Love Inspired of the Month: A Mother's Gift


Author: Arlene James and Kathryn Springer
Anthology
ISBN: 9780373875894
Genre: Love Inspired/ Contemporary Romance/ Religious
Publisher: Steeple Hill

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Two unrelated stories of faith and the belief that their is a greater force in charge of one's destiny. Mother's Day is the general theme behind the two stories. Both stories are emotionally inspiring. Both stories in the book convey family and mothers. Finding lost faith is also a similar factor.

In the first story, Dreaming of a Family,  Dixie is a widow who believes she is responsible for the circumstances behind her husband's death. She keeps the secret to herself and resists efforts of comfort from family and friends. She is far from ready to move on to the next step in her life like everyone seems to be pushing her toward.

Joel has heard about Dixie for years from his mother. Dixie is the daughter of her best friend. It has been two years since Joel's unit was attacked and he lost his eyesight. He has decided to come home and start his life. He meets Dixie and her son and decides that God has put Dixie in his path for a reason. Joel hopes it is so the two of them can start a life together, but he knows first Dixie needs to come to terms with her life.

In the second story, The Mommy Wish, Nick and his daughter Beth move into the little house next door to Julia. Unknown to Nick, Julia's family has wanted to purchase the property next door to hers for years and just when the property became available, Nick got the chance to purchase it first.

Nick is a widower who is looking for a place in the country to raise his young daughter, Beth. Beth is a lively character who befriends everyone, even the woman who lives next door and doesn't seem to want to have anything to do with her or Nick. Beth sees the house as an answer to her wish from God. She has other wishes and she hopes that Julia will be part of.

Julia has lived like a quiet, alone life since she was in an accident years earlier and her fiance and mother left her behind. She isn't interest in getting to know the new neighbors no matter how handsome Nick is and special she finds the young girl.

Description:
Dreaming of a Family by Arlene James
Widowed mother Dixie Stephenson never stopped blaming herself for her late husband's accidental death. And she didn't expect any of her dreams to come true, especially since she had been dreaming of another man. But is Joel Slade, a wounded soldier, truly the answer to her prayers? Can he be the father her little boy needs, and the man who helps Dixie finally heal?

The Mommy Wish by Kathryn Springer
Julia Windham's country house was her sanctuary—a quiet place where she could be left alone to grieve her shattered dreams. That all changed when handsome widower Nick Delaney and his precocious daughter, Beth, moved next door. Now there's noise, laughter and maybe even hope for a future as a family.

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