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Monday, November 10, 2008

Limited Light

Limited Light by Carla Rossi
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational
Length: Full
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Books
Review by Camellia


Successful financial advisor Marti Randolph is returning home to grandma in small town Madison, Texas after a disastrous relationship with her boss. Expecting a marriage proposal, she was devastated to find he was already married. Already finding it difficult to accept God’s mercy and forgiveness for her mistake, the situation is made worse by small town gossips who won’t let the rumors of her workplace romance and subsequent resignation die.


Jim Bowman is the pastor of Marti’s grandmother’s church. Not only is he looking for a traditional wife, but he’s about to embark on a building campaign to house his growing flock. He is met with opposition from the congregation’s older members who are set in their ways. Jim needs Marti’s financial expertise to devise a plan that will be suitable for everyone. She’s happy to help, but insists she’s just passing through. Romance blossoms through humorous situations and faith-building obstacles as these two realize…


The characters in Limited Light come alive as their flaws and their caring ways propel them along life’s way. This novel shows how God does not take all the problems and troubles away from His own, but that He helps them get through the difficulties even when bad choices are made.

Martha Rose Randolph and James Bowman (Pastor Jim) are attracted to each other, but the obstacles seem to make the possibility of their getting together unlikely. As the antagonist, Preston Woodruff, uses his influence as a longtime elder in the church to thwart their budding relationship as well as the growth of the church to meet the needs of the people in the community, Martha and Jim suffer.

Carla Rossi creates a story that reveals that there is good in the worst of people and there is some bad in the best of people. She laces all this with lots of happy, fun happenings even when the characters struggle with life-changing decisions. Both adults and teenagers grow in their faith in God as they work their way through such things as bad choices, gossip, vindictiveness, sickness, feeling alone, and all the miseries that imperfect humans deal with.

Many of the secondary characters are memorable. Grandma Rose is a treasure, Danny and Kim bring hope and joy, and who hasn’t had a “Preston Woodruff” in their lives at some point (a real stinker!)

This novel is well written and easy reading, but the theme is a much used one and the happenings very predictable. Also, I felt like I needed to know about Lily, the teenager who influenced the story but who seemed to be forgotten in tying up the threads of the story.

Limited Light is inspirational as it shows how some people do indeed live in ‘limited light’ while those whose seek God in prayer walk in His full light as they make their way in this world. Carla Rossi gives us a happy-ever-after that comes after many trials and woes. This is a good story to nudge one toward remembering how to live with true joy and peace even when the going is rough.