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Monday, May 10, 2010

Delia Latham's Yesterday's Promise Review and Contest!

Today marks the first day of Delia Latham's blog tour for her book Yesterday's Promise, and I'm honored to kick it off when one of my therapeutic reviews.

Here's a blurb about the book from Delia's website:

A whirlwind romance amidst the natural splendor of Yosemite National Park. A spur-of-the-moment wedding near Bridalveil Fall. A young bride who awakens the morning after to find her new husband gone with the mountain wind.

Songbird Hannah Johns supports the child born of that ill-fated union by singing in a dinner lounge. Her dream of someday owning the elite establishment and turning it into a venue more suited to her Christian values is shattered when an unexpected transaction places it in the hands of Brock Ellis, the handsome biker who abandoned her in their honeymoon suite.

Ensuing sparks fly high, revealing buried secrets and forgotten pasts. Seeking to find peace with her painful past, Hannah returns to Yosemite, and Brock follows hard on her heels. Back where it all began, she finds herself in danger of losing her heart yet again to the man who shattered it the first time around.

Any good therapist knows to start digging in a person's past to uncover reasons for present-day hurts, and both Brock and Hannah have doozies for backstories. Read: it's the type of past history that could (or should) land them both in a therapist's office.

Hannah's story is intriguing (besides the fact that she's from the Pacific Northwest where I live). Being a preacher's daughter, she had a certain standard to live up to. The first time she breaks out of that mold, and opens herself up both verbally and emotionally, disastrous consequences result. Now she's faced with the instigator, and showing Christ's love and forgiveness has never been harder. That, and protecting herself and her son has never been more impor
tant.

Haven't we all felt that way before? Crushed from all sides, as our buried past finally catches up with us? What would you do, how would you act, if you
were faced with the one person who married you one day and left you the next? WHOA.

Then there's Brock, a guy who doesn't quite grasp all the facts, just one thing
he knows for sure: something about Hannah draws him like a kid to an ice cream truck. He's intrigued by her, and his increasing mental jolts since meeting her are so disturbing.

One of the best parts to me was at the end. You think you know exactly how it's going to end....and then BOOM. You step on a mine in a minefield and have yet one more hurdle to conquer before you get a happily ever after, but that makes the HEA that much sweeter.

After reading this book, I got to thinking about that old question: Why does God allow bad things happen to good people? The answer is illusive, other than to say that it is all a part of God's overall scheme to work good in our lives, and to bring us to a point of fully trusting him. He wants to grow us, refine us, and those are reasons to find joy in our suffering.

On June 1st, Delia will award two (2) $10 gift certificates to White Rose Publishing at the end of her t
our. Leave your email address to be entered, and be sure to follow Delia along her tour, as chances of winning can be increased by touring with her and leaving comments at each blog stop. You can find Delia's blogtour info here.

Thanks for stopping by, and best of luck toward winning the gift certificates!


20 comments:

Liana Brooks said...

God gives us challenges for the same reason I make my kids take math tests: you don't learn or grow if you aren't challenged.

The book sounds interesting, I'm glad the characters found HEA. :o)

Anonymous said...

This book sounds great...just my type. Please enter me. Thanks!!!
jackie.smithATdishmailDOTnet

Delia Latham said...

Jeanie, it was such fun reading your take on my book! I'm glad you enjoyed the HEA! :)

Good luck to all of your readers in the contest!

LuAnn said...

I've always enjoyed reading Delia's books and this one sounds great, too.

reading_frenzy at yahoo dot com

Susanne Dietze said...
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Susanne Dietze said...

Thanks for the review, Jeannie! Insightful. I love Yosemite and am intrigued by the story. Please enter me in the contest. srdietze at sbcglobal dot net.

Blessings!

talleybama said...

Jeannie, congratulations for getting Delia on your blog! In my honest opinion, Delia is the BEST author I've ever read!!!!!!!! I've said it over and over and will continue until the Lord shows me someone better--so far, He hasn't! This book is incredible. I just finished re-reading this version of the book and it's even better than the original. I cannot praise it enough. PLEASE encourage your readers to get this book--I guarantee they will not be disappointed.

Delia, I love you more today than yesterday! Keep serving Him and one day I'll meet you face to face. I'm 60 today! It won't be too long for me, so we'll meet at Jesus' feet one day. Keep up the great work.

Brenda

PGC said...

I enjoyed every moment of this story. Have fun on your blog tour~
JoAnn

Delia Latham said...

Thanks, JoAnn - I plan to! I'm so glad you enjoyed Yesterday's Promise. :)

Delia Latham said...

Thanks, ladies!

Brenda...my dear friend...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like an intriguing book.

alg236@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I loaned my copy of the original to a young lady I started tutoring last week. She's way behind in her reading skills, but I think she will like this so much that she will work her way through it and become that much better as she does. Thanks. slunsford@bak.rr.com

Delia Latham said...

Susan, I'm honored! I hope your student loves the story.

Julia M. Reffner said...

This sounds like both an ingriguing and redeeming story.

julesreffner(at)gmail(dot)com

Delia Latham said...

I hope it is both of those things, Jules. :) Good luck in the drawing!

Mom2three said...

Sounds like a great book from the review. Can't wait to find out what the surprise is in it! I'll have to see where I can find it.
daljhardwick[at]juno[dot]com

Delia Latham said...

Be sure to let me know what you think, Mom2three. It's available in e-format only through Amazon.com and through my publisher at whiterosepublishing.com.

Anonymous said...

sounds like a facinating book :)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

K said...

This book sounds so intriguing! :)
God Bless!
Kim
lonebanana(at)msn(dot)com

Delia Latham said...

Thank you, Karen!

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