Crossing Values

Crossing Values

by Carrie Daws




For years, Amber traipsed around the Northwest avoiding the skeletons in her closet. Job-hopping every few weeks, she refused to let anyone get close to her as she slowly made her way east. As winter plants itself firmly across the Rockies, she decides to take a chance on a job at a logging company with a family different from any she’s ever known before.
Watching the family interact creates more questions than answers for Amber. Feeling like she’s entered the happily-ever-after written at the end of fairytales, she watches for cracks in the façade. Surely as the days pass, the play-acting will cease and the real family will emerge.
Or could she be wrong? Could they truly be genuine? Could Faye understand the trauma from her past or Peter think of her as more than just the winter
office help? Could this family really hold the key to what she’s seeking?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935507925
Publisher: Emerald House Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/06/2012
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Over the years, God rewrote Carrie’s dreams to include being a stay-at-home mom and a writer. Originally writing weekly devotions as a way to share what she learned with women from various military bases, Carrie decided to enroll in the Christian Writer’s Guild. While there, seeds were planted and cultivated.
After almost ten years in the military, Carrie’s husband medically retired and they now live in central North Carolina with their three children. Besides writing fiction novels, she stays busy with homeschooling, working part time, and volunteering within two military ministries.

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Crossing Values 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
MarineCorpsNomads More than 1 year ago
Crossing Values is a quick but powerful read. I love the fact that I could easily give this book to my daughter (age 13) to read and not be uncomfortable with anything in the book. I felt that the family who took in Amber had a genuine faith that they lived out in their lives which make the faith base for the book feel natural. The family bantering reminded me of fun family gatherings. Amber’s past taints the way that she views the world, and she struggles with some difficult questions about faith and God. The questions are ones that many of us often ask when something goes wrong in our lives. **possible spoiler** I appreciated that fact that Amber’s budding relationship with Peter was built upon trust and friendship rather than focusing on the physical attraction. It was a breath of fresh air. I like that Daws felt it was important to focus on purity, healing from past hurts, faith, and family unity. Instead of having the hot and heavy romance that seems to be popular, Daws went against the tide and kept her book (and the relationships within) pure. The men in the book held each other accountable while the women within the family lifted each other up. Crossing Values is a short book – only 160 pages. It has 25 chapters, but some of the chapters are only one page long. (I found that part a little odd.) Would I recommend this book? If you’re looking for a clean, inspiring book that won’t take a long time to read, then yes, this is the book for you. If you’re looking for a highly romantic, passionate book, this will not be the book for you. I personally enjoyed it and liked being able to get caught up in a beautiful story of faith, family, and friends. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series – Ryan’s Crossing. Carrie Daws has a couple of freebies available to accompany the book on her website: 7 Day Devotional and Discussion Guide. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to help facilitate the writing of a frank and honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed and all opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Touching story
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite Crossing Values is a Christian fiction by Carrie Dawes. Amber Griffiths had no idea that her life would change when she travels to Crossing, Oregon. She accepts a temporary job, and accommodation from Frank and Faye Yager who try to make her feel at home, but Amber is distrustful, and reluctant to talk about the troubled past she ran from. She cannot believe how kind and caring this family is, and thinks it is too good to be true. How can the Yagers maintain their strong Christian beliefs after experiencing painful challenges in their lives? Peter, the Yagers' youngest son, makes an extra effort to see if he can gain Amber’s trust, and also lends her an inspirational book that she finds reflective. Amber is just beginning to understand why the Yagers feel blessed when the past catches up, disrupting her short-lived happiness. Carrie Dawes has written a lovely book in Crossing Values with a strong theme. I think the story is wonderful and I like its originality. It is interesting to see how Amber responds to the Yagers, who shower her with love while being sympathetic to her situation. I enjoy how the author incorporates Bible references to support every problem that comes up, as well as the conversations that each character has with God, who gives His smart responses when necessary. Crossing Values by Carrie Dawes is a very entertaining Christian story, which addresses realistic issues that occur in our society, while offering motivational and uplifting messages within a light-hearted romantic plot.
debhgrty More than 1 year ago
I loved Crossing Values! Just enough intrigue to draw me in and enough substance to keep me – a little romance doesn’t hurt either! You’ll love the story of Amber and the scenery of the Pacific Northwest. Amber was lost, running from a family she’d forsaken, and almost broke when she stumbled into a small town in the Northwest. Taken in and befriended by a logging family, she was afraid to trust them or her own feelings. She couldn’t comprehend why they were so kind and loving to her – she’d not known that kind of care before. Haunted by her past, she searches out the meaning to the present aided by the family’s oldest son, Peter. You’ll love the story and the carefully drawn and very real characters. Come journey with Amber as she finds her pathway and comes home.
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Crossing Values by Carrie Daws. This is a new author for me and I thoroughly enjoyed her work. What a great read. It was the first in a two-book series and it made me want to read on to find out what happened in the next book. It was definitely a romance, but there were some elements of mystery and intrigue as I was curious about what had happened in Amber’s past to make her so distrustful? I fell instantly in love with Peter’s family and even though they seemed a little unrealistic for today’s society, that in itself made me sad. They shouldn’t be the exception, the standards that the family lived by were (are) Biblical standards and more people (families) should embrace those values and share God’s love with those around them. Instead of seeming false or unrealistic, it made me want to strive to be more like the family and to go out and make a difference in the lives of others around me. There was something very appealing about Peter’s family that pulled me in and wanted me to learn more. I loved that Ms. Daws kept a strong spiritual element throughout the entire story; but I also loved how she brought in another aspect by introducing angels to the storyline. I love to think we all have angels “unaware” around us. She just brought them more forefront in the storyline than we encounter on a daily basis. Great story, loved the characters and she definitely made me want to read more.
LAWonder More than 1 year ago
Yes, this was quite predictable. Yes, this was almost too good to be true.Yet, this was so totally uplifting and well-written, it would benefit all to readand enjoy this booklet. I am, personally, looking forward to many more of the author's incredible stories and talented writing. There was never a lull in the story and incidents kept quickly moving on, holding the reader's interest.Great for Book Club discussions and clean enough for any age.
JanDick54 More than 1 year ago
After years of wandering, Amber Griffin happens upon the little town of Crossing, Oregon and decides to look for a job and a place to stay. She finds herself living and working in the home of Frank and Faye Yager, but she can’t believe this Walton-type family is for real.  When she realizes the authenticity of the Yager family and their firm faith in God, she gradually begins to trust them—even to love them, but as Amber’s story unravels, so does her life. Someone is looking for her. What do they want and are they going to take from her the best thing that’s happened to her in sixteen years? Author Carrie Daws places her characters in realistic small town America. The setting supports and warms the story. The characters, are clearly defined. The plot moves along steadily, with a few nice twists and relational interests to increase suspense.  But for me, the best parts of the story are the positive traits of the characters, the confirmation that there are still functional families in this world, good people who really care about others, even strangers, but that their goodness comes not from themselves but from the forgiving God who sustains them.  
KellyCarpo1958 More than 1 year ago
I can't say enough about how wonderful this book is, I knew in jut the first chapter I was going to enjoy this book. I felt so much comfort, love and understanding of God. I felt a part of the family and was happy when they were happy and sad when they were. I've lived in most of the places in the book so it was wonderful to read a book and know just where Carrie was talking about. I came from a family of loggers and felt like it was old home week reading about it. I can't wait to get into the next book "Ryan's Crossing". Carrie, your writing style is so warm and comforting. Thank you for writing these books. I needed the love and comfort.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this simple sweet story a lot. Crossing Values is a book full of just that, Family Values. The Yager sometimes seems a little too perfect but then you realize that they are what every Christian family SHOULD be, they are simply living what they believe. They have had their trials just like the rest of us but they went to the right place for answers. The author doesn't hide or play down her Christianity and its importance to every part of life. So often Christian authors write a book that is just a cleaner version of any secular book on the shelf. Not here. I will say that the author does NOT spend page after page repeating sermons which would have gotten tiresome. Crossing Values is sweet love story that reminds you much of The Walton's and Andy Griffith with a touch of Mitford. If you are looking for a story where family and God are the most important themes then try Crossing Values. One word of warning, the Yager family's practical jokes and antics will leave you in stitches and you will think twice about letting any boys in your family read about them ;)
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
Amber has been running from her past for years. She never stays in one place. It is as if something or someone is chasing.  When she hits the Rockies right in the middle of winter she decides to find a job and wait out old man winter.  She is offered not only job but room and board working for a logging company. She will be helping out the owner wife in the office. It was much more than she had ever expected. This family was a merry bunch and it was very evident that God was the center of their lives. The couple had several grown children  with one of their sons living at home. Amber at first just sat back and watched and learned as much as she could about the family. She thought they were just too good to be real. She was waiting for them to show their real selves. But the more time she lived and worked with them they were the real thing. A happy family.  The son, Peter that lived at home saw something sad and tragic in Amber that made him want to reach out and give her comfort.  He talked to her about anything to get her to open up.  What was Amber hiding? Was she in some kind of danger? Do you believe in Angels? The author has written a heart wrenching story of loss, fear and reconciliation. This story made me cry, laugh and search my heart for my own fears. So many people for some reason or another may have pulled away from their families.  Reading this story will make you reconsidered your actions.  I am looking forward to reading Ryan's Crossing, book 2 in this series.  I highly recommend this book. Disclosure I received a free copy of this book from Ambassador-Emerald International for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
martakay1962 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! I wasn't sure what to expect when I was sent this wonderful little book. Many times I've found Christian romances can be very simplistic and don't really hold my attention. This book was just the opposite. The characters were well developed and the story kept you turning the page to see what was going to happen next. The book is a quick read at 160 pages - I was able to read it in an evening. It's unashamedly Christian and is 'preachy' for those people who do not like that type of book. While it's a Christian romance, it does focus on family healing as part of that story. There were many layers to the story, which kept my interest throughout. The characters in the book come to life as we watch Amber struggle with learning to trust both the Yager family, and also to learn to trust God. It's wonderful to see this family as they draw Amber in and surround her with family and friends. I was left wanting at the end of the book to see more of the romance between Amanda and Peter. The book contains no foul language and no overt sexual overtones, just a very sweet romance. This book would be appropriate for teenagers as well as adults. I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.
MelinaM More than 1 year ago
This was a quick read, but very inspiring. I highly recommend it. Amber was a lost, hurting soul, but GOD directed her path and her life turned out really good. She ended up meeting the Yager family and they helped her turn her life around and she came to terms with past hearts and even reconciled some of those hurts. This was a very unique family, who tried to help a lot of people. You don't find that much any more. Even though they experienced a tragedy, they still had a strong faith in GOD. Great job Carrie Daws, can't waith to read the next book. I did this review for CWA and got my book from Carrie herself.
MamaHickmanFive More than 1 year ago
I really think this is the first Christian Romance that I have ever read. Let me just say this, can I get my hands on some more? This book was so right up my alley. I was needing a quick fiction read. I was needing a story that was encouraging but maybe stretched my faith some. This book did just that. It's a love story. Jesus taught us to love God and to love others as we love ourselves. The Yager family does just that. Faye and Frank take in Amber, a girl on the run. Amber refused to let anyone get close to her. Everyone is going to hurt you or let you down, so don't let them get to close. Amber spends the winter helping the Yager family. As she spends the winter with them she starts to ask questions. Big, tough questions. Questions not all Christians are equipped to answer. God prepared the Yager family for Amber. God guided Amber to this specific family, all without Amber every really believing. And if I tell you about my favorite part I will give you too much, so I must stop there. Carrie Daws is not the first Christian Fiction author I have read. Her characters are the most "Christian" characters I have ever read. These characters pray. These characters talk about their faith. These characters talk about God. They quote and refer to scriputre. In others, off of this is implied. They way that Carrie develops her characters shows me that she also has a very strong faith. That was refreshing.
DLiesner More than 1 year ago
Crossing Values is a Christian romance geared to women and young adults. Carrie Daws’ personal goal, to produce stories she would not be ashamed to have her daughters pick up and read, was certainly met in this debut novel. Amber Griffiths, A bedraggled twenty-something, straggles into the General Store of Crossing, Oregon, looking for a job, and captures the sympathy of a frequent customer, the Christian owner of a logging company. Frank Yager knows his wife Faye will also recognize a wounded heart and invite Amber to stay with them for the winter. While the Yager’s family offers a warm welcome, their Pollyanna-like happiness seems almost too good to be true to Amber. Although Amber has obviously run away from something or someone, the deeply spiritual family is drawn to her, including their single son Peter. Amber’s secretiveness, tendency to bolt when conversation gets personal, and her anger with God confuse Peter, who has growing feelings for the Yager’s mystery guest. Add the rich and ego-driven girlfriend Peter was dating, a mysterious investigator, and a startling revelation from Peter’s lawyer friend, and the truth finally unravels. The Yager family had compelling and fun personalities, and all were more interesting to me than the heroine. Although a tender story of spiritual discovery, the romance angle is so muted that the proposal almost comes out of nowhere. Peter’s inner dialogue of his growing feelings for Amber began abruptly, and Amber’s character showed little reaction or thought of love. The fact that they do not kiss is not an issue for me. (I personally know of several couples that determined not to kiss before marriage), but the lack of revealed mutual attraction slowed down the story’s pace, and made the resolution of the romance less satisfying than it could have been. Other notes: The cover shows a blond and the heroine is described with dark hair the color of mahogany. The character featured on the cover never appeared in the story. The final chapter introduced a brother of Amber’s who was named, but not previously introduced into the story. The questions posed in the afterthought are a good lead into a continuing family saga, but in my opinion, there is insufficient reader knowledge of Ryan’s character to intrigue me to read a story about him. Another reader, however, might have enjoyed the secondary character of the mischievous sister-in-law Brittney, the obvious future heroine, and be intrigued that the next story might be more satisfying.
villageanne More than 1 year ago
Crossing Values is Carrie Daws debut novel. This 160 page book is a quick read. The cover is very attractive and caught my attention immediately. The back of the book sounded like a great story and I started reading with high expectations. The author stated that when she first started thinking of writing professionally, she wanted to write books that would be acceptable in the Christian home and the reader would not be embarrassed for the book to be seen by any age group. She has mastered that goal with her first book. I really wanted to enjoy this book, but I could not connect with the writers style. It was too slow placed for me. It was written in a style that bored me and did not capture my attention even once. I was about one third of the way through the book before I ever found out how old the female character was and I kept wondering because of the choices she made. The story unfolded slowly and not with much action. The characters were too guarded to really get a glimpse into their personality. One whole chapter was table talk and idle chit chat at most. It played no part in the storyline at all. I felt like it was added just to make the book longer. I felt like I was not really a part of the story and if it was being told around the campfire, I would have walked away before the third chapter was over. I did read the entire book. I kept thinking it would get better but it never did. I thought maybe it would appeal to the YA group of readers. However when I showed it to my 17 year old niece, she leafed through it and was not interested either. I am going to pass this book on to my 9 year old grand-daughter to see if it appeals to that age group. The story seemed to be simple enough that I think she may enjoy it.