mary's book basket ~ cecilia dowdy's chesapeake weddings

Author Cecelia Dowdy has created not one, not two but three inspirational romance novels in this compilation titled Chesapeake Weddings part of the Romancing America series from Barbour Publishing. I grew up in Maryland and spent many hours on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay and it's surrounding communities. It's one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Ms. Dowdy uses the setting as a backdrop for three unique tales of strong African American woman who overcome their circumstance through faith and God's grace.

The Publisher description from Amazon:
"Relax along Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay as you read about three strong African American women who suddenly face upheaval in life. Monica is caring for her abandoned nephew and trying to pick the proper tutor for him. Emily is struggling to save the family farm when a CPA turns up to do an audit. Karen has been deceived by her fiancé, and now she’s expected to trust a neighbor who knows too much of her business. Can God rebuild their tattered lives with new loves?"

Ms Dowdy does not shy away from difficult topics such as child abandonment, disabilities and addictions. She weaves the thread of Gods mercy and forgiveness through each story as the characters try to rebuild their lives battling with their own inner demons. As with any good romance novel, love prevails in the end with relationships restored.

Ms. Dowdy's strength are her characters. She allows the reader to take the journey with these woman, keeping the tension strong throughout the story while slowly unveiling the answers to each of their soul searching quests to become whole once more. A very satisfying read indeed.

Happy Reading,
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