Friday, January 27, 2012

CFBA Tour: Love Blooms in Winter by Lori Copeland

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Love Blooms in Winter
Harvest House Publishers (January 1, 2012)
Lori Copeland

Lori lives in the beautiful Ozarks with her husband Lance. Lance and Lori have three sons, three daughter-in-laws, and six wonderful grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters. Lance and Lori are very involved in their church, and active in supporting mission work in Mali, West Africa.

Lori began her writing career in 1982, writing for the secular book market. In 1995, after many years of writing, Lori sensed that God was calling her to use her gift of writing to honor Him. It was at that time that Lori began writing for the Christian book market. To date, she has had over 100 books published.

A romantic new book from bestselling author Lori Copeland that portrays God’s miraculous provision even when none seems possible.

1892—Mae Wilkey’s sweet next-door neighbor, Pauline, is suffering from old age and dementia and desperately needs family to come help her. But Pauline can’t recall having kin remaining. Mae searches through her desk and finds a name—Tom Curtis, who may just be the answer to their prayers.

Tom can’t remember an old aunt named Pauline, but if she thinks he’s a long-lost nephew, he very well may be. After two desperate letters from Mae, he decides to pay a visit. An engagement, a runaway train, and a town of quirky, loveable people make for more of an adventure than Tom is expecting. But it is amazing what can bloom in winter when God is in charge of things.

I GIVE THIS BOOK: 1 star1 star1 star

I usually LOVE Lori Copeland's books, but Love Blooms in Winter was disappointing to me. While I enjoyed reading Love Blooms in Winter, so much of it seemed dull and felt like a rehash of another story.

The only character I liked at all was Tom and at times even he was annoying.

Jake has been Mae's beau for SIX YEARS and seems to be in no hurry to make a commitment with her. I couldn't believe how accepting Mae was of this and of how Jake treated her when she did something of which he didn't approve. My dislike of him steadily grew until when near the end of the book he did something I thought was horrible. Then to my surprise barely ten pages later his whole personality seemed to change and I wondered who this person was. I thought it was too out of character for him to be SO different than he was throughout the whole book.

I had an inkling immediately who Tom was going to be in relationship to Pauline - and I was right! I was actually surprised that it took everybody so long to figure it out.

Overall, I found Love Blooms in Winter to be a mediocre story, enjoyable, but mediocre. If you have a lot of books on your TBR pile, this is not one I would read first.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.***

If you would like to read the first chapter of Love Blooms in Winter, go HERE.

Product Details
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736930191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736930192
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Available to purchase at Amazon

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1 comment:

  1. I have just received Tricia Goyer's novel Along Wooded Paths. She is the only author I recognize. I would like to have this devotional to read during this leap year because it has 366 devotions and is for 2012.
    I like devotions because they begin a central theme and you can continue your Bible study further on the Scriptures that pertain to the subject on that day for in-depth study. It is a nice jump-start place to begin.