The Peppercorn Project by Nicki Edwards

My Review

the-peppercorn-project-by-nicki-edwardsFor a few desperate moments, this sad but beautiful story began in Torquay, Victoria. As sad as it was that Isabelle’s husband had just died from a sudden heart attack while surfing, I knew as I cried and grasped hold of the box of tissues, that I was going to truly love this book. Nicki Edwards had done it again – she had roped me in from the very first page. Until reading Nicki’s book “The Peppercorn Project”, I didn’t have any idea about Torquay, or even where it was. So I ‘Googled’ it, as you do, and I read …
“The official start point of the Great Ocean Road, Torquay is Victoria’s surfing and beach worship capital.”
Wow! How enchanting. Obviously, Isabelle and her family had been very happy living in Torquay, and with Dan being such a keen surfer, and their son Fletcher following in his footsteps, where else would anyone want to live? The remainder of the story takes place in the farming community of the southern Flinders Ranges, yet another place I have never ventured to. However, while reading through the book I was simply drawn in. It is a kind of magic that Nicki Edwards performs time and again with her choice of words, deep characterisation and descriptions of the gorgeous countryside.
Nicki handles the subject of grief and the painful process of moving on very sensitively, not just Isabelle’s grief but that of her two children as well. Once the handsome country police sergeant, Matt Robertson arrived on the scene, I just knew sparks would fly … and they did, in many different ways. Both Isabelle and Matt were broken souls who just needed the chance to trust and believe in each other. I love a good romance, but I like my romances to be sweet and clean, and once again Nicki Edwards didn’t let me down. The intimacy that flowed throughout was so delicately woven, but so beautiful. When Isabelle and Matt finally declared their love in intimate embrace, the scene was set perfectly. “He rained kisses from her chin to her collarbone and she shivered in pleasure as the warmth of his breath tickled her skin.” Also, the setting up of the relationships between Isabelle’s two children and Matt was done perfectly. The issue of blending people together and making a new family is a very sensitive one and full of possible pitfalls.
I felt that I got to know all of the other characters within the story extremely well. I loved their exchanges and gossiping sessions, just how I would imagine life in a country town to be. I quite liked the subplots throughout, especially having someone in a trusted position dealing in drugs – wonderful scandal. I had a fairly good idea who it was quite early on, however, that didn’t take away anything from the story, because most of the other characters had surprises up their sleeves, and kept me guessing. I was hoping and praying throughout the book that Isabelle, Matt, and the children would achieve their happily ever after, and I wasn’t disappointed.
A beautiful, sensitive and intensely intimate romance – I just couldn’t put the book down. I loved the way it ended, leaving the way for a sequel if the author should so desire.

Broken Umbrellas by Emma Broch Stuart

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My Review

 

“Nothing you have endured – or inflicted – can keep you from being healed. Your umbrella may be broken, but God is the Glue that fixes the most hopeless of broken things.” ~ Emma Broch Stuart.

It didn’t take me a whole month to read this wonderful book; there were interruptions along the way. However, one could easily devour this book in one sitting. It was beautifully written and Emma tells her story of trauma, pain, and healing with crisp, clear and refreshing honesty. Emma’s love for the Lord’s Word as well as her own human warmth shone through on every page. I am certain that many fellow sisters in Christ would relate to Emma’s story in some way. I’m equally certain that those of you who are still searching will find solace between these pages. We are all on a journey down a pathway that is littered with imperfection – our imperfection. We realise throughout Emma’s book that it is because of these imperfections that our Heavenly Father loves us so much. I loved this book; I cried most of the way through. I cried as my heart leapt for Emma, but I sobbed when I saw my own life before my eyes. Whether you know Jesus or not; whether you feel you want to or not – you must read this book. I know I will, over and over again. 

 

Beautiful! Refreshing! Inspiring!
“Go knowing ….”

Intensive Care by Nicki Edwards

My Review

intensive-careEscaping to the country was meant to be easy …

Superficially it looks like busy intensive care nurse, Kate Kennedy has it all: a long-term relationship, a career she adores and an elegant inner city apartment that many would envy her for. But appearances can be deceiving. In a moment of spontaneity, Kate leaves her city life and takes a new role as Nurse Unit Manager at Birrangulla Base Hospital, but her dream move proves harder than expected.

Local café owner Joel O’Connor finds himself increasingly drawn to the gorgeous new nurse, but like Kate, he’s been scarred by love and isn’t looking to jump into anything. Yet their chemistry is hard to deny and after a near fatal incident, Joel and Kate find themselves opening up to one another.

Just when Kate thinks she’s found love again, their fragile relationship is thwarted by their pasts. Can they both let go of their guilt and grief to move on to a bright new future?

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I’ll just bet you have so many questions, but there will be no answers until you read this fabulous book.

Nicki Edwards captures the whole rural romance genre in her own unique way. The visionary within this story is just awesome. I picture myself right there, in the moment; with the rolling hills, mountains covered in snow and the general serenity of the countryside. The romantic theme was exquisitely expressed, provoking one’s emotions. A good clean read, suitable for all ages.