Friday, January 06, 2012

Winter Promise by Martha Rogers

Review by ~Mary

Moving to Portersville, Texas to be near her brother and other significant family and friends, Abigail leaves behind the idea that she will never marry. Although marriage isn't her primary concern, it does play into many of her thoughts. Torn between the affections of the town sherrif, Cory, and the town doc, Elliot, she finds love doesn't come easy. In the process, she can't seem to avoid drama in the form of physical ailments, which does help her case with Elliot.

Speaking of Elliot, for having a supporting role in Winter Promise, I found I could relate to his charactor far more than that of Abigail's. Perhaps it's the whole 'I remember a time I couldn't forgive myself either' bit, or maybe just because he seems to be the most human and believable charactor in the book, he was the true protagonist and the one I couldn't wait to read more of.

With a town setting of unforgettable and addicting charactors, and a storyline that will hook you early, Winter Promise is a keeper. It is an example of how fiction works to mirror the conflicts of real life, yet be entertaining enough to give you that escape from reality simultaneously. I had the ending pegged early on, but still found the reading of the book irresistable. Rogers makes it easy by writing about people that pitch in to help others and the many selfless acts of love portrayed in the day to day activities of Portersville. She incorporates timeless lessons Christians learn throughout the seasons of their journey and referances several biblical scriptures without being preachy or pushy. In fact, I grabbed my Bible and read Psalm 139 to remain relevant and in step with her charactors.

At a little over 300 pages, don't let the length fool you. If you're like me, you will have it read in two sittings and then lament that you didn't read slower and relish it more.

~Press Release
A painful past has left Doctor Elliot Jensen uninterested in love.

Until he meets Abigail.

Single, educated, and looking for a new start, Abigail Monroe decides to join her brother and his wife in Portersville, Texas. Near her twenty-fifth birthday and without a suitor, she fears she will become a spinster if she stays in Briar Ridge, Connecticut.

A sprained ankle sends Abigail to the new doctor in town, Elliot Jensen. He is smitten, but tragedy in his past has left him bitter, guilt ridden, and afraid to fall in love again.

When the town’s deputy sheriff rescues Abigail after a robbery, Elliot’s feelings for her get stronger. He is jealous of the attention Abigail is getting, but he fears he can’t compete with the handsome deputy sheriff and his heroic deeds.

Has he waited too long to share his feelings for her? Or will Christmas bring them both the gift they seek?

Set in the late 1800s, the Seasons of the Heart series follows the lives of four women and their families, weaving together their stories of faith, life, and love as they bond in friendship only God could orchestrate.

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Realms (January 3, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616384980
ISBN-13: 978-1616384982
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches