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Friday, January 14, 2011


God will use the worst of circumstances to bring about the most unexpected and best in our life. Serendipity is when happiness sneaks in unplanned.

Margaret or "Magpie" Rose is a wonderful, unique lady with a strong sense of self. She spends her life bartering for the things she needs and helps others along the way. She has dedicated her life taking care of others and now lives in Carver's Holler, a very small town comprised of men. She is the last remaining woman after an illness wiped wives and children out. The men were fortunately working when it hit. After the quarantine ended only Maggie and 14 men remained.

She takes care of them as if they are her family now, and they all begin to learn to take care of one another. When an unexpected snow storm brings more than bad weather, God is about to bring a change of circumstances into Maggie's life.

Todd Valmer is dropped off at a train station in an unknown city looking for a doctor to help his mother who collapsed on the train. Now struggling in a snow storm, he attempts to locate the only doctor. What he stumbles upon her doorstep, she is more than gracious at helping him. She is the only person in town who can help him take care of his mother. But when he learns she isn't a doctor, he attempts to set out in a blizzard even though it may kill him.

In the novel, Serendipity by Cathy Marie Hake, we learn the subtle art of compromise and at seeing serendipity work in the lives of Maggie and Todd. Both of them have a need that the other desperately wants and given enough time, perhaps bartering will be what truly brings them together.

I received this book compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and once again applaud the author for creating a strong but soft woman character known as Maggie that all women can relate to. She craves romance and fairytales but also understanding the importance of hard work and working together. I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars.

For more information about this book, the author, and where you can get a first chapter glimpse, please read on:

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Bethany House (August 1, 2010)
Cathy Marie Hake


Known for surfing across the kitchen on a dropped dill pickle slice, waterskiing on sea anemone spit, and using Right Guard® as hair spray; she considers herself living proof that God does, indeed, possess a healthy sense of humor.

Cathy loves classical music, romantic getaways with her husband, and Diet Pepsi Free®. "I need chocolate to survive, love my friends, and enjoy a deep personal relationship with the Lord. Although an extrovert, I'm very conservative on a personal level."

In her writing, Cathy attempts to capture a unique glimpse of life and how a man and woman can overcome obstacles when motivated by love. In her inspirational pieces she enjoys the freedom of showing how Christ can enrich a loving couple's relationship.

Cathy Marie Hake is a registered nurse who worked for many years in an oncology unit before shifting her focus to perinatal care. The author of over twenty novels, she lives with her husband and two children in Anaheim, California.


Todd Valmer should have known better. A farmer who's been through several disasters, he travels to Virginia to fetch his widowed mother to cook and help him around his Texas farm...or that was the plan until she keels over on the train and they get kicked off.

Maggie Rose barters for a living and also makes soaps, lotions, and perfumes with a special rose recipe passed down from mother to daughter for generations. She hasn't wanted to marry...until that handsome Texan shows up.

Her heart skips a beat, and when he proposes, a hasty marriage follows. What ensues, however, is a clash of culture and a battle of wills--and it's clear they both mistook instant attraction and infatuation for love. As their marriage loses its sparkle and fills with disillusionment, Todd and Maggie must determine what is worth fighting for. He dreams of a farm. Maggie wants to fulfill the family tradition with her rose perfumes.

Todd's mother, however, has entirely different plans for her son that do not include Maggie. In light of their hasty marriage and mistaken dreams, is there any hope of recapturing their love and building a future together?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Serendipity, go HERE.

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