Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Jillian Hart's A Handful of Heaven

A Handful of Heaven
By Jillian Hart
Published By Steeple Hill
ISBN-10: 0373873492

Who’s to say that ordinary people, who live ordinary lives, can’t find love in an ordinary way? Jillian Hart’s Love Inspired book from Steeple Hill exemplifies just that.
Two people, Paige McKaslin and Evan Thornton literally grew up in the same town, attended the same church, and even had children who were friends, still they only passed in the night – mere acquaintances.

She, recovering from a husband who left her with a diner, a baby and more responsibility than she knew what to do with, while he was recovering from a wife who’d financially destroyed him, finally managed to meet and get to know one another.

Paige is bound by a diner, that though she loves, is a cumbersome and draining venture. When she and Evan are finally forced by coincidence to meet and talk, an immediate attraction is unleashed. Both, trying to learn to trust once again, work their way through a series of incidents that offer an opportunity for love.

Faced with the empty nest syndrome as her son prepares to go to college, Paige learns that loneliness is not the company she wants to keep. This “simply sweet” story reminds us that love really happens in the most un-ordinary ways – no ringing bells, no fireworks, just honest, sweet and simple.

Jillian Hart brings a touching and entertaining “feel good” story that allows us to say, “Ahhh,” at the end of her book. My only complaint – Jillian made anyone in their early forties seem old. A delightful book filled with touching descriptions and wholesome reading that teaches love doesn’t have to be tacky to be good.

Reviewed by Cindy Sproles
Mountain Breeze Ministries

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