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on June 05, 2013 :
Giving Love is the third book in Sophie Dawson's Cottonwood series. Like the two before it this book is filled with gems of wisdom and life lessons. This story is an emotional roller-coaster of a tale. In other words ladies and gentlemen, have the tissues handy and know you may just spew your drink out of your nose a few times. This story centers around Sheriff Drew Richards and the before unknown character of Katie Reed
Katie lost her husband and infant son in a fire and Drew has just lost his wife Rachel in childbirth leaving him with a young son and an infant daughter. The daughter may die as well without a wet nurse and as hard a request as it is he must ask Katie to fill that need. Not wanting to see him go through what she has Katie agrees even knowing how difficult it will be for her. This is a tale of falling in love a second time. Looking at how God uses all situations for his good and glory. It is interesting to watch as Katie and Drew interact to each other. How the marry for the sake of Drew's children then fall in love without realizing it.
Mrs. Dawson has once again crafted characters that seem so real you don't want to stop reading because you want to know what happens next to your new friends. The secondary plot and story inside giving Love is also attention catching. Watching Aggie struggle to be a christian woman when her mountain ways dictate vengeance is interesting and getting to meet some of her family and watch them interact with the society of Cottonwood is great fun. What can I say but that once again Sophie has outdone herself. This book is everything we've come to expect in a Cottonwood tale and I for one can't wait for whatever she writes next.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on April 14, 2013 :
The author of the book provided me with a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review after reading. Great goodness! I loved this book but can you say tear jerker! This book was so well written and the characters, carried over from the first two books, so real that their loss felt like my loss. I cried over and over. But in the midst of the pain, the writer created a story of hope and love. She showed how God can create good from tragedy and growth in each of us through suffering. The generosity of spirit of the characters in this book, the growing love between the main characters and the hand of God in the midst of it all made for a truly authentic and wonderful story. Normally, I wouldn’t rate a book so high that made me cry so much; however for a story of such hope, grace and love, I will make an exception. With this wonderful work and the others in the Cottonwood series, the author is now one of my favorite Christian Romance authors. I can’t wait to see what else she does!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)