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That Certain Spark By Cathy Marie Hake
February 13, 2010, 9:04 pm
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My Review

The Town of Gooding, Texas just got their very own Veterinarian & Doctor siblings Enoch & Taylor Bestman. The only problem? Dr. Taylor Bestman in a woman! Within two minutes of stepping foot in town Taylor already has the town in an uproar! How is she to prove herself to these people? Especially to her very first patient, the town blacksmith?

The book starts out promising, flows nicely at first, but as it proceeds the conversations get harder and harder to follow, and the writing isn’t as tight. The Characters are okay, but many of them lack depth. I didn’t feel any emotional tie to either the heroine or the hero. This book had a strong beginning a weak middle and an okay ending.

On top of that, the main focus of this entire book wasn’t as interesting as the background stories.

Definitely my least favorite book of this four part series. However, If you’ve read the other books in the series, go ahead and read it, you’ll find many of  your favorite characters of her past books in That Certain Spark.

Thanks to Bethany House for providing this book for me to review!


January 1, 2009, 5:53 am
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By: Cathy Marie Hake
Jakob Stauffer, a German farmer, is grieving the death of his wife and son. His daughter, Emmy-Lou, survived the fever but has fears haunting her. Jakob rescues his pregnant sister from her abusive husband, but now he needs someone to keep both Annie and Emmy-Lou from getting hurt. Will Hope Ladley be exactly what they need?
Authors often tend toward melodrama, but Hake stays away from overdoing anything. Hope’s accent throughout this book is obviously southern without getting annoying or hard to read. Jakob’s grief is authentically shown. I felt compassion for him, yet I didn‘t think he was wallowing in it.
Even the humor is placed beautifully. A father’s wish to get his three daughters married well, is hilarious. The German used in Forevermore is just enough to keep it real. Who knows, you might be able to speak a bit a of German when you’re done with the book!
Hope’s use or, should I say misuse, of clichés is perfectly believable and endearing. The heroine in the book is possibly Hake’s most likable, and I found myself wishing she was my friend. Both Annie and Emmy-Lou have fears that Hope helps conquer.
While the plot was good and kept me interested, I don’t think this is Hake‘s best work. Nevertheless, I urge you to pick up this book, you won’t regret it!