Welcome! The Hostess with the Ghostess by E.J. Copperman will be out tomorrow. It is the ninth book in A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery series. The English Wife by Lauren Willig will also be available on January 9.
Hearts on the Road by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer is a romance novel set in 2009. Randi Davis is a truck driver working with her friend, Jess Price. While on a run, she gets a call from a social worker regarding her niece, Emma. Her brother, A.J. has been arrested and Randi is named guardian of her niece. Unwilling to settle down thanks to her ex-fiancé, Randi appeals to her mother to watch young Emma. While at a rest stop, Jess is shot, and Randi injured. With Jess out on leave, Randi is paired with Matthew Carter. Matthew is a pastor who feels God is calling him to minister to truck drivers (Truckers for Christ program). Randi and Matthew are soon at odds. Randi wishes to keep to a schedule, yet Matthew feels he cannot leave a person in need. While Randi pretends to ignore Matthew’s talks about God, the messages are getting through to her. Soon they are spending time together along with Emma. Then Randi’s mother injures herself and can no longer take care of Emma. It is time for Randi to come to terms with her past and plan for the future. Matthew, though, is just starting his ministry and is not ready to settle down. Can Matthew and Randi find a way to work out their differences?
Hearts on the Road is nicely written and has a steady pace which makes for an easy to read story. My favorite character is Emma. She is an endearing young girl. Randi and Matthew are likable and relatable characters. They feel real. It does take a while to relate to Randi and why she is insistent on staying on the road (instead of taking care of her niece). The Christian elements are prevalent throughout the book. They include God’s path, faith, scripture and the power of prayer. We get to see Randi on a journey to regain her faith. The author did a good job at portraying the life of truck drivers. The long drives, rules regulating truck drivers, living conditions, etc. I did feel, though, that the ending was rushed. All of sudden, Randi does a complete 360. Hearts on the Road is a sweet, simple romance story. There is a preview of A Time to Dance at the end of the book.
Thank you for taking time out of your day to visit and read my review. I will be featuring Amish Sweethearts by Amy Clipston tomorrow. Four Amish novellas in one book. May you have a very special day. Take care and Happy Reading!
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