Thursday, July 28, 2011
The One Who Waits for Me by Lori Copeland
Carolina Series Book one
As a Civil War fan and avid consumer and reviewer of Christian fiction, I could not wait to get my hands on Lori Copeland's new release. I'm not sure what I expected, but this one surpassed anything I may have wanted to read. Copeland wrote a fun read. Yes, I've never tagged a book as fun, but this one really was. The characters were human! I could relate to Beth's hostility, Joanie's unwavering trust in God, and slave hand, Trella's, seemingly hopeless situation.
Following the death of their parents, sisters Beth and Joanie flee in the middle of the night to escape the heavy hand and cruel ways of the their controlling uncle and cousin. On the run and in search of emotional freedom, they rescue Trella, a former slave to the sisters uncle, from along the roadside. With Walt and Bear on their trail, they run into three Civil War soldiers. Pierce, Preach and Gray Eagle just want to get home to rocking chairs on the front porch, home cooked meals, and oh yeah. Sweet tea. When their plans get delayed and derailed after rescuing the girls from a fire, they are preoccupied with the dilemma of how much to engage themselves in the personal problems of the young ladies.
With the help of three men who give new meaning to the old occupation of chivalry, and the gentle guidance of several nuns from a convent, the sisters and former slave find hope in mankind (and MAN kind) and an unseen God. Although a light reading novel, The One Who Waits For Me is packed with spiritual applications relevant to any reader. But forget being preachy; that's not Copeland's style. This novel really was a pleasure to read and makes me hopeful that these charactors will be returning in book two of the series. If not, perhaps Copeland would entertain just one more book that includes them to solidify what is presumed at the end, and to give at least this reader one more gratification.
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (August 1, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1 inches