Wednesday, February 23, 2011

REVIEW: Love Is Grand by Annalisa Daughety

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Annalisa Daughety and Barbour Publishing for sending me an electronic copy of "Love is Grand" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this opportunity and their generosity.

“Love Is Grand” by Annalisa Daughety is the third novel in the “A Walk In The Park” series. I was so taken with this novel, that I had to go out and buy a copy even after I was given an electronic copy to review from the publisher! This incredible novel warms the heart and clears the tear ducts. It’s a terrific way to spend a lazy afternoon curled up in front of the fireplace with a subtle smile on your face.

Nearly two years after the tragic death of her husband, Ainsley Davis emerges from the hiding place she’s created for herself in her parents’ basement. Armed with a journal to record her thoughts when she leaves grief counseling, Ainsley sets out to rebuild a life with her 14-month-old daughter, Faith. Her niece, Julie, is accompanying her to the Grand Canyon. A summer job is taking the young graduate away from an abusive boyfriend in the hope of giving her some perspective.

As Ainsley faces her past by returning to her job as a GC park ranger, she is reunited with old friends like Dustin Cooper, and new friends like the newly hired trail guide, Jake McGuire. Daughety does a masterful job of paralleling both women’s stories: moving on in the face of negative circumstances – one tragic, the other potentially tragic. It was truly lovely to watch these characters bloom and grow in relationship with God and each other.

The setting is incredibly majestic and the author makes it come to life vividly. She is also a gifted romance writer, entangling the heartstrings in such a way that the reader willingly loses sleep watching the relationship unfold. This is a totally amazing read!

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