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Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Vision of Lucy by Margaret Brownley

A Vision of Lucy by Margaret Brownley
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (324 pgs)
Heat Level: sweet
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Aloe

Trouble follows Lucy wherever she goes. So does a vision of second chances . . . and love.

Lucy Fairbanks dreams of working as a photographer at the Rocky Creek newspaper. Her deepest hope is that her father will see her as an artist, the way he thought of her deceased mother, whose paintings still hang on their walls.

But disaster follows Lucy on every photo assignment: a mess of petticoats and ribbons, an accidental shooting, even a fire.

When Lucy meets David Wolf—a rugged, reclusive man who lives on the outskirts of town—she thinks she can catch the attention of the town with his photograph. She doesn't count on her feelings stirring whenever she's near him.

Two things happen next that forever change the course of Lucy's life. But will these events draw her closer to God or push her further away? And how will David accept this new vision of Lucy?

Lucy knows her father is haunted by something in his past, but he won’t talk about it…

Ms. Brownley does an excellent job of “setting the stage” for her story. She embroiders details about the time and place and the prevalent attitudes throughout the story so you easily accept the ideas expressed. Set in the 1800’s, women had no status and half-breeds were scorned. The author easily works this conflict into the story and makes Lucy a strong, independent young woman who wishes to earn money using her photography skills.

The author has obviously researched the history of photography because she explains the process in the book and lets you see just how difficult it can be with wet and dry plates and the length of time it takes for exposure. There is also a danger of fire when using a “flash”.

Lucy is a very vibrant character that you will enjoy reading about. She’s forever getting in trouble. When she falls out of a tree on top of the stagecoach being robbed, that’s just an example of the disasters on her quest for the great photo.

Ms. Brownley injects humor and sadness into her story. There is a Christian theme but it’s subtle. Her main male character is David, who is a half-breed. When he and Lucy fall in love, they have another battle to fight. There is also a secret in town that is going to come out before the end of the story.

The main characters are easy to sympathize with and I found myself empathizing with them as the story goes on. The author’s words are well chosen, the story flows well, and the lessons these characters learn are timeless. Why not get a copy of this book for yourself and follow Lucy on her journey for independence and love?