This book just made me feel good I loved the characters and how they became a family Would definitely read of her books A great book i could not put and how they became a family Would definitely read of her books A great book i could not put down it was a very touching story of a family brought together By faith and love of god I recommend this bllk a must read I promos you will notwant to put down Rounding up from 35 starsThis was a cute asy read There s not a lot
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M A Sucker For Heroine a sucker for heroine a disfigurement finding love I will say that I liked the way the Christian theme was handled in the book It felt like a natural part of the story and the characters rather than preachy and sermonizing ven though there is a touch of it in the story since the hero has lost a bit of his faith and has to rediscover itIt s not one I think I would While My Soldier Serves ever pick up again but it wasngaging and I nded up reading it all in almost one sitting The Hand Me Down Family was my first foray into Christian romance in a long time I was xcited to read this one because I ve ಪರಿಸರದ ಕತೆ Parisarada Kathe enjoyed books by Winnie Griggs in the past In addition I am a bignthusiast of marriage of convenience storylinesAll and all this was a pleasant read I did have some moments where I felt like things were moving at a sluggish pace Also I had issues with how the spiritual messages seemed to be somewhat cut and pasted in What I mean by this is I felt like Ms Griggs was motivated to stick in passages where the characters were praying or recalling Bible scriptures This could be due to my time away from Christian romance and being unused to this motive of including spiritual content into the message I am not a big fan of overt preachiness or what I call PSA s Public Service Announcements in a fictional story I think that the moral and a message should be neatly integrated into the story and spread throughout much like one would put a small amount of salt in cookie dough to give it that piuancy to balance out the sugar The reader can then ponder the story and delve through to get the message out as they njoy the narrativeIn this story I felt that the spiritual aspects might have been a little too blatant Again I have to admit that this is coming from a person who reads very little Christian fiction although I would like to read that is good and ntertaining and has a good underlying message Thus I can t judge Ms Griggs and probably need to read of the Love Inspired and other Christian romances in my tbr pile to get a feel for how this is doneMy disappointment with the lack of subtlety in the spiritual aspects was balanced out by my interest and attraction to the characters and the sense of inadeuacy that they struggle with Callie has a disfiguring mark on her cheek a port wine birthmark She is very self conscious about it and wears bonnets all the time to keep it concealed My heart went out to her It is very difficult to be different specially if your differences are overt and obvious In my opinion she seems to overcompensate by trying to be a good Christian and to be perfect in very other way Her marrying Leland and taking on his young daughter is part of her do good complex At some points it made her come off as being self righteous As a committed Christian it is a tough road to walk because you do have to hold yourself to a different standard and your choices reflect your beliefs Callie definitely showed a deep faith in God but she seemed to spend time trying to get Jack to do things to xpress his faith for the benefit of the children they were raising together I found this frustrating Everyone s walk is different and it bothered me on a personal level that she was somehow forcing her beliefs on how a Christian should act on Jack I do agree that the parents serve as spiritual role models for kids but it seemed kind of hypocritical to force Jack to act in a way that wasn t true to who he was I think all of us believers have been in situations where we were the less spiritual person and we ve been nudged and lectured by the spiritual people in the church or group It s not a good feeling and it can cause people to stay away from the church or groups to avoid that feeling of pressure and inadeuacy Which brings me to JackJack has always lived in his older better brother s shadow He got all of Leland s hand me downs and now it looks like he ll have to take on Leland s responsibilities by marrying his by proxy wife and taking care of his young daughter along with the two children of his sister and her husband since all three adults perished in the same fire He wants to do right by the children but at the same time he regr. Callie Gray always assumed she would never marry until she took a leap and became a mail order bride But when she arrives in Sweetgum Texas she gets the shock of her life Her husband is dead. ,
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independent life he has made for himself with his own business and a good name unassociatedlife he has made for himself with his own business and a good name unassociated his family He is very insecure about his place in the world in comparision to his brother and it manifests in his behavior I had trouble with this part but his feelings of coming short and his resentment about it combined with his feelings that God didn t answer his prayers to help him to matter as much as his brother cause him to turn his back on his faith He doesn t stop believing but he has a very separate relationship to God He adopts a God helps those who help themselves philosophy and doesn t pray or go to church I struggled with this concept but then I came to the realization that believers can tend to blame God for not coming through in ways that we may think He should but with maturity we realize that God was listening but He just knew better than us and that s why He didn t give us what we wanted And ventually we come to thank Him for how He does answer our prayers I liked the aspect of this book in which Jack s feeling of not measuring up The Return of the Carter Boys: The Carter Boys 2 enables him to see and to understand Callie s insecurity about her birthmark From the beginning he shows that her birthmark doesn t bother him andncourages her to show her true face to the world He was withdrawn in some ways because of his fears of not measuring up and wanting to stay uninvolved but at the same time he was a very sensitive and caring person and showed very good fatherly traits in how he interacted with the kidsSome of the parts in which Callie is treated less than kindly because of her birthmark just about broke my heart The intolerance that people can show is very sad Even Simon who is one of the orphaned children says some pretty ugly things about her birthmark and makes Callie cry in a scene that is very heart wrenching I liked how Jack supported her and stood up for her and always made her feel beautiful and worthyThere is also a retired schoolteacher Mrs Mayweather who serves as a source of strength to the floundering couple It is her suggestion that they marry to take care of the children and she gives A Meditation on Murder encouragement them to get past their issues in ways that are sometimes on the underhanded side For instance she makes Callie have to take her bonnet off in front of all the women to put on a strand of pearls that she gives the bride to wear on her wedding day At first I thought that was pretty mean but I could see why she did that She didn t want Callie to be ashamed for what she couldn t change about herself and to hide it from the town so that they would accept and like her That made a lot of sense to both Callie and myself after the fact She also tells Jack some things he needs to hear and gives him nudges when necessary She reallynds up being a very important character in this story in the way she aids both Callie and Jack in their motional growth and their coming together as a coupleI feel that the romance part could have been a little developed As a Christian romance I didn t xpect any lovemaking or sensuality but I was surprised that the only interaction that we get to see is a brief kiss that is barely described I was thinking that could be shown and not stray from being a sweet romance I am a big believer that chemistry in a romance novel doesn t have to be tied to the bedroom There can be a strong attraction shown in Travis every interaction between the couple I didn t really feel that big of an attraction between Jack and Callie other than their respect and caring forach other Although we do get to see Callie and Jack spending time together of the time is devoted to discussing the kids and issues with the family and less getting to know ach other on a personal level I was glad I got the opportunity to read this book and it was a moving read for me I had a few issues that I felt kept it from being a favorite of mine but I would consider it a keeper for the good message the well drawn characters and the poignancy of seeing Jack and Callie deal with their issues of lack of self worth and worthiness in the world It was definitely a worthwhile readRating 3550 stars I really njoyed this unusual take on a marriage of convenience I AI Weiwei: Beijing Photographs, 1993-2003 enjoyed how Jack and Callie grew during the story tough circumstances molded their lives and the lives of the children in a uniue way Loved the book setting story characters and time setting locationtcgood book to read This is such a touching story about a woman with a birthmark who takes her friends place to be a mail order bride Winnie Griggs makes compelling characters that you root for from the very beginning The groom at first is very displeased. And his brother proposes she marry him for the sake of his orphaned nephew and nieces Jack Tyler warns her not to hope for a love match theirs is strictly a convenient marriage But Callie .