Circle of Blessings by Deborah Raney – Review

Posted December 22, 2017 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews, First Line Fridays / 15 Comments

Circle of Blessings

by Deborah Raney

Published by Raney Day Press
Publication Date November 21, 2017
Circle of Blessings by Deborah Raney – Review Genres: Christian Fiction, Christmas, Clean Romance, Historical Fiction
Setting: Dakota Territory Reconstruction Era – US – 1865 – 1877
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-35
Written for: Adult
Pages: 88

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Synopsis:

Young Stella Bradford is determined to win the love of James Collingwood, her English professor at the university where Stella is studying to be an architect. But the object of Stella’s affection seems to hide a dark secret from his past, and even if Stella could capture his attention, she is certain her father would not approve of the match. But neither James, nor Stella has an inkling that his secret is woven into her own past in a way that will ultimately bring blessing to them both.


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What a lovely story!  Deborah Raney conveyed so much in this novella.

James was such a perfect hero.  Though he had made a terrible mistake when he was younger, he was given a second chance by the very man he had wronged.  And then through a miracle he was given yet another chance to change his life.  His devotion to the Lord was so sweet and tender.  Throughout the story he displayed noble character and a strength to do what is right no matter how difficult.

Stella was fun because she was at least a little tempestuous and strong-willed.  But at the same time, she obeyed her father, even when everything in her struggled to rebel against his decree.

I especially liked the ending and the unexpected twist.  This story is just perfect for a December read and a reminder of the huge impact a small act of kindness can have on others.

Here is the first line of the story:

Dakota Territory, 1864

It was almost closing time, and in all of his seventeen years, James Collingwood could not remember being so bone-weary as he felt tonight.

Now it is your turn! Grab the book you are currently reading, open to chapter one, and post the first sentence (or second sentence) in the comments below. Then head on over to Hoarding Books to see all of the FLF pages this week.

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15 responses to “Circle of Blessings by Deborah Raney – Review”

  1. Sounds like a great read. I’ll have to check it out.

    On my blog, I’m featuring the first line from a fun Christmas read called ‘Tinsel in a Tangle’ by Laurie Germaine, but here, I’m going to share the first line from another Christmas book I recently finished, this one by Chautona Havig, called ‘Carol and the Belles’:

    “I’ll never get off this plane.”

    Merry Christmas!

  2. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    “Good morning, Kansas!” The radio scratched out static over deejay Kris Kristiansen’s lilting baritone. – Silver Bells by Deborah Raney

  3. I love Deb Raney!

    Next up on my TBR…
    The music seeped into her soul like fog over the Thames. (from A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White)

    Merry Christmas!

  4. I just bought it after reading your post. Sounds fascinating and heartwarming. Thanks for sharing it. The book I’m featuring on my blog today is A Match of Sorts by Lucette Nel. Merry Christmas!

  5. Merry Christmas!

    Today on my blog I am featuring Desert Duet by Debra Marvin. I’m just beginning chapter 3, so I will leave the first line from that chapter.

    “The new gray fedora, with its crisp, black grosgrain band, would be a stylish, but dismal failure at preventing sunburn.”

    I’m really enjoying this story! Happy Friday. 😊

  6. I love the cover for this one! So pretty and Christmasy! I’ll admit that I’ve only read one book by Deborah Raney, but I did really enjoy it, so methinks I should read more! 🙂
    Over on my blog, I’m featuring Monster by Frank Peretti, but over here, I’ll share the first line of another on my TBR pile, The Cottage by Michael Phillips: “The letter two weeks before had been brief. Less than half a page. Yet in an instant it had turned her life upside down.”
    Merry Christmas!

  7. I think we can all relate to being that tired around Christmas, but perhaps not at seventeen. Poor James.

    I’m sharing from All is Bright by Andrea Grigg over on my blog, a wonderful novella set in Australia … which means a summer Christmas (FYI, that’s normal for me. Not so normal for most of you, or for my Icelandic pastor and his family.)

    I’m currently reading A Sweethaven Christmas by Courtney Walsh, an new favourite author. Here’s the first line:

    “Why is that woman staring over here?” Lila shifted in the tall-backed linen-covered chair and nodded towards a blonde woman at the bar.

    I suspect this is going to be more than a Christmas story …

    Blessings as you celebrate the birth of our Saviour this week!

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