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Monday, October 6, 2008

Accepting Charity



Accepting Charity by Kara Lynn Russell
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational
Length: Short
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Review by Jasmine

Orchard Hill Residents – lock up your hearts!

Pansy Parker and Misty Green are rivals in romance. Each believes she is the town’s best matchmaker. Now, they’re going to settle the question for once and for all. They’re keeping track to see who can make the most matches in a year’s time.

No heart is safe in Orchard Hill – not even their own.

David Daniels is at his wit’s end trying to adjust to being guardian for his three year old niece, Charity. He fears that her disability may be more than he can handle. Then he meets speech therapist Sarah Rogers. She offers to help David cope until school starts and Charity is enrolled in the early childhood program. Soon, Sarah realizes she wants more than to be David’s advisor and Charity’s teacher. Will she find the courage to ask before Labor Day comes around and school starts again?

The rivalry of Misty Green and Pansy Parker continues as Labor Day draws near. What is this rivalry? Both women are matchmakers in their own right. But wanting to establish who the ultimate matchmaker is, they have challenged each other to a competition: whoever makes the most matches in a year is the real matchmaker! Now the year has been quite exciting with many different couples matched. But there are still four more months left and Misty really needs to catch up. And so she chooses her latest victims: Sarah Rogers and David Daniels.

Sarah Rogers, the local speech therapist, is happy with the life that she has. She gets to interact with children on a daily basis and she has made a good life for herself in little Orchard Hill. Life couldn’t be better especially considering her past. But soon she meets David Daniel, a single man, struggling to raise his dyspraxic niece, Charity after the death of her mother.

David Daniels cannot seem to understand why Maggie, his sister, has left Charity to him. After all he is single, has no kids and needs to travel a lot for his work. But for right now he has to accept his responsibility until an alternate solution can be found. But what is the alternate solution? His other sister Karen already has her hands full with her own kids. He does not know anybody in his family that can take care of Charity. Then he gets a call from an unlikely source offering to take care of her. Is this an answer to prayer? And why is Sarah, his new friend helping with Charity, so opposed to the idea?

This series just keeps getting better and better. As I have said in previous reviews of other books in this series, this novel has a unique storyline that has not been used in any of the other books. In essence, each book is not formulaic, but unique in its own right. I really enjoyed the relationship between Misty and Pansy, especially since they have found unexpected -- very unexpected -- romance with the most unlikely people! The cute, unique titles, not only for this novel but for the entire series, are attention grabbing. I must say that is what drew me to the series in the first place. I greatly recommend this series and I assure you that you will not be disappointed!