The Beautiful Truth
Excerpts:If you are broken-hearted, abandoned, earth-weary —- this book is for you. The pledge in Psalms 34:18 is that “God is near the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Have you arrived at that stage in your life? Do you feel as if your spirit has been crushed? This is a book about great hope, and great promise. God loves you with a tender, everlasting, unshakeable love. And the gift of His Presence: “And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of time,” Jesus promised in Matthew 28:20. You are no longer abandoned. You are called. To belong to the very Heart of Love, Jesus Himself. “There remains a rest for the people of God,” Hebrews 4:1. It is my prayer that you may read this little book and learn about the rest of God. And enter into that rest, to discover Love that will never fail you. To know the blessed assurance of belonging to His Heart. May God deeply bless you!
A Golden Rain
In the summer of 1962, John Bowman suffers a sudden heart attack. His eleven-year-old daughter, Cathy, is profoundly distressed by the seriousness of his illness. Her one desperate hope is that her adored but estranged older brother, Jesse, will come home for a visit.
Jesse does come home. But the five-day work leave he has been granted is unhappily interrupted by the arrival of another out-of-state visitor—John’s sister, Aunt Abby.
The ensuing drama unfolds amid the atmospheric intensity of an approaching thunderstorm. At the kitchen table late one night, against a backdrop of fast-streaming clouds and rumbling sky, an intoxicated Aunt Abby indulges in rambling memories of years past. She refuses to be silenced and suddenly exposes a very dark, shocking, and carefully guarded family secret.
The story moves toward its emotionally intense climax on the following day as the storm finally breaks in torrential rains followed by a strangely quiet, sun-gilded late afternoon. Now both Jesse and Cathy must search their hearts to try to extend a reaching out—however tentatively—toward healing and redemption.
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The year is 1962. A young man, Reuben, has just been released after four years in prison. He wants to come home to his family in upper South Carolina; but his stern father refuses. By a twist of fate, Reuben is reluctantly allowed to stay one night on a cot in the spare bedroom of the big farmhouse. Days turn to weeks, and the family begins to heal. But treacherous, violent people locate Reuben. They demand money and threaten his family if he doesn’t assist them in a bank robbery. Sick at heart, Reuben disappears—but not for long. In a harrowing and suspenseful Part IV of the book, he finds himself caught up in the heist, his little sister snatched as a hostage. Can he get free? And can he save his sister?
Magnolia Weeping, written by Lynn Roberson, is a beautiful story set in South Carolina revolving around the Burnett family. Martha and Lester Burnett have six children. Lester works long and hard hours at the peach orchard and is a very stern man and father. They don’t have much, and their large farmhouse is crumbling in disrepair.
In the summer of 1962, their young son Reuben was released from prison after four years. His father does not want him to come home but reluctantly allows him to spend a few days. He wants to do right by his family and stay on the straight and narrow. Reuben is repairing the home and helping around the house. Everything is going great until past associates discover where Reuben is living and things go downhill from there.
I was very hesitant to read this novel due to the apparent lack of reviews. I am extremely delighted I did, however. I thoroughly enjoyed every possible moment of it. I genuinely loved and appreciated every single person in the family. Each one had something special, and the author performed an incredible job of developing their characters. I felt transported back in time to 1962. They are your typical family, and have arguments and fights just like every other family. But the bond between brothers and sisters is very strong, and they stick up for each other when necessary.
Grandma Mae was my favorite, if I had to choose. She came to live with them after she had a stroke. She cannot speak, and you can genuinely feel her frustration. She knows what she wants to say, but the words will not come out. It brought me to tears. The children bonded with her, and it was so touching because at first, they wanted nothing to do with the “old lady” that they had never met before.
I gladly rate Magnolia Weeping, by Lynn Roberson, 4 out of 4 stars. It actually deserves the highest rating possible. There is no cursing, no erotic scenes, and absolutely nothing inappropriate in the story. This novel was professionally edited, I did not find one single mistake. I enthusiastically recommend this novel to all readers, young and old, and of any religious belief. You will cry, and laugh, and enjoy every moment of reading this. It was beautifully written and I will be on the lookout for more books from this author.
– By Deborahveader: an official OnlineBookClub.org review of “Magnolia Weeping” by Lynn Roberson