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  • Posted November 3, 2010

    Great Christian Fiction!

    This book has amazing depth and the ability to make you think about your life and surroundings, even though it takes place in another country. It also has an amazing power to make you feel closer to God and to reevaluate your relationship with Him! It is a fantastic work of Christian fiction and I recommend it to anyone!

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  • Posted August 2, 2010

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    This is an entertaining somewhat melancholy inspirational character study

    In 1994, having just graduated from college, May Seymour feels lost as to what to do next with her life as she spent much of her academia as a party animal. When May stumbles onto a street drunk, septuagenarian farmer Claudius Borne hits her. He takes her to his farm near Harmony, Kentucky to heal. They become more than friends as she is the granddaughter he never had and he is the grandfather she badly needs.

    A few months later, both are sad when May-May as he calls her leaves on a church a mission trip to Rwanda. When genocide erupts in the African nation, the United Nations begins to evacuate foreigners. May returns to what she considers home, Claudius and his Borne's Last Chance farm. She becomes as reclusive as her beloved mentor until she learns Eli Campbell, her boyfriend from college, is on death row wanting to die.

    This is an entertaining somewhat melancholy inspirational character study of an elderly male and a young female forming a strong relationship that each needs at a pivotal point in their lives. That warmth enables May to try to reach out to Eli in order to encourage him to embrace life and God with what time he has left. Although there is too many back stories detracting from the "present", sub-genre readers will appreciate this realistic portrayal of joy and sorrow simultaneously as God works in mysterious ways.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted July 23, 2010

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    A strange and wondrous friendship ignites the fire of love in May Seymour's life.

    Lovely and winsome May Seymour graduated from college with the world at her feet...and no idea what to do with it. A spontaneous mission trip to Africa brought a great surprise - love - and a strong sense of purpose. But in loving others there, she encountered a severe tragedy that left her deeply wounded.

    She comes to heal at the farm of Claudius Borne - a sweet, kind old man who understands plants and animals far better than people. And his farm becomes May's home.

    There on the farm, May renews a friendship with an old college flame name Eli whose path has taken unexpected turns too. As May tries to convince Eli to grab hold of life once again, he begins to pull May from her sheltered existence. Like old Claudius's farm in the Spring, May begins to blossom back into life. But no resurrection ever comes without sacrifice - and this sacrifice will forever transform May. (excerpt from back cover).

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    Who would have ever thought that one's graduation night would completely and utterly change her life forever? Not only hers but the life of Claudius Borne as well. May's life of the college girl who has partied one too many times has finally caught up to her and finds herself staggering drunk on a deserted street about to be hit by Claudius Borne, a seventy two year old man who has lived alone his whole life.

    Compassion and mercy fall on May when Claudius takes her in and offers to help her get through the worst hang over in her life, back on his farm. He has spent all his life raising produce to supply his most basic needs with only a few farm animals to keep him company. Until May arrives and they both see they need one another more than a life alone. Claudius becomes a father to May and May offers him the life of having someone to care for and someone to care about him.

    The hardest part comes for both of them when May leaves for a mission trip to Rwanda to help the church. Claudius misses the very presence May brought into his life for a few short months and learns that turmoil is erupting in Rwanda that could cost May her life.

    I received the book, Resurrection In May by Lisa Samson, compliments of Thomas Nelson Publishers for my honest review. It was one of the books that took me the longest to read, not because it wasn't interesting but because I was so deeply involved in the aspects of the lives of May and Claudius so much I really wanted to take my time. It was time well spent and a book, I would easily give 10 stars too! It's that great a book.

    It gives you back hope when you think that enduring a tragedy in your life can not be forgotten or forgiven. It offers you a look at the life of a man who truly took up his cross and followed in Jesus' footsteps in the life of Claudius Borne. He sacrificed all he has and owns to care for a perfect stranger without a second thought and in doing so teaches May the greatest life lesson anyone could, than that of someone who loves others more than himself.

    For more information on this heartwarming and wonderful book, the amazing author or even where to purchase a copy for yourself, please click on the link below:

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  • Posted July 24, 2010

    Resurrection in May by Lisa Samson

    This story takes places in the Kentucky Mountains and the writing is as beautiful as the scenery. It is the story of May, a typical college girl on a road to discover who she is. The road to self-discovery takes her to Rwanda, another area rich in scenery and life. During her self-discovery, she meets Claudius, who would enter her life not once, but twice during very different circumstances. As her life takes its inevitable turns, a third person enters the picture, a former classmate of May's now on death row. This is a story of self-discovery, life, death, forgiveness, love and renewal. The book keeps your attention right from the first page. You cannot wait to read what happens next as you are drawn in to May's life. The emotions run the whole gambit. Pulls at your heartstrings one moment and gets your right between the eyes at others as you cannot help but feel the similarities in general life experiences and feelings between May and you, the reader. I have read the book a few times and it is one I will continue to read time and again. One for the book club that is for sure. Great for the college-bound set too!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.

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    Posted June 22, 2011

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