Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

I’m Gonna Gush!


fire-hydrant-412211_1920I can’t help it. I just finished reading one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever had the pleasure of cracking open!

  • The writing – exquisite
  • The characters – deep, broken, and real
  • The plot – twisted, yet timeless.
  • And the message… ah. God’s grace is sufficient – AMEN!

This was no ordinary romance. And get this – it was neither a suspense nor a mystery. Yikes!

No way, right?

A Reluctant MelodyA Reluctant Melody by Sandra Ardoin has taken top spot in my all-time favorites list. I’m tempted to read it again. (Something I NEVER do!)

Let me tell you what I loved about this book! I loved the time period – did I mention that it was historical from the 1870s? The gracious living of the era has a heavy weight of hypocrisy.

Rumors, full of both lies and truth, have doomed Joanna Stewart to accept the life of a recluse rather than hear the snide comments and disdain from the social elite of Banesville. The young widow of an elderly man, she balances the romantic pursuits of her stepson, her waning bank account, and the needs of her best friend’s family – chief of which is protection from the threats of the woman’s husband.

Enter the… well not exactly a hero. In fact, Joanna has hated this man for the last six years. He stole her honor, her fiance’s attention, her father’s love, and discarded her like so much trash on the street. Now, he wants to purchase her house. As desperate as she is, she wants nothing more than to see his back as he leaves her life for good.

These two have nothing to build on. Nothing to hope for. But the story, rich with forgiveness, reconciliation, misunderstanding, accusations, and total despair advances to an unexpected yet satisfying (delightful) ending.

Sandra Ardoin deals with some pretty heavy topics in this book:

  • Unrequited love
  • Physical abuse
  • Adultery
  • Betrayal
  • Alcoholism
  • Unwed Mothers

Each topic is unfolded with grace and care that those in the grips of such difficulties can appreciate. And the writing is downright beautiful. Poetic. I’m not a reader of classics. I prefer the story to the verbiage, but this book was magnificent in the carefully crafted prose. It sang, simply and enticingly.

Told you I would gush. If you’ve liked any of the other books I’ve suggested, you’ll LOVE this one! If you like romance of any genre (including suspense or mystery) don’t miss A Reluctant Melody by Sandra Ardoin!

Your turn: I’m not joking when I said this one has taken top place on my all-time list. It’s joined in the upper echelon by Shattered from Dani Pettrey, Jungle Fire from Dana Mentink, When the Smoke Clears from Lynette Eason, and Pride and Prejudice from Jane Austen. No joke! What’s on your all-time favorite list?

***Oh! And keep an eye out. On Thursday, I get to interview this marvelous author and she’s giving away a copy of her book! Woohoo!***

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

2 thoughts on “I’m Gonna Gush!

  1. You got it! And you would LOVE this book, my friend!


  2. Please tell her to contact me. I’d love to interview her on my blog with this book.