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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Where Love Once Lived by Sidney W. Frost

Where Love Once Lived is a well-written love story, a story about a love that has remained constant even though the lovers have been separated for thirty years.

From the cover:

She'd once loved a bookmobile driver. Memories of that time with him poured in so rapidly she caught her breath. It'd been long ago, but her heart remembered. At first she remembered the love she'd felt back then, but the good memories didn't last long. She'd gone to the bookmobile as usual that last day, but nothing was to be the same again. She went to Brian with love and exciting news. She left alone. Not just without him, but alone in the world and apart from God.

Is it ever too late to find happiness? "No," says Sidney W. Frost in his inspirational Christian novel, Where Love Once Lived. Brian Donelson returns to his hometown after a thirty-year absence to win back his beloved Karen. But Karen, who has grown closer to God than he has, harbors a secret that keeps her away from Brian at all costs. While driving the local bookmobile, Brian struggles to earn her trust, even as he grapples with secrets of his own. With God's help, can these two find happiness? Beautifully written and told with wit and grace, Where Love Once Lived is a moving love story filled with the glory of God.

About the author:

Sidney W. Frost is a Stephen Leader, a Stephen Minister, and a member of his church choir at First United Methodist Church in Georgetown, Texas. He has served on the session at a Presbyterian church, and has been on the vestry at Episcopal churches.

While singing with the Austin Lyric Opera Chorus, he was in 42 productions. He and his wife, Celeste, sing with the San Gabriel Chorale and have been in several Berkshire Festivals.

He is an Adjunct Professor at Austin Community College where he teaches computer courses. He received the adjunct teaching excellence award in 2005.

While attending the University of Texas in the 1960's he worked part-time at the Austin Public Library driving a bookmobile after completing service in the U.S. Marines.

He is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Writers League of Texas, and the San Gabriel Writers' League.

He has a Master of Science degree from the University of Houston and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Long Beach.

My opinion:

Most of the books that I read, and there are many (just ask my long-suffering husband), by male authors are books about mystery and suspense, filled with breath-taking action and adventure. Therefore, when I heard about this book, written by a male author, and learned it was not the usual fare but was, instead, a love story, I wondered how a love story might be presented by a  male author. I was very interested to see if it would be very different from a love story written from a female perspective. I have to say that Mr. Frost has written a touching, heartfelt, romantic story. He has done an excellent job of portraying the love from the viewpoint of the male figure. In Brian, Mr. Frost has molded a character who portrays the attributes that Christ demands of a husband in Ephesians 5:25-33 (KJV) when He says, "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church..."

This is not a story about the love of a young person who is discovering love for the first time. It is about a love that is seasoned, a love that endures the test of time and still burns just as brightly, if not more so, as it did in its youth. For anyone who has ever doubted the power of love, I recommend that you read this moving story of two people who made mistakes and consequently lost that first love and their subsequent journey to recover it. In a very realistic and heartfelt manner, we see how how each of the lovers dealt with those mistakes. One drew closer to God while the other turned away. Through it all, God remained constant and steadfast, never-changing, never failing. This is truly a story that demonstrates the truth of the scripture in 1 Corinthians 13:4 (KJV) that says, "Charity suffereth long, and is kind..." Since Cruden's Bible Concordance tells us that the word charity is also translated to mean love, then we could substitute the word love in this scripture to read that "Love suffereth long, and is kind..." Indeed, the love that Brian and Karen share and the love that Christ displays to them most definitely fit this description.

But, will love be enough to overcome all of the past mistakes?  Will love endure when the secrets that both Karen and Brian have hidden from each other are revealed?  Will it be enough to surmount all of the obstacles that stand in the way?  Can love break down the barricades of hurt and bitterness that have been allowed to fester and flourish?  Is it strong enough to bring about healing and  forgiveness? For the answers to these and many other questions, you will have to read the book - I'm not telling!

Where Love Finds You can be purchased online at Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. It is also available in Kindle format.

I received a copy of this book from the author for review purposes. I was not obligated to provide a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.

6 comments:

  1. Now I'm curious, since male authors do tend to have a different 'voice' when it comes to romance. I also think it about time that the characters are older - not the typically young and gorgeous. People are still people, no matter their age.

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  2. Thanks for posting this, Jan. I received a compliment at a book talk when a female reader who had read the beginning said I understood the female viewpoint. I loved it. This is something I worried about while writing. I even made notes about the different ways men and women look at situations. But, I think it is the same for female writers and I've read many good ones.

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  3. Thanks for checking in Tracy. I read all of Jan Karon's Mitford series with Fr. Tim in his sixties, now he's 70 in the new series. I loved the books and the characters. He even married, for the first time, in his sixties. Read Karon made think it would work to have older characters. Everyone seems to love Liz in my book and she is mid sixties. And George McCullough is strong and commentd on by readers and he's 78.

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  4. Thanks for your comments, Sid and Tracy.

    Sid, there were several very strong characters in your book and I loved each of them. I don't mention too much detail in my reviews because I don't want to give away too much of the story and spoil it for the reader. But I will say that, as I read the book, I thought that some of your secondary characters deserved a book of their own. Is this a possibility for the future?

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  5. My second book, soon to be released, has two new main characters. However, Liz and the bookmobile are strong in it. My third book, still writing it, takes up where Where Love Once Lived left off and has the same characters. My books are relatively short (80,000 words) so I can't have too many subplots. However, I would like to do more with some of the minor characters and perhaps some may end up as main characters in a future book. Thanks for noticing that.

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  6. That's exciting news, Sid! I'll be looking forward to both of these books!

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