A Flute in the Willows by Carole Brown

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About the Book

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Book Title: A Flute in the Willows

Author: Carole Brown

Genre: Historical, Romantic Suspense

Both rebels in their own way, Josie and Jerry Patterson must figure out how to keep the other’s love…and keep the German enemy at bay.

She has two loves—her skating and Jerry, her husband. But when he returns home looking like a skeleton trying to return to life, she’s scared. What happened in Germany to change a man so much? Has another woman captured his heart?

Jerry has vowed to let Josie live her own glamourous life…especially after what happened in Germany. But when his wife’s life is threatened, Jerry realizes he can’t stand by and do nothing. Jerry has to risk all for the very soul and life of himself—Josie.

These two damaged, rebellious people learn the hard way that leaning on God instead of their own selves and abilities is the only true way to love and happiness.

MY THOUGHTS

As with other books I have read recently, I really wanted to like this book.  I like the setting.  I liked Josie, she was a great character.  I liked her family.  I liked the story line, some intrigue, some tragedy, some trials, some villains, etc.

I was drawn to the story, but not into it, I could put it down fairly quickly without too much reluctance.  Some reasons could be because of me.   Extra kudos for no cheesy romance verbiage!!  The expressions and discussion of love between Josie and Jerry were sweet and often poetic.

My problem is my feeling that the entire story was either skimming the surface or repeating similar ideas over and over without giving a lot of new information.  Some minor knit-picks are the use of slang of the time, which felt like they were kind of “shoe horned” in.  Like “She handed him is pork-pie hat.”  Instead of “she handed him his hat”.  There wasn’t enough “period slang” or unique voice throughout it, to help the use of these words blend in nicely.

Also, the skimming aspect kind of hit the Christian aspect too.  I don’t look for preaching in books, but I do like some sense of having a real relationship with Jesus Christ and how it impacts the lives of those who do.  I know Jerry and Josie didn’t, they were just beginning to sense a relationship with the Lord, but with those who did, the story just skimmed over it.

I don’t want to discourage anyone from reading this book, because it may just have been a mental state I have been in, but I do feel like my knit-picks are valid.  Enjoy it.  OH!! and don’t read the Guest Post until AFTER you read the book. I feel like you’ll know the whole story before you begin.  I do appreciate her heart in what she has written in the Guest Post, so please read it after you read the book.

DISCLAIMER:  I received this book as a gift.  No compensation was received.  The opinions I express are provided without obligation.

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About the Author

Carole-Brown

Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. An author of ten books, she loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?

Guest post from Carole Brown

How Great is Our God! By Carole Brown

And the peace of God which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

It seems everywhere you turn today, the world is a mess. I try to keep up with current events, but sometimes I find myself pulling back away from it all. The enemy of us all would drown us in disbelief, doubt and worry if we would allow it. I find my spirit beginning to flounder in that sea of distress and must need revive it with the good things of God.

In my newest WWII Spies series, in book two, soon to be released, both Jerry and Josie Patterson are rebellious, self-centered people. Neither have given much thought to God, and both have gone gung-ho after their own pleasures and desires.

  • Jerry not only suffers a serious physical injury, but his spirit is troubled over actions taken as a spy in Germany. Guilt over the death of a sweet woman, guilt over all the deceit he needed to use, guilt over the temptations that knocked, and though he didn’t give in to them, nevertheless, troubles his mind and soul. Who do you turn to when you have no God in your life?
  • Josie, filled with elaborate plans on becoming an Olympic participant once the horror of war is over, ignores all the people in her life—except when it’s convenient for her to use them. All that matters is attaining her goal and Jerry. Running roughshod over all others, forgiving and forbearing as they are, is her usual ploy in getting what she wants. So who do you turn to when all your dreams turn to ashes?

It’s only after each one of them receive a severe injury that prevent them from doing what they want, only when they think they’ve lost the other, that they begin to listen to what God is teaching them.

Isn’t that so in our own lives? Many times we go headstrong toward our goals, without prayer or definite assurance from God that it’s what he wants for us. It seems a good thing, beneficial, and desirable so it must be good for us, right?

God is so great, so faithful, so loving in pulling us back, in teaching us that He is our all in all. Our strength in times of deep distress and trial, our anchor when the storms of life are blowing us off course, our shield when others would hurt or wound our spirits…our peace through it all.

May we, like Josie and Jerry, learn that our God IS a great God. We need have no fear; he does not fail.

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Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Carole is giving away a grand prize of a canvas flowered/musical tote, a pink “All Things are Possible journal, and a copy of A Flute in the Willows (winners choice of print or ebook)!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c9e2

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