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Friday, June 3, 2011

Fiction Friday: Review of Margaret Brownley's A Vision of Lucy

Can you believe it is really June? The weather is warmer and the sun is staying up late, but I can't say I'm prepared for summer yet. We've got a few more weeks of school left and then it will be all about sleeping in, going to the pool, and visiting Sea World and the Zoo. I'd love to go to Hawaii instead, but with a family of six, even a weekend up to San Diego takes some careful budget planning. We'll have a blast though, showing Trevor all the neat animals and staying overnight in a hotel. We plan to get two adjoining rooms to accomodate all of us and I think the kids will enjoy that.

Of course I'll also be doing some summer reading. =)  I started with A Vision of Lucy and also can't wait to dig into my TBR pile (it's growing cobwebs, I think I'm over-committed.)  If you haven't already added Lucy to your gotta-have-it list, check out my review below and see what you think.

A Vision of Lucy

Lucy Bradshaw 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.

My review:
This is book three in Margaret Brownley's Rocky Creek Romance Series but it was a first for me. I enjoyed Margaret's fun story world and the way she took the deep topics of racial prejudice and women's right to vote, and mixed it with the comedy of a town full of quirky characters and a girl always seeming to get into trouble and come away with a tear in her dress. The poignant and painful subjects are delivered without an abundance of angst making it a great summer read. I would happily read the other two books in the series and recommend the book for anyone who enjoys historicals, comedies, romances, or Chrisitan Fiction in general.

I give this book 3.5/4.0 stars

Thank you to the author for providing me a copy of this book for review.

I love seeing my besties drop by and I love making new friends. If you are usually a lurker, I want to meet you! In honor of my 1 year Blogoversary, for 7 more days, when you comment on any post on my blog, you will be entered into a drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card. If you mention me and link back here on your own blog, you'll be entered a second time. Have a great weekend!


Casey said...

Thanks for the review, Michelle...and for being SO wonderful yesterday! ;-)

Michelle Massaro said...

Of course! I love to help any time I can. Thank you for stopping by today, I've entered you into my drawing.

Have a great day and I'm sure I'll be "seeing" you a bit later. ;)

Brandi said...

Thank you for the review, Michelle. I think I'm going to check out the Rocky Creek Romance series as a whole now. I like stories that feature characters overcoming adversity and touch upon tough topics that are not often seen in romance. Have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

Great review and congrats on the blogiversary!

Google is giving me trouble with signing in for comments. It won't let me use my Google ID so I've used my wordpress one.

Sonia G. Medeiros

Michelle Massaro said...

Brandi, you should! =) Thanks for stopping by and did I say Congrats on your contract? Woot!! =)

Sonia, thank you. And thanks for following too!. I've had blogger trouble for several days now so I can relate. No worries. =)

Have a great weekend everybody! =)

Pepper said...

You will NOT be disappointed in the other two Brownley books. They are FABULOUS. Plenty of kissing in book 2 - and an AMAZING hero/heroine in Book 1. I'm definitely looking for this 3rd Margaret Brownley book to add to my collection!!
Thanks so much!