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Easter E-Book Giveaway!

For Holy Week 2009, the Christian Review of Books is teaming up with the newly-launched White Rose Publishing
to bring you a trio of seasonal stories--the Easter Lily Collection.

These three stories are all inspired by Song of Solomon 2:2 - "Like a lily among thorns,
      So is my love among the daughters."

For a chance to win a digital copy of one of these stories, email the following to review@christianreviewofbooks.com with a subject line of "EASTER LILIES":

1. A sentence or paragraph about what Easter means to you*

and

2. Which e-book you'd like to receive if you win

Winners will be selected based on the responses.

Read below for a peak at what the stories are about and some insider info from the authors!

By Another Name
By Ashley Elizabeth Ludwig
Review by Roseanna White 

Rosalee returns to Copper Creek looking for a fresh start in her hometown. But when she runs into Kade as soon as she arrives, she has to wonder if the past is too big to be left behind. Kade wants nothing more than a chance with her--but have they really changed enough to make it work?

By Another Name is a charming story about fresh starts, second chances, and the power of forgiveness.

***

I asked Ashley . . .

How did you choose your setting and/or characters?
    "Copper Creek" is a fictional California town - not unlike Temecula, where we've made our home. It's a small town that you might miss if you blink on the freeway, but there are hidden beauties here. The setting is warm, comforting, and a background that an adult would run toward, while a young girl with dreams and ideals just might flee! To me, it's the perfect place to return.
 

What do you hope people take away from your story?
    I pray that whoever picks up By Another Name will see a glimpse of what it means to be redeemed. People can change and grow, if you give them a chance, and no matter who you try to be on the outside, God knows your true heart.
 


Under the 5th Street Bridge
By Carla Rossi
Review by Roseanna White

Trey comes home from the war damaged, injured, and determined to spare Joy from a life with him. He finds new purpose in ministering to the homeless men under the 5th Street bridge. Joy tries time and again to get Trey to open up, to give her an explanation for the break of their engagement. But can she find a way back into his heart this Easter season?

Under the 5th Street Bridge tells a story of the redemptive power of new beginnings and the unfaltering strength of love. This is a story that will touch your heart as you look deep inside Trey and Joy.

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I asked Carla . . .

What's the theme of your story? 
    
My story is about resurrection and new beginnings.  Trey and Joy are hurting believers whose faith has been tested both emotionally and physically.  What do you do when you’re so wounded you can’t possibly see a positive outcome?  Where do you go when you think you’re doing the right thing and are still miserable?  These two must put all pain aside, return to their basic knowledge of faith, love, and mercy, and allow God to have His way in their situation.

What do you hope people take away from your story? 
    
There is always hope!  God is faithful to care for His people – but sometimes you have to hang in there and stretch that faith.
 

   

Wildflowers in Bloom
By Janelle Ashley
Review by Roseanna White

After fighting Napoleon, Barton returns to England a changed man, one who has learned the value of life and faith. When he sees his best friend's little sister again, he knows he'd about to learn a new lesson: one about love. Poppy is a breath of fresh air--a country girl who loves nothing more than to jump her horse and play with her domesticated raven. But has her simple life become a cage? Poppy doesn't know if she has the courage to leave her home for London. It's a risk . . . as is opening her heart to the man she's long admired. Is it a risk worth taking?

Wildflowers in Bloom is an engaging step back to Regency England. The story will win your heart and leave you with a happy sigh on your lips.

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I asked Janelle . . .

Where did you get the idea for your story?
     The Wild Rose Press held an Easter contest and the criteria was that we had to incorporate the scripture from Song of Soloman 2:2, “Like a lily among the thorns, so is my darling among the maidens." Imagining a beautiful lily made me think about what it takes for a flower to thrive. I believe the sun could represent the warmth of God’s love, and the rain is like the Holy Spirit who quenches our dry and thirsty soul. Being rooted and grounded in rich soil comes from immersing ourselves in the Word and abiding. But even with all this provision,
some flowers still wither. In spite of the fact that as believers we have the warm sun, cool rain, and rich soil, we sometimes still wither for no apparent reason.

     In my own life I know I sometimes wither because of fear. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of the unknown. Three hundred and sixty-five times the Bible tells us, “Fear not.” One command for each day of the year. There is no reason for us to ever wither in fear when you consider all God has given us to be strong and courageous.

     The theme of Wildflower in Bloom is overcoming fear. My heroine Poppy lives in fear because of heart wrenching tragedy in her past. Her pet raven Henry chooses to live within the bars of a cage instead of spreading his wings and enjoying the world. Henry is a symbol of Poppy who isolates herself in her quest for safety. Throughout the story Poppy learns to live in a world outside the bars of fear. We all need to constantly remember that perfect love casts out fear.
 

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