Light the Fire is the second book that I have read by Mary Manners and it was oh so good! This contemporary fiction novel deals with some deep hurts, trust issues and guilt burdens that would make you think it would be a very heavy and dark book. But that is just not the case. The author has done a fantastic job of writing characters that I just couldn’t help but love and she weaves in lighthearted moments that balance out the heavy ones.
Rena is the main female character in Light the Fire. This woman is carrying around an abundance of guilt and pain from events in her past. She works hard to help others, but feels that she is not worthy of happiness and struggles with the idea that anyone, including God, could forgive her when she cannot forgive herself.
Cody is the main male character in the book. He is a strong man in many ways. He is dedicated to being there for his late brother’s widow and sons, he loves God, and as he gets to know Rena, he is patient with her even though he doesn’t know the exact burden she carries.
This book was very hard to put down and impossible to stop thinking about when I wasn’t reading it! I loved the characters, the plot and basically everything about the book. I would highly recommend it to fans of contemporary Christian fiction. (5 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from White Rose Publishing through The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mary Manners is an award-winning romance writer who lives in the beautiful foothills of East Tennessee with her husband Tim and the cherished cats they’ve rescued from local animal shelters…Lucky and Gus.
Mary’s debut novel, Mended Heart, was nominated Best Inspirational Romance 2010, and was finalist for the Bookseller’s Best Award and her follow-up, Tender Mercies, was awarded an outstanding 4 ½ star rating from The Romantic Times Book Reviews and was also a finalist for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Buried Treasures, her third novel, was named Book of the Year by The Wordsmith Journal. Light the Fire, her fourth novel, took top honors for the 2012 Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Mary was named Author of the Year by Book and Trailer Showcase. She writes romances of all lengths, from short stories to novels–something for everyone.