This week Write About Now was graced by a visit from author Penny Zeller. Today, it is my pleasure to bring to you a review of her newest release, Kaydie, which is book #2 in the Montana Skies Series.
Penny Zeller has created a book whose pages leap into life as the extremely credible characters are thrust into situations that no one should ever be forced to face. Kaydie, widowed and pregnant, takes refuge with her sister and brother-in-law following the death of her abusive husband. Kaydie has determined that she will never again be in a situation where she and her as-yet-unborn child will be in danger of being abused. Deciding that love and marriage are only for others, she vows to remain single and raise her child alone.
Jonah Dickenson is a man who has vowed he will never marry. Deserted by his mother when he was just a small child and left with a bitter and drunken father, Jonah wants no part of a wife and family because he fears that he will turn out to be just like his father.
As we journey through the pages of this book we see Kaydie grow from a meek and cowering girl to a strong and brave young woman. Jonah has grown from the days of a wild and reckless youth into a kind, considerate, and compassionate man.
As Jonah and Kaydie are thrown together more and more often, feelings begin to grow between them. However, both of them are adamant that there will never be anything more than friendship between them. In spite of their dissimilarities, Kaydie and Jonah both share a love for God and gratitude for all that He has done for them.
Throughout the pages of Kaydie, you will experience laughter, fear, tears, sorrow, and joy. You will meet the self-proclaimed matchmaker, Lucille Granger, who declares that she is going to find the perfect wife for Jonah. You will also meet Kaydie's mother, who insists on arranging a more appropriate marriage for Kaydie. It sometimes seems as if Jonah and Kaydie have little control over their lives and will be forced into marriages of convenience by well-meaning individuals.
As I read this book, I was frequently reminded of the scripture in Proverbs 3:5 that says, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding." (KJV) Kaydie and Jonah thought that they knew what they wanted for themselves but Penny Zeller has very capably shown us that, " ...all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28 - KJV)
Since Kaydie is the second book in the series, there were several occasions when I found myself wishing that I had read book one first simply because I felt that some portions of the story that were revealed from book one will make it rather anticlimactic to read the first book, which I most definitely plan to do. However, there was nothing in the story that I could not understand and Kaydie can easily stand on its own.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Kaydie and now I am going to offer you an opportunity to read it also. I am certain that you will enjoy it and it gives me great pleasure to recommend it to you. For the chance to win this book, please leave a comment of encouragement for Penny.
In addition, please become a follower of Write About Now and tell me in your comment that you are a follower for a second chance to win. Be certain to leave your email address in spam-proof format (name[at]provider[dot]com) so that I will be able to notify you if you are the lucky winner. If you do not leave an email address, I will be forced to select another name.
As with all giveaways on this blog, this contest is open only to those who reside within the United States. The giveaway will run until April 29th and the winner will be chosen on April 30th.
A copy of Kaydie was provided to me by the author in exchange for reviewing the book. All statements and opinions are my own and I was not obligated to provide a favorable review.
You can purchase Kaydie and Penny's other books from the publisher, Whitaker House, Amazon, Christian Book Distributors, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite online or retail book store.
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