“Heartland Weddings” a Two-in-One novel by Jennifer Johnson and Cathy Liggett

Two novels in one, this book has two women’s stories to tell.  The novels are very moving and definitely dig deeply into the emotions of the characters and the reader.  Both authors do an excellent job at telling their character’s story.  One thing I noticed about each author–they tended to unfold the background of their characters a little at a time–effectively keeping the reader reading to find out the “why” behind the emotions.  

The first story, about a new Christian known previously for his womanizing and his “no-men-allowed” secretary, impressed me in its ability to portray his temptations in a realistic (but not graphic) manner.  Add in another interested man and his pre-teen niece, and the book takes on a life of its own…pulling one in and holding them captive until the end.

The second, about a single mother of a young, handicapped son and a pro-baseball player, was equally gripping.  Though there is no mention of what happened with her first husband and he makes no appearance in the story, his actions are at the root of this mother’s fear of relationships—especially “romantic” ones.   One thing I found a little confusing in the book is that the two heroines have the same first name–Megan.

A revealing look at the thoughts and feelings that follow people who have experienced some of the harder things life (or the sins of others) can bring; these stories bring hope that God has a plan, and will work good into the lives of His precious daughters.

Thank you to Net Galley (https://www.netgalley.com/) and Barbour Publishing Inc. for providing me with an advance copy of this book to read and review.   I hope you will learn from it as much as I did.         

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