Central Park Rendezvous
Central Park Rendezvous
Barbour Publishing, Paperback, 9781616265939, 350pp.
Publication Date: August 2012
After a first career in advertising and design for such publications as Time magazine and Car & Driver, DINEEN A. MILLER turned full-time to writing and ministry. She has won several prestigious awards for her fiction and her devotional writing has been featured in Soul Journey and Our Journey. Married for more than twenty-two years, she shares her life with a great guy who adores disc golf, her two daughters who never stop surprising her with their own creativity, and a dog who no doubt is an angel in disguise. You can find her at www.spirituallyunequalmarriage.com where she shares the latest nugget she's dug out of God's Word or a message to encourage and spur others closer to God despite the trials of life. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter under her name, Dineen Miller.
Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of nineteen novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers. Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church, where she leads women's fellowship and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and six grandchildren. She invites you to visit her website at www.kimvogelsawyer.com for more information.
I gave this book 5/5 stars. I liked the characters in each story. I enjoyed the settings and thought they made each story unique. Each author writes her part of the story very well. They all flow well together. The book itself has a conclusion you will enjoy. I liked the historical aspects in this book as well. If you like Christian historical fiction with a touch of romance, you will enjoy this book!
I would recommend this story to anyone interested in some good old fashioned romance! I especially loved the many positive traits of the main characters along with the powerful Christian theme. In one of my favorite stories presented here (To Sing Another Day by Kim Vogel Sawyer) I was reminded of the nuance of Louisa May Alcott and of a Christmas that was about the spirit of the season as opposed to the material aspects of physical gifts; gifts of love and charity are what is important at that time of year. This novel would be a perfect Christmas gift as well as a great book for those needing a little reminder that you need to look at the glass half full. Even though the story unabashedly features faith and God, it does not preach or overdo it which is a feat considering how much the storylines embraced it. Definitely going on my favorites of 2012 list.
The authors did an amazing job of intertwining the stories that must take a lot of talent and planning. Each set of couples I thought was going to be my favorite - Sean and Jamie, Gail and Alan, Helen and Bernie, Permelia and William. I did not want to put the book down and finished it in 2 days. I will admit I was teary eyed a few times. The stories draw you in emotionally. I highly recommend this book.
This is the best Barbour novella collection I have read, both because of the quality of writing of the individual authors, and because of the originality of having four stories so interwoven that story one is actually told in four parts, yet manages to fit into the whole, and all centred around a reunion in Central Park. An excellent beach read.
-Christian Book Reviews