A contemporary inspirational romance, Surrendered Hearts is Carrie Turansky’s first ebook. I haven’t broken down and bought an e-reader yet, so I downloaded the Kindle for PC app. It works just as well. I love reading them on my laptop. And the prices are usually cheaper. Gotta love that!
Surrendered Hearts is the stand alone sequel to Carrie’s first novel Along Came Love published by Love Inspired. My absolute favorite thing about this book was the gorgeous scenery. Carrie made you feel like you were in Tipton, Vermont in many of the scenes. Her beautiful setting details interwoven into the story reminded me of Colleen Coble’s imagery in Alaska Twilight. It set the tone for the book perfectly.
I also really enjoyed the story of Jenn. Her struggle to reunite with God and overcome a recent fire that left her scarred is very poignant. And the hero plays a key role in showing Jenn what God’s love really is, instead of just telling her. Yet the hero came off as an ordinary Christian and very relatable. The characters could use more depth. Some of their emotions were simply told to the reader, rather than show. However, I enjoyed watching their story unfold in a natural way with just the right amount of drama to feel real.
The story has a subtle takeaway value. An underlying message of redemption and healing. It’s nothing harsh. You may not even recognize it. But it will leave you feeling like you learned something. Like your time was well spent. And that’s a key ingredient in my enjoyment of any book.
Surrendered Hearts was a nice, relaxing read. I highly recommend it for rainy days, a lazy weekend, or a day at the beach (or pool if you’re landlocked like I am). I think you’ll enjoy the vivid setting and a story whose message softly whispers through the pages.
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Carrie Turansky is the award-winning author of eight inspirational romance novels and novellas. She has been a finalist for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, The ACFW Genesis, and ACFW Carol Award and winner of the WRW Crystal Globe Award. She has been a member of American Christian Fiction Writers since 2000.Her latest releases are Christmas Mail-Order Brides, Seeking His Love, and Surrendered Hearts. She lives in central New Jersey with her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, speaker and counselor. They have five young adult children. Carrie and her family spent a year in Kenya as missionaries, giving them a passion for what God is doing around the world. Carrie leads women’s ministry at her church, and when she is not writing she enjoys gardening, reading, flower arranging, and cooking for friends and Family. You may contact her through her website: www.carrieturansky.com
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author for review. This ebook giveaway is sponsored by the author, Carrie Turansky.
Deadline for Giveaway: This giveaway ended on Monday, June 13. Congratulations to the winner, Lisa Ledford! 🙂