Thursday, February 28, 2013

Book Review--A Kingsbury Collection

In A Kingsbury Collection: Three Novels in One, author Karen Kingsbury captures the reader with three poignant stories of love, forgiveness, and new beginnings. 

Each story is independent of each other and can certainly be read alone. However, including them in a three-in-one book made the stories all the more interesting and engaging. 

From inception, the reader is captivated by each plot. The characters are credible and draw one into the story line. There is mystery and suspense which helps explain the character's actions and more often than not, their reaction to their present circumstances. The minor characters are intrinsically interwoven where they do not become a disturbance to the plot but rather a key component for the evolvement of the protagonist. 

Each story highlights the redeeming power of God in the midst of life altering events. Forgiveness and repentance are key themes throughout all three stories.  In Where Yesterday Lives, Ellen Barrett must come to grips with leaving behind the memories of a life she once had to be able to fully embrace the life the Lord is offering her.  Maggie Stovall's story in When Joy Came to Stay painfully reminds us that the past does not always remain in the past.  Her courageous story of coming to terms with the mistakes she made as a young lady only go to show it is never too late.  On Every Side, Jordan Riley finally understands that waring bitter wars will never heal his broken heart but allowing God to tear down the walls around his heart will.  

This book is surely not to disappoint those who enjoy relatable and engaging story plots.  You can read the first chapter here.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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