Thursday, June 20, 2013

Under the Summer Sky by Lori Copeland

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Do you love wide open spaces, watching the stars under a summer sky? How about a touch of romance, a little humor, and a faith like the grain of a mustard seed? Then you will enjoy the second book in Lori Copeland's Dakota Diaries.

This book begins with Trinity being stuffed in a barrel and going over the rapids. To make matters worse, she is scared of water and can't swim! Trinity is single, and on a mission - to sell her family's land and get back home. She has no idea the adventures she is going to encounter along the way along with a handsome stranger, who goes by Jones, but only seems to get on her nerves!
Jones is forced into strange circumstances including a band of thugs, an ornery circus elephant whose female owner rides a motorcycle, and meeting his match in a woman!
Will Trinity and Jones be able to put their differences aside long enough to recognize God's hand in their lives and find the love they never new they were missing. Or will their stubbornness continue to drive a wedge between them?

This book is published by Harvest House Publishers and available on Amazon or other online retailers.
It can be read as a stand alone or as a sequel. Although if you have had a chance to read Love Blooms in Winter, you will recognize quite a few of the characters. 

My Thoughts?
I have been looking forward to reading This book for some time. Although personally, I enjoyed the first book in this series the most, this one certainly has humor and adventure galore. It is not as fast paced as some novels, more like a slow steady sweet read, with a few unexpected twists and turns. Every time the characters are ready to put an end to their relationship, something new happens and they have to tolerate each other for a while longer. I guess my favorite is the part where Trinity gets reunited with an aged aunt, who is a little coo-coo, but certainly adds humor to the story. Jones and Trinity each seem pretty set in their ways and what they think God has for their lives. Their faith in stepping out of their comfort zone is very limited, due to past hurts and hinders their true feelings for each other. But in some way or another I think we all deal with these kind of emotional issues. Occurrences from our past keep us box us in, and keep us from going out on the limb and trusting God. Maybe it's because when "bad things" happen our natural thought process is to assume God doesn't care or that He let us down. Not that all things work together for good. There were a few parts of the story, I had a little trouble really getting it, but could have been just me, acting like Pauline the cooky aunt. ;-)

About the Author:
Lori Copeland has authored many historical and contemporary novels. She has written over 90 novels with over 3 million copies in print. She lives in the beautiful Ozarks with her husband, her children and grandchildren. She is very active in her church and in supporting missions. You can learn more about Lori and her books by going to her website or connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

*I received this book from Harvest House in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not given any other compensation or required to give a positive review.*

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