Tuesday, July 30, 2013
CHRISTMAS STORM by Nancy Marie Bell gets LADYBUGGED
Nancy Marie Bell
Having read several books written by Ms. Bell I began this book with extremely high expectations. What I forgot is MS. Bell's unimaginable ability to flex her
writing wings like some literary chameleon, if such a creature existed, change her creative signature to fit the ebb and flow of the story she's designing and drop a whole new level of subtle or not-so-subtle
pow into the mix.
One of her few semi-consistent elements or themes that
pop up in many of her stories are animals. Ms. Bell has an all abiding love for our two and four-legged cousins, horses...dogs...chickens...etc., etc., a love I, Ladybug Lin, share.
CHRISTMAS STORM gives us an exquisite Pure-bred Mutt-Dog who's seen the cruel hand of human kind prior to seeking
sanctuary far beneath our heroine's porch on the night a blizzard is bearing down on the plains of Alberta, Canada.
Battered, pregnant, starving and worse, Michelle coaxes the mistreated creature into her hearth, brings in the reinforcements, the new vet she'd rather not call, but when help is needed and no one else is available to weather the weather....One swallows one's enmity for the good of her new four-legged friend.
This story took me
back to a time when my own life was much more simple, and more complex. Living off the land's time patterns is not easy. You cannot shrug and say..."I'm not up to feeding the animals today, so I'll pass on my chores, and double up on them tomorrow." Nancy Marie Bell brilliantly brings the hardships AND the rewards to life.
I began this review by stating I have the highest expectations when I begin a Nancy Marie Bell story, and to date I have not been disappointed.
I am not going to do a spoiler and tell you what happens during the course of this
novella, but I will tell you it is filled with romance, pain, feelings of betrayal, being taken for granted, and finally accepting our own inability to see things without any doubt at all times, no matter how clear sighted we THINK we are.
I recommend this book highly and give
CHRISTMAS STORM can be found at Muse It Up Publishing, Amazon.com , Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and where other fine e-books are sold.