Friday, August 5, 2011



by Melody Carlson

Meg Lancaster has come home to Crandale. She hasn't seen her mother (Sunny), sister (Erin), or grandmother for 20 years due to the dysfunctional family. She is eagerly greeted by Erin and her family, but Sunny still seems to hold a grudge against her for leaving. And to her great dismay, her grandfather's beloved cranberry bogs have been severely neglected, almost beyond repair. Meg sets out to restore the bogs, but not without trouble - family secrets crop up and get in the way of her work. Then tragedy strikes and she is left with unforgiveness, regrets, and uncertainty. Will Meg make her way back to the God she once loved? And will she be able to save the cranberries?

I enjoyed this book very much. This is only the second book I've read by Melody Carlson (I posted a review on the first book I read here), but I am finding that I really like her style. Her themes of redemption and forgiveness strike a familiar chord with me. I also enjoy learning something new - in this book it was learning how cranberries are grown. Reading about the bogs was fascinating to me - so fascinating that I think I will have to visit a bog sometime! 

I would definitely recommend this book, and would love to read more of Melody's books. As noted in her bio below, she has written over 200 books, so I have some catching up to do! 

Of note, this Rita-award winning book was originally written in 1997, and is now available as an e-book for $2.99.

About the Author:

Melody Carlson published her first book in 1995 and she has been writing prolifically ever since. To date, Melody has published over 200 books, making her one of the top 20 most prolific authors of all time. With total sales of over 1.4 million her award-winning books include: Homeward, Love Finds You in Sisters, Oregon; Limelight; the Diary of a Teenage Girl series; the True Colors series; and the Charter House Girls series.

In her professional life, Melody has worn many hats: from pre-school teacher to political activist to senior editor. Currently, she writes full-time, and freelances from her home. She has two grown sons and lives in Sisters, Oregon with her husband, Chris, and Bailey, her chocolate lab. They enjoy skiing, hiking, and biking in the beautiful Cascade Mountains

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Glass Road Public Relations. 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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