Dreaming of a Family by Arlene James
Widowed mother Dixie Stephenson never stopped blaming herself for her late husband's accidental death. And she didn't expect any of her dreams to come true, especially since she had been dreaming of another man. But is Joel Slade, a wounded soldier, truly the answer to her prayers? Can he be the father her little boy needs, and the man who helps Dixie finally heal?
The Mommy Wish by Kathryn Springer
Julia Windham's country house was her sanctuary—a quiet place where she could be left alone to grieve her shattered dreams. That all changed when handsome widower Nick Delaney and his precocious daughter, Beth, moved next door. Now there's noise, laughter and maybe even hope for a future as a family.
|Publisher:||Steeple Hill Books|
|Series:||Love Inspired Series|
|Product dimensions:||4.21(w) x 6.62(h) x 0.59(d)|
About the Author
She and her very supportive husband of 27 years (whom she agreed to marry on their first date!) particularly enjoy traveling and their busy social life. They have ventured over much of the world while calling Texas home.
Arlene grew up on a ranch in south central Oklahoma and still maintains strong ties in that area. She is most thankful for loving Christian daughters-in-law, the godly grandparents of her youth and the three strong men in her life. She firmly believes that writing has afforded her the best of all possible means of earning a living, and credits a junior high school English teacher with proving to her that her dream of being an author was entirely achievable.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A Mother's Gift By Arlene James and Kathryn Springer This book is a set of two shorter stories, both with a Mother's Day Theme. In the first story, Dreaming of a Family, Dixie Stephenson is having a recurring dream. The swing set in her backyard falls on her son, and a strange man pulls him out. She wakes from this dream shaken, and wondering what it means. Then, when she takes her son to the park, she meets a man who looks just like the one in her dreams. He is a wounded veteran who has lost his sight. The last thing he ever saw was a picture of her. Dixie has to overcome feeling guilty about her husband's death before she can accept his love. In the second story, The Mommy Wish, Julia Windham lives in a country estate. She wants to buy the house next door, but before she can sign the papers, another buyer seals the deal and moves in. He is a widower with a young daughter who immediately takes a liking to Julia. Julia would rather have her privacy, but dogs and circumstances keep bringing them together. They send mixed signals to each other, but finally learn about each other's past. Through the efforts of the daughter, and a rescued horse named Star, Julia learns to let go of her past and accept a future in his arms. Both stories were enjoyable to read. The Mommy Wish had enough information about horses to make the reader believe that Julia was an award winning rider who was competent around the stable. The authors reveal the characters motivation slowly throughout the story, creating a sense of suspense in wondering why or how they could act that way. The endings were believable, and the characters were likeable. I also recommend Stars Shine After Dark.