Cast A Road Before Me

Cast A Road Before Me

by Brandilyn Collins

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ISBN-13: 9780692396971
Publisher: Challow Press
Publication date: 02/26/2015
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Brandilyn Collins is a best-selling novelist known for her trademark Seatbelt Suspense®--fast-paced, character-driven suspense with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith. She also writes insightful contemporary novels, often laced with humor. Brandilyn's awards for her novels include the ACFW Carol Award (three times), Inspirational Readers' Choice, the Inspy, Christian Retailer's Best Award (twice), and Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice.

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Cast a Road Before Me 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This 222 page novel is very religious. After reading the first three chapters, I almost deleted it. Not because of the religion, but because of how saddened and disturbed I felt. A 16 year old girl witnessed the car accident in which her mother died. The following funeral and the daughter's misery and pain, left me shaken. The author did a very realistic, detailed description of the agony and fear the young girl feels. I felt every heart rending tear. Torn from her home, she goes to live with a distant aunt and uncle in the small town of Bradleyville. Bradleyville has some major problems of its own. As a Christian book, this one is very well done, very clean and yet true to life. At times the religion is over the top and gets a bit boring, much like a hot, Sunday morning, when the preacher goes on and on on a subject that is boring and seems to have little to do with the struggles of everyday life. There several sequals to this book. Book two is $2.99. Thr rest are $3.99. The conclusion is more than adequate, but about 5% of the sub plots are left unfinished so the story can flow seamlessly into the next book. I liked the way God really did become her copilot at the end and showed her which way to go to get home. For ages of perhaps as young as 15, through adulthood. Some men might enjoy this very entertaing read, but it is geared more toward the fairer sex. AD
CherishD More than 1 year ago
Very sweet read!  Nicely written story about what I saw as a journey toward home. Loved the faith, family, and sense of community.
dolcejen on LibraryThing 3 days ago
This is an excellent book! I had almost given up on finding good Christian fiction before reading Cast a Road Before Me. Set in a small, charming Kentucky town, Bradleyville, in the 1960s, this is the story of a young woman named Jessie who has her life planned out and yet begins to feel the call of God in her life pointing her in the opposite direction. The author creates compelling tension as we watch Jessie resist God's wooing through the people and circumstances of her life. I really appreciated the depth of thought and Biblical insight that the author incorporated into the story. Although it includes romance (as most Christian fiction does), the story of God's work in lives definitely supersedes the romantic elements, which is much appreciated!I listened to the audio book version and I must say that the reader was probably the best I have ever heard. She really made the story come alive!
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
An incredible personal soul searching novel! This marvelous story is set in 1968 rural Kentucky. The time period and the setting described and presented so clearly and in such detail that I felt like I had truly gone back in time and was walking the streets of Bradleyville along with Jessie. I love the simplicity of the characters. They are wonderfully well developed but with their simpler lifestyle they seem simple and straight forward. I ached for Jessie throughout the story. I wanted her to sort things out and figure out what God had planned for her. Her journey of growth and discovery was at times heart wrenching and heart-warming. There were a number of strong believers who were able to speak wisdom into her life and yet willing to let her make her own decisions. As with real life there were others who were also working through their own journeys. Some of them ran parallel to Jessie’s and some of the seemed to intersect her journey. I received a free eBook copy of this novel through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Jessie’s mother did everything right, but never felt good enough. She loved God, but never felt she measured up. And now Jessie, orphaned, graduated from college, and determined, plans to continue her mother’s job, to honor or mend her memory. In a small American 1960s mill town, lives and jobs are depended on salaries paid by the owner. But a new owner, with a big house to maintain, might not have enough left over to offer a raise. When livelihoods are threatened, tempers begin to boil over and trouble brews. “We don’t want a union,” the townspeople say, determined that no one but they should give orders, yet afraid that neighboring people might take their jobs. They do want change, and they do want action. And Jessie does want to get away. But she’s the niece of one worker, and falling in love with another, and time’s running out. Author Brandilyn Collins contrasts small town poverty with large-world questions of peace, war and violence, bringing characters on all sides of the divide to life, and offering a convincing view of Christian faith in a very real world – faith that’s frequently flawed, but powerful just the same. With a blend of first and third-person narration, honest dialog, and fascinating relationships, she offers a story of genuine emotion, real scares, and honest Christianity. It’s a really good read. Disclosure: I bought a copy after hearing the author speak, and I offer my honest review.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
Cast a Road Before Me shows how confused our lives can be when we follow our own plans rather than asking God what His plans are. The characters are well-written. There is some suspense; however, this is not one of Brandilyn Collins' Seatbelt Suspense books. I enjoyed this book and recommend it to others. I received Cast a Road Before Me from www.bookfun.org in exchange for my honest opinion.
grammy57 More than 1 year ago
I was very pleased with this book. The characters were very well developed, the story flowed smoothly. It was a good, Christian fiction. No sexual content. Nice and clean. The story kept me riveted to the book. It is a real page turner. You really don't know what she will choose to do. The one thing I did not like was the ending. I felt it should have gone just a little further. I can't say much about this as it will give away the ending, but it stopped short for my taste. But, other than that, it was very well worth the read. You won't be disappointed. One thing that makes or breaks a book for me is the editing. This book is very well edited also. This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review.
psoccermom More than 1 year ago
This is the second book that I have read by Brandilyn Collins and I am hooked! I love how she grabs you from the very first page. She has you feeling like you are right there with each of her characters. I must admit that I lost time while reading this one, I just couldn't stop reading. Jessie Carlton is orphaned after loosing her mother in a car accident. Her mother was a Christian women who gave everything she had to God and her community. She had to leave Cincinnati to go live with her Aunt Eva and Uncle Frank in Bradleyville until college. She came back after finishing college for a few months, until August because she accepted a job at The Hope Center in Cincinnati where her mother had worked. Her dreams are about to come true by being able to carry on where her mother left off helping others. But God may have more in store for her than she could ever imagine. Everything is topsy turvy due to a looming strike at the mill,protecting her family, and a tall handsome man named Lee Harding. What will Jessie do? Follow her dreams or her heart??? I recieved this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.
HappyReader50 More than 1 year ago
Cast a Road Before Me is the first in the Bradleyville Series by Ms. Collins. As with all her novels, I am amazed with her talent as an author. She continues to pen page turning novels in lightening speed. For that I am thankful. "A course-changing event in one's life can happen in minutes. Or it can form slowly, a primitive webbing splaying into fingers of discontent, a minuscule trail hardening into the sinewed spine of resentment. So it was with the mill workers as the heat-soaked days of summer marched on..." ---------- City girl Jessie, orphaned at sixteen, struggles to adjust to life with her barely known aunt and uncle in the tiny town of Bradleyville, Kentucky. Eight years later (1968) she plans on leaving—to following in her revered mother's footsteps of serving the homeless. But the peaceful town she's come to love is about to be tragically shattered. Threats of a labor strike rumble through the streets, and Jessie's new love and her uncle are swept into the maelstrom. Caught between the pacifist teachings of her mother and these two men, Jessie desperately tries to deny that Bradleyville is rolling toward violence and destruction. Taken from Amazon.com. Wow, what will she do? Will Jessie try to live life in “peace” as her mother instructed her to do? Can she live up to her other’s legacy? What if a sudden love clouds some of her thinking? Can she still return to her hometown and live her mother’s legacy or will she remain in Bradleyville and live the quiet town life? Pick this book up. Not only will you be intrigued with this story, but you (as I did) will want to purchase the second book in this series. You will not be disappointed with Ms. Collins Cast a Road Before Me. I received a copy of tis book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.
Anne_Baxter_Campbell More than 1 year ago
Brandilyn Collins has this tremendous talent for dragging you into a story and not letting go. I mean, she won't even let go when the story ends. Even as you draw a breath of relief that the hero and heroine made it all the way to the end not only unscathed, she leaving you wanting these characters to come back to life like they were a few minutes before. Now I'm an addict hollering for more. Thanks, Brandilyn. Jessie Carlton vowed she would finish her mother's life work after her mom's life was cut short by a senseless traffic accident. Jessie's mom believed God had given her so much that all she could give would never be good enough. Never good enough. The words rang through the rest of Jessie's time in high school and through college. She would go back to that same Hope Center in Cincinnati where her mother gave her time so generously, She had served the Lord and the people in that center selflessly--serving meals, reading to the children, even bringing home some who needed a warm place to sleep. Jessie would continue her mother's work. She had gone to live with her Aunt Eva and Uncle Frank in Bradleyville, a small town that owed everything to the mill that employed most of the employable people living there. After she graduated from college, Jessie went back to Bradleyville to wait until the fall when she'd be going to work for Hope Center. She already had the promise of a position, and she could hardly wait for August! She could go back and work for the poor like her mother had. But life has a way of happening when you least expect (or want) it to. Life in the form of a tall handsome man with dark chocolate eyes--Lee Harding--who was swiftly sweeping her off her feet. And the town founder's son, Thomas Bradley, now retired and letting everyone know about the medals he won in Korea and WWII. Oh--and he and another of the town's patriarchs, Jake Lewellyn, constantly tried to best each other over, of all things, a marble. And then there was Lee's little sister, deserted by her husband and expecting a baby any day. Most of all, there was the mill. After decades of pouring their lives into their work, the employees wanted a small raise. The owner repeatedly and unreasonably said "no." A strike loomed--a violent one. Lee was in the middle of it. And Jessie hated violence of any nature. She must leave. But God might have another idea.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A story that will definitely make you take another look at your own journey through life.
Kelli Heldreth More than 1 year ago
This book was excellent! In today's Christian fiction market there is sooooo much fluff but Brandilyn did an supurb job dealing with tough issues. Can't wait to read more of her writing! Keep up the good work!w
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to reading the sequel