Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin writer who lives with her husband in a hundred and sixty-year-old house built by a Great Lakes ship captain. Surrounded by books and dragons, she writes inspiring fiction, and is the author of the cozy mystery Buried Treasure series, mystery Meow Mayhem, the award-winning romance Meander Scar, A Summer in Oakville with Shellie Neumeier, Healing Grace and The Last Detail. She is a freelance feature writer for local news, writes short stories, magazine articles and radio theater. She is the editor in chief of Creative Wisconsin magazine and loves to encourage new authors. Lisa also is an avid book reviewer, a freelance editor, a writing mentor, a hostess at Clash of the Titles.com, and enjoys blogging at theBarnDoor.net and AuthurCulture.blogspot.com. Find her at LisaLickel.com.
The Last Detailby Lisa J Lickel
Medical missionary and avowed bachelor Merit Campbell is wounded during a skirmish at his Mideast clinic and sent home to recover. Restlessness propels him to explore the happier moments of his childhood in Illinois
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Hope, love, and loss meld two polar opposite personalities. How long can they keep passion for their ministry and each other after the wedding?
Medical missionary and avowed bachelor Merit Campbell is wounded during a skirmish at his Mideast clinic and sent home to recover. Restlessness propels him to explore the happier moments of his childhood in Illinois where he meets Amalia Kennedy, owner of The Last Detail, who enjoys helping people prepare for their final years. Merit ushers in new life; Amalia ushers it out. Love? Obviously. Marriage? Check. Dealing with the family closet? Step back…
Amalia enjoys her predictable life in a quiet little Illinois town—until long-time intended, Hudson, finally proposes in a way that shows her boring and old are coming way too fast. When a mutual friend introduces Merit and Amalia, the spark of attraction makes Merit reconsider his bachelorhood. When he can’t return to the mission, he accepts a call as pastor to Amalia’s church. As the two grow closer they weather constant interruptions from ministry, business, and family, even at their wedding and beyond. When tragedy strikes, they must learn to rely on each other in ways they couldn’t have prepared for.
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I loved this book! Merit struggles with life altering changes and must decide a new direction. Does that include love? What would God have him do? Amalia has a not so charming guy who wants to marry her. What will happen there? The Last Detail gives glimpses into what grieving people face and reminds us that making decisions in a time of sadness is not easy. Good book. I recommend it.
During Merit Campbell’s young adult life his parents and one brother are killed. Another brother’s missing. Merit commits himself to the missionary work his older brother started. While others in the mission field marry and have children, the fear of losing someone else keeps Merit a bachelor. However, he’s convinced himself he’s not going to marry because a wife and family would distract him from God’s work. A skirmish breaks out, and Merit’s wounded so badly he must return to the United States to recover. When Merit comes to his recently deceased uncle’s house he meets Amalia Kennedy and cannot deny his immediate attraction to her. She’s spent her life believing she’ll marry, Hudson, a longtime family friend, who she loves, but not in a romantic way. She’s immediately drawn to the handsome minister. She oversees the last details of Merit’s uncle’s estate, and the two of them see more of each other, growing closer in their relationship. Merit admires Amalia’s genuine love of children and others, especially when they visit refuges from the mission field. They start to plan how they can use the uncle’s house to help the displaced people. Their budding romance gets cut short when Hudson falls ill. Then as they re-unite, their love’s complicated not only with the stress of work, but also of tragedy when it strikes Merit’s sister and even the two of them. The Last Detail keeps the reader turning page after page to see when Merit and Amalia will openly share their feelings and take hold of the love they have for each other. It’s a beautifully written romance that shows how true love includes God’s wishes. It also illustrates how the love of two people can impact the friends and family they love.