Nancy Shew Bolton has written Love Stumbled In, another amazing historical romance filled with twists and turns that will keep you reading.
Set post-World War 1, the 1920’s are fraught with injury and loss due to a flu epidemic. Carrie is orphaned and has to go live with relatives who are so distant she didn’t really know them. They took her in and soon more deaths followed that home leaving the five brothers (one an adult) to look after their distant cousin.
Carrie struggles with a limp and an unrequited love with one of the boys who ends up leaving. Taking a job in a wealthy home to care for a disabled young woman, she finds herself struggling with broken dreams and and just what she wants to do with her life.
This is a wonderful piece of fiction and takes you back to a time when things were simpler but not so much when it comes to the human condition. My mom had a hard time putting this book down so you’re going to want to read it too! I give it five bones!
Ruth’s sole focus in college is her music. Paul has a stormy personality that he struggles to control as he navigates a career in teaching music. When working with Ruth, however, common sense goes out the window causing confusion and emotional turmoil.
Ruth also finds herself confused by Paul’s emotional signals, hot and cold. She struggles to be a friend in spite of that.
Paul has tough decisions to make. He can’t love Ruth and remain her teacher. Somehow they need to find a way to each other to navigate the challenges ahead.
This book touches into the real but taboo subject of teacher/student romance without falling into the sin. The characters are both of faith and strive to do what is right in honoring those in authority and staying pure in their relationship. It is an interesting foray into a time period and a topic that is seldom touched in Christian fiction. Because of the slightly awkward taboo nature of the subject, I’m giving it four bones, because I’m a dog and I don’t have thumbs.
Spatzle Baganz, book reviewer for the silygoos blog because that’s how we roll.
The Right Ingredients is a multi-flavored romance by Nancy Shew Bolton. Well, come on, the main character is a baker so this story is about faith, love and, my favorite–frosting!
This is such a sweet story and I loved the transformation that the main character Ann went through as she struggled throug her work-a-holic baker lifestyle and grappled with her need for God. As she emerges from her shell to embrace love and her new faith in God, challenges conspire to destroy both of these new and wonderful things in her life. Through it all Ann grows and matures. Of course this is a romance too but Ann doesn’t let her love for a man make her compromise what she has come to believe in. A happily-ever-after wedding too! And cake. Lots of cake!