Friday, July 1, 2011

Notes in Review: Tender Touch

Tender Touch offers a sweet love story as well as a thought-provoking look at the impact a divine gift might cause in the life of an ordinary person. Lacy Butler’s ability to heal feels like anything but a gift to the young girl, who uses every means at her disposal to pretend it doesn’t exist.

Royce Darnell’s appearance in Lacy’s reclusive world sets off a chain of events that will change the girl’s life and capsize Royce’s well-ordered, carefully planned existence. How can he make Lacy see God in her gift? How can he convince her the healing in her hands is, indeed, a gift—not a curse?

There’s not a single dull moment as Royce is caught up in desperate measures to save the mining town he loves, the people who live there…and the beautiful mountain girl who has captured his heart. When God reveals to him a solution to Harperville’s impending demise, Royce knows he must obey God’s gentle nudging, even though that obedience will almost certainly destroy any chance of a relationship with Lacy.

Tanya Stowe has created an absolutely believable world peopled with amazing, true-to-life characters who seem almost capable of walking off the page and into a reader’s life. She handles the existence of the spiritual gifts with bold faith, calm assurance, and a tender touch of her own. Lacy’s struggle to accept her ability as a gift God expects her to give back to Him by using it His way will undoubtedly raise a number of questions in the minds of readers who might never before have considered the possibility of divine gifts being bestowed upon mere human beings.

I loved this book, and can say in all honesty that it is one of the best I’ve read in the past year…and possibly longer. Stirring and thought-provoking, it also contains a sprinkle of humor and a dusting of fun. Truly inspired writing! I wholeheartedly recommend Tender Touch, and look forward to my next chance to enjoy the work of this talented author.

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