Review: Crossing Values by Carrie Daws

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Crossing Values
by Carrie Daws

  • Perfect Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ambassador International (January 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935507923
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935507925

Christian romantic fiction that focuses on emotional and family healing.
For years, Amber traipsed around the northwest avoiding the skeletons in her closet. Job-hopping every few weeks, she refused to let anyone get close to her.
As winter plants itself firmly across the Rockies, she takes a chance on a job at a logging company with a family different from any she’s ever known.
Watching the family interact creates more questions than answers for Amber. Feeling like she’s entered the happily-ever-after written at the end of fairytales, she watches for cracks in the façade.
Surely as the days pass, the play-acting will cease and the real family will emerge.
Or could she be wrong? Could they truly be genuine?
Could Faye understand the trauma from her past or Peter think of her as more than just the winter office help? Could this family really hold the key to what she’s seeking?
About Carrie
Over the years, God rewrote Carrie’s dreams to include being a stay-at-home mom and a writer. Originally writing weekly devotions as a way to share what she learned with women from various military bases, Carrie decided to enroll in the Christian Writer’s Guild. While there, seeds were planted and cultivated.
After almost ten years in the military, Carrie’s husband medically retired and they now live in central North Carolina with their three children. Besides writing fiction novels, she stays busy with homeschooling, working part time, and volunteering within two military ministries.
More than anything, Carrie strives to write clean fiction, happily-ever-after stories that gently advocate Biblical values and truths. She says, “I didn’t want to be embarrassed for my young daughter to pick up any of my books. I also didn’t want to be mortified if her life began to echo the activities of the lead character within my story. I believe the end result is books that not only provide some spiritual insight, but ones that reinforce accountability among unmarried men and women, healing from past hurts and families uniting in difficult circumstances.”

7 Day Devotional to go with the Book.
A Discussion Guide to go along with Crossing Values, also available freely on Carrie's site.

My Review
I really enjoyed this book! I wasn't sure what to expect when I was sent this wonderful little book.  Many times I've found Christian romances can be very simplistic and don't really hold my attention.  This book was just the opposite.  The characters were well developed and the story kept you turning the page to see what was going to happen next.
The book is a quick read at 160 pages - I was able to read it in an evening.  It's unashamedly Christian and is 'preachy' for those people who do not like that type of book.  While it's a Christian romance, it does focus on family healing as part of that story. There were many layers to the story, which kept my interest throughout. 
The characters in the book come to life as we watch Amber struggle with learning to trust both the Yager family, and also to learn to trust God.  It's wonderful to see this family as they draw Amber in and surround her with family and friends. I was left wanting at the end of the book to see more of the romance between Amanda and Peter.  
The book contains no foul language and no overt sexual overtones, just a very sweet romance.  This book would be appropriate for teenagers as well as adults.
 I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

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