Tuesday, July 5, 2022

A FEELING OF HOME by Susan Anne Mason, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise #ReleaseDay

This is book three of Redemption’s Light series. This can be read as a stand-alone.

In Toronto, 1944 the Bennington Place Maternity Home run by Ruth Bennington has secured its place as a haven for unwed mothers, with Dr. Mark Henshaw donating his services. In storms Isabelle Wardrop and demands he attend her dying mother. Things do not go well and her mother succumbs. On the heels of this devastating news, Isabelle and her sister, Marissa, lose more: their father dies, they lose their security and the only house they have ever known.

The author takes her characters through some rough times and shows that with their faith in God, they can accept help and grow through their reduced circumstances. Ms. Mason crafts a heroine who is selfless and willing to do what it takes when life throws her multiple curves, even humbly accepting help. Mark, as the hero, has sacrificed much for his younger brother, but realizes that even though he would like to help the destitute, he is spreading himself thin. Then Mark and Isabelle are thrown another curve that has them banding together.

I love the characters and how they weigh things in light of God’s word. Ms. Mason captures the emotions of unwed mothers and their life-changing decisions. This was a glimpse into what life was like on the home front in Canada during WWII, the hardships and the joys.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*5 stars and a strong faith thread 

BackCover Blurb:
Can she set aside the pain from the past to embrace a new love?

Isabelle Wardrop's well-to-do life has completely unraveled. Within months, she's lost both her parents, her fortune, and her home. With nowhere else to turn, she and her younger sister move in with a trusted former servant in an impoverished area of the city. Desperate for work but having no qualifications, Isabelle is forced to accept help from Dr. Mark Henshaw, the very man she blames for her mother's death.

Mark Henshaw has admired Isabelle for several months, but after the tragic death of her mother, he vows to make amends for the past and help her find her way. But when Mark learns his younger brother has formed an undesirable friendship with Isabelle's sister--one that brings a whole new set of problems into their lives--he doesn't know if Isabelle will ever forgive him.

When startling developments begin to take place, both within Isabelle's heart and their siblings' relationship, her future looks very different than anything she could have imagined. 

Bethany House Publishers, July 5, 2022
Available in digital ebook, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook:
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