Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Journey Of Hope by Debbie Kaufman

Marriage Is Not Her Mission:
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 danger 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 a woman who lives for hers? (publisher's description)

Journey of Hope (Love Inspired Historical) by Debbie Kaufman is part of her "African Missionary" series, but can be read as a stand alone novel. Set in Liberia during the 1920s, this book is filled with drama, danger, romance, faith, and even moments of laughter. The research put into this book is evident and adds to enjoyment of reading it. Some authors can drag you down with details, but this was a perfect blend of being informative and adding to the storyline; I found myself wanting to learn more. Debbie Kaufman created characters that were strong and memorable, but with enough fault to also make them realistic.

The love story and conclusion were predictable, but that is the formula for this type of book. From the moment I learned to read, I used to grab my mom's Harlequin romances, and in 50+ years, only 1 surprised me at the end. However, the journey to the destination is what makes a book good or bad, and I think Journey Of Hope was a satisfying trip. I give it a solid 4 and look forward to reading more of Ms. Kaufman's books.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a free copy of this book to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” I am part of the CWA Review Crew.

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