I just finished a book that I couldn’t put down. It has been a while since I have read something that kept me up late at night and made me carry it around while I did housework:) Saints in Limbo did just that. I so recommend it for a good summer read. I kind of liken it a bit to The Shack, but only in the sense that it deals with the spiritual in a tangible way that is definitely not theologically correct but certainly makes you think. It made me evaluate how my internal choices will affect my children, how I can choose to be “happy” or “not happy” and how the spiritually does indeed affect us physically. The romantic elements to this book certainly made me more tenderhearted toward my husband and it made me take stock of my friendships. The characters are great, and it actually left me hoping for a sequel. I loved it!
I have not finished the second book and it is by another author but it looks really good too. I will let you know how that one turns out in a week or so. I hope you will pick this book up though this summer when you are headed to the beach or the pool. It will certainly be worth your while:) As always I have include info about both books and their authors below!
Saints in Limbo
Book: Saints in Limbo
Author: River Jordan
Ever since her husband Joe died, Velma True’s world has been limited to what she can see while clinging to one of the multicolored threads tied to the porch railing of her home outside Echo, Florida.
When a mysterious stranger appears at her door on her birthday and presents Velma with a special gift, she is rattled by the object’s ability to take her into her memories–a place where Joe still lives, her son Rudy is still young, unaffected by the world’s hardness, and the beginning is closer than the end. As secrets old and new come to light, Velma wonders if it’s possible to be unmoored from the past’s deep roots and find a reason to hope again.
River Jordanis a critically acclaimed novelist and playwright whose unique mixture of southern and mystic writing has drawn comparisons to Sarah Addison Allen, Leif Enger, and Flannery O’Connor. Her previous works include The Messenger of Magnolia Street, lauded by Kirkus Reviews as “a beautifully written, atmospheric tale.” She speaks around the country and makes her home in Nashville.
Book: Stealing Home
Author: Allison Pittman
It’s 1905 and the Chicago Cubs are banking on superstar Donald “Duke” Dennison’s golden arm to help them win the pennant. Only one thing stands between Duke and an unprecedented ten thousand dollar contract: alcohol.
That’s when sportswriter David Voyant whisks Duke to the one-horse town of Picksville, Missouri, so he can sober up in anonymity. He bides his time flirting with Ellie Jane Voyant, his unofficial chaperone, who would rather hide herself in the railway station ticket booth than face the echoes of childhood taunts.
Ned Clovis, the feed store clerk, has secretly loved Ellie Jane since childhood, but he loves baseball and the Duke almost as much–until he notices Ellie Jane may be succumbing to the star’s charm.
Then there’s Morris, a twelve-year-old Negro boy, whose only dream is to break away from Picksville. When Duke discovers his innate talent for throwing a baseball, Morris might just have found his way out.
Four individuals, each living in haunted isolation, each harboring a secret passion. Providence brings them together. Tragedy threatens to tear them apart. Will love be enough to bring them home?
Allison Pittman spent seventeen years as a high school English teacher, and then shunned the advice of “experts,” quit her day job and set out to write novels that bring glory to God. She relishes inspiring other writers and leading the theater arts group at her church. She and her husband and three sons live in Universal City, Texas.