Tuesday, April 07, 2015

I am rich.

Having a few million dollars wouldn't make me rich, but I became a wealthy woman the day I looked into my daughter's intelligent beautiful face. She has always been a blessing in my life.

Publishers and editors caution writers about taking what their family members say about the authors' books. I agree that the comments of family should not be the only opinions we should seek, but I also believe we should consider what those who know us best believe. Sometimes they are the most difficult to please. (In fact, it has been my experience that strangers are kind in their reviews.)

I'm happy to share with you the beautiful review Christie Underwood, who is an individual owns her own strong opinions, wrote about Secret Promise.

Quoting from Christie's review: Inspiring Romance

Warning: This book may cause you to get completely lost in its southern story.

As I read the novel, I completely forgot that I was sitting on a tiny airplane seat for two hours. The long flight from Lubbock, Texas, to Madison, Wisconsin, seemed to fly by, and I was disappointed when we touched down because that meant reading time was over. During the day I found myself lingering in Taylorsburg, wondering what Jake and Caroline were doing. No book has affected me this way since the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

If you enjoyed reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett, you will especially enjoy reading Secret Promise as Mary Lou Cheatham draws from the experiences of her youth growing up in southern Mississippi.

The heroine of the story, Caroline, takes you to the brink of frustration just before you find relief. You gain an understanding of the love Caroline has for sweet, dear Rachel, one of her mothers, and gain insight into how many southern children during this era were actually raised. Brother George’s ministry to Jake grows into a strong bond that envelops the story.

It’s amazing how much our world has changed in just a hundred years. The wording, characters, everyday life, and technology are accurate to the time period. Southern Mississippi has gone through many changes, and this book is a snapshot into a tumultuous time period.

A must read

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