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Posted January 27, 2013
Sensitive & Insightful!
As Jess Colton overcame his addiction to alcohol he developed a strong faith in God. Unfortunately the addiction to alcohol was replaced by an addiction to overeating. His resulting obesity threatens not only his life but his career. His poor self image is fueled by rude and insensitive comments and degrading looks from others, including his own father.
Holly Harrison has a past that haunts her, and a sister who routinely reminds her of that fact. A past motorcycle accident left her with a partial leg amputation, creating the need for her to wear a prosthesis. She had strayed from her Christian beliefs and hadn't attended church in several years. Her disability and lack of faith resulted in the belief that she isn't worthy of love.
Holly and Jess meet when stuck in an elevator in their apartment building. Holly panics and Jess comforts her and prays with her. Holly leans on Jess, and in a weak moment promises Jess she will attend church with him if they are ever released from their "prison." Holly is attracted to his beautiful blue eyes and warm and comforting personality, and during their emprisonment Holly and Jess become friends. As their friendship blossoms into a relationship, the challenges of their respective disabilities become obstructions which threaten their happiness and possible future together.
June Foster has broached numerous sensitive topics in "Give Us This Day," issues of addiction, obesity, disabilities, prejudice, dysfunctional families and loss of Christian faith. These topics are presented in a very open and insightful manner. Her characters are believable and their obstacles are realistically portrayed through events with which many readers can identify. The openness regarding these topics may be helpful to readers who struggle with some of the issues discussed in this book. The progression through insecurities and addiction in this book are impressive.
Posted March 30, 2012
I had the great pleasure of meeting June Foster and her husband Joe this past January. While this is not normally the type of book I would read, I have to say "GREAT JOB, JUNE"! The book is a good, smooth read from start to finish with an inspirational message behind the story. I highly recommend this book, and I'm looking forward to June's next publication this fall.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 11, 2012
Bellewood Book One: Give Us This Day by June Foster released February 1, 2012, from Desert Breeze Publishing Inc. A hero with a food addiction, Jess Colton, and Holly Harrison are stuck in an elevator. His pale blue eyes captivate her and she sees more than his outward appearance, even as she hides her own disability. A simple, elegant style is elegant has impressed me. Jess battles with his weight and feels he can’t offer himself to Holly though he loves her. He doesn’t want to tie her down to a man with health issues. Holly feels Jeff couldn’t possibly love her because of her own handicap. She hides it when he wants to walk on the beach with her and asks her to take off her shoes so they can feel the sand between their toes. She knows she’ll eventually have to show and tell, but will the time ever be right? This novel is a heart-touching story of love, forgiveness, and what God can do when you let Him. I highly recommend it for anyone who may be battling food addiction. Jess gave up on addiction for another until he let God help him. This novel is spun gold. We are all flawed humans in one way or another, all works-in-progress. I so enjoyed the method in which June Foster brings the pieces of flawed human nature together to create a touching story of love you’ll remember after closing your eBook.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 18, 2012
It all began in an elevator. A stuck elevator. Holly Harrison, noticed that the chubby man in the elevator with her had the kindest face she has ever seen, and once they were stuck, she realized he was truly a kind man. Jess Colton, was a handsome man, and a kind man, taking the stuck elevator situation under control, he kept Holly calm by praying with her and by getting them help. Score one for Jess!
A promise made during the situation brings Jess and Holly back together, as she attends church with him, just like she promised God she would during her panic stricken moments stuck in the elevator. Attending church however opens Holly up to the relationship she once had with God and makes her realize that she is missing that relationship. A face-your-issues and deal-with-your-problems style novel, this story finds Jess and Holly both facing the issues in life that keep them bound in their own type of prisons. Prisons that are self-imposed, and that are also imaginary, ones they don't seem to be able to break out of. This is a heart-warming story of overcoming our issues, and moving forward. Solving our problems and finding love. A story that will not disappoint. 320 pages 4 stars! Available in e-book format from your favorite seller of e-books.
This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
Posted February 11, 2012
June Foster's delightful debut book, Give Us This Day, released last week. It is available at this time only in e-book format--which doesn't seem to stop many people these days. It's a much less expensive way to build a library, isn't it? Um, if you don't count the e-book reader, anyway. But even then--after a few years, it's definitely less expensive!
Jess Colton, the hero in this book, is a flawed human being. Jess meets the heroine, Holly Harrison, in a stuck elevator in the upscale Seattle apartment building they both call home. Jess works to calm the panicky woman as he summons help from te apartment manager.
Holly is impressed with this gentle man. She looks through his size to the warm heart and begins to feel an attraction. She trusts him--but not with her secret--or secrets. No one knows them but her sister and her former boyfriend. And even he doesn't know the worst part of her secret.
Jess's overeating is hard to hide--he's huge. When he's around Holly, he restrains himself, but when she's not, he cannot. The sweets call to him with a siren song that he can't resist.
Both of them have well-meaning families who try to "help" them. Jess's father and sister constantly berate him about his weight, offering not only criticism but way too many suggestions. Holly's sister constantly reminds her of past sins and that God couldn't possibly love her or forgive her. The problem is that both Jess and Holly believe what they're told.
It takes a deadly crisis to bring them both around. But I'm not going to tell you what it is--you'll have to buy the book yourself to find out what happens...