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Sara's benefactor is handsome widower Christopher Lake, a philanthropist dedicated to helping the less fortunate redefine their future....
Sara's benefactor is handsome widower Christopher Lake, a philanthropist dedicated to helping the less fortunate redefine their future. Though devastated by the loss of his wife, he dedicates himself to her last request: To provide Sara the means for a brighter future.
Sara's gift of art inspires Christopher's sponsorship, and he is determined to protect her gentle heart while propelling her into artistic society. Even if he must press her forward beyond her shy nature. But when a local paper weaves tales of a romantic entanglement, Sara is struck by the stark reality of a growing devotion. Caught in the whirlwind of debuts and dinner parties with prospective patrons, she has fallen in love with the one man she believes she does not deserve.
Can a servant girl hope to bless such a noble man to happiness?
Posted December 13, 2012
Nona Mae King’s Searching for Sara, is a historical romance about a young woman, overcoming grief and hardship to set upon a new life in a new country. Outwardly, Sara Little is timid, weak and poor in spirit. But inwardly she is strong because she relies on God who has brought her through her trials and blessed her in the process.
When Sara meets the grieving widower, Christopher Lake and his 5-year old daughter, her strength is again tested as she tries to help him face and then move through his pain with God’s help and a mutual love of art.
King uses faith, prayer and artistic growth to masterfully create a story that is both memorable and stirring. King had me in tears a half dozen times as she let me experience what both Sara and Christopher were going through. I loved the characters’ simple breath prayers and their example of looking to God at any moment of the day, reminding us that—whatever our prayers—God can handle them.
Searching for Sara is a lovely and memorable read. It’s also the first in Ms. King’s latest series, Heart of the Blessed. At the front of the book, King has quoted the Beatitudes—Jesus’ blessings given during his Sermon on the Mount. In this first book in the series, King addresses Jesus’ blessings of the meek and those who mourn. I’m looking forward to seeing how she addresses each of the blessings in turn.
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Posted November 27, 2013
Sara Little has ached to live in America. But being born of a single mother in London's working class, she could only dream. Then, scrawled in hasty intensity, Sara receives an invitation. Drawn to the possibility of a new beginning, she follows God's whisper and steps forward into the unknown. But more awaits than the realization of her dreams. Sara's benefactor is handsome widower Christopher Lake, a philanthropist dedicated to helping the less fortunate redefine their future.
Though devastated by the loss of his wife, he dedicates himself to her last request: to provide Sara the means for a brighter future. Sara's gift of art inspires Christopher's sponsorship, and he is determined to protect her gentle heart while propelling her into artistic society. Even if he must press her forward beyond her shy nature. But when a local paper weaves tales of a romantic entanglement, Sara is stricken by the stark reality of a growing devotion. Caught in the whirlwind of debuts and dinner parties with prospective patrons, she has fallen in love with the one man she cannot attain. Can a servant girl hope to bless such a noble man to happiness?
Set in 1892, Nona Mae King's latest offering brings a new twist to the premise of a young woman being swept out of her poverty and obscurity into wealth and eminence. Sara has no idea that her art is anything special and she certainly has never had any formal training. While she is thrilled with the idea of receiving tutelage from Christopher, she will only allow him to display her work in his gallery anonymously. Christopher is determined to keep his late wife's promise to help Sara, but he isn't prepared for the toll it will take on him personally. He hasn't been able to paint since his wife's death, and Sara's art, kindness, and faith stir his senses. Soon it is apparent that Sara is helping Christopher heal as much he is helping her.
King weaves art in many forms throughout this story, from charcoal and watercolors to tatting and crocheting to old pictures from childhood. The resulting kaleidoscope is largely pleasing to the reader's eye. Some readers will find one darker aspect rather distracting, and that is the use of some language not expected in Christian fiction--specifically, taking God's name in vain. Other than that, Searching for Sara will delight lovers of art and Christian historic romance.
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Posted February 7, 2013
Searching for Sara by Nona Mae King
Sara Little's mother died when she was only twelve and for the next twelve years she worked as a servant for several different families
who were members of the English aristocracy. Some of her jobs were somewhat enjoyable but the last one was terrible due to the
cruelty of her employer. Sara kept hearing the whisper of God and she decided that she had to escape to America. The story began in
London in early 1892 when Sara finally escaped from her employer.
Christopher Lake was a widower who could not seem to get past the death of his wife. His five year old daughter Gwyn was the only
bright spot in his life but he was beginning to neglect her in some ways. His wife had promised to help Sara and he was determined
to keep that promise not knowing the toll it would take on his life. He had not painted since the death of his wife and had very little
interest in the art gallery that he owned. Sara's artistic ability, kindness, and faith was an inspiration to Christopher and through his
sponsorship he was determined to protect her spirit and reputation.
The author has a knack for writing romance novels and she did an excellent job of developing the plot, the characters, the dialogue,
and the scenes. I enjoyed how the author incorporated the crafts of tatting and crochet into the story. These days it seems that quilting
is about the only craft that gets mentioned. I was drawn into the story on the first page and was wanting to read more when I reached
the end. I was touched by Sara's ability to pray at any time and in any situation and she had a strong faith in God that never wavered
and never let her down. Sara was such a gentle soul and was just what Christopher needed in his life to get through the grief of losing
his wife. I became so involved in the story that I was feeling many of the things that Sara was feeling and I could also feel Christopher's
grief and confusion. Sometimes I was laughing with the characters and other times I was crying with them. The author did a
commendable job of showing how Christopher overcame grief and Sara overcame self doubt. Through the story of Sara and
Christopher, she also emphasized how one has to move on with life and let go of the past and welcome the future and whatever it may
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written historical romance. There was even a little mystery in the book
concerning some of Christopher's charcoal drawings but don't want to say more and give away any of the plot. I read the teaser for
the second book in the series and I am really looking forward to reading the continuation of the story.
Many thanks to the author for a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.