A fast light read that is clean and enjoyable.
Great book, very inspitational and faith based. You love the characters from the start and pray that they'll grow in their relationship together as well with God!
This is the 6th book out of 7 current books in the series, "Rosewood Texas". Each book focuses on one couple and reintroduces some characters from previous books in the series. The book read very quickly and is a nice, clean, Christian, contemporary romance novel. As with the other books in the series, the storyline is somewhat predictable, but still an enjoyable read.
This is the third book that takes the reader to the fictional small Texas town of Rosewood and it's an excellent portrayal of a single parent trying to make a new life for herself and her children. Laura is determined to learn the ins and outs of flipping houses; however, reading this book in 2009, after the great housing bubble burst, it's hard to feel sympathy for realtors or real estate agents or even mortgage brokers.
Anyhow, Laura is left with little funding of her own after her verbally abusive husband Jerry dies, so she packs up her kids (ages 13 and 10) and moves to Rosewood, where she meets Paul, her late husband's friend and business partner. The citizens of this Christian utopia adopt her as one of their own but Laura still harbors vague fears of losing everything.
Her overbearing, social climbing in-laws move to Rosewood, ostensibly to be near their grandchildren, but their motive is more sinister: they file for sole custody. This subplot is why the story of Ruth and Naomi doesn't apply well to Winn's novel: Naomi is an older woman who leads Ruth to God. In the book, Laura's mother in law Meredith isn't a woman of God; she's a materialistic, self-centered, social climbing shrew. Sorry, but there's really no comparison.
Winn, however, does handle the subject of spousal abuse well. Having lived in a marriage like that, I identified strongly with Laura's feelings at several points in the story. Winn's characters are, for the most part, realistic and human. Noah and Grace Brady (from Winn's other novel "Promise of Grace") show up briefly as minor characters. All in all, Rosewood is a nice place to visit and re-visit.
She wasn't going to take "no" from anyone anymore, especially not her late husband's rude business partner. Determined to provide for her two children and prove she wasn't the weak woman her husband had convinced everybody she was, Laura Manning moved her family to tiny Rosewood, Texas, to take over his share in the real-estate firm.
Who was Paul Russell to tell her she couldn't do it? Having survived her husband's mental abuse, Laura knew she could do anything, no matter what the handsome Texan said. Especially since her familyand her heartwere at stake.
This was my first Love Inspiried book. My young teen wants to read adult romances, but I'm not interested in supplying her with any bodice-rippers. This was a nice romantic love story with believable characters but no heaving bosom/throbbing manhood stuff. In fact, a very acceptable relationship. She can have these.