Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentuckyby Andrea Boeshaar
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Anything can happen when you live in a place called Miracle. When Meg Jorgenson takes a teaching job in the town of Miracle, she loses her heart to a young student in a wheelchair--and to the girl's devoted father. Will she open her mind to the miracle of healing...and her heart ot the miracle of love?
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I loved this book. Vance's daughter Cammy is a very smart girl and using her wit, brings Vance and Meg together on more than one occasion. Of course Meg has brains and beauty, and all the things Vance needs in a wife if only he would let his heart love again. I kept on saying let go and go with your feelings. Your daughter can see it, Meg is the right one for you. I really got involved in this story and loved the ending. Don't you just love technology?
As a native Kentuckian, I can assure you that Andrea Boeshaar has the mood of a small town in the Bluegrass state and its down-home folks and their friendliness shown very realistically in this book. As a retired elementary teacher, I can also tell you that the author does a wonderful job of portraying the heroine, Meg Jorgenson, as a caring, involved teacher. Meg moves from Chicago to Miracle to get a fresh start at life, and to renew her relationship with her grandmother. Meg grows very close to one of her students, and the student's father. It will take several miracles to work out God's will in the lives of these realistic characters. I hope you will read this book to find out how that happens. Finding Love in...followed by a name of an actual town in the United States is a new series by Summerside Press. This book was the first one I read in the series, and I enjoyed it so much I am now on my third! So hurry up and order this book. I bet you will enjoy it so much that you do the same!
As Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky by Andrea Boeshaar begins, Meg Jorgenson is running from her past. Her destination? The small town of Miracle, Kentucky where her father and maternal grandmother live¿a place she hopes will enable her to make a new start and get her life back in order after a failed relationship. She moves in with her wise, witty grandmother, gets a job teaching and sets to work sorting out the mess she¿s made of her life. Having strayed from the Lord, whom she accepted at her Grandmother¿s knee when she was a young girl, Meg is searching for what¿s important in life¿faith, family and friends.
Enter Meg¿s wheelchair-bound third-grade student, Cammy Bayer, and her widowed father, Vance. Reeling from the death of his wife in an accident that injured Cammy and left him to raise his handicapped daughter on his own, Vance has felt overwhelmed and had little time for romance. Upon meeting Meg, this devoted father wonders if the Lord has another partner for him in the caring schoolteacher. But when they clash over Cammy¿s chance to walk again, their relationship is tested.
Boeshaar has written a warm, uplifting story that is a fast, fun read. Unlike many romances on the shelves today, the reader hears the story from four characters¿ viewpoints: Meg, her grandmother, Vance and Cammy, which makes for a unique presentation that, although surprising at first, worked for me. Boeshaar does a fine job of developing her characters. I rooted for Meg as she dealt with her past and for Vance as he learned to have hope for his future.
I would recommend Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky to readers who enjoy a sweet inspirational romance. The story is a heartwarming tale with loveable characters who learn that with God, all things are possible¿miracles included.
LOVE FINDS YOU IN MIRACLE, KENTUCKY
By Andrea Boeshaar
Review by Marion Kelley Bullock
Meg Jorgenson flees from an impossible situation in Chicago. She moves in with her loving Grams in Miracle, Kentucky and accepts a teaching position in a charter school for gifted children in nearby Stanford. She wants to turn her life around. From the beginning, she feels a sense of calm. What a contrast to the smog and city noise, the cars honking, people shouting. She wants to clamp onto this peace and make it her own.
Vance Bayer, widower, is drawn to Meg, and she has trouble keeping her mind off him. Others who get in on the action are Kent, the P.E. teacher, Leah, Meg¿s new friend, Meg¿s father and his ¿other¿ family, and finally¿her mother. Vance¿s eight-year-old daughter, Cammy, handicapped with a spinal cord injury (SCI) after a wreck that killed her mother, plays cupid.
Will Vance accept Meg¿s suggestion that he consider an experimental procedure that might give Cammy back the use of her legs?
This is a sweet romance, but not syrupy. Andrea¿s characters are imperfect creatures who deal with real problems. Can these broken lives be healed?
Andrea Boeshaar is one of the new Summerside Press¿s launch authors of the Love Finds You series of romances set in regional communities with unique names. She chose Miracle, Kentucky, a rural crossroads area of Lincoln County, not too far from Lexington.
Meg Jorgenson comes back to her roots, a place that was only a whisper in her memory, when her grandmother invites her to seek a job opportunity and offers her a place to live. God¿s timing is everything, as Meg, whose divorced mother carried on with different men in different living arrangements all over the county, was in an unhappy relationship herself in a big city that had nothing to offer by way of a home.
Meg¿s life changes in more ways than she expects when she moves in with Grams. Everybody should have a person like Loretta in her life, praying without ceasing, not judging, loving you until you get so filled that it spills over. Meg is immediately drawn into the community as the new third grade teacher at the local school. One of her students is a wheelchair bound girl whose widowed father, Vance, is devoted to her. Both Meg and Vance have a past to move beyond and some growing to do before they can make any decisions about a possible future together. Throw in a lothario colleague of Meg¿s, Meg¿s protective father, and one little girl who is in love with her new teacher, and you¿ve got a wonderfully winding adventure.
Boeshaar¿s sense of characterization and pacing make for a delightful story. From Grams¿s clock collection and quilting from her heart to Meg¿s parents to Vance¿s friends, life around Miracle is enchantingly portrayed. Hearing an eight-year-old¿s spot-on voice made the story come alive. Watching imperfect heroine grow into herself, a hero who works as a mechanic and wears a uniform with his name embroidered on it, and a bad guy who isn¿t all bad was refreshing. Grams and her gentleman friend, Tom, held the story together with a tight thread. I¿m certain I won¿t be the only reader who hopes the next Miracle in Kentucky will feature their romance.
A very sweet read.