|by Suzie Johnson|
These books are as different from each other as could be; different eras, different authors, different styles, but three novels that succeeded in sweeping me so totally into their world that I found myself wanting to stay a bit longer than the pages allowed.
Washington’s Lady by Nancy Moser: Told in the first person, this book is an inside view of the life of Martha Custis Washington before and after she married her tall, handsome colonel. Widowed at age twenty-six, with two children, Martha Custis had experienced more than her share of grief. Now, as the wealthiest widow in town, she had several men interested in marrying her. But she isn’t interested in marrying again, for any reason but love. And that love can only be found with Colonel George Washington. Not interested in Martha’s money, George’s love for Martha is unbelievable true. And he dotes on her children almost as much as she does. Together, while the colonists find themselves in the precarious position of declaring freedom from a tyrannical king, George and Martha must give up their dreams of a quiet life because their fellow colonists depend on George to lead them toward that freedom.
This book is a love story between a man and woman, as well as a love story between two people of faith and their young country. George and Martha make incredible sacrifices of love for the people of an emerging new nation. Nancy Moser puts a personal face on two historical figures that inspire others to take risks and follow dreams that seem unreachable.
To read more about Nancy Moser and her true-to-life books, you can visit her website at: http://www.nancymoser.com/.
Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner: From the author of the phenomenal book, The Shape of Mercy, is a wonderful novel set in two different eras, about two women who share the same name. This book seamlessly gives readers the present day story of Jane Lindsay and a fascinating version of the historical story of Lady Jane Grey.
Antique collector Jane Lindsay finds a beautiful antique ring shortly after her marriage begins to fall apart. Seeing the name Jane inscribed in the ring gives her a sense of connection to its original owner. Perhaps as a way to avoid dealing with her heartbreak, or because of it, Jane sets about on a mission to find out the history of the ring and ends up finding out a great deal about herself.
Lady Jane Grey’s dressmaker, Lucy Day, effectively lures the reader in as she narrates the story of Lady Jane and how she came into possession of the ring. But it’s what happens next that will keep readers turning the pages, hoping innocent young Jane can avoid tragedy and find true love as she steadfastly stands up for what she believes.
This book is an amazing story of faith and inner strength amidst the two vastly different settings. And as a delightful bonus, readers are treated to Lucy Day’s story as well.
Right now I’m reading Susan Meissner’s latest book – A Sound Among the Trees. As expected, it is excellent. You can visit the author’s website at: http://susanmeissner.com/.
Love Amid the Ashes by Mesu Andrews: This is the story of Job, as never before imagined. Mesu Andrews did a lot of research before writing this, her first published novel. Not only did she carefully research the Bible, but she also researched historical texts of the time. What she read fueled her imagination, and she penned Job’s story as only she could tell it. Also because of her research, Mesu merged the lives of Biblical characters Jacob, Isaac and Esau with the life of Job.
This is also the story of Dinah, Jacob’s daughter, after she was rescued from Shechem by her brothers and brought home to live in disgrace. When her grandfather Isaac insists she marries a man from her Uncle Esau’s clan, Dinah is sent off to the land of Uz with Job, her distant cousin, with the expectation that she will marry Job’s son.
What follows is an incredible story of faith that will touch readers on the deepest level.
Is it possible that these two Biblical characters’ lives intersected? Once you read Mesu Andrews’s book, you’ll not only imagine it, you’ll be driven to your Bible to research for yourself, and you’ll undoubtedly put her March 2012 release, Love’s Sacred Song, on your TBR list. You can visit her website at: http://mesuandrews.com/.
Suzie Johnson has won several awards for her inspirational novels (writing as Susan Diane Johnson), including the Maggie, Lone Star, Heart of the West, and Beacon awards, as well as finaling in the Touched by Love, Finally A Bride, Linda Howard Award for Excellence, and Virginia's Fool For Love contests. She is a member of ACFW, RWA, and is a cancer registrar at her local hospital. The mother of a wonderful young man who makes her proud every day, she lives with her husband and little kitten on an island in the Pacific Northwest. And although the beaches are rocky instead of sandy, lined with Madronas and Evergreens instead of Palm trees, and the surf is much too cold for wading, it is still the perfect spot for writing romantic fiction. You can visit her blog, Suzie's Writing Place at http://suzieswritingplace.blogspot.com/.