Love Stays True

Love Stays True

by Martha Rogers


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ISBN-13: 9781621362364
Publisher: Charisma Media
Publication date: 05/31/2013
Series: Homeward Journey Series , #1
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

 Martha Rogers’ 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 a 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. 

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“An enjoyable read, where love grows strong while hardships aim to chip away at what Sallie and Manfred hold dear.”  —Cindy Woodsmall, New York Times best-selling author
“A beautiful story about the tender tenacity of love and the sweet stubbornness of faith-drenched hope.”  —Tamera Alexander, USA Today best-selling author of To Whisper Her Name and A Lasting Impression
“A heart-wrenching story of sacrificial love set in the post Civil War turmoil that plagued our nation.”  —DiAnn Mills, Christy Award–winner and author of The Chase and The Survivor

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Love Stays True 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
CherK1 More than 1 year ago
Though historic romance is not something I have read a lot of I did really enjoy reading this book. In fact, would love to read the next one in this series. I did learn a lot about what happened after the Civil War in the South, which is when this story is set. The goal for Sallie and Manfred was that they make their way back to each other, physically, emotionally and spiritually as quickly as possible. Manfred and his broth Edwin were in prison at Point Lookout, Maryland. When the war ended they started making their way back to Louisiana. The trek that they took was prayed over by Manfred each step of the way. Good things and bad things happened, but Manfred leaned on God to be able to make the right choices and get home. Sallie had her share of bad things happen at their home so her family was living with the grandparents, not far from Manfred and Edwin's family. Sallie is afraid Manfred will not forgive her for what she did. Sallie's family were not all convinced that Manfred and Edwin would be coming home. They had not heard from them for quite a while. Because of this decisions were being made for Sallie that she did not agree with, but she had to honor her father. There was lots of places I had a ball reading, some of it sad, some happy. There were times I could have shed a tear with Sallie, and times when I could laugh with Manfred and Edwin on their trip home. Manfred's faith was really great to see in a man, he had no doubt they would get home and he would get to ask Sallie to marry him. And I felt really close to Sallie with all her fear and indecision, and joy and life. I would recommend this book to any who love historical romance. It was a fun read, flowing very well.
itsJUSTme-wendy More than 1 year ago
Nice, quick read. This book got mostly great reviews with a couple "OK" reviews. Honestly I just don't get the great reviews. This book was not terrible (hence the 3 stars) but it was nice and sweet, at best. For me it was slooooow. I think there were so many chances for this story to be taken to the next level and it just wasn't. The author played it safe every time. Even the exciting parts were not all that exciting. The characters were OK, but again, to me they were boring. The people were blah, there was no oomph, no spunk, no guts. I also feel the character development could have been a little better. All the characters personalities seemed kind of generic. This is book 1 in a series. While I don't think I will be reading the rest of the series... I do think I would try this author again, give her another chance. Now - reminder - this book was not terrible! I was a "nice" read, quick and easy flowing. So if you are just looking for that kind of book, not anything too earth shaking - then this is a good book for you. It was also a nice, very clean read!
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I have just finished this awesome book, and glad there is another to come! We meet real people in a real war, the Civil War. A war fought in our country, we meet it with real faces and trials. Two young people who have been torn apart by the North and South...a fight that the principals of which neither agree, except for the right of States to control their own destiny, and not the Federal Government. Both are worried that the other has forgotten them. Manfred Whitman who is in a Northern prison when the book opens, and Sallie Dryer who is living with the reality of her actions during Northern occupation in Louisiana. Manfred and his brother Edward were captured in the battle of Nashville, and have spent months without being able to notify their loved ones. When they are released, they can't wait to get home, but it is a long way from Point Lookout, Maryland to St Francisville, Louisiana. To begin with they are traveling on foot, can't even imagine. We journey with them to their unknown future. We meet some very interesting a wonderful people, also some very scary, but God really seems to have them in his hands. Where Sallie faith seems to have wavered, so much happens to try and bring her back in the fold. Manfred on the other hand has held on to his God, and what happens to Edward and him on their way is so heart warming. Love it!! They happen into the right place at the right time. Don't miss this one!! I received this book through First Wildcard Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Martha Rogers in her new book, “Love Stays True” Book One in The Homeward Journey series published by Realms brings us into the lives of Sallie Dyer and  Manfred Whiteman. From the back cover:  Can Sallie and Manfred overcome the distance that the war has put between them and find love? In April 1865, the day following the surrender at Appomattox, Manfred McDaniel Whiteman and his brother, Edward, are released in an exchange of prisoners. They are given a few provisions, and they begin a long journey to their home in Bayou Sara, Louisiana. At home Sallie Dyer is waiting word of her beloved Manfred. Though just a young girl when Manfred left, Sallie has grown into a caring young woman who is determined to wait for her love—despite her father’s worries that she is wasting her life on someone who may never come home. On their journey Manfred and his brother encounter storms and thieves and are even thrown in jail. Will he make the journey home before someone else claims Sallie’s hand? Ms. Rogers has given us real history not only in the events that happen after The Civil War but in the lives of Sallie and Manfred, who not only are real persons, but happen to be part of her genealogy.  Manfred and his brother, Edward, were captured by the North and imprisoned at Point Lookout, Maryland.  After the surrender at Appomattox they are released and begin their journey home, on foot, to Bayou Sara, Louisiana.  Sallie has no idea that Manfred is alive even though she clings fervently to that hope so that he will return and marry her.  There is real tension as neither Manfred nor Sallie know what will happen as the brothers make their way back home.  Ms. Rogers has given us a book that deals with faith.  The faith that can motivate us or, when it is absent, cause us to waver and lose our motivation.  The brothers have no idea of how to get home but they believe that God will see them home.  Sallie is a little lost due to an event that she feels God will not forgive her for.  How all of this works out is the basis for the story so I will not spoil anything for you here by telling you.   “Love Stays True” is a story of love, forgiveness and restoration.  I like the way Ms. Rogers writes.  She is an accomplished author who knows how to deliver true to life dialog and create characters that you fall in love with.  This is an excellent read!  I am looking forward to the next book in this series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Realms.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
The Homeward Journey! Sallie Dryer has been through a traumatic time during the war between the North and the South. She fears God has turned away from her. In her mind she has done the unforgivable. What if her childhood love, Manfred Whitman is not able to forgive her either? Sallie watches for her sweetheart to return. He is the first thing on her mind when she awakes and then dreams of him through the night. What if he never returns? What if he has been killed? All of these things among others is what go through her mind day in and day out. Manfred along with his brother Edward, unbeknownst to his loved ones, have just been freed from being imprisoned by Union soldiers. They have a long journey before they reach the their home. They have been through bad and good on their journey home but God has guided and protected them every step of the way. He is anxious to see his family but most of all he wants to see his sweetheart Sallie Dyer. Will she feel about him as he feels about her after all this time apart? I have no doubt that the author writes from her heart. She gives us many life lessons be learned from reading this story. Most importantly is trust in God which the character Sallie was unable to do therefore it instilled her with doubt and fear. The author is a wise woman in that she creates stories that will encourage the weary and downtrodden soul to turn to God with our every need. I love an inspiring historical romance and that is exactly what the author has given us with much to ponder on in our daily walk with God.. I highly recommend this book. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Booketeria/Realms for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. This review is my honest opinion.