Thursday, September 23, 2010

Love's First Bloom by Delia Parr - REVIEWED

“The path God chooses for each of us to follow isn’t always an easy one, but we all have to decide whether or not we’re willing to trust in His wisdom and embrace His will.” (p. 10)

Ruth Livingston’s heart was breaking as she heard her father speak these words of wisdom to her. Her faith struggled to grasp how the Lord could allow one of his faithful followers to be so wrongly accused, much less why she would be asked to take on an unsavory past as a disguise among people who loved the Lord as she did. The future did indeed look bleak for Ruth and her young charge, Lily, a precocious toddler for whom Ruth was to care for in the days ahead. Yet she was willing to trust God with her future even though she barely understood her present circumstances.

Jake Spencer was a man who couldn’t quite come to terms with his present circumstances either. Past mistakes had robbed him of his livelihood and his relationship with his only sibling. When he returns to New York to try to make amends with his brother, he is tasked to do something both challenging and intriguing – to find the daughter of the man accused of murdering one of the city’s “fallen angels”. Willing to do anything to regain ownership of his family’s newspaper, Jake travels to a small town in New Jersey on little more than a hunch. What he discovers there is something that will prove to be far more challenging than finding the woman every reporter in the nation was seeking.

Delia Parr has written a beautiful story that captures the essence of what it means to submit to the will of God. While none of her readers will probably find themselves embroiled in the intrigue of Ruth Livingston’s life, they will certainly find themselves – eventually – facing uncertain circumstances that will require them to trust God completely. Ruth and Lily quickly endear themselves to the reader as do the Elias and Phanaby Garner – the couple who take them in at the request of Ruth’s father. There are many colorful characters in the New Jersey town where Ruth resides, among them the mysterious man, Jake Spencer, who inhabits the small cabin on the edge of town. Page by page, event by event, this story unfolds to reveal a complex set of circumstances that will have far reaching effect on many characters in the story. The outcome is almost as uncertain as the events which created Ruth’s need to become, more or less, a fugitive in plain sight.

I was completely enthralled by this story, and I think you will be too! There are realistic life lessons to be learned among the pages of this novel, and precious truth about the providence of God among the events of the life of every believer. I am thrilled to recommend this novel to you!

Please come back tomorrow to see what Delia Parr has to say about her latest book! Be prepared for a blessing!

About the Author:

Delia Parr, pen name for Mary Lechleidner, is the author of 10 historical novels and the winner of several awards, including the Laurel Wreath Award for Historical Romance and the Aspen Gold Award for Best Inspirational Book. She is a full-time high school teacher who spends her summer vacations writing and kayaking. The mother of three grown children, she lives in Collingswood, New Jersey. Visit for more information.

1 comment:

Mocha with Linda said...

Absolutely loved this book!