Shannon Sonneveldt


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Smashwords book reviews by Shannon Sonneveldt

  • Healing Love 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. I am always happy to find good Christian romance novels. This book falls into that category. I enjoy both historical and contemporary romance stories and this was a very well written historical Christian romance. I was drawn to the characters immediately. I love that the author paired a couple from such different backgrounds and experiences and how she demonstrated how strong a person’s faith can become through trials and struggle. The romance was great but the way the author was able to demonstrate Christian principles and how to apply them in life, and how doing so is not always easy added a wonderful element to this story. The main couple and romantic interests were wonderful along with the application of Christian principles, but the author went one step farther by developing a whole cast of characters, those that make up the town of Cottonwood. A town of people who are not perfect but who are striving to live a good life. Add in a dose of suspense and this book is a winner. I’m a fan of Cottonwood and am looking forward to visiting again.
  • Lord's Love 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. Welcome back to Cottonwood. I was excited to see what would happen next with characters I grew attached to in book one and wasn’t disappointed. Getting to continue to follow Lydia and Sterling from book one was wonderful – I always hate to say goodbye to good characters at the end of a book and wonder if they lived ‘happily ever after’ so it was good to continue there journey. While book one was sweet, this book made me laugh. Watching an arrogant man be humbled, not only in love, but by men and by God made for a most interesting journey. The discussions between Maggie and Sinjun about God and what He expects of each of us, were as wonderful and engaging as the developing romance. The tough decisions they each faced drew me right in and made me feel even more a part of the town and the happenings there. Once again the writer provides a wonderful romance filled with humor, tough choices and Christian application. Can’t wait to see what happens next in this community that’s beginning to feel like home.
  • Giving Love 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!
  • Tango In Paradise on April 14, 2013

    The author provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I am an avid reader with romance and it's various sub-categories being one of my favorite genres. This book pulled me in right and the beginning and kept me engaged through the whole story. It is long enough to fully develop the plot and characters while still being short enough for a pretty quick read (so if you don't want to make a big time commitment to a book right now - this is a great choice). The book had romance, it had action, it had a kick butt hero - hiding vulnerabilities of his own - and a lead female character that was strong and vulnerable at the same time. If you want something with a lot of surprises and plot twists this may not be the read for you, but if you are looking for a good romance with elements of action and suspense, a story that will bring a smile and make you hurt for the characters - as well as want to reach in and smack them (ok him) now and then, then this is a great choice. I thoroughly enjoyed the read!
  • This Heart For Hire on May 02, 2013

    The author of the book provided me with a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review after reading. I love the differences between the characters in this book – the hardened and cynical male and the sweet innocence of the female character. The way the characters pasts are connected but not recalled due to the lack of memories both physical and traumatic, adds a wonderful element to the story as you gradually learn more about the threads that bind the characters. The battle fought between feelings/emotions and what is ‘right’ is an interesting element to the story as well that is weaved throughout. The story made me laugh and totally made me cry at one point. A wonderful book is one that pulls emotions, and this one did that. There is some adult content but it is not excessive and doesn’t take over the story line.