THIS JUST IN: Cheryl Wyatt has agreed to give away a signed copy of "A Soldier's Promise", so leave a comment and I'll draw a winner next Friday, February 1st!!
It is not only a fun job, but it's a high honor to be allowed to read and review so many books. It is especially precious to me when I get the privilege of introducing a debut novelist to you, and today is one of those days!
Cheryl Wyatt's dream has come true with the publication of her first novel, "A Soldier's Promise", published by Love Inspired. And I'm very please to tell you, not only did I love this story, but I found it a high tribute to our men and women in uniform.
"A Soldier's Promise" is the story of an Air Force pararescue jumper named Joel Montgomery and his struggle to return to his hometown after the distintegration of his family. But a letter from a sick child draws him back to Refuge (there is HUGE irony in the name of his hometown!) in order to fulfill a wish.
Bradley has no clue that the staff at his school have sent this wish to the PJ's, or that it is being fulfilled. Neither does his teacher, Amber Stanton. Both are left shocked and awed at the superb display put on by teh pararescue jumpers...and that's a passage that will most definitely bring tears to your eyes, it is so gorgeous.
Amber has a wish as well...to adopt Bradley and to give him a home where he can, maybe one day, be well. But time is running out on Bradley, and Amber's dream is in jeopardy by the system that prefers two parents over just one.
When Amber and Joel make a heart connection, will their fears and struggles prevent their dreams from becoming reality? When a soldier makes a promise, he follows through...but what kind of promise is Joel willing to make? And will it involve returning to Refuge? Will Joel ever find the refuge he seeks?
This is a well crafted novel, and Cheryl's characters once again leap off of the page and into your heart. That, my reading friends, takes talent, and Cheryl is a gifted writer indeed. I was so touched by not only the story, but the care Cheryl took in representing our Armed Forces.
I encourage you to pick up a copy of "A Soldier's Promise"...I promise you will NOT be disappointed in the least! I'm giving Cheryl Wyatt's debut novel five out of five bookmarks, with a parachute as a charm. This book is worth reading just for the opening scene alone, and I for one cannot WAIT until Manny's story is told in "A Soldier's Family", due out March 2008.