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Whatever Tomorrow Brings (2007)

Whatever Tomorrow Brings (2007)
4.06 of 5 Votes: 2
0736919457 (ISBN13: 9780736919456)
harvest house publishers
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Whatever Tomorrow Brings (2007)
Whatever Tomorrow Brings (2007)

About book: This first book in the Californian's series is an easy, enjoyable read, perhaps closer to a 3.5 for me. The main characters, Marshall Riggs and Kaitlin Donovan, are two people I ended up caring about, and the historical setting of San Francisco and Santa Rose, California seemed interesting and well-researched. Also, Salvation is presented very clearly. There were a couple of things that bothered me a little bit and prevented it from being rated higher: As a reader, I love Christian historical fiction and rarely find the Christian content to be too much, but I did get that feeling a couple of places in this one. A sermon or a Bible passage was sometimes longer than it needed to be to get the point across, and it didn't always flow smoothly within the story. (view spoiler)[ Second, I found it very hard to believe that Kaitlin's father would be delayed for such a long period of time so shortly after his family experienced the tragedy of his wife dying. The hurricane seemed like a very valid reason, but even though there was a revival, it seems like he would have tried to come for a short period of time and gone back. (hide spoiler)]

Book #1 of "The Californians" series.Lori Wick is a new author for me, but I absolutely love her stories and her writing style. Her novels are very tender, sweet, easy to read, and always leave you with a message."San Francisco, 1871. As the Donovans step off the clipper onto the brick-lined streets of San Francisco, the wind holds no hint that their lives are about to change forever.After a devastating tragedy, Kaitlin, the oldest daughter, must face life in rugged California. Will the men of this restless country take advantage of her innocence? Will she recognize God's unexpected gift of love? Can she keep her family safe until her father returns?Grief turns into triumph and innocence to maturity as Kaitlin lifts her heart to God for the strength to face...Whatever Tomorrow Brings."
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Whatever Tomorrow Brings is a sweet story and I enjoyed it for the most part. My only problems were that when the characters talked to one another it sounded fake and almost cheesy at times. I've never heard anyone talk like that. Obviously it wasn't bad enough to make me stop reading, but it was still annoying. I also think it was kind of silly how the main character went from 'Kaitlin' to 'Katie' to 'Kate' all within the same paragraph. I would understand if her full name was 'Kaitlin' but she went by a nickname, or even if certain people called her a particular name, but instead all three were used pretty much in rotation. Other than that I liked the book a lot.
This one is the first of four in the Californians series. As always, Lori Wick did a great job of combining history ad culture with a spiritually moving love story. Beginning in Hawaii, it begins with the journey of three young people whose missionaries are serving in Japan. When their Mom dies during a furlough to California, each of the children grow up quickly and develop new lives, both on the mainland and in their relationship to God. Ready to track down the second one in the series, As Time Goes By.
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