The first novella, This Little House of Mine, was my favorite of the three. Paul Stoneman and Ellen White just had such great chemistry! They felt like such “real” people, struggling to determine God’s direction for their lives. Paul knows that his dedication is to the Lord first, but the pull he feels toward Ellen makes him question whether this “well-groomed, city-girl” could possibly be meant to serve with him in Siberia. And Ellen’s inner-struggle is such a pleasure to read about, as well. God really worked on her heart to bring her back to a life dedicated to Him.
The second novella, Measure of a Man, also deals with missions in Siberia. The premise for the story is so clever, and based lightly on a “trapped in an elevator in Siberia” experience that the author had. But, the story is so much more than that fun beginning. It is quite a deep story, full of past hurts, attraction, and the call of God to a man who keeps trying to justify the decisions he once made.
The third novella, Proof of Your Love, was full of strange events and disconcerting problems for the heroine. This story had lots of humor in it, with a trace of nerve-wracking danger. It was a cute story with a touch of romantic suspense thrown in. (4 stars)
My thanks to the author for the complimentary copy of this book that I received in exchange for my honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
We’d all like to believe that there is someone out there, waiting for us. The perfect one, who is exactly the right fit. But sometimes the wait – and the fear of launching out to find that special someone — keep us from leaping out in faith. From saying hello, accepting that cup of coffee, saying yes to a romantic walk on the beach.
Sometimes it just takes a providential moment to change everything. RITA and Christy award-winning, ECPA and CPA best-selling novelist, Susan May Warren brings you three delightful novellas about leaping out into the unknown only to discover that yes, somewhere, my love is waiting.
Measure of a Man
The last person Calil Deane expects to find trapped in an elevator in Siberia at 2.a.m is Peter Samuelson—the man who broke her heart. Besides, she has a life she loves now – as a missionary in Russia. But Peter is not the man she remembers, and suddenly, she has to take another look, remeasure the man she once knew. But can love be reignited, or will the fears – and mistakes – of the past drive them apart again?
Proof of Your Love
Investigative Reporter Justine Proof knows she doesn’t belong in the small, backwater town in East Tennessee…not only is she a Yankee, and hasn’t the foggiest idea what grits are, but she’s pretty sure someone is out to get her. And yes, it might be because she’s investigating a murder, but someone is making it personal. Certainly it can’t be cute, but redneck, coffee shop owner “Wild” Pat Bells, right? Still, every time she has car trouble, Pat “seems” to show up, raspberry latte in hand. Is he a rogue meaning her harm – or a friend trying to help?
Patrick Bells can’t believe he heard a woman plan a murder into her tape recorder. And not just any woman – cute and sassy Justine Proof, a woman he’s been scraping up the courage to meet since the first day she ordered a raspberry latte in his coffee shop, the Right Cup. But Pat isn’t going to let anyone get hurt in his town. . .
Justine has finally found someone she’d like to trust — someone who has suddenly become more than just an early morning ray of sunshine in her life. But her suspicious mind stands between her and true love. She’s about to learn that trust is a choice, and that only God can help her make it.
This Little House of Mine
When they said “Missionary,” Interior Decorator Ellen White expected, well, not the hot, tall, and sweet Paul Stoneman, fresh from the backwoods of some Russian village. And sure, she’ll help him redecorate his cute missionary home. After all, clearly the confirmed, rough-around-the edges bachelor needs a woman’s touch. But when she falls for him, she discovers that loving a man with a heart for God requires more from her than she’s willing to give.
Paul Stoneman longs for a wife to share his life wife. Sure, he loves his life as a missionary, but admittedly, he’s lonely. Beautiful Ellen White is exactly what he’s prayed for – right down to her ability to turn his life into something beautiful. But Ellen isn’t interesting in leaving the comforts of America for the rustic life of a missionary, right?
More than just a romance, this story will tug at the heart of anyone who loves a man whose heart belongs first, to God.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Growing up in Minneapolis and attending the U of MN, I learned to love city life, although I’m a woodsy girl at heart. Or maybe I’m an adventurer — having lived and traveled all over the world, including Siberia Russia as a missionary for eight years. Probably that’s why my characters can’t sit still, and seem to get into one scrape after another — they’re too much like me! I love God, my family, my country, my church, and feel privileged every day to be able to write stories, that I hope inspire and entertain!