Sunday, April 17, 2011

Book Review: Waiting Out the Storm by Ruth Logan Herne

I love a good story, don't you?

Christy here and I just finished reading Ruth Logan Herne's Waiting Out the Storm. You can read more about the author on her website.

Set in what I am labeling as Sheep Country, New York, Ruth Logan Herne has crafted a satisfying, classic love story. On her website, she describes the book as:
Think Romeo and Juliet
without the poison,
high drama or annoying verbiage.
Fun. Warm. Faith-filled. Pastoral.
  

I agree. First of all, there's a "family feud" of sorts that indirectly involved the main characters, Sarah Slocum and Craig Macklin. Yet a couple of years later, both chracters are still suffering. And both characters are taking that suffering out on the other in a mild, indirect, but fully potent way.

Shepherd, Sarah can't get beyond her father and brother's bad reputations and has decided to live a life of solitude on her sheep farm. Vetrinarian Craig has been saving to buy the house of his dreams which just happens to be located on a parcel of land right across the street from Sarah Slocum. Craig is holding onto past grudges, believing his influence led to his grandpa's wrong decision that ultimately led to Grandpa's death.

Both characters are believing a lie.

I thought this book was poignant in that we all are victims to believing lies and that's exactly what Satan wants. True happiness is found when we truly begin to trust God and watch Him work in our lives. Waiting Out the Storm brought forth how God can turn a bad situation into His good.

I truly enjoyed this love story. Simple yet poignant. Average folks we can relate to, while feeling like we were easing into the lives of a Vet and a Sheep Farmer. These two don't sound like the stuff romance is made of, but that's the nice sparkle of this story.

When I love a book, I like to share. So I'd love to send you a free copy. Leave me a comment and I'll draw a winner on Friday, April 22nd and announce it here on FAITH. 

13 comments:

  1. Hi Christy:

    ”These two don't sound like the stuff romance is made of, but that's the nice sparkle of this story.”

    You got it exactly!

    Ruth Logan Herne is what I would call an important romance writer. I would use her books in a college class on the romance genre. Her first book, “Winter’s End” is about hospice, death and dying – all with an HEA.

    If you look at this author’s writing from the POV of romance genre conventions, she’s just outright ornery. In “Waiting Out The Storm” Ruth takes one romance convention after another and then does the opposite. (I have a long review of this on my website.) What I thought was so funny was when the ‘black moment’ hits, the hero just refuses to accept it. He gets hit by ‘black moment’ after ‘black moment’ and just brushes them off. (I just loved it! I thought: "You can't do this Mr. Hero, you're supposed to lose all hope here.") That’s the ‘sparkle’ you see.

    In her new book, “Reunited Hearts” which is a ‘hidden child’ theme book, the hero returns after ten years, sees the ‘hidden child’ in the first few pages, and knows immediately that it’s his kid. In so many ‘hidden child’ theme romances the dumb hero is so thick that he doesn’t ‘get it’ until a stranger sees them together and says, “my, you look just like your son”. Only then does he sees the similarities.

    Even mentioning “Romeo and Juliet” in terms of an HEA genre romance is ornery. (“Romeo and Juliet” is Romanticism. It’s the opposite of genre Romance.)

    Ruth Logan Herne writes on many levels and is amazingly entertaining.

    Vince

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  2. I have that book on my to be read pile (which seems to grow faster than I can get it to shrink). You and Vince have made me want to hurry up and get to it. I loved her story Winter's End, which I believe follows Waiting Out The Storm. So, I'm definitely wanting to read it now.

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  3. Vince I always enjoy reading your comments. You take things to the next level. I know the authors appreciate you so much.

    Dianna, you and I had talked about how good her book was, I remember.

    Now you guys have my interests up about Winters End. Was the first book one that was connected with Waiting out the storm? I'll have to check it out.

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  4. Thanks for sharing this Christy.

    I read Winter's End, which was good, but I haven't read this one. I like your take on it and Vince's too.

    Dianna your tbr pile sounds just like mine :)

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  5. Thanks for posting this review, Christy. I love Ruthy!!

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  6. Christy, thank you for your kind words! I'm so glad you enjoyed Waiting Out the Storm... And I died laughing (well, not really or I wouldn't be tapping this keyboard now) when Vince noted the black moment conundrum... To me, Craig was just that sure-enough-of-himself Beta type that wears you down with a little of this, a little of that. Fishing skills... dangle the bait... draw it back. Dangle it again... Jerk the line!

    :)

    I had so much fun researching that book. I met several sheep farmers and their love of sheep and dogs is amazing. So fun!

    And YES!!! Christy, read Winter's End. Such a lovely story and it actually is after Waiting Out the Storm and Made to Order Family... So it's #3 in the series, but got published first because Melissa saw it in Finally a Bride and contracted it.

    THIS YEAR'S SERIES IS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER!!! SCOUT'S HONOR! CROSS MY HEART!!! ;)

    Sorry, laughing in upstate because I got some very interesting reader letters when people were trying to figure out why they went backwards in time.

    oops. ;) Thank you, Christy! And I'm going to sweeten the pot for you and have someone win a copy of Made to Order Family too, if that's okay?

    If it's not okay you're going to look like a meany pants because I said it online.

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  7. Oh, Christy, don't be a meany pants, because Ruthy will never let you live it down!!! ;) hehe

    I loved this book! It's on my keeper shelf where all RLH books will go. :) Of course, the newest April book is still on my kitchen table waiting to be read. But now that I've turned in my complete manuscript, I may be able to actually read some!

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  8. Ruthy, Sounds great! So, in addition to someone winning Waiting on the Storm, we'll have a winner for Made to Order Family. Woo Hoo!!!
    Thank you so much!

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  9. Woo hoo, so anxious to read Ruthy's books....I only have Reunited Hearts so will definiely shop for the others...if I don't win! Thanks for the chance!
    jackie.smithATdishmailDOTnet

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  10. Yay, Jackie! You're entered! Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Sounds like a great book! Please enter me ;)

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  12. Hope I am not too late to enter. Sounds like a good encouraging book and uplifting. I love reading these types, reviewing them, and then sharing them as God leads. It has been sometime since I heard Ruth's name and read a book of hers. I'll visit her website.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

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  13. Thanks to all who entered! See my Sunday April 24 post for the winner!

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