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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"Where Love Once Lived" review and giveaway!

Blurb from the back cover:

She’d once loved a bookmobile driver. Memories of that time with him poured in so rapidly she caught her breath. It’d been long ago, but her heart remembered. At first she remembered the love she’d felt back then but the good memories didn’t last long. She’d gone to the bookmobile as usual that last day, but nothing was to be the same again. She went to Brian with love and exciting news. She left alone. Not just without him, but alone in the world and apart from God.




Karen and Brian had been college sweethearts. Karen was sure that Brian would ask her to marry him. Instead, he told her he was going back to California to visit with his parents during the holidays. While there he ran into one of his high school classmates. One thing led to another and they ended up marrying due to a baby being on the way. That sets in motion other events that come to life later in the story. This book is packed with situations that are relevant to most of us today.


I really enjoyed this book! Although I did find, in spots, that it just seemed “too wordy”. I believe Mr. Frost did a really good job in developing his characters. I could see them and feel their emotions, which is the way a book should be. I loved the bookmobile! I grew up in a small town that had a bookmobile that came to the bank parking lot every 2 weeks. That was my favorite place to go on those Saturdays!


The inter-racial relationship was handled in a wonderful and understanding say. Of course a few people had problems with it, as is usual in real life. In addition to the interracial marriage, there were a few other “situations” that Mr. Frost wrote into his story. He did a beautiful job, in my opinion. I would definitely recommend this book!






Sidney W. Frost is an elder in the Presbyterian Church and a Stephen Minister. While a student at the University of Texas, he worked as a bookmobile driver for the Austin Public Library.
You can learn more about Mr. Frost here:
His blog: http://christianbookmobile.blogspot.com/
His website: http://sidneywfrost.com/ 
 
 
 
 
 
If you would like a chance to win "Where Love Once Lived", please leave a comment, with your email address. No email address, no chance to win! A winner will be randomly chosen and announced on 11/23/10. Good luck and may God bless!
 

9 comments:

  1. Janet, Sid's book sounds really good. I bought it about a month ago and am looking forward to reading it. I hope to do so over the holidays. I did peek at the first few pages and thought it started wonderfully!

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  2. Sid's book sound like a wonderful book and I would love to win.
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter this giveaway Janet.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  3. sounds like a wonderful book...please count me in...thanks :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  4. Love the cover of this book and have added it to my list of books to be read.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  5. Mr. Frost and I share something in common. I'm also a Stephen Minister in the Methodist church. His story sounds very realistic to any era and I would like to read it. It seems a bit unusual to be commenting on a book written by a Christian romance writer who is a man; since the men appear to be outnumbered by the women authors in this genre. I might be wrong. I'm interested in finding out how romance is handled by the male writer versus the woman. I hope I'm not getting myself into trouble here...I'm not trying to discriminate - just commenting. Thank you, Mr Frost, for the giveaway and the chance to win this appealing book. I hope I do!!

    Sharing Christ's Love,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  6. Thanks for entering me in the drawing.

    Pegg
    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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  7. Thanks, Shawna. After reading your "No Other" I know you'll like Where Love Once Lived. I can't wait to read your "In All Things" and "Orphaned Hearts".

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  8. Hi Barb. Nice to hear from another Stephen Minister. I included that information as a way to show credentials because the book is not so much a romance as it is a spiritual coming of age story. Karen, the main female character, uses skills learned in Stephen Minister training to help her fellow teachers and friends. In the book, I say lay minister and counseling.

    As I worked on it with an online writing class, everyone told me it was a romance. I ended up sending a query to White Rose Publishing. They asked for the entire manuscript, then asked me to make changes. After that they finally decided it wasn't a romance. As a male, I do feel outnumbered in ACFW which is more than romance. One reader sent my a letter telling me I had an excellent insight into how a woman thinks. I framed that letter and show it my wife from time to time.

    There is a love story in the book, and it is the main story. However, the subplots are important, too, and I couldn't cut another one to make it fit the template.

    I loved to hear from you after you read the book and let me know what you think.

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  9. Hi, Jo. Glad you like the cover. I've kept notes on the development of the cover and may give a talk on it someday. I used an artist through Createspace to develop the cover. I talked to her on the phone about the way I saw it. I wanted a bookmobile with a church (to indicate it is a Christian book) in the background. She came back with a sketch that included the kids. I liked the action of the kids, but thought it looked like a children's book. So she added adults. She came up with the idea of the cross in the clouds instead of a church and I liked that. The only problem left was that it was green instead of blue and the words were hard to see. So I suggested blue and then it clicked for me. Wow! The books not much longer than this comment.

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