Wednesday, May 30, 2012

CFBA Tour Spring Hope by Martha Rogers

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Spring Hope
( Realms (May 15, 2012)
Martha Rogers


Martha Rogers is a freelance author of both fiction and non-fiction and a speaker. Her stories and articles have appeared in a number of compilations and magazines. Her first fiction novella was released in 2007.

Her experiences as a public school teacher, Sunday school teacher, youth leader, First Place leader, Mom and Grandmother give Martha a unique field of ministry.

Martha is am alumni of CLASS and is available to speak at Women's Retreats, conferences, and luncheons on topics of interest to women of all ages.

As an author, she is available to speak at writing conferences and workshops on a variety of topics of interest to writers.


Can runaway Libby Cantrell finally get a new start?

Libby Cantrell’s life has gone from bad to worse since her mother’s death. After working in a brothel to support her abusive father, she sees no hope for her future until one cold winter night when she finds the courage to escape.

When she collapses in Portersfield, Texas, exhausted, ill, and hungry, Sheriff Cory Muldoon finds her and takes her to the doctor. Against Cory’s better judgment, Seth and Erin Winston take her in and offer her a job as a nanny for their young son. As a minister, Seth sees it as his duty to take care of her. As a deputy, Cory needs to know the truth about her even as he is attracted to the waif of a young woman.

As Cory’s feelings for her grow and winter becomes spring, will he be able to accept her as she is now and truly forget and forgive her sordid past?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Spring Hope, go HERE.

MY REVIEW-I have read so many of Martha Rogers books I have almost become used to them. But she still has that element of surprise that comes out and grabs you! This one opens with a Sheriff finding a young woman sick in the freezing cold. If you have been following her Seasons of the Heart Series you will recognize many of the characters in this book. If you have not read the previous books, I would ruge you to as the characters can be a bit much. Even with me knowing them I had trouble a couple times remembering who was with who.

Cory is a great hero but somewhat overbearing at times. I guess overprotective would be the right word, but even protective is sometimes too much for a person. Libby needs that quiet protection without the overbearing. She is scared of men and tired of being used by them. She is very sweet with the children and she longs for a family but realizes men will have nothing to do with her after her past. This causes some friction once she finally tells the Muldoon clan but Cory comes through with flying colors. The subject of her past is dealt with very carefully and delicately, which I appreciated.

Overall a great historical novel that is a good ending. I know Martha has done some prequels, etc to her other series so maybe we will see something like that in the future for Season's of the Heart. Great book!


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