Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Love Finds You in Holiday, Florida
Author: Sandra D. Bricker
Publisher: Summerside Press
Release Date: December 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Romance
Year/Setting: Present day, Holiday Florida
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None/Negligible
Sandra's Website/Blog: www.sandradbricker.com
Her husband has been gone for just over a year now and Cassie Constantine figures it’s time to get her normally very well organized life back on its organized track. With that decision made, Cassie heads to Florida to ready the vacation home for a hopefully quick sale.
Cassie is determined to close this particular chapter in her life. Great goal, or it would be if she didn’t keep getting sidetracked. How can she remain focused when she gets guilted into becoming her neighbor’s ballroom dance partner? When handsome yet fastidious Richard Dillon keeps crossing her path? What hope does she have when her inspirational Surprise Yourself Box continues to throw surprises at her with apropos scriptures and tasks for the day?
It’s with a lot of marvel and awe that Cassie discovers a new and totally different side to herself. She learns more about herself than she ever knew…and she’s having a blast! Who knew you could have so much fun stepping on toes in dance class or teaching the seniors to do the Hustle? Who would have thunk persnickety Richard could make her so angry and her heart beat double-time?
Unfortunately this is all momentary; her home, friends, and job await her in Boston. There’s no way she could continue to live life so…so…enthusiastically and with a light heart. It’s just not her. Never been her. Yet when there’s an offer on her newly renovated house and the lives of her neighbors as they know it are put in jeopardy, Cassie has some thinking and praying to do.
I’m quickly discovering that Ms. Bricker’s writing is light and breezy with splashes of heart-plucking moments, and a healthy dose of comedic action. It lightens the heart when you can relate to Cassie’s mishaps on some level and laugh along with her in understanding and sympathy. It feeds the mind when Cassie’s thoughts and musings create the "Ah-ha" or "Hmmm" moment.
Thankfully Ms. Bricker’s writing is far from preachy; it's simply very inspiring as well as entertaining. I hope her "voice" continues to remain just as it is.
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