Monday, September 17, 2012

Crossing Values (Crossing #1) ~ Book Review

Christian romantic fiction that focuses on emotional and family healing.
For years, Amber traipsed around the northwest avoiding the skeletons in her closet. Job-hopping every few weeks, she refused to let anyone get close to her.
As winter plants itself firmly across the Rockies, she takes a chance on a job at a logging company with a family different from any she’s ever known.
Watching the family interact creates more questions than answers for Amber. Feeling like she’s entered the happily-ever-after written at the end of fairytales, she watches for cracks in the fa├žade.
Surely as the days pass, the play-acting will cease and the real family will emerge.
Or could she be wrong? Could they truly be genuine?
Could Faye understand the trauma from her past or Peter think of her as more than just the winter office help? Could this family really hold the key to what she’s seeking?

My thoughts:
What an amazingly sweet book! This is the author, Carrie Daws', first book. And I have to say she did an amazing job! I want to read more about these characters. As many of you know, I get attached to my books. If I can really care about what happens to the people the author is writing about (yes, I know they aren't then I can truthfully say I think you should read the book. 
Throughout this story you are able to feel the emotions - sadness, fear, love, and hope. You have a story of a young girl who has been hurt and refuses to allow anyone to hurt her again. She has defenses up that only God could break down. This is a wonderful story of God's everlasting love, redemption, forgiveness, and a super sweet love story. 
If my daughter were just a few years older, I would have no problem handing her this book to read. It's innocent and beautiful. 
Another awesome thing is that at the end of the book you find out that Mrs. Daws has created a free 7 Day Devotional for you. There are also come Crossing short stories that she has posted directly on her blog. Oh I was in heaven! This feed my need for more Crossing.
There is a second book coming soon in paperback (it's already available in Kindle edition). It's called Ryan's Crossing, about Amber's brother Ryan. This should be really good. I'm not going to say much because I don't like spoilers for books and I don't want to ruin Crossing Values for you. We meet Ryan very briefly in Crossing Values and let's just say I have a feeling Ryan's attitude is going to be pretty harsh. He's a fellow that is carrying a big chip on his shoulder. It should be interesting to see how God works on him. I want to read this very badly. 

About Carrie
Over the years, God rewrote Carrie’s dreams to include being a stay-at-home mom and a writer. Originally writing weekly devotions as a way to share what she learned with women from various military bases, Carrie decided to enroll in the Christian Writer’s Guild. While there, seeds were planted and cultivated.
After almost ten years in the military, Carrie’s husband medically retired and they now live in central North Carolina with their three children. Besides writing fiction novels, she stays busy with homeschooling, working part time, and volunteering within two military ministries.
More than anything, Carrie strives to write clean fiction, happily-ever-after stories that gently advocate Biblical values and truths. She says, “I didn’t want to be embarrassed for my young daughter to pick up any of my books. I also didn’t want to be mortified if her life began to echo the activities of the lead character within my story. I believe the end result is books that not only provide some spiritual insight, but ones that reinforce accountability among unmarried men and women, healing from past hurts and families uniting in difficult circumstances.”
You can find Carrie on her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Crossing Values can be purchased on Amazon in paperback or Kindle edition

*I received this book free from Carrie Daws through Christian Women Affiliates. All opinions stated are mine and were in no way influenced.*

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