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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Book Tour: Becoming Lucy

Thanks to Glass Road Public Relations for providing a free review copy of this book. No other compensation was received for this review. The opinions contained herein are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.

Strang Book Group and debut novelist Martha Rogers have teamed up to create the publishers' first ever historical Christian romance, Becoming Lucy. Since I enjoy historical fiction, I was pleased to be invited to join this tour.

Set in the 1800s, Becoming Lucy is the first in the Winds Across the Prairie series by Martha Rogers. Lucinda, the upper-class heroine of the story, suddenly finds herself an orphan who must leave her native Boston to go live with her aunt and uncle in the Oklahoma Territory. Faced with a multitude of changes, Lucinda graciously adapts to her new circumstances and learns to enjoy her new life. Part of that new life is Jake Starnes, an unbeliever to whom Lucinda is nonetheless strongly attracted. With their differences in faith and Jake's past, the possibility of their interest in each other deepening into love seems remote.

I found Becoming Lucy to be an enjoyable and easy-to-read book, although parts of the plot were predictable and the characters didn't feel entirely realistic to me. The writing quality was typical for Christian fiction, which is certainly not the highest quality. Still, I did want to find out how the story ended for Lucinda and was rooting for Jake to find the truth that would set him free.

All in all, I think Becoming Lucy was a good beginning for both Strang Book Group and Martha Rogers. I believe that Mrs. Rogers' writing will improve as she continues to hone her craft, and I will be looking forward to reading Morning for Dove, the next book in this series (scheduled for release in May 2010).

About the Book: Lucinda Bishop (Lucy) has lain both of her parents to rest and now must move West to family members in Oklahoma. But 1896 Oklahoma ranch life is far removed from the culture and society of Boston. Her aunt and uncle do their best to acclimate Lucy to her new life, though Lucy struggles with newfound feelings for ranch hand Jake Starnes and longings for her former reality. Between Jake's past and Lucy's future, will she ever be able to live this new life?

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About the Author:
Debut Novelist, Long-time Believer
Martha Rogers placed her faith in Jesus Christ 65 years ago. He has seen her through many major challenges that life has brought. She holds a Master's degree in education and enjoyed a 36-year teaching career. She lives with her husband in Houston, Texas.