After the Rain by Rita Gerlach, ISBN: 13: 978-1517606886 & 10: 1517606888, Self-Published, 569 pgs, $19.33.
This a wonderful Historical Christian Romance novel by Rita Gerlach that takes place in Chevy Chase, MD and Virginia during the Edwardian Age. Ms. Gerlach has captured the essence of life during this time in a captivating way. She shows the reader what life was like for the privileged and the poorest unwanted children. It is a captivating, page turning story with twists that will surprise the reader. One of the things that makes this novel seem real, is the way Ms. Gerlach portrays the personality of each character and weaves it together through the relationships between the people in the story. This book is suitable for all ages.
Manila Marriage App: Passport to Romance by Jan Elder, 131 pgs, ISBN: 2370000214362, $3.99
This surprising book is a delightful, fast moving read. On a lark the main character Shay, replied to an ad for a wife in the Philippians. She only expected to stay a few weeks but was in for a life changing surprise. Dr. Timothy Flynn, the man who placed the ad was not what she thought he would be.
The author’s description of the Philippians make you feel as though you were there. Manila Marriage App: Passport to Romance is a mixture of comedy, embarrassing moments, tragedy and a surprising ending. The twists and turns of the plot kept this a page turning book. It is hard to put it down once you start reading it. This book is suitable for all readers including young adults.
Phillip’s War by Rachel Muller, 374 pgs., ISBN: 9781536961546, $15.99
This is the third and final book in the Love & War series by Ms. Muller. The other two books are Letters from Grace and Maggie’s Mission. All three books complement each other telling the story about three friends during WWII. The emotions and flavor of this time period are captured by Ms. Muller with accurate details about life during WWII. Phillips War shows the reader how shell shock (PTSD) affected soldiers and their families.
While each book is unique, they weave a complete story together. Often when you finish a book you are left wondering what finally happened but Phillip’s War tells the rest of the story in a special section at the end of the book.
All three books are Christian based without being preachy and are suitable for all age groups. It is a good book for young adults to learn what life was like during the war years. Although the situations in all books are unique to WWII, the way the characters handle their problems applies to modern times as well.