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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

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                      "Anna's Secret"
                    By Blossom Turner

About the Book:

Genre: Inspirational Romance
Release Date: May 1, 2019
Anna Clarke has faced loneliness for years, caring for a sick and distant husband. Recently widowed, with all that brought meaning to her life gone, the consummate good girl falls
from grace in a moment of weakness and passion.
Horrified to find she is pregnant, she is surprised when those closest to her assume the baby is her late husband’s. Guilt and pride allow the lie to live until her deceit hits a wall when the biological father Dr. Matthew Carmichael comes calling.
Shocked at how one lie bled so easily into another, Anna realizes her reputation of devout Christian living is about to disappear like a leaf caught in a windstorm. She hears the whisper of her loving Heavenly Father, who longs to restore her soul, but does she have the courage to face the scandal and the truth of her feelings toward the handsome Dr. Carmichael?
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My Thoughts:

This book struck a deep note in my heart of the importance of the great need that we all have to forgive and be forgiven. Anna has had a very sick husband who she loved and cared for in his neediest hours, when he was very ill. Never would one suspect that she would ever stray from God's path. But, as we all are, Anna was human!  She made one mistake that immediately caused her to fall from grace and suffer emotionally and spiritually. How could Anna ever have let her human desires become so strong that she became pregnant with another man's baby?? 

This novel tells Anna's story in a creative, realistic fashion that has the reader living alongside her. I felt every hurt, challenge, fear that this wonderful woman experienced as she was forced to live a very visible result of this one mistake. Yes, although a sin was committed, it does not mean that one must live forever in disgrace and self pity. I was so encouraged by the underlying theme of this book... facing and admitting the truth of the scandal and  asking our faithful Father for forgiveness can bring a wonderful feeling of joy and hope for the future. 

This book had a plot full of unexpected twists and turns that kept me glued to the page. My heart was breaking as I wanted to cry and scream at the seeming injustice of one single sin. But that is just what God tells us. One sin, one request for forgiveness is all it takes to forgive ourself and others and once again find happiness. And.... in spite of all the deep moments in this book , it does have a happily ever after ending... one that is realistic and emphasizes the willingness of a faithful Lord who will never leave us. Any one of  us could be ensnared with sin. One slip is all it takes. The beautiful ending has one knowing that redemption and forgiveness is always waiting for us. 

WOW!! A fabulous story that hits on some very deep issues. Kudos to the author for telling us this tale in such a heartrending way!!!

This book was received from CelebrateLit. The thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own. A positive review was not required.

About the Author

Blossom Turner is a free-lance writer published in Chicken Soup and Kernels of Hope anthologies, former newspaper columnist on health and fitness, an avid blogger, and
published novelist. Her authentic understanding of the power of forgiveness through life experience has inspired this compelling novel, Anna’s Secret, where failure, God’s love, and romance collide. She and her husband, David, have two grown children and live in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Read more at blossomturner.com.

More from Blossom

MORE ABOUT WHY I WROTE ANNA’S SECRET
I am a hopeless romantic, it has been at the core of my being from a child up. I dreamed of a
love that would whisk me far from the pain of my childhood upbringing.
When I first started to write Anna’s Secret, I had not yet learned all I needed to know about forgiveness. I was half-way through the book when sorrow and betrayal hit my marriage. (See “About Me” at https://blossomturner.com) I stopped writing for years.
However, as God healed the broken and restored my soul, words of love once again danced within my being. God directed that I finish this book weaving in all I learned from the crucible of suffering in my own life. Through understanding the restorative power of God’s forgiveness when humanity fails, I wrote Anna’s Secret with a strong thread of hope woven into its fabric.
Readers have expressed to me that the authenticity of this book has brought them to tears and given them a love story that entertained. However, the part I love the most … Anna’s Secret has inspired some readers to ask God for the help to forgive themselves, or for the power to offer the gift of forgiveness to another.
My prayer is that you will find Anna’s Secret an entertaining romance, inspiration to your soul, and that you will enjoy the happy ending … always a happy ending. After all, God is the God of happily ever after, and heaven is the home in which all His children will find the greatest love of all.

Blog Stops

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janicesbookreviews, February 25
Inklings and notions, February 26
Quiet Quilter, February 27
For Him and My Family, February 28

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Blossom is giving away the grand prize package of a signed copy of Anna’s Secret and a $25 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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