The Sentimental Journey Romance Collection

The Sentimental Journey Romance CollectionThe Sentimental Journey Romance Collection by Cathy Marie Hake, DiAnn Mills, Dianna Crawford, Janelle B. Schneider, Joan Croston, Kelly Eileen Hake, Kim Vogel Sawyer, Lynette Sowell, Sally Laity
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Barbour Books on December 1, 2015
Pages: 448
Also by this author: Deadly Encounter

 

About The Sentimental Journey Romance Collection (from the back cover):
The greatest generation of courage and romance…The 1940s produced a great generation of people who lived full and courageous lives.  Nine couples meet under unique circumstances – during the bombing of London, at military outposts, through covert operations to save children as well as on the home front – and the bond of love grows through shared ideals and faith.

If you enjoy reading about intrigue, mystery, romance, courage, and faith, then you will LOVE this series of novellas.  Each one has its own unique perspective on the efforts to save the free world during WWII, yet each also entwines the beauty of faith in God with the obstacles that the war brought to the lives of those involved.  Most people of the 1940s had their fair share of discouragements, hardships, and difficulties.  Through these characters, readers will see how these people learned to trust God in their darkest hours and were rewarded with exceptional faith, love, and beauty.

If you enjoy reading about intrigue, mystery, romance, courage, and faith, then you will LOVE this series of novellas.

Included in this volume are nine short stories, some related to others and some completely independent.  Each work is written by a different author.  (The nine authors are Cathy Marie Hake, Kim Vogel Sawyer, Dianna Crawford, Joan Croston, Kelly Eileen Hake, Sally Laity, DiAnn Mills, Janelle B. Schneider, and Lynette Sowell.  What a great opportunity to try a new author!)  The smaller novellas allowed me to read a bit at a time without feeling that I must finish a lengthy book in order to unravel a complex plot.  It was just the right thing for the busy holiday season. I especially enjoyed seeing how each writer chose to highlight a different aspect of the war efforts, as well as how she perceived the effects of the war.

Each story has its own unique perspective on the efforts to save the free world during WWII, yet each also entwines the beauty of faith in God with the obstacles that the war brought to the lives of those involved.

Each story also has its own unique setting, whether on the front lines, behind the scenes in Europe, or in the United States.  My interest was piqued to see how each area of the world was affected by the war and how the people there responded to the challenges placed before them.  Often, we are tempted to look at others’ lives and think, “I could never handle what they’ve been given.”  It becomes apparent through these stories that God’s grace is the lifeline that pulls us all through.

Through these characters, readers will see how these people learned to trust God in their darkest hours and were rewarded with exceptional faith, love, and beauty.

While it is impossible to choose a favorite character or story from this book, I especially enjoyed the plot that carried through four of the novellas: saving orphaned children from war-torn Europe.  The four authors that shared in this story did a great job of developing their theme.  The other thing I appreciated was the outright witness for God, His sovereignty, and His power.  Our world, too, can seem uncertain and dangerous at times.  Yet the same God that has protected and provided for His people throughout history will care for us today.  What comfort and peace that truth gives!  As Janelle Burnham Schneider wrote in A Light in the Night, “Loss is going to touch all of us personally…We can’t hide from it, so we might as well embrace the joy that comes our way….”

I would highly recommend that you pick up this book and buy a copy for a friend who enjoys reading, too.  Your vision will be broadened and your thankfulness to God will grow a hundred fold.

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