedding.  Suddenly a series of accidents occur with dire consequences and Vera becomes suspicious of the hospital staff, especially Sally. Vera voices her opinions and suddenly it appears her life is in jeopardy.  As more evidence comes to light, Doug is more concerned than ever.  Will these two get their happily ever after? 
The next book in the series is Serenity Through the Storm.   
Meet the author
Top 100 Amazon Author, B. J. Robinson, is an award-winning, multi-published author with four traditionally published novels as well as independently published short stories, novellas and novels. Magnolia: A Wilting Flower is an autobiographical novel which won first-runner up in Florida Writers Association (FWA) 2002 Royal Palm Award and took home a trophy. Southern Superstitions was developed from her first-prize-winning short story published in Southeastern Louisiana University's literary magazine, Gambit, written in her creative-writing class. She later developed it into a full-length novel set in the South in Louisiana. When she's not writing, she's reading and reviewing books on her blog. She loves to read and write romantic suspense or women's fiction.
B. J. Robinson writes inspirational fiction from Florida, where she lives with her husband, a cat named Frankie, a golden cocker spaniel named Sunflower, and a golden retriever named Honi. Her children are grown and have made her a grandmother multiple times. She promises to take her readers on a continuous journey to another world. Reading and writing are her passions. Jesus is her best friend. B. J. has been a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and is a member of Edgy Christian Fiction. She's also taken writing classes through Long Ridge and Jerry B. Jenkins's Christian Writing Guild (CWG). Belonging to a good critique group and reading books by other writers is the best way to hone your skill and craft.

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