Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Path Toward Love By Cara Lynn James

I received this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through booksneeze.com for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinion expressed here are my own.

Book Description:

Katherine came home to forget her past.
The last thing she expected is a hopeful future.
Young widow Katherine Osborne returns to her family’s rustic camp on Raquette Lake in the Adirondack Mountains. She’s determined to live a quiet life, but her socialite mother is equally determined to push her into a new marriage while she’s still young.
Andrew Townsend has known Katherine since they were children. An attorney who is successful, but not wealthy, he knows she is socially out of his reach. But he’s curious what changed the free-spirited girl he once knew into this private, somber young woman.
Katherine has kept hidden the details of her unsuccessful marriage. When past sins come to light, she must turn to God for the courage to be honest. But how can she trust the God she feels has let her down? When she confides in Andrew, their relationship takes a dramatic turn into uncharted territory.
Amid impossible obstacles, two young people must learn to trust enough to walk the path that God has cleared for them. A path that leads to healing and restoration. A path toward love.

My Thoughts:

 A Path Toward Love is the fourth book that Cara Lynn James has written and all I can say is AMAZING!!  This novel is not A Ladies of Summerhill novel.  A Path Toward Love is a historical novel that takes place in 1905, more specifically the summer of 1905.  Katherine Osborne is very young widow who left home 8 years before. Katherine comes from a very wealthy family and the man she wanted to marry was not good enough according to her parents.  Katherine and her husband returned to Florida to run his father's orchard.  After Katherine's husband dies she continues to run the family business, which was uncommon in those days.  Katherine's father and his attorney, an old friend of Katherine's, head to Florida to try to convince her to sell the orchard and come back home.  Katherine doesn't want to sell it but is in desperate need of money or she will lose the orchard. She makes a deal with her father to come home to the family's camp in the Adirondack Mountains for the rest of the summer and then he will give her the loan. 

A Path Toward Love is a wonderful novel. Cara Lynn James writes with authority of the time period, the different places in the world, the culture, and the society rules of 1905.  The characters in this story are very real. I felt like I was there watching the whole story unfold in front of me.  The descriptions of everything puts you right there in 1905. This story grabbed me from the start and held my attention until the end.  I had a very hard time putting the book down.  Cara Lynn James writes a story of love, betrayal, families, forgiveness, and how we need to follow the path that God puts before us.  I truly find myself get lost in Cara Lynn James' novels, they truly take you to another time and place.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction and Romance.  You won't be disappointed. 

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