Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Lucinda’s Defender by Blossom Turner (Shenandoah Brides #3)

About the Book:

Life hasn’t turned out at all like Lucinda expected, but neither is the depth of love one man has for her.

The young and impetuous Lucinda Williams, through a series of bad decisions, is now in a situation she never dreamed conceivable—an unplanned baby and marriage to a man who proves to be far darker than she ever imagined. Pain is a cruel teacher but brings instant maturity.

Joseph Manning, a childhood friend who watched the love of his life leave, is heartbroken to find the bruised waif of a girl he rescues less than a year later. What atrocities did she experience to change the vivacious, bubbly soul into this shell of hopelessness? Broken. Bruised. Beaten. Does love really have the power to heal all wounds?

Lucinda marvels at how Joseph effortlessly whittles his way back into her heart and that of her child with kindness and respect. But she has a secret far too dark to allow the kind Joseph into her life. He deserves so much better than the likes of her. Is love strong enough to break down the barriers of bad choices? Can a second chance at happiness really be possible?

My Review:
Happy squeals. Turner has given us another fantastic book. Without shying away from the tough things in life, the ones that happened back then and still are relevant today, this book shines with hope and healing from the handling of such topics. I connected with the characters because they are flawed, and real, and yet amazing. You get all the romance you want, clean, but not "fluffy". Why? Because this book is deep, wide, and engaging! It will suck you into all kinds of emotions and work you through major topics like rape, kidnapping, pregnancy termination, loss, despair, mental and physical abuse, healing and hope. It's a lifetime of events and emotions, all wrapped up in characters I couldn't help root for them to have their HEA which will take God's help, forgiveness, healing, rebuilding trust and a bit more! Lucinda and Joseph's story captured my heart, while my tissues captured my tears. 

5 Stars 

Get a copy HERE! 

About the Author:

Blossom Turner is a free-lance writer published in Chicken Soup and Kernels of Hope anthologies, former newspaper columnist on health and fitness, and an avid blogger. She lives in British Columbia, Canada, with her husband, David, of thirty-six years. A former business woman, personal trainer, and mother of two grown children she is now pursuing her lifelong dream of writing full-time.

• A hopeless romantic at heart, she believes all story should give the reader significant entertainment value. However, her writing embodies the struggles of real life. She infuses the reality of suffering with the hope of Christ to give a healthy dose of relatable encouragement to her reader. Her desire is to leave the reader with a yearning to live for Christ on a deeper level, or at the very least, create a hunger to seek for more.

• She is an avid blogger who has contributed to the Mount Hermon Blog, Christian Devotions blog, and writes a weekly devotional blog on the names of God. Read more at blossomturner.com.

• Her authenticity comes from the crucible of suffering in her own life. Through understanding the restorative power of God’s forgiveness when humanity fails, she could write Anna’s Secret in a way that grips the reader on a profound level. A strong thread of hope is woven through this compelling novel where failure, love and romance collide.

Her website is HERE

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