Sunday, April 24, 2016

Whispers of the Past by Lena Roach

Author: Lena Roach
Publisher: Entrada Publishing
Date of publication: APril 2016

On her last night at as owner and manager of her family’s antique business, a stranger arrives at Tessa’s doorstep with an impossible dream: find and replace a one-of-a-kind chair. Having lost more in his life than just a chair, Brian convinces Tessa to procure and restore the furnishing for his stately family home. With conflicting feelings of attraction for Brian and an embarrassment for her uncle’s dishonesty, Tessa tries to begin her life anew. But the main women in Brian’s life, his beautiful business partner Simone and his sister Darrie don’t want the complication that Tessa brings. They want the family home sold, not restored and will stop at nothing to get their way. Can Tessa do the impossible? Find and replace these antique pieces as well as show Brian that Christians really are good people and find a little love along the way?

If you are in the mood for a clean Christian story, Whispers of the Past just might be for you.  The story involves Tessa, who loses her family business because of her uncle's negligence.  On her last day at the shop, she meets Brian who is looking for a chair to replace one that was sold.  He convinces her to move into his home estate and work on restoring it to what is once was as well as hunt down this chair.

This ended up just being an OK read for me. While that premise of the story was interesting,  I didn't find myself invested in the characters as much as I wanted to be. There is a mystery that was intriguing, but I didn't really feel the attraction between Brian and Tess, SO, I think I liked it more for the mystery and not for the romance. I also felt at times that it was a little too preachy for my taste. But that is just my preference.  

I do think that fans of Christian literature will enjoy this debut.  You can get your copy today at Amazon !

About the author:

Lena Vidrine Roach was born and raised in Evangeline Parish, Louisiana. At an early age, inspired by her schoolteachers, she developed a love for reading and writing. After earning a Master’s degree in English/Education, she became an English teacher. Her first poem, “Success,” appeared in Young People’s Magazine published in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Other poems appeared in Kansas City Poetry Magazine and professional periodicals. She wrote a “Dear Teacher” column for several newspapers in Texas and Louisiana. Diverse articles appeared in Louisiana’ New Orleans Times Picayune, Lake Charles American Press, Lagniappe Magazine, and The Voice. One of her short stories was published in Glamour Magazine, England. At present, she continues to live in Lake Charles and is devoted to a writing career in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

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