Book Description: Escaping a society wedding, Annabelle Baldwin followed her heart to Liberia to pursue her calling as a missionary. But when an attempted kidnapping lands her under the protection of Stewart Hastings, Anna's journey takes a new turn. The wounded war veteran needs a guide through the jungle. It's a job the underfunded missionary can't refuse, despite the feelings Stewart stirs in her guarded heart.
Stewart knows he won't succeed without Anna's expertise. And when dangers puts her life at risk, he realizes he cannot live without Anna by his side. But what will it take for a man who has lost his faith to capture the heart of the woman who lives for hers?
My Review: This book is breathtakingly written in the rarest form of elegance and skill! It's a refreshing journey into the Christian aspect of romance ~ pure and fresh and all things wonderful. This is my first novel by author Debbie Kaufman and her poignant writing style keeps the reader at the comfortable pace. It's full of charismatic, cheerful and uplifting words, written to sooth the reader of God's divine goodness in all ways of our world, good or bad.
The book starts out with a page turning near abduction of Anna - the book's heroine and crusader of the jungles with her missionary work to bring hope and faith to those in need. Her near abduction from two chloroform yielding thugs puts Stewart right into her path at the right time ~ he can not only not forget her plite, but he's drawn to her in ways even he can't explain at first. He is twice wounded - once at war and once by his fiancé who couldn't deal with his horrific war wounds and called off their engagement. However, he needs to Anna's help and as she returns to the jungles, he becomes her guide and the pair intend to 'help each other.' They battle the dangers of the Leopard men tribes, small factions of people that do not like outsiders and send strong warnings to those who dare to enter their territories and most importantly, the dangers of daring to love again.
Journey of Hope fulfills it's expectations of a phenomenal Christian view of romance in it's purity of prose, standards of loving God first and foremost and having a vision of your purpose in life. Falling in love along the way is definitely the added bonus! Into this tale the author weaves in messages of hope and faith sustained, even in the toughest of times. God our Savior remains with us during our hardest battles and times of trials, even when we might believe He has forsaken us. The author brings home the beauty and strength for Christian romance!
5 well deserved stars!
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