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Posted August 23, 2012
What a wonderful story! Be ready with a box of tissues, though, I've got to warn you. This one is a tear-jerker. Ms. Manners covers a sensitive topic with a very light hand showing her Christian heart to all the world through her characters.
Shayna, is a wonderful mother, striving only to be strong enough for Zac to count on no matter what happens.
And Nate is a kindhearted soul, surprising even himself sometimes with the depth of his feelings for this mother and child.
If you like a sweet romance that tugs at your heartstrings, this is a good one!
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Posted November 18, 2013
In the first novella of her new series, Mary Manners introduces some new characters and takes readers on a journey of forgiveness, redemption and hope. "Miracles & Mischief" is a brief story, but it packs a powerful message within its pages.
Nate Saylor's football career may be dead in the endzone. He blew the big game for his team, the Tennessee Titans, then a tabloid story threatens his reputation. Discouraged and unsure of the future, he reluctantly agrees to take part in a program called "Moments For Miracles".
Shayna Grady has one wish: to keep her son alive. But Zac is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant and time is running out. Neither she nor her ex-husband are a match, and the clock is rapidly running down on a miracle for her young son. Zac's wish? To meet his football hero, Nate Saylor.
Mary has carefully crafted a story that takes supposed random circumstance and places God's fingerprints everywhere. Her tale is a good lesson to both those who believe and those who are still searching: chance is a myth, and God does care.
My only issue with "Miracles & Mischief" was the passage of time. I had no problem believing events could unfold quickly (they did in my own life when I met 'the one'), but then a random sentence would reveal that weeks had actually passed.
I would have enjoyed more clarity on the timing of events, but that didn't detract from the overall story. Nate, Shayna and Zac were all well developed characters that easily capture the reader's heart, and don't be surprised if you tear up toward the end of the story.
This is the second book I've been privileged to read by Mary Manners, and she's becoming a favorite author.
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This story is about a very difficult topic--childhood illness-but is tackled with such tenderness and emotion that it's truly unputdownable. I cried, I laughed, and I cheered for all involved.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Miracles and Mischief is a fun start the the Miracles at Mill's Landing series. I have read two of the books in this series and have greatly enjoyed both.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Miracles and Mischief is an exceptional story of hope and healing. Ms. Manners has done an outstanding job tackling one of the most difficult subjects. Well-done!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Miracles and Mischief has made me love football. What kind of player gives his time and love to a little boy dying of cancer? You'll find out here. Everyone should read this book. I'm looking forward to every story in the series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 14, 2012
Very Touching Christian Romance
A fumbled ball and a brush with the law placed football hero Nate Saylor in a serious predicament. His agent suggested he volunteer for a charity organization to compensate for his blunders, and handed him a devotional book to ponder. Nate agreed to grant the wish of a very sick child with the hope that he could redeem himself with his fans and the law. Single mom, Shayna Grady had struggled financially and emotionally while raising her son Zac, who had been diagnosed with childhood leukemia. Shayna had reached an all-time low, fearing Zac might not live to see his next birthday unless a bone marrow transplant could be arranged. Nate Saylor agreed to grant Zac's wish to meet and spend a day with the football star of his dreams. Humbled by Shayna's faith in God and her perseverence in the face of such emotional pain and exhaustion Nate discovers his own faith in God becoming renewed through Shayna's strength and the book of devotions he had begun reading.
Mary Manners writes with sensitivity and warmth. Her characters come to life with rich dimension and realistic qualities and characterize a strong faith in God. Her story develops with smooth transitions and the plot unfolds with tenderness and depth. This story of trials and triumphs is enriched with inspiration. I was sad to see this story come to an end. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and look forward to the sequel.
This book was gifted to me by Mary Manners for review purposes.
Posted September 19, 2012
Miracles and Mischief is a lovely story about how love and faith transcend all. Family is a huge part of the story, and the love that Nate and Shayna find together made my heart melt. I just LOVED this story!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.