I have always enjoyed books written by Lori Copeland. She's been writing for a long time and she never fails with a good premise, good story line, and good character development. This is another winner.
Mae has been cooking for her man for six years every week, but he can't seem to come around to ask the all important question. She keeps hoping. Then there is her very sweet neighbor Pauline who is suffering from old age dementia. She can't take care of her, and her job, and her brother, too, so she finds the name of Tom Curtis in Pauline's desk and writes to him thinking he is her nephew.
Tom can't remember anything about an Aunt Pauline, but since he had no family to ask, she just might be his aunt. In response to Mae's desperate appeals, and since he worked for the railroad, he decided to pay a visit to this end-of-the-line town in North Dakota.
Thus, a tangle of romance and treachery begins. The ending isn't surprising, but is very satisfying, especially when God's providence is glorified rather than man's enterprise. The storyline is uncomplicated, and so it's a fast read for a Sunday afternoon. No nail-biting, but plenty of succinct description that gives you the exact flavor of the countryside and of the town, but not over powering so that you have to skip paragraphs or pages to get back to the story.
All in all, I give it 4 of 5 stars.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lori began her writing career in 1982, writing for the secular book market. In 1995, after many years of writing, Lori sensed that God was calling her to use her gift of writing to honor Him. It was at that time that Lori began writing for the Christian book market. To date, she has had over 100 books published.
ABOUT THE BOOK
1892—Mae Wilkey’s sweet next-door neighbor, Pauline, is suffering from old age and dementia and desperately needs family to come help her. But Pauline can’t recall having kin remaining. Mae searches through her desk and finds a name—Tom Curtis, who may just be the answer to their prayers.
Tom can’t remember an old aunt named Pauline, but if she thinks he’s a long-lost nephew, he very well may be. After two desperate letters from Mae, he decides to pay a visit. An engagement, a runaway train, and a town of quirky, loveable people make for more of an adventure than Tom is expecting. But it is amazing what can bloom in winter when God is in charge of things.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Love Blooms in Winter, go HERE.