Happy Endings make for happy readers, right? Yes! It has been enjoyable to get more involved in this series with the lives of people living in Dry Creek, Montana. When I read about Gracie Stone’s house, I remembered the way the bedroom had looked, the furniture had worn, and then I continued to learn about the colors and choices that she never go to make. It was encouraging to see Gracie’s character develop from a wife of a hard-nosed rancher that was accused of something she didn’t do, to a lady who realized that her heart could love again if she opened it just a bit. It was also inspiring to note the other people in her life who were growing in acceptance and neighborly love. Her sons rose to the occasion when they realized there was someone who would be good for their mother and they gave her a second chance also to fall in love. I love Janet Tronstad’s way with descriptions and how she makes these people seem like real people in my life and makes me care for them. Now that I know these hard-working people in Montana, it makes me want to visit sometime….Ah, Yes…in another book! Keep them coming, Janet.
So many times in real life, the Holy Spirit chooses family members or close friends to show someone visibly how Christ came into their world and accomplished an overhaul on their lives.
Tyler Stone, as did his brothers, went through the first part of his life with low self-esteem based on poverty, lifestyle, a dysfunctional family and without God. He seemed to feel that no matter what he did or how good he did it, he would never be a stable or loving husband or father.
When he finally visits his former hometown, he sees miraculous changes in other people’s lives. He also is at his point of need and begins to note that God does seem reachable.
A young woman whom he served as a body-guard in their teens still shares a special relationship with him. After a family secret is revealed, he begins to understand more about the root of his insecurity and then opens his heart to God’s care and redemption.
It is amazing how so many people have trusted Christ in this small place and how the power and strength of God permeates and continues to reach others.
This story by Janet Tronstad, from the “Return to Dry Creek” series, is again one that could easily be real and in any Montana cowboy town. I recommend this easy and enjoyable read! Continue reading