Crossing Combo, Book 2Romancing Melody & Crossing's Redemption
Melody married her Prince Charming and journeyed with him across the country to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. As much as she hates being 3,000 miles away from her family on the west coast, she wants to adjust to life as a soldier’s wife.
Shortly after the birth of their baby Cole, David deploys with the War on Terror and Melody settles into motherhood. She quiets her doubts and determines to make the best of Army life. But when the unthinkable happens, where will Melody turn? Could God really be seeking her in the midst of tragedy?
Many in Crossing, Oregon, would describe long-time resident Patricia Guire as an eclectic force to be reckoned with, one who speaks her mind. Yet something is changing. She seems to be dropping out of her normal activities, becoming scarce around town and less available to her friends.
Amber Yager feels called to check in on Patricia. Yet as she spends time with her and discovers Patricia’s hidden past, she is drawn into a group that brings disquiet to her own soul, ripping open old wounds. Will the love she’s found in Crossing be taken from her? Or could both Amber and Patricia finally find peace as God shines light into the darkest places of their hearts?
Saying I enjoyed Romancing Melody is an understatement.
Often, I judge whether a book or movie was good by measuring how it impacts me
Carrie has created a town that is as real to me as anyplace I’ve ever been. The people, their lives, the interactions are all so vivid. What I wouldn’t give for an evening at Faye’s home or a stroll around Crossing, greeting the townsfolk and stopping in for a bite at the local diner. I crave it so much that I actually feel even more disenchanted with the big city in which I currently live.
I love the way Carrie foreshadows and primes the reader, and then completely delivers! She doesn’t disappoint or
I did, however, struggle with Patricia’s character a bit. I felt a disparity between her snarky approach and her deep faith and relationship with Jesus Christ. Can you have both? Should you? The more I pondered it, though, the more I understood. As Christians, we come in all shapes and sizes, and with a wide variety of personalities. We aren’t just one-size fits all robots. That’s not how God designed us, nor how he desires us to be. We don’t always say exactly the right thing or behave just the right way, and we aren’t expected to. Aunt Patricia is so very real and I absolutely love her for it. It was a great reminder!
I give Romancing Melody my highest recommendation. It made me think and feel. It grew my spirit and encouraged my walk. I particularly love when difficult lessons find me in ways OTHER than through my own life experiences. I mean, if you can learn from another person’s trials while not having to personally walk through it yourself, why not?! While being completely engrossed in an active, interesting and touching story, I received takeaways that will last a lifetime. Thank you
~Sherry Gareis, Author of Declutter Now!: Uncovering the Hidden Joy and Freedom in Your Life