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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Book Review: A Vision of Lucy

When I started reading my latest review ebook, A Vision of Lucy, by Margaret Brownley (295 pages), I thought it was simply going to a damsel in distress type of book.  I must say that though there is a damsel that is often in distress, this book turned out to be much more than that.

Book Description:

Trouble may follow Lucy wherever she goes, but with the help of God and the rugged, reclusive David Wolf, she'll never face adversity alone.
Lucy Fairbanks dreams of working as a photographer at the Rocky Creek newspaper. If she can earn money making photographs, then maybe her father will see that what she does is worthy, more than just a distraction. And her deepest hope is that he’ll see her as an artist, the way he thought of her deceased mother, a painter. But trouble follows Lucy on every photo shoot: a mess of petticoats and ribbons, an accidental shooting, even a fire.
When Lucy meets David Wolf, a quiet, rustic man who lives on the outskirts of town, she thinks she can catch the attention of the town with his photograph. She doesn't count on her feelings stirring whenever she's near him.
Two things happen next that forever change the course of her life: Lucy meets someone who sees her as no one else has—as the compassionate, creative young woman that God made in His image. And Lucy helps David uncover a secret that forces him to change his perspective on an event that left him deeply-scarred.
God’s arms are around this unlikely couple as they discover the truth about long-held assumptions and the importance of forgiveness.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was a fun and interesting read.   It had a lot of interesting elements and struggles that the characters faced.  Learning to forgive and overcoming prejudice were huge themes in this book.  Discovering God's purpose for your life and not falling into what other people believe you should do is another. seeing other people's side of the story also played a big part of the plot in this book.

Even though there are some serious topics, this book is a lot of fun to read.  I really enjoyed getting to know all the different characters.  Lucy is a very funny character who cannot keep quiet when she is nervous and finds herself in many different crazy situations throughout the book.  There is also an element of suspense throughout the book and a mystery that has to be solved before it is too late.  Even though this is the third book in the Rocky Creek Romance Series, you do not need to read the other two to understand this one.  It is great as a stand alone book.

I received a complimentary ebook copy of A Vision of Lucy from Thomas Nelson for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  I received no other compensation.

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