Monday, August 30, 2010

Driftwood Lane by Denise Hunter

Escape to the beach.

I just finished reading Denise Hunter’s Driftwood Lane. I devoured this final installment in the Nantucket Love Story series in a weekend.

First, let’s begin with a summary:

Meridith can handle anything: guardianship of three distant siblings, a dilapidated Bed-and-Breakfast, even an ever-present handyman who's dismantling more than her fireplace--or can she?

When the death of Meridith's estranged father leaves her with custody of three siblings she's never met, she reluctantly goes to Nantucket to care for them--but only until their uncle returns from his trip. Little does she know, the uncle is already there under the guise of her friendly handyman, with plans of his own.

Will the love that grows between them be strong enough to overcome the secrets that brought them both to Driftwood Lane?

And now, my review:

Denise Hunter has a way with words and storytelling, characterization and setting. In her Nantucket series, setting acts like a character. You feel like you’re staying in a B&B on the beach. That’s a delightful aspect of this series and this story.

From the beginning of this series, I’ve enjoyed Denise’s allegories. She demonstrated God’s love through her characters, through their trials and their responses and her depictions of their romance. In Driftwood Lane, a major theme was freedom from fear. And somehow, without portraying her heroes as perfect, she gives us glimpses of God’s love as He helps us get free and release ourselves to His love.

It’s rare to find a romance which doesn’t bow to all the confines of formula. I feel Denise makes the most of them. The path she takes is intricate and enjoyable. Her scenarios aren’t cliché. And this couple's first kiss? Goosebumps. And I’m not talking about the characters.

I highly recommend this entire series. You don’t have to read the books in order. They stand alone. But I wouldn’t miss one of them. So enjoyable. Denise’s books teach you something about God’s love--it's fiction that leaves you feeling more open to God, perhaps closer to Him, warmed by His love.

Highly recommended.

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