Summer Dream

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The first book in the Seasons of the Heart series is set in Connecticut in 1888, the year of what historians call “The White Hurricane.” The story reveals the power of God’s love to change lives and heal hearts. Summer Dream tells of a young couple’s love for each other and the obstacles that stand in their path of happiness. Until Nathan Reed resolves his anger with God and his family, he has no hopes of courting Rachel Winston, the minister’s daughter.

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Overview

The first book in the Seasons of the Heart series is set in Connecticut in 1888, the year of what historians call “The White Hurricane.” The story reveals the power of God’s love to change lives and heal hearts. Summer Dream tells of a young couple’s love for each other and the obstacles that stand in their path of happiness. Until Nathan Reed resolves his anger with God and his family, he has no hopes of courting Rachel Winston, the minister’s daughter.

As the daughter of a small-town minister in Connecticut, Rachel Winston believes the only way she’ll ever have a husband is to visit her aunt in Boston for the social season until Nathan Reed arrives in town. Although attracted to Rachel, Nathan avoids her because he has no desire to become involved with a Christian after experiences with his own family. When a devastating blizzard paralyzes New England, Nathan is caught in it and lies near death in the Winston home. Through the ministrations and tender care of Rachel and her mother, Nathan learns a lesson in love and forgiveness that leads him back to his home in the South. Before he can declare his love for Rachel, he must make amends with his own family. Will he return to Connecticut before Rachel leaves her home to head west as a missionary in Oklahoma Territory?

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Minister's daughter Rachel Winston is sure she will never find a husband in her small Connecticut town. That's why she has decided to visit her aunt in Boston. Then Nathan Reed arrives in town. Rachel is interested, but Nathan seems to be staying as far away from her as possible. When he is injured during a severe blizzard, he is brought to the Winstons' home, where Rachel and her mother nurse him back to health. VERDICT This heartwarming historical—the first in a new series by the author of the "Winds Across the Prairie" series—is full of period details and has a satisfying conclusion. Recommend it to readers who enjoy the works of Melanie B. Dobson and Lauraine Snelling.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616383602
  • Publisher: Charisma Media
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Series: Seasons of the Heart , #1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,425,249
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Martha’s novel Not on the Menu debuted on May 1, 2007 as a part of Sugar and Grits, a novella collection with DiAnn Mills, Janice Thompson, and Kathleen Y’Barbo. Her series, Winds Across the Prairie, debuted in 2010 with Becoming Lucy, Morning for Dove, Finding Becky, and Caroline’s Choice. Her other credits include stories in anthologies with Wayne Holmes, Karen Holmes, and Debra White Smith; several articles in Christian magazines; devotionals in six books of devotions; and eight Bible studies. Martha served as editor of an eight-page monthly newsletter for the writer’s organization Inspirational Writers Alive! for six years and is the state president. She is also the director for the annual Texas Christian Writer’s Conference and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, for whom she writes a weekly devotional. Martha and her husband reside in Houston, Texas, where they are active members of First Baptist Church.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    Enjoyed!

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    A wonderful read

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

    A Charming Novel for all ages

    Summer Dream by Martha Rogers is the first book in her new Christian romance series Seasons of the Heart. This sweet charming book will be enjoyed by teens and adults alike. You will find a sweet romance with a bit of adventure tucked between its covers.

    Rachel Winston is of marrying age, but as a small-town minister's daughter in Briar Ridge, Connecticut in 1888, the prospects are few. Daniel is very interested in making Rachel his wife, but she is only interested in continuing their friendship. When Nathan Reed arrives in town, sparks fly when their eyes meet. But there is one huge problem. Nathan is so angry with God, he even doubts His existence at times.

    When a winter blizzard devastates this town, Rachel's brother, Micah, is lost in the storm. Nathan finds him, but both lie near death in the Winston home. Will he also find God?

    If you enjoy historical novels, you will want to begin this series. The second book Autumn Song , will be available October 2011, which will continue the saga between these interesting characters.

    Martha's novel Not on the Menu debuted on May 1, 2007 as a part of Sugar and Grits, a novella collection with DiAnn Mills, Janice Thompson, and Kathleen Y'Barbo. Her series, Winds Across the Prairie, debuted in 2010 with Becoming Lucy, Morning for Dove, Finding Becky, and Caroline's Choice. Her other credits include stories in anthologies with Wayne Holmes, Karen Holmes, and Debra White Smith; several articles in Christian magazines; devotionals in six books of devotions; and eight Bible studies. Martha served as editor of an eight-page monthly newsletter for the writer's organization Inspirational Writers Alive! for six years and is the state president. She is also the director for the annual Texas Christian Writer's Conference and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, for whom she writes a weekly devotional. Martha and her husband reside in Houston, Texas, where they are active members of First Baptist Church.

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

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    Another great book from Martha Rogers

    A small town minister's daughter Rachel Winston is so afraid that she will never find a husband but she does have a very good friend Daniel Monroe who is the brother of her best friend and she grew up with. She really cared for Daniel but not as a future husband but as a friend. He had gone to college and had come home to be a lawyer and his room mate at school had come to visit, Nathan Reed was not a Christian but would not tell why he didn't believe. He grew up in the North Carolina but didn't want to tell anyone why he didn't want to go back home.

    Rachel's aunt wanted her to come visit her in Boston but it was winter and very cold. She did go in the spring months and carried her best friend Abigale with her. So they went but she could not forget Nathan, but he had some issues he had to fix with his family and he may never come back to visit his friend Daniel.

    Will Rachel find a love in Boston or will she come back home to see how things go with Daniel or will she wait and see if Nathan makes peach with God and his family?

    This book was sent to be by Charisma Media for me to read and review

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