Sunday, November 17, 2013

Review - Love's Refuge by Sandra Leesmith

Hi lovelies!

Today, I'm happy to be reviewing author Sandra Leesmith's sweet novel, Love's Refuge.
Make sure to head on over to Seasons of Humility  to check out the blog tour details and stops as well as enter the cool giveaway! 

Oh and make sure to check back in on the 26th of November. I'll be doing an interview with Mrs. Leesmith and you'll have a chance to enter a Giveaway for one of her books!

Back cover summary
Skye Larsen loves her peaceful life on Leeza Island in Puget Sound – the tranquility, the friendly neighbors, and especially the safety from big-city dangers. So when cruel pranks start to escalate and changes threaten to overtake the island, Skye is determined to fight for her haven. The presence of a handsome vacationer and the unexpected feelings he awakens can’t distract her from her goal.

Danny Fraser doesn’t realize how desperately he needs a rest until he meets Skye. By allowing him to glimpse her simple way of life, she helps him reorient his priorities – and steals his heart in the process. But his work and home in Seattle keep Skye at bay.

An isolated island girl with painful memories. A dedicated city boy with a wild past. What will it cost for them both to find a refuge from their storms?
  
Why I would pick this book up again
This book was an easy read and a real page turner right from page 1! I absolutely enjoyed the natural 'everything just falls into place' kind of spark between the characters. Sandra Leesmith does a good job talking about real issues that are easy to understand or even relate with. If you like a good romance with a little bit of suspense then this is the book for you. Also, if you need a good getaway from stress, Love's Refuge and it's peaceful Leeza Island is just the thing!

Characters:

Both Skye and Danny are pretty easy to fall in love with. Especially Danny who has a huge heart (I love his job). I liked Skye's independance and her love for nature. Overall, the characters were real and it was easy to understand where they were coming from. I also liked the way they evolved and grew through out the book.

  
Spirituality:
Skye's spiritual journey was pretty interesting and Danny's walk with God was a joy to read about. I loved his lesson on faith (you'll have to read the book to understand). 

Favorite phrase/passage from the book:
Here's a few:
"Life's too short to be wasting it with all that stress"
"I know God's nature. I have studied His Word, learned His character. That is how I can have faith, even when it looks like my world is falling apart"


Favorite verse:
 Reference was made to Isaiah 40:31 "but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint"

What I didn't like
At one point, both Danny and Skye each had to make a  decision. They seemed to go back and forth as they weighed their options.
I'm also a bit of a softy so a violent act in the form of a flashback bothered me a bit, as well as Natasha's story. (But like I said, that's me being a softy :) )
  

Why I recommend this book
I would recommend this book to anyone. Love's Refuge deals with profound themes such as fear, healing and trust. We all have a fear we need to deal with and Sandra Leesmith encourages the reader that it's possible to overcome any fear in a subtle way. Also, in a fast-paced world where everything seems to draw us into stress mode, we need to remember to let go, sit back, and let God. Sandra Leesmith delivers that message in a sweet way.

About the author
Sandra Leesmith loves to travel in her RV and explore all of nature’s beauty, discover America’s history, and fellowship with the wonderful people she meets while on the road. She enjoys reading, writing, hiking, swimming, and pickleball. Learn more about Sandra and her books at www.sandraleesmith.com.
You can connect with Sandra on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. You can also find her and her talented writing buddies at the Seekerville blog.  

Have you read this book? If so, what did you like? If not, would you?
Blessings, and much love, Funto

8 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your review! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed the story and its message. And I like how you broke down your thoughts into different sections. :)

    I appreciate your participation in the blog tour and will look forward to your interview post!

    ~Amber

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  2. Dear Funto, Thank you for the great reveiw of LOVE'S REFUGE. I am glad you enjoyed Skye and Danny's romantic story.

    I like your blog. You are an interesting woman. smile

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  3. Thanks so much. This is another winner from Ms. Leesmith, no doubt. It's nearing the top of my TBR list and your review is making me want to move it right UP TOP.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I love that you pull some quotes from the story. And excellent quotes they are too!

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    1. Thank you KC, Funto did do a great job with the quotes didn't she? It always amazes me when I read what I write. LOL. I go, "Did I write that?"

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  4. Yay. How fun to read another positive review on Sandra's new novel. Thanks for sharing this, Funto - you all are making me more eager to eventually read the book. :)

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    1. Thanks Rissi, I hope you enjoy LOVE'S REFUGE.

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  5. "I know God's nature. I have studied His Word, learned His character. That is how I can have faith, even when it looks like my world is falling apart" ... I agree - a wonderful quote! I was rather amazed by the example of faith that Danny used in the plane - and, even more so, when I took my head out of the book and remembered, not only did Danny say it, Sandra wrote it! - such a great example!!!

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    1. Thanks Samantha Jo, I love that scene in the book also. My dad used to do that to us kids all the time.

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