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Posted June 5, 2014
What an absolute dream of a story! All of the elements of a magnificent story full of hope, love, and life are alive and pulsating within the pages of this book! There is nothing that feels fake or contrite about these characters and the transformation that they are undertaking. In fact, the emotions and thoughts that ran through my mind as I read this beautiful story were of how real it all felt. The complex inter-workings of one life throughout various situations weaving into another life that is walking a similarly complex path which resulted into a truly touching and life alternating journey left me shaking my head in awe at just how plausible this could be in real life. I was left with such inspiration and encouragement to even imagine that God that can take the bad in our life and turn it around for such mind-blowing good. There is no other explanation for what God can do. He will blow our minds and bless our socks off if we will only take our hands off the wheel and let him take over control of our lives. I dare you to let Him prove His goodness to you! You will be anything but disappointed.
Kalin Lane lived a life once where his wildest dreams come true. He was on top of the world, and he was king. But as the saying goes, what goes up must come down, and he came down hard. Now, he has to try and pick up the pieces of his shattered life, but this time, he has brought along the true Creator of his dreams. This time, he is building his dreams the way he should have the first time around. Danae Scott has lived her life according to the plans of those around her. She has never thought to follow her own heart, and she certainly has never entertained the idea of being excited to live life with a deep joy and a heart full of love. Doing what was expected of her and pleasing those around her was the only reward she ever craved, but after meeting Kalin, she finds herself wanting to break free of the chains that are keeping her from spreading her wings and fly. When her decisions start to make waves, will Danae have the courage to keep working towards the life she wants, or will she settle for the life that everyone tells her that she needs?
Words cannot express the magnitude of the depth and completeness that we find growing between Kalin and Danae. While their hearts begin to reach out and touch the other, they unknowingly become a huge source of encouragement and stability in the other’s life. Their simple yet heartfelt words over email become a lifeline of love, hope, and joy that forms a foundation of a precious friendship and later something much deeper. As with all relationships, they had secrets and pasts that they had to deal with in order to move forward, but with time, love, and God’s gift of forgiveness, they found that nothing is impossible to overcome. “Impossible” is just trying to life without God.
This story will bring hope and light and encouragement to hearts that are desperate for a reason to keep going. The honesty and purity with which this story radiates with every word will pull people in and hold them captive to a love and a hope that they are in desperate need of. No matter how hard we try to convince ourselves that we know what’s best for us, the faster our dreams will slip through our fingers. It’s only when we choose to see who is really in control that we will finally achieve the dreams that He has put into our heart. He will make a way where there seems to be no way, so chase after the true King, and your feet will not falter. Instead, you will find yourself flying up to the heights of the heavens and beyond.
This is the first book that I have read by Staci Stallings, and I have to say that she has been given such an amazing and exquisite talent that she can claim me as a dedicated fan. We are blind as we walk through each day of our life, and she has come to realize that while we will always see life looking through a dimly lit glass, we can put our full trust and hope in God to lead us safely through each step of our journey. His dream for you and me far outshine our brightest goals, so trust your heart and life to Him and watch the impossible come to life before your very eyes.
Posted February 10, 2014
I thought this author did great job in creating this Christian romance story! I liked it very much the plot,
characters,etc. I recommend this book to those who like a sweet, Christian romance with faith in jesus
involved in their daily lives. Its an interesting story one that you can leave after finishing the book feeling
good about having read it. Great work,Staci! By Angela
Posted January 13, 2014
I loved the love story between Kalin and Danae, and watching it slowly develop. I loved the contrast between what love should be and what love is not. What I loved more was the mini-sermons in the emails between them that are sure to inspire every person that reads this book! Whether it's reaching for the dream that God gave you, wanting to be the door instead of a window, living another person's dreams for your life, trying to take the wheel of the bus from God and drive it yourself or settling for good when God wants to give you the best... we have ALL been there and can see a different way through this book. Just reading this book has me looking for the x-better while accepting that God may have me where I am now to get ready for it... just by reading a sweet love story! Does some of this review sound cryptic? Read this story and it will make so much sense! I was given a copy of this book for my honest review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The book ‘Lucky’ is a great story centered on love but more importantly woven around characters that struggle with their past, present and future.
The author knows just how to weave the intricacies of the story – it is like you are watching a movie and waiting patiently not to fast-forward it! How she does it – beats my imagination! I guess that is what they call – TALENT!
The arrangement of the story line is just superb – considering the patterned arrangement of the emails inflow not to talk of the ideas infused into it – you just feel the emotions right with the character! And it is so simple to read and so divine to understand!
The story line and reactions of the characters to real life situation is as I would put it WOW – Look at this “Yes, he had messed up. Yes, she was furious about that. But there was no doubt he was indeed trying to make up for the mistakes he had made and trying to do it better this time. Swiping at the tears, she laid her fingers on the keyboard and typed the first message she had sent him three months.” It is so beautifully put in and you seem to feel along lines of the character – you see a way to resolving situations in a manner of arranging or looking at facts as they are and understanding the personae and the reasons given for an act! A paragraph that makes the reader sit-up and unwind over certain past situations and wishing one can unwind! God, Staci, Tell you what? You did a beautiful work there!
Also the imagery given each time you see “twisting the wristband,” an unconscious act of Kalin hits the button across as the reader meets a real life character! One really emotional person who though great but REAL – this unconscious act of Kalin talks about his inner tumults and struggling!
One of the major subject matter I think in the book is accepting a person for who he is I think is in this book. Even though the author used the protagonist (Danae) to air this fact, you see when it came to reality in her action, she simply backed off. But at the point of reconciliation, that was what she had to face and I think it is to drive home the message when she said: “I see now that you are Kalin, and that if I love some of you, I have to love all of you—the past, the present, and the future.”
And another theme is that a person can truly change and remained so when love and faith is placed on him! How much the world will be a better place if that can be driven to all men!
Take my hands off the wheel.
The author has a way of pulling the reader to be a part of what seems to be happening as he reads along! That I say is a PLUS Staci. You know – I really caught myself saying ‘Wow-oh with Danae! Thanks for making our little world interesting as we read your books. And I had a real laugh when I read ““Dear Lord, If I’m ever stupid enough to let him go again, would You please slap me?”
And by the way, the reason it took so long to reply was because I went back to read the COWBOY through in two day and it was just Wow!
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