Monday, October 20, 2008

Snow Angel by Jamie Carie

There I was shopping on-line and this book cover popped up in the recommendations. Nice cover. I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but I do, sometimes. Since it was through B&H's newer fiction line, and because I liked the story synopsis, I decided to check it out. I'm glad I did.

Here's the back cover copy:

When Noah Wesley heard the faint sound outside the door of his remote Alaskan mountain cabin during a violent nighttime blizzard, it was no less than the voice of God that urged him to take a closer look, soon to discover his snow angel. Unconscious and more than half frozen to death, her name, as Noah would later learn after boldly saving her life, was Elizabeth, a beautiful young woman, fragile yet fierce, and intent on discovering gold like so many others in that region during the late 1800s. But why Elizabeth was so drawn to the gold, and why she would chase it even through a pounding storm that no man would dare face, was a secret to be shared with no one else, not even at the invitation of Noah's deep blue trusting eyes. First time novelist Jamie Carie pens a can't-put-down debut in Snow Angel, a masterfully romantic story wherein cold and lonely hearts risk everything to be forever warmed.

Intriguing, huh?

Jamie took some risks with this story. At times, it reads more like a secular romance novel. To some, she may have crossed a few lines in regards to passion or violence. Yet, the story is so compelling you are involved before you can resist. I liked the setting of this story, which she realistically painted with her words. Her characters were well-drawn and her plot pacing kept me turning pages. I highly recommend this award winner, though it's not for everyone. If you enjoy edgy Christian fiction, this one's for you. Jamie is a fresh voice in Christian fiction who writes original prose and great stories.

Look for my review of her second book "The Duchess and the Dragon" later this week. This winter, her book "Wind Dancer" will be released. Can't wait.

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