Saturday, June 19, 2010

RANDSOMED DREAMS by SALLY JOHN

All of Sheridan's dreams had been randsomed after a fateful day when her husband, Eliot, the U.S ambassador to Venezuela was shot. The bullet did not take the life of Elilot, but stole the dreams from their lives. All seemed perfect until that day, and then life was never the same. Eliot went into hiding, staying in his pain, as Sheridan slowly lost all hope of ever feeling love again. Sheridan keeps hearing her mother's voice telling her that Jesus is calling. Sheridan hears the call, and is wanting to move forward with their life, but Eliot is still lost in pain. We watch the Lord move in their lives through several people who give hope and life to them again. As Sheridan struggles with the fact that her whole life is now just taking care of her husband, she comes to realize it was God all along taking care of Him and she too. They find their way to life again, to love and begin to seek those dreams they once held dear. We see Eliot move from being stuck in his circumstances to overcoming them. Sheridan faces her sister that she hasn't seen since before the accident, she faces her father's death, and her mother's memories. Through all this healing begins, and those randsom's dreams are once again held within her hands. I enjoyed this book, although at times slow, and I did not feel close to the characters. I felt a distance from them as they were not developed a great deal. It speaks of hope, faith and love. It shows that God is always in control, even when all is quiet. It is in that stillness that we find Him.
This book was a gift from Tyndale for it's review.

Sally John
When the going gets tough—or weird or wonderful—the daydreamer gets going on a new story. Sally John has been tweaking life's moments into fiction since she read her first Trixie Belden mystery as a child.
Now an author of more than fifteen novels, Sally writes stories that reflect contemporary life. Her passion is to create a family, turn their world inside out, and then portray how their relationships change with each other and with God. Her goal is to offer hope to readers in their own relational and faith journeys.
Sally grew up in Moline, Illinois, graduated from Illinois State University, married Tim in 1973, and taught in middle schools. She is a mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother. A three-time finalist for the Christy Award, she also teaches writing workshops. Her books include the Safe Harbor series (coauthored with Gary Smalley), The Other Way Home series, The Beach House series, and In a Heartbeat series. Many of her stories are set in her favorite places of San Diego, Chicago, and small-town Illinois.
She and her husband currently live in southern California.

Visit her Web site at www.sally-john.com.

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