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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Book Review ...

Ozark Weddings by Anita Higman and Janice Thompson

 Do you remember that Doublemint chewing gum commercial that said, "Double your pleasure, double your fun ...?"  Well, when you read  Ozark Weddings, you not only double your pleasure and your fun, you triple it!  How can these things be?  Simply because in this delightful romantic comedy, written by an extremely talented duo, you get not one, not two, but THREE books all bound in one tantalizing cover.

As you meet the outgoing never-met-a-stranger Lark, the extremely shy and sensitive Clair, and the successful but insecure and somewhat desperate Nori, you will become so involved in their lives that you will actually feel as if you are a part of their stories.  You will cry with them and you will laugh with them; you will despair with them and you will rejoice with them as they meet and confront their male counterparts.   

The descriptions of the beautiful Ozarks of Arkansas are written so vividly that you will want to pack your suitcase and set off to explore the trails, the waterfalls, and the sights of Eureka Springs in Larkspur Dreams, Little Rock in The Love Song, and Hot Springs in Castles in the Air.

Can a workaholic and a free spirit possibly find common ground?  Can the hurts of the past be overcome by love?  Can insecurity and the stigma of divorce stifle true love?  You will find the answers to these questions and more within the pages of Ozark Weddings.  You will also see that, when God is in control, there is no obstacle that cannot be overcome.  The Love Song is especially satisfying in its portrayal of Psalms 23. 

The humor in the writing is refreshing - some of it is obvious and some of it is a bit more subtle.  Read carefully and pay attention and you will be delighted with the results.  The authors use words with great mastery and skill to paint a charming and uplifting story for the readers.  The only complaint that I have with these stories is that I was not ready to say good-bye to the characters; the stories were entirely too short and left me wanting more.  As a teaser, let me say that two statements that I found particularly amusing were on page # 217 and page #236.

About the Authors:

Anita Higman is an award-winning author and has twenty-four books published (several co-authored) for adults and children, and she has been honored in the past as a Barnes & Noble "Author of the Month" for Houston.  Some of her publishers are Bethany House, Summerside Press, Barbour Publishing, McGraw-Hill, Lillenas Drama, Roman & Littlefield, and Howard Publishing.  Anita Higman has also written for radio, television, ezine, and advertising. 

She has a BA degree, combining speech communication, psychology, and art from SNU, and she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.  Anita has lived in Texas for the past twenty-five years, but was born and raised on a wheat and cattle farm in western Oklahoma.  Besides writing, Anita's other interests are reading great books, going to the movies, and cooking brunch for her friends.  She lives with her husband near Houston, Texas.  (http://www.anitahigman.com/bio.html)

Janice Thompson is an award-winning Christian author who also writes under the pseudonym of Janice Hanna.  She got her start in the industry by writing screenplays and musical comedies for the stage.  Janice has published over fifty books for the Christian market, crossing genre lines to write cozy mysteries, historicals, romances, nonfiction books, devotionals, children’s books and more. In addition, she enjoys editing, ghost-writing, public speaking, and mentoring young writers. Some of her recent books are the three books in the Weddings by Bella series. 

Janice currently serves as Vice-President of CAN (Christian Authors Network) and was named the 2008 Mentor of the year for ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers). She was thrilled to be named the 2010 Barbour/Heartsong Author of the Year, with three books on the top ten list for that house. Janice is active in her local writing group, where she regularly teaches on the craft of writing. Her online courses, “Becoming a Successful Freelance Writer”     (http://www.freelancewritingcourses.com/) and her new "Fiction Writing Master Course"  have been helpful to many who want to earn a living with their writing.

Janice is passionate about her faith and does all she can to share the joy of the Lord with others, which is why she particularly enjoys writing. She lives in Spring, Texas, where she leads a rich life with her family, a host of writing friends, and two mischievous dachshunds. She does her best to keep the Lord at the center of it all. You can find out more about Janice at http://www.janiceathompson.com/ or http://www.freelancewritingcourses.com/.  Janice's motto is "bringing you love, laughter, and happily ever afters." 



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