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Cherished Stranger: The Ozark Durham Series (Volume 4) (edition 2012)

by Mrs. Regina L. Tittel, Mrs. Regina L. Tittel (Cover Design)

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Title:Cherished Stranger: The Ozark Durham Series (Volume 4)
Authors:Mrs. Regina L. Tittel
Other authors:Mrs. Regina L. Tittel (Cover Design)
Info:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2012), Paperback, 236 pages
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Cherished Stranger: The Ozark Durham Series (Volume 4) by Mrs Regina L Tittel

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Another good story in the Ozark Durham series. The book is classified as an "inspirational, suspense, romance" and I must say it fulfilled each description very well! I eagerly await volume 5 in this series when it comes out.

Lucy Durham has made some mistakes in her life. She married a man who abused her both verbally and physically and who she found dead two years ago of a drug overdose. She has long sponsored a child from Romania, named Anika. When Anika's Mom died and times in Romania became difficult, Lucy brings Anika and her father, Dorin, over from Romania to live on her farm and help her take care of the place. Her initial meeting at the airport with the father does not go so well, as she ends up getting there an hour late, and then getting lost on her way home because of a detour. Dorin is 12 years older than Lucy and although his feelings for her grow, he tries to appear uncaring because he believes the age difference is too great. Lucy finds herself caring for Dorin, but can't quite figure out his feelings; are they for her or her sister. Then there is the suspense part of the story, where strange things are being left in her home (snakes being one of them and I for one would freak out just like Lucy did). Someone is out to scare her or worse and Dorin has a hard time keeping her from harm.

Dorin is a good man who has good insight into life and good advice for Lucy and her walk with her Lord. He also sees through the shallowness of Lucy's church. I found the love that grows between the two of them very good and endearing. It was a lovely romantic story, with suspense blended in and it also had a good "inspirational" theme to it. You could read this as a stand alone, but I highly encourage you to read the other books in this series because you won't be disappointed in any of them! ( )
  judyg54 | Jan 2, 2013 |
Lucy Durham Watson knows what hurt and pain are all about thanks to her late husband, Eddy. With that behind her, she sponsors a Romanian girl (Anika) and her father (Dorin) to come live in American on her farm. Dorin knows what hardship really means. Though his pride wanted to turn Lucy down, he knows what it will mean for his daughter's future. They get off to a bad start when Lucy's late to pick them up at the airport and then gets them lost through a bad part of town. Dorin makes known the fact that Lucy is young and has careless behavior, yet something draws him to her. Lucy knows Dorin doesn't approve of her but she can't seem to stop the way he tugs on her heart. The two of them try to deny the chemistry between them but everything changes when Lucy life is endangered.

Suspense runs high in this installment of the Ozark Durham Series. Once I started reading Cherished Strangers I could not put it down! I almost read it in one sitting! I loved Lucy, Dorin and Anika! It's also fun to see Keaton and Lindsey, Ann and Jacob again too! The romantic tension between Lucy and Dorin was electrifying! I truly fell in love with Dorin and the way he was with Lucy. Lucy was so endearing to me. She reminded me that we've all made foolish choices. Some are just harder to recover from than others. But Dorin reminds Lucy that 'God often takes us through journeys made of small steps; each one with the purpose of bringing us closer to Him'. I appreciate the way the author addresses the issue of the 'feel good' church mentality. When troubled times hit, your relationship with Christ is what will see you through. We also see how important a good church home/family is and the impact they can have in our lives. How our giving makes a difference in other peoples lives. A difference we may not even realize. If you enjoy a good romantic suspense with a great message then I HIGHLY recommend Cherished Strangers! Regina Tittel has become a favorite author of mine and I would not hesitate at all to recommend any of her books. Now, I'm looking forward to Devoted Mission. ( )
  love2readnovels | Dec 20, 2012 |
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