Sunday, September 02, 2007

Holiday Hope

For Christian Genre Challenge

HOLIDAY HOPE (223 pages) contains two beautiful and heartwarming love stories from the 1940s. One beautiful, hand-tied patchwork quilt is the common thread linking several hearts and lives. Both novellas, Twice Loved by Wanda E. Brunsetter and Everlasting Song by DiAnn Mills touched me deeply, but Twice Loved stole my heart. I would recommend this Christian romance to all.

Note: I have just noticed that Patchwork Holiday, another book that I have selected for this month's Christian Genre Challege, also has the same two stories.


Twice Loved
by Wanda E. Brunstetter

"Who comeforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wheewith we ourselves are comforted by God."

The story begins with Dan Fisher going down on his knees in front of the sofa where Darcy, his dying wife lay. She has been diagnosed with leukemia and would soon die. She had almost completed the beautiful and colourful patchwork quilt. It is for him, which she hopes will bring him solace after she's gone. Dan couldn't bear the thought of losing his wife for he loves her very much. He promises his wife on her deathbed to look after Twice Loved, her used toy store.

Then there is Bev Winters, a world war II widow with a six year old daughter named Amy. She has just been laid off by her company. Her boss tries to take advantage of her but she wouldn't have it resulting in her being made redundant. In the midst of that, she bumps into Dan Fisher who happens to be in her company for a photography assignment.

With no job and her young daughter in tow, she is now desperate. She runs through the ads and saw Twice Loved hiring. At the same time, she could also find a Christmas present for her darling daughter knowing that Twice Loved sells used toys, and that would have to do for the time being due to her limited funds. With that, she intends to kill two birds with one stone. At that point of time, she doesn't know Dan Fisher runs the used toy store. Well, little do both of them know that the chance meeting may mean the beginning of love and the end of loss.

Everlasting Song
by DiAnn Mills

"Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy."
PSALM 126:5

Olivia Howard had lost everything when her beautiful home was destroyed by fire. Everything in the house was gone, every piece of precious memory stripped away from her. She is devastated. During the unfortunate incident, she is rescued by Nate Forester, a volunteer firefighter and a handsome Christian guy. As a former soldier, he survived the war in Normandy, France although his two good friends didn't. He saw them shot down beside him and he thought about the wives and children they left behind. Up till then, he does not talk about the war, not even with his parents.

After the fire tragedy, Nate continues to follow up on Olivia, checking that she is okay. Although in the beginning Nate treats her as a friend, he seems to be attracted to her as time goes by. Olivia has the same feelings for him too.

Her great loss travels all the way to the Fishers, thanks to a magazine interview. Their path crosses by way of the priceless colourful patchwork quilt.