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Unexpected Dismounts by Nancy Rue

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Unexpected Dismounts by Nancy Rue, book 2 in the Reluctant Prophet series (David C. Cook, October 2011), 464 pages

Unexpected Dismounts by Nancy RueSummary
Allison is worried. Stressed. It’s been awhile since she got a Nudge from God, and she feels like everyone is depending on her but she can’t keep all the balls in the air for long. God gave her this mantel of prophet, but now that she’s mid-project she’s wondering if he’s given that task to someone else. She’s also physically reeling from other people’s painful experiences, she’s experiencing these traumas with them. And when she finally does hear something, it doesn’t make much sense and she resists. On top of that, there’s tension in the ranks, and the stakes are higher than they’ve ever been.

Thoughts
I could never bring myself to actually review book one of this series, The Reluctant Prophet (which is only $6 at Amazon right now), but I did at least attempt to convey how meaningful it was to me. I put off reading this one for a little while, because I wanted to spread out the experience, to fully be able to savor Unexpected Dismounts as a separate piece. I think I was also a little afraid that, being book two, it might not live up to the high expectations set by book one. I needn’t have worried.

I read it in just a little over one day, which at 450+ pages, is some feat for me.

Love that I “coincidentally” read it during Lent, since that’s when it’s set. But more than that, I love that she set it during this particularly apt season of the church calendar.

This is one of those books that I don’t feel I can adequately express how much I love it, or how deeply personal and meaningful the reading experience was for me. I relate to Allison on a level, in a way, that I’m not sure I’ve found in a novel before.

I think it works on a broader plain than that, too, though. Even if you don’t relate to Allison in her doubts and fears, her imperfect fallenness and motley assortment of friends and too-close calls, the book (well, series, so far) is well-written and engaging, and the plot moves along nicely. I can’t wait to read book three.

Too Far to Say Far Enough is due out in October 2012.

Rating: 4.75 stars

About the author
Nancy Rue (@NNRue Facebook) lives in Tennessee with her husband, Jim. She has written a lot of books (including YA and MG fiction, and nonfiction), but I just discovered her writing last year.

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Book Spotlight: Maggie’s Journey by Lena Nelson Dooley

About the book:
Near her eighteenth birthday, Margaret Caine finds a chest in the attic holding proof she’s adopted. Having grown up the spoiled daughter of wealthy merchants in Seattle, she feels betrayed by her biological parents and by those who raised her. But mystery surrounds her new discovery, and when she discovers another family secret, she loses all sense of identity. Leaving her home, Maggie heads out to find her destiny.

Read an excerpt of Maggie’s Journey by Lena Nelson Dooley (book 1 of the McKenna’s Daughters Series).

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Book Spotlight: Reclaiming Lily by Patti Lacy

About the book:
Gloria Powell and Kai Chang meet in a Dallas hotel to discuss Lily’s future; Gloria adopted Lily from China and Kai hopes to reclaim her sister. Kai is a doctor who had to give up her younger sibling during the Cultural Revolution and has since discovered that an inherited genetic defect may appear in Lily’s future. Gloria’s relationship with her daughter is tattered and strained, and Kai’s arrival, despite the woman’s apparent good intentions, has made Gloria fearful.

Read an excerpt of Reclaiming Lily by Patti Lacy.

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Lucky Baby by Meredith Efken

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Lucky Baby: A Novel by Meredith Efken (Howard Books, April 13, 2010), 293 pages

Summary
Meg Lindsay lacks one thing: Her mother’s approval. From the outside, her life would be considered successful. She’s fulfilled by her work in the orchestra she helped found, and she’s married to a successful physicist.

Thoughts
Lucky Baby is almost unbearably sad in the beginning; I was bawling in the first 20 pages!

I love, love, LOVE the imagery in this book. It really fits the story β€” helps flesh out the story. The magical realism (swirling colors, mysterious characters, and more) is a perfect fit.

This book is masterfully crafted and beautiful.

More than being just a great book, though, this story touched me. This is one of those stories that, I think, will become a part of who I am. Part of that, I’m sure, is the China aspect; I love China. Another part is the adoption aspect. But really, the book is more than the sum of its parts.

In sum: I love this book.

About the author
Meredith Efken (blog) is the author of the SAHM I Am series. She and her husband live with their two daughters in Nebraska. One of their daughters was adopted from China, and it was that experience that inspired this book.

Because Efken lives in Nebraska β€” yay! β€” this book counts as a stop on the Literary Road Trip.

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