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Monday, November 2, 2009

Angel with a Backhoe by Deborah Kinnard

Angel with a Backhoe by Deborah Kinnard
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing Inc.
Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational
Length: Short (132 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Fennel

Diane Marshall knows loads -- live loads, dynamic loads, dead loads, all part of life as a construction manager. She's used to carrying hers, as a woman in a man's career. After her boyfriend fell hard for someone else, can her private load get any heavier?

In DeBrett, Paul Cameron funds the church renovation, so he's assigned to co-manage. Diane is stuck with adjusting to small town life and dealing with a widower who apparently wants a memorial to his lost wife. Paul is stuck working with a person who attracts him -- the last thing he wants.

Somehow this project will teach them to trust God in a whole new way. Now if they can only figure out how?

The Hand of God works in mysterious ways, and with a little help from Deborah Kinnard, Diane Marshall and Paul Cameron discover their relationship with Him and each other is in the spotlight for the next few months.

Diane Marshall normally enjoys her work as construction engineer, and her latest project, a new church, in a two-bit town in the middle of nowhere does nothing to engage her sense of dwindling enjoyment. Especially when the mega contract she desired was up for consideration. She'd never apologize for being a city-girl.

Widower Paul Cameron accepted his pastor's request to oversee the construction of the new church. But when he met the manager of the project his enthusiasm waned exponentially as his desire rose.

Deborah Kinnard with her usual skill takes her characters and fires them with recognizable fears and failings. And then, as if that isn't enough she challenges them to search deeply and discover how much they trust their God. With equal skill she paints vivid scenes with every shade of word available, If I had any qualms it was with the occasional vagueness in her time-line, and Diane's return to work at the site the day following her operation.

There are many secondary characters who play their part in the story, but on this occasion don't have the same impact as her secondary characters do in her other books.

That said, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a book that will appeal to all readers who enjoy a sweet read.