Sterling Lakes Series, Book 1: Light of the Heart

Sterling Lakes Series, Book 1: Light of the Heart

by Regina Andrews

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Stained-glass artist, Cascade Preston, has overcome a dark childhood, deeply shadowed by domestic violence, in the town of Sterling Lakes. When she is approached to design new windows for a refurbished church in Sterling Lakes, she ignores the request. But when the no-nonsense Project Manager Dan McQuay appears looking for the window plans, the project takes on a whole new light.

Will Cascade be able to keep the dark, protective cocoon she has built around herself intact, or will McQuay break through and shine new light into her heart? Is it possible that God's plan for Cascade will lead her to forgive the town that ignored the situation of her family?

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ISBN-13: 9781539398455
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/21/2016
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.46(d)

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Sterling Lakes Series Book 1: Light of the Heart 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite Light of the Heart: Sterling Lakes Series, Book 1 is an inspirational fiction story and Christian romance by Regina Andrews. Cascade Preston is twenty-seven years old, single, and a world famous stained glass artist. She blames the people of Sterling Lakes for failing to intervene in her family’s domestic abuse history which has left her mother in a coma for twenty years, and refuses to take any work coming from the town. Handsome thirty-one-year-old Dan McQuay, the single project manager for a church renovation in Sterling Lakes, shows up one day looking for the plans and specifications for the windows. He believes Cascade has agreed to design them, only to find out that someone else signed her name to the contract. Suddenly, Cascade is placed in the position of confronting a past she preferred to avoid, and possibly changing her own future in the process. In Light of the Heart, Andrews has written a sweet story of faith, love, truth, trust, and forgiveness. Cascade and Dan are both sympathetic protagonists with their own strengths and self-doubts. The plot moves along at a good pace and the narrative flows from scene to scene. There is a wide variety of characters and sufficient plot twists and turns to engage the reader throughout. The unfolding friendship and romance between Cascade and Dan is touching as each slowly opens up to the other and gives each other a new perspective. Some of the situations and dialog felt a little awkward. That being said, the story is full of moments which carry the theme beautifully. An entertaining and uplifting read.
Marichus-Real More than 1 year ago
I was given a gifted copy by Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review. Cascade Preston is a stained-glass artist who has been signed up to participate in the refurbishment project of the church in Sterling Lakes by her cousin without her permission. Sterling Lakes is a place she swore never to visit again after having lived there as a child. However, when Dan McQuay –project manager from the church site– visits her, she starts to think about going back to her hometown and accept the project. One character I like a lot is Father Greene. He is sweet, caring and very kind to Cascade and Dan. However, there are things I don’t like in the book, for example; I can’t see the need to use some Spanish words just because they are dancing salsa, but if they have to be used, it has to be done properly. Where it says “Oyo amiga” it should be “Oye amiga” and where it says “Muchos gracias” it should be “Muchas gracias. Another thing I don’t like is the constant mention of God. For two thirds of the book, it was so repetitive that the flow of the story gets lost. There are some things that are not believable at all, for example, if Cascade hates so much Sterling Lakes, why does she go there so easily and accept the contract? Why doesn’t she go to visit her mother if she means so much to her? We only know she is in a coma because of her husband beating. What happened to her siblings? We only know they were twins and their names.
Ann12 More than 1 year ago
"Light of The Heart" was such a powerful story! This heartwarming romance was clean and uplifting. You feel the struggles that the characters deal with in order to come to terms with their past through forgiveness. The author developed the characters so realistically that you felt like they were your friends. I see why the author earned the wonderful honor of getting the five-rating star rating from Readers' Favorite!
Linda_Weaver_Clarke More than 1 year ago
Light of the Heart is a great love story with plenty of humor. Cascade, the female character, is charming. As for Dan, he is a hoot and he’s such a fun and masculine character. One of my favorite quotes that he says is this: “I’m just the project manager. I come into town, do the job, and leave. No ties, no friendships, no tea parties and barbecues with the neighbors. In and out.” He snapped his fingers. “Just like that.” No tea parties and barbecues with the neighbors? After that statement, you can tell what kind of guy he is going to be. This story is very entertaining and I really liked Dan. –Review by Author Linda Weaver Clarke
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite Twenty-seven year old Cascade Preston often wondered what it would be like to have someone to lean on, because she has always felt alone. She is a successful stained glass artist who hasn't really dealt with a past that still haunts her, a past that has her vowing that she will never return to Sterling Lakes the town she grew up in, a town that she blames because the citizens stood by and did nothing when her family needed help most. The thing is, when Brendan (Dan) McQuay, the project manager who is overseeing the remodeling of the church in Sterling Lakes, shows up at her studio wanting to know about her stained window plans for the project, she isn't sure what is going on. When she learns that her cousin bid and won the job, she decides to try and do it. In the process she finds herself attracted to Dan, but he is also carrying issues from his past. Can they open their hearts and allow God to lead them on the journey he has intended for them? "Light of the Heart: Sterling Lakes Series Book 1" is like a breath of fresh air in the inspirational romantic fiction genre. The plot flows very well, and the characters really make the story. What makes it unique is that both Cascade and Dan haven't lost their faith in God, instead they are just carrying issues from their past that keep them from all that God wants them to be. Both characters find themselves as a caretaker to their mother's, and while the situations were different, they were very similar as well. I think many will identify with Cascade and Dan because of the responsible way they take care of their parent. The author slowly reveals each character's past issues easily allowing me to connect with both. I think readers will readily understand why Cascade felt the way she did about Sterling Lake, and will also understand why Dan doesn't really want any attachments. The author touches on the tough subject of abuse, and does it in a very realistic way without being overly graphic. I really enjoyed watching the characters not only grow closer together, but also closer to God as the story progressed. It was nice to see the walls they had constructed around their hearts start to crumble. The spiritual messages that Regina Andrews weaves into the pages of the story were very well done, and fit perfectly into the plot. I always love whenever an author incorporates pets into a story and with this one we had Cascade's cat Miranda and Dan's golden retriever Jake. Overall, if you are a fan of inspirational fiction you won't go wrong in reading "Light of the Heart: Sterling Lakes Series Book 1" by Regina Andrews. I have to say that one of my favorite lines was "Let Go and Let God" which was perfect for this story because it really was about letting go of old hurts and allowing God to lead in order to heal. A great beginning to what promises to be an uplifting, inspiring new series from Regina Andrews.
HuntressReviews More than 1 year ago
Cascade Preston is a well known stained glass artist. Cascade believes her life is going just fine until her cousin/employee, Abby, breaks the number one rule: No jobs from Sterling Lakes. Cascade still harbors a lot of hate and resentment for the city that had turned blind eyes as her father physically abused her mother. So when a gentleman arrives claiming that she is holding up the renovation of a church in Sterling Lakes, Cascade tells him that he is mistaken since she never put in a bid for the project. This is when Abby confesses to forging Cascade’s name. Feeling bad for the man, Cascade agrees to give him referrals to other artists, but she ends up going to St. Luke’s Church to take a look at the construction site. <BR><BR> Brendan “Dan” McQuay is the project manager for the church’s renovations. Every day the stained glass lady, Cascade, fails to show up at the site he loses money. And Dan needs that money to help pay for his mother’s care. Confronting Cascade about her tardiness reveals why she has not been making any appearances. After Cascade comes to look over the site and speaks with Father Greene, she decides to take the commission. Dan is happy to be able to finally get back to work. But there is something about Cascade that tugs at his heart. Dan has never allowed himself to even think about becoming involved with anyone during at a project, but this lady just may be an exception to his rule. <BR><BR> **** FOUR STARS! Let me state up front that this story is an Inspirational Romance. Bluntly put, this means the two main characters are Christians and look to God for guidance. This romance has no danger or suspense, excluding a boat accident. It is purely a love story about two people who grew up with life handing them lemons. Both, especially Cascade, need to learn how to make lemonade, so to speak. <BR><BR> Neither main character has turned away from their religion or faith. There is wise advice littered throughout the story and quite a bit of soul searching. Unlike many books on today’s market, this one is not stuffed with “filler” pages where nothing interesting really happens. The author writes only what is necessary to move the plot along. (Though I am a bit surprised that Dan never even once considered pressing charges due to forgery or breach of contract.) The main characters have well developed backgrounds; however, I often wanted to know more about their siblings and a few of the secondary characters. Perhaps in the next episode of this series (to be titled Angels of the Heart) will shed some light on at least a couple of them. <BR><BR> The town of Sterling Lakes had a dark background one generation ago. It is up to the residents of this generation to heal from it and possibly make it a nicer place. If it is up to Regina Andrews – and I dearly hope it is – Sterling Lakes is about to become a much better place to live. **** <BR><BR> Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.