Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sunflower Serenade - Book Review & Giveaway!

****My apologies to Amy Lathrop and Tricia Goyer for missing my original post date for this book review. It was entirely my fault as I misunderstood the posting schedule.****

About "Sunflower Serenade":
A small-town summer...

The days are long and lazy, the corn is high, the sunflowers are in bloom, and everyone in Bedford is gearing up for the biggest event of the summer: the annual county fair. But when a Nashville music producer approaches Bob about using Heather Creek Farm to film a country star's new music video, he and Charlotte are faced with a dilemma. Will they allow the glamour and enticements of big-city life to encroach upon their peaceful home? Will the excitement of celebrity drown out the simple joys of summer?

About the Home to Heather Creek series: Charlotte Stevenson's world is turned upside down when her daughter, Denise, dies in a tragic car accident. She ran away at eighteen and Charlotte has never forgiven herself. Now, Denise's children, abandoned by their father, are coming from California to live on Heather Creek Farm in Bedford, Nebraska.

Charlotte is uncertain about her ability to care for three grandchildren who are not thrilled to give up the beach and sunshine for snow and farm chores! But she sees a chance to make amends and will do whatever it takes to keep her fragile family together. Feel the courage, strength and commitment of this family as their lives unfold in the Home to Heather Creek series.

Link to buy book: The books come in a series and you can order those at the link. However, if you just want to order "Sunflower Serenade" you must call the customer service number (1-800-431-2344).

About Tricia: Tricia Goyer is the author of eighteen fiction and non-fiction books, including Blue Like Play Dough.

She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003.

Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005.

Tricia writes magazine articles for publications like Today's Christian Woman and Focus on the Family.

Tricia also enjoys speaking.

She and her family make their home in Montana.

This book continues a series that I've been fortunate enough to read and follow. I must say that I really enjoyed "Sunflower Serenade" and so far it's my favorite of the series.

As the characters are continued in each book of the series, it's like reconnecting with old and dear friends and catching up with what's been happening in their lives since we last got together for a visit.

"Sunflower Serenade" is set at the end of Summer and the county fair features largely in its story. This is particularly appropriate and appealed to me because county fairs are in full swing in my area, and my county's fair begins in a few weeks.

It was also interesting to me to compare notes about the county fair events in the book and our own fairs, and to conclude that people and fairs are much the same around our country if Tricia's book and my experiences are enough to judge.

As always, the characters' Christian faith plays a large role in the book and there's an unbroken thread of love, hope and endeavoring to live Christ before others without being self righteous or preachy as they go about their lives.

"Sunflower Serenade" is nicely paced and made for a good evening read for me. If your reading pace is a little more leisurely, it could still be read over a weekend or even an afternoon. It left me with a smile on my face and I'm already anticipating visiting with the characters again when the next "Home To Heather Creek" book comes out.

Now for the giveaway details:

If you'd like to enter to win a free copy of TRICIA GOYER'S "SUNFLOWER SERENADE" leave a comment on this post. Only one comment per person will be counted.

This giveaway will be open until noon Central Standard Time on Monday, August 31, 2009, at which time I'll use a random number generator to choose a winner.

Please NOTE: This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only. Please be sure you have a working link or a valid email address with your entry comment. It's a bit difficult to contact you to tell you you've won and get your name and address information without a valid link or email address.

I'll announce the winner on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Best of luck to everyone!

On a different note, Lamar is having surgery on his eye in Memphis this afternoon. Surgery is scheduled for 5 pm, but he has to be there at noon to consult with the surgeon and anesthesiologist, and we all know what schedules mean when you're dealing with doctors and hospitals: not a thing.

I'm keeping Emmy all day so Jessica can drive her Daddy to Memphis and back after the surgery, but Jason should be here to get Emmy after he gets off work at 6 pm. I'd like to be with Lamar, but if I go with him and Jessica, we'd have to find someone to keep Emmy since Jessica's driving Lamar and it just seems simpler to do it this way.

Your prayers would be much appreciated today for Lamar, and I'll post an update as soon as I get any news about his surgery. As I said though, it will probably be late tomorrow afternoon or more likely into the evening before I hear anything.

Y'all have a great Thursday!


Gigi said...

Diane, I'll be praying for Lamar and his surgical team; I hope this surgery will resolve his eye issue.

The book sounds wonderful and I'll be checking out this series, so thanks for posting about it. I'm with you - I love a good series!

Tonya said...

I would love to win:)Thanks for the giveaway:)

Wander said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you today my friend. Wish I was over there to sit with you and Emmy today. It would be an excellent distraction for both of us.

Anonymous said...

Praying for a smooth surgery for your hubby.

On another note, I love to read so it would be great to win!

Betty said...

Prayers and good thoughts to Lamar and you too. That sound like a intersting read,maybe I will check it out.
~~ Huga ~~

Anonymous said...

Please include me in the give a way for the book. And I'll be sure to send up extra prayers today for all of you.

Tricia Goyer said...

No worries at all Diane! Thanks so much for sharing my book with your readers!

Betty said...

Hi Diane,

I hope you are having a blessed day.

Barb said...

I did a little catching up here, Diane. I saw on Facebook that Jess was taking Lamar to Memphis for surgery - I didn't realize he was going to have to have surgery, but yes ma'am, I'm keeping him in my prayers this afternoon and watching for an update from you.

It practically broke my heart for all of you that the tomatoes aren't doing anything out there this year. I swear, the two tomatoes I get to pick each week from my two plants just make my whole week. I stare at them for a whole day before I break down and put them in a salad. LOL

It really has been a strange year, weather wise. Out here in western Colorado we had more rain this spring than I can remember since we moved here. We're getting lots of overcast cooler days too but like you, I'm sure not complaining.

I'll watch Facebook for that update. I hope this completely cures whatever was wrong with his eye.


tam said...

Just read your post and would love to have a chance for the books. Sounds perfect. I have been keeping up with Lamar on facebook.