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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Light of the Heart by Regina Andrews

Light of the Heart by Regina Andrews
Sterling Lakes Book One
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational
Length: Short Story (100 pgs)
Heat level: sweet
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Periwinkle

A stained-glass artist based in Boston, Cascade Preston’s world is a kaleidoscope of color and beauty. She has overcome a dark childhood, deeply shadowed by domestic violence, in the town of Sterling Lakes. When she is approached to design new windows for a refurbished church in Sterling Lakes, she ignores the request. But when the no-nonsense Project Manager Dan McQuay appears looking for the window plans, the project takes on a whole new light. Will Cascade be able to keep the dark, protective cocoon she has built around herself intact, or will McQuay break through and shine new light into her heart? Is it possible that God’s plan for Cascade will lead her to forgive the town that ignored the situation her family?

Overcoming hurts of the past with faith and love creates the story, Light of the Heart.

Coming together at Sterling Lakes, Cascade Preston and Dan McQuay must face down their personal fears to finally allow love into their lives.

Cascade, a stained glass artist, has been duped into going back to the town that she blames for her mother's current medical condition. She grew up there seeing abuse and neglect first-hand, so now she must learn to trust and move forward, instead of dwelling in the past. She must find it in her heart to go on past the anger and the pain to give back to the community and let the love of God and a good man break down the walls that she has built all around her. Follow Cascade and Dan as they draw on each other's strengths and weaknesses to discover that love is all that matters in the end.

I really enjoyed the characters in this story. The author made this couple do and say things that I have seen myself say or do. Being able to relate that personally gives the book more ooomph, so to speak. And that makes it an even more enjoyable read. Also, with this being the first of a series, I look forward to seeing what happens next at Sterling Lakes.

This story is sweet and light and I would recommend it to anyone who just looking for something nice and easy to read to pass a quiet and relaxing afternoon.