Chasing Pearl by Hallee Bridgeman – Book Review, Preview

Posted November 16, 2018 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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“Did you hear that Don was in a bar fight?”

When I heard that, I had to fight my uncontrollable laughter. Don is one of the kindest, meekest, most Godly men I know. Not only do I not see him frequenting a bar, I don’t see him responding with his fists in any but the most extreme circumstances. But that wasn’t what was truly funny about this.

Earlier that day, I saw my friend and noticed that he had quite a shiner. When I asked him about it, he told me about trying to go running with his new puppy who was not yet leash trained well enough. Apparently. After commiserating with him, I told him he was going to be asked about the eye so many times, he needed to come up with a great story, like getting into a bar fight – something so ridiculous that no one would believe it, but it would be fun to tell.

Apparently, he took my idea seriously.

Chasing Pearl by Hallee Bridgeman – Book Review, Preview

Chasing Pearl

by Hallee Bridgeman

Published by Olivia Kimbrell Press
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Texas Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults


A package lost in the mail since 1940 brings a modern couple together in a miraculous.

Bestselling author VIOLET PEARL lives a perfectly content life: she helps run The Texas Pearl, her family’s inn, lives with her sister and grandmother, and attends a great church just a block from home. She has never left her little corner of Texas and has no desire to do so now. In her spare time, Violet mentally travels to far off New York City, 1944, to solve crimes as the widow Mandalynn Clementine, the savvy slueth in her murder mystery novels.

US Army First Lieutenant CHASE ANDERSON feels like he needs a change. From his duty station in Hawaii, he receives a job offer in the civilian market at the same time he’s asked to coach a pee wee football camp hosted by his alma mater, Texas A&M. Chase decides to take leave and coach the summer camp, intending to also check out the job offer. He has no idea God has other plans for him.

When a time-worn postal package arrives at the inn addressed to Chase Anderson with a 1940 postmark, Violet and Chase discover that his great-grandfather had also visited the inn as a guest all those years before. The box brings them together in a miraculous way, and their feelings for each other begin to grow.

Will Chase resign his commission and live out his days in College Station? Or is Violet willing to break out of her perfectly contented shell and experience life beyond her little corner of Texas?For VIOLET PEARL and CHASE ANDERSON to end up together, one of them will have to make a huge change.

A message from God arrives in the form of a package from 1940. This humble box brings their hearts together even though they live and work thousands of miles apart. They each must listen closely to understand the message to close the distance.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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I totally cracked up when Chase suggested Violet come up with a great story to explain the stitches on her chin resulting from a tangle with a weed-eater! I’ve been suggesting that for years whenever a friend shows up with the kind of thing that guarantees they will be asked a hundred times a day “What happened?”

Chasing Pearl was exactly what I needed. My week at work was very difficult and draining and I was looking for something to read that would be lighthearted and yet not ridiculous and it had to be a great book. No 3-star books would do. I knew within the first page that I was all set.

One of the things I was impressed with was the language. I had read stories where the author appears to be trying too hard to force the slang and it is awkward. Not so here. Violet’s 1940’s detectives used the lingo of the day so naturally. And Violet and her Texas family used all kinds of unique Texas expressions that had me cracking up. There is a glossary at the back in case you can’t figure out some of the phrases, but I’m guessing if you read the context and think about them for a minute, you’ll get it. Things like:

“Brave enough to eat in a boomtown cafe.”

“So honest if he says a hen dips snuff, you can look under her wing for the can.”

“Big as Brewster County.”

“Rich enough to eat fried chicken all week long.”

“So strong he makes Samson look like a sissy.”

Violet was such a fun character. She is so shy and introverted she is almost afraid to talk to anyone outside her family. Because she just doesn’t “do” small talk. If she could script everything she said, she would be so happy!! As a writer, she gets so immersed in her work and I love the way the author showed that – I’m guessing she has had the same kinds of things happen.

Chase is tall, dark, handsome and strong. And noble and tender as well. He is searching for direction for his life from the Lord as well as dealing with grief from the death of his father. I love how protective he was of women in general and was cheering at the way he handled the hostess at the restaurant for . . .  Well, you’ll have to read it to find out.


Chasing Pearl is part of this collection and can currently only be purchased as part of the set currently. It will be released as a stand-alone book in the near future.

Chasing Pearl by Hallee Bridgeman – Book Review, Preview

Yesterday's Mail

by Amanda Tru, Hallee Bridgeman, Alana Terry, Cynthia Hickey, Chautona Havig

Series: Crossroads Collection #2
Published by Olivia Kimbrell Press
Publication Date August 6, 2018
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Written for: Adults
Pages: 805


Five of today's Best-selling Christian Authors weave five unique, connected stories where lost mail finds unexpected purpose.

Sleepless in Seoul by Alana Terry When Derek leads his church on a short-term mission trip to South Korea, he's definitely not expecting to find out the woman working with him is the same woman who broke his heart over twenty years ago.

Like Ships Passing by Cynthia Hickey One transposed number threatens to sink love before it gets started.

Chasing Pearl by Hallee Bridgeman A package lost in the mail since 1940 brings a modern couple together in a miraculous way.

Operation Posthaste by Chautona Havig A nine-year-old boy finds a bag of mail from WWII in the attic of their new house and makes it his personal mission to deliver every piece before his mom finds out.

Yesterday's Mail by Amanda Tru A Christian post office clerk uses her police officer background to investigate lost mail and solve a mystery that has plagued her small town for years.

Also in this series: Betwixt Two Hearts

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