Alright. So, seriously. Shawna totally must have known that I would be a reader of this book at some point in time! Why do I say this, you ask? Simply because she used my oldest son's name (Jakob) and spelled EXACTLY the way I do (not many people spell it that way) AND her character Jakob's sister-in-law was none other than moi! Well, I can dream can't I? Spelled correctly too, my name is Jakob's sister-in-law's name. And not to mention, that at one point, Jakob's character had a dog named Max, and what do you know?! We have a beautiful black cocker puppy named.....yep! You guessed it! MAX.
So, now that I got that out of my system, I will go ahead and tell you that I LOVED this book! And, no, not because of those reasons I just listed. I love it because of the history to it. A time in the world when Germans in America could be considered spies. A time when, if you name even sounded German, you were ridiculed and tormented. But , above the history lesson....I LOVED the love story to this inspirational book! Shawna made her characters extremely deep. They were Christians in the true sense of Christians. Don't judge. Don't be unkind. But above all, love EVERYONE like He does. But, like every Christian now, Shawna made her Christian characters with flaws. They weren't perfect. They held burdens. But, through Shawna's amazing talent and words, she shows her readers how God's love is like No Other....how He forgives us if we simply seek His forgiveness. And ,that it is OKAY to not be perfect, so long as we keep our eyes on Him.
With out a doubt, this is a fantastic 5 star novel. One of my favorites already this year. Of course, there are a few minor typographical errors that didn't get corrected first (but, thanks to the author's forewarning, I was able to over look them) but nothing that would stop this book from being absolutely fantastic. So, please. Get a copy of this fantastic novel and see for you self just what Jakob and Meri went through and how, with a love like No Other, God showed them the way.
Jakob Wilheimer lived under the humility and shame of his German parents being interned in a U.S. camp in Crystal City during the war. Filled with rage, bitterness, and embarrassment, he was unable to move on with his life. But he prayed to change and forgive. Though he had been in charge of some of his siblings during the war, this ended when his brother Joe and wife Molly and daughter returned. His opportunity to finish high school was now achievable.
Meredith Parker (Meri), Miss Port Delamar Pearl, 4th of July winner and the Mayor’s daughter, was destined to be a teacher, as her parents detested her desire to become an actress. A couple of years older than Jakob, she becomes his teacher, which brought him more shame, but his sister Ruthie told him she was proud of him.
In No Other, Shawna weaves a delicate, almost forbidden, love story between Meri and Jakob. Their romantic relationship is drawn out in minute detail which is ever so real for the times and circumstances. Young love at it’s finest, considering their backgrounds and circumstances.
Shawna draws out the distinct differences between Jakob’s easy-going, loving family relationships versus Meri’s controlling, obsessive and demanding family relationships, with Meri constantly trying to pry loose of their talons hooked in her life choices, including ex-fiancé, Roger Talbot. And it’s Jakob who wants to save her.
How Jakob attempts to ‘save’ Meri is the intriguing part of the novel. When he hears, “Him” and “No Other,” he assumes it to be himself. God has other plans for both their lives. God does not work through lies, deceit and self-planning. But He does redeem our failures.
Shawna reveals God’s ‘higher plan,’ where He is in control. No Other is expertly written, with deep, personal application for our own lives.
This PDF book was provided by the author in exchange for my honest review.
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Review 3 for No Other - eBook
More than a romance
Date:December 10, 2010
This is a romance novel that won my heart, even though I normally do not read romance. Shawna's mastery of characterization infused the story with such believability, and I fell in love with Jakob and Meri. No sappy scenes, no corny lines--this book is about story. Yes, it's a love story, but it is so much more. Set in post WWII Texas, Jakob's German family faces discrimination while they try to rebuild their household. His parents have returned from an internment camp, and his brother has returned as a war hero. Jakob must now step down from his patriarchal role and make his own return--to the high school he had left three years earlier in order to care for his younger siblings in his parents' and older brother's absence. Matters become even more complicated when he steps into his classroom and discovers his old classmate, Meri Parker, sitting behind the teacher's desk. Their worlds couldn't be more different--she'd had all the advantages Jakob had not. Wealth, college, no one to care for but herself. But Jakob saw what no one else could--how trapped Meri was by her so-called advantages. With his own family restored, Jakob's natural instinct to rescue shifts its attention to Meri. No Other is beautifully written. If you love romance, you will love No Other. And if you don't like romance...no matter. You'll still love it.
Oh. My. Gosh. I was amazed at how much I loved this book. There were things that could use some work. Grammar, phrasing, and little things like that. But, the writing was so good and the story was so powerful that all of those things melted away. This story evoked so much emotion from me that towards the end I was literally gasping, flinging my hands around, and on the edge of my seat because I did not know what would happen next. This is an author to watch, because she will definitely be going places.
This debut novel by author Shawna Williams took my breath away. It sounds cliche, but I don't know how else to describe the emotions that moved through me as I read this book. My heart was engaged and fully invested in the outcome.
I read most of this book in one sitting. It's a perfect historical romance in that the tension kept building and it made me want them to work things out and find a way to be together. I fell in love with the characters and empathized with their situations. I also felt firmly grounded in the time period.
The author's use of dialog was masterful. I could hear the characters speaking and their inner thoughts and dialog were consistent with that era. My favorite scene was toward the end when Jakob tries to do the right thing. The emotion was intense and so realistic I nearly cried myself. That's great writing because I felt something.
I loved how true to life this story seemed and it was edgy enough to make me want to cheer Shawna on. This story felt real to me because the characters were complex and three dimensional. There were a few shifts in plot that were delightful as well. I love it when the author does something you aren't expecting. Nice job! I can't wait for the next book. This is making my "favorites" list for fiction for this year - 2010.