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Customer Reviews for Whitaker House Publishers Livvie's Song, River of Hope Series #1

Whitaker House Publishers Livvie's Song, River of Hope Series #1

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Customer Reviews for Livvie's Song, River of Hope Series #1
Review 1 for Livvie's Song, River of Hope Series #1
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Forgiveness, grief, and so much more

Date:August 12, 2013
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Jane Squires
Location:Wasola, Mo
Age:55-65
Gender:female
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Just at a time I was discouraged, I picked up this book to read. Every chapter lifts you and encourages you.
Olivia lost her beloved Frank and is struggling to keep restaurant going. Then along comes Will with a past he does not want to reveal. He gets a job as a cook as current one is leaving.
Will comes up with a way to keep restaurant afloat. But eventually his past is revealed.
Yet there is forgiveness beyond God's forgiveness. I wish I could say all churches forgive like one in this story. I have been in some that do and some that don't.
If you are struggling, read this book. There are three books in the series. This one can stand along but recommend you read it before moving on to others. Experience God's forgiveness anew and encouragement.
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Review 2 for Livvie's Song, River of Hope Series #1
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People can change with God in control

Date:September 1, 2011
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schoolmarm
Location:Heber Springs, AR
Age:Over 65
Gender:female
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Olivia needs Livvie's Kitchen make more money, but
she was not sure how to do that. A new cook with a bad
past seems to be the answer, until his past comes to town.
Will Livvie and Will be able to handle with is ahead and come
out on top?
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Review 3 for Livvie's Song, River of Hope Series #1
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A very well written, refreshing read!

Date:May 30, 2011
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Esther
Age:45-54
Gender:female
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At last I have found an author whose books challenge and inspire me to be more than I can be, and I don't have to wade through a thick book on theology to achieve it. MacLaren writes down-to-earth, relatable characters with normal, everyday struggles who somehow by the Grace of God and His divine power and might find a way to trust Him fully. I love loved Livvie's Song. Olivia was tender to her children, yet tough to the core and downright stubborn about giving her heart to Will. Will showed a strenght of character commendable to us all. After ten years in prison one might think he'd emerge a hardened soul, but that's where God's grace comes into play.
Don't miss this wonderfully crafted story. I honestly could not put it down. From page one on, I GOT HOOKED!!! And even after finishing it I'm still struggling to get that hook out of me. This is a story that won't let go!
Write FASTER, Ms. MacLaren
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Review 4 for Livvie's Song, River of Hope Series #1
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Fabulous read! Couldn't put it down!

Date:May 28, 2011
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suzyQ
Location:Muskegon, MI
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I had the chance to read the advanced reader's copy, and this book captivated me from start to finish. Love the way the main characters interact with each other - just the right amount of tension and conflict. This story sings, and even after I finished it I couldn't get the people out of my mind - sort of like a melody that keeps playing itself over and over in your head. Simply loved it!
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Review 5 for Livvie's Song, River of Hope Series #1
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Very Enjoyable

Date:May 6, 2011
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MaureenT
Location:Syracuse NY
Gender:female
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I enjoyed reading this book. Putting lives back together, and forgiving oneself with God's help.
I loved the interaction of Will with Alex and Nate, once he comes to the dinner, he becomes a Father figure for them. He truly loves them and they know it.
I also enjoyed the way Livvie and Will begin to act around each other. Of course, there are always problems, and it seems that people who are not quite right in the mind have found them. There are answers to questions about things that happened years before.
This is the first book in the River of Hope Series and I'm glad there will be more!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from of Whitaker House. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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Review 6 for Livvie's Song, River of Hope Series #1
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Ok. Could have done without 'extras.'

Date:May 5, 2011
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Stephanie
Location:upstate NY
Age:25-34
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Livvie's Song by Sharlene MacLaren is set in the late 1920's. Will, an ex-con now saved, is finally free from his 10-yr term in prison. Will searches out a small town in which to make a new life and lands a job as a cook in a small diner, owned by Livvie. Livvie is trying to keep her life and restaurant afloat since the tragic death of her husband. Will's criminal cohorts from the past track him down and cause trouble...lots of trouble.
The story was pretty good. As much as you're not supposed to judge a book by it's cover, cover art can sometimes make or break a book for me. The cover of Livvie's Song screamed 50's diner to me, so I had a hard time placing the storyline in a different era. Most of the extras - dance hall, town trollop, etc - I could have done without, and the story would not have suffered in the least.
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