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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Cottonwood Place by Sandy Wickersham-McWhorter

Cottonwood Place by Sandy Wickersham-McWhorter
Publisher: White Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational
Length: Full (282 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

"Where do you go when there's no place left to go? If you've been everywhere and done everything and aren't satisfied, come discover the mysteries of Cottonwood Place Bed and Breakfast Inn and the captivating American Southwest." Cottonwood Place Brochure Megan MacCloud knows before meeting him that Ian Hunter is the neediest of the many troubled guests her inn has helped. Estranged from God, neither she nor Ian believe that He can bring them the harmony and love they crave. Ian says he couldn't resist driving across the country to her after her face on a brochure "hypnotized" him. Because of past abuse, her attraction to him is dashed when she learns he drinks. She resists loving Ian, but her family and almost-human pets frustratingly bond with him immediately, proving he's good. Megan, her Grandma, and pets resolve to help Ian stop drinking and be a doctor again. He helps solve major problems with guests and saves several lives as Megan and her mysterious, Navajo-and-White family show him religious and lifestyle philosophies that are foreign to him, yet truly American. When Megan's kidnapped by a guest for unknown reasons, Grandma says that to find Megan and have the life with her that he dreamed of, Ian must first "find himself." What does that mean? Can God use Megan's family, their Navajo ceremonies, and the police to find Megan and help her and Ian "walk in beauty" before she's lost forever?

He lost his job and his faith. She's getting used to life again. What happens when these two lost souls collide and what can they do to fulfill their fates? And just how faithful are animals? Read Cottonwood Place and see what happens.

Ms. Wickersham-McWhorter writes a moving novel combining the best elements of Christian writing with the little known tales of the Navajo people. Her descriptions are rich, filled with vivid details that make you know you're not just reading, but are part of the story.

I loved the characters. There was always more than meets the eye and each individual was moving as a person. Ian Hunter thought he lost God when he made what he perceived as mistakes in his career. He turned to alcohol to medicate his soul. Who can’t relate to his struggle to get past his mistakes? As for the heroine, Megan MacCloud was a strong, independent woman who did things her way, but also by the good book. Her secret was the distrust of man. We’ve all gone through times when we thought, like Megan, that we couldn't bear up, only to find that we truly are stronger than we give ourselves credit for.

Each scene was touching and intimate without reaching tawdry. Her novel is suitable for a wide age range and audience.

If you like a sweet romance filled with imagery and Christianity, then grab a copy of Cottonwood Place. I guarantee you’ll fall in love, too. I give this story 5 books.