Friday, June 28, 2013

Sapphire Ice and Greater than Rubies... Robin's complete story.


 


Hallee Bridgeman has understaken to tell the story of three half-sisters whose love for each other is whole: Robin, Maxine and Sarah. Three girls who had been raised in absolute brokenness and desperation, yet managed to come back together and love each other fiercely. In telling their stories, Mrs. Bridgeman has gifted us with an exquisite set of books, the Jewel Trilogy

And I have been given the honor of reviewing Book One and a novella inspired by it, which both tell the story of the eldest girl, Robin, and which are now offered in one volume! 

Robin Bartlett is a capable, resilient survivor. At 28, she is providing for her newly reunited sisters with single-minded devotion, almost working herself to death tending the bar at 
Hank's Place during the night and then waiting tables at Benedict's during the day. 
Her charm, skill, and undeniable beauty make her a favorite at both the simple and the elegant restaurant.  
It was that combination of qualities that attracted Tony Viscolli's eye his first evening at Hank's. 
A now-successful Boston businessman with a story of his own: 
a sad past and a testimony of God's restoring Love. 
 Tony had come to Hank's to scope out a buying opportunity, 
and the next day he was at Benedict's for a breakfast.
The same lovely woman was working at both places, and both times she caught his eye.
Tony soon finds a will of steel behind that loveliness, 
and the two qualities together draw him like a magnet. 

When Tony encountered Robin, he knew he had met someone unlike anyone he had ever seen before. Tony was intrigued by this woman, and once he met her sisters and heard her story 
in bits and pieces, he was determined to pursue her. 
The only thing that stood between them were years of abuse and distrust, 
solidified into a high wall around her heart.
 Could a tide of sacrificial, respecting love convince her of her own value, 
and help soften her enough to love in return? 
If it can, it will be God's love and Tony's that washes over her and carries away the walls. 

With three awesome sisters as protagonists, two of them scheming to help Robin fall in love, 
and all of them understanding each other and supporting each other, 
how could this book be anything but a winner? 

Then add a love story of epic proportions, a story that hearkens back to the tale of Cinderella and looks forward to the joyous union of Christ and His Church: a love story of a Groom who delights in and treasures his Bride, and a Bride who must be won with agape and who will give her whole heart to her Groom. That is the story of Tony and Robin. 

Thank you Mrs. Bridgeman and Fred and Nora St. Laurent at The Book Club Network, 


Hallee Bridgeman lives with her husband and their three children in small town Kentucky. When she's not writing Christian romance novels (hallee.bridgemanfamily.com), she blogs about all things cooking and homemaking at Hallee the Homemaker (halleethehomemaker.com). Hallee started writing when her oldest child and only daughter was a baby, but a busy professional career and being the wife of a deployed soldier had her shelve her books for another time. Two more children, a cross country move, and God's perfect timing brought the books off of the shelf to be dusted off and presented to you now. Hallee loves coffee, campy action movies, and regular date nights with her husband. Above all else, she loves God with all of her heart, soul, mind, and strength; has been redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ; and relies on the presence of the Holy Spirit. She prays her books are a blessing to you and would love to hear back from you. You can reach Hallee by using the contact information on her websites.

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