Friday, December 7, 2012

Book Review: It Really IS a Wonderful Life

(Note from Elaine Marie Cooper) I have admired Linda Wood Rondeau, not only as a creative writer, but as a wonderful lady who reaches out to help new wordsmiths along the precarious road of literary art. It is my honor and privilege to review her latest novel, It Really IS a Wonderful Life, just released through Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Here is my review: 

Dorie Fitzgerald’s life is a whirlwind of grief, and there seems to be no end to the downpour of discouragement. Widowed a year ago when her husband was killed at war, Dorie not only has to cope with his loss, but has moved back to small town Midville where the only thing deeper than the snow is her troubles. Raising two youngsters on her own is the frosting on her fear of failure.

The young widow is determined to stay in this Adirondack community where her parents live. But after four months of living in the frozen small town without finding work, she is feeling hopeless.

A small blurb in the local paper, however, draws her attention: The Midville players are putting out a casting call for their upcoming production of “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Perhaps circulating with new townsfolk would open up opportunities for employment, Dorie hopes. Little does she know the real drama that will ensue.

This romantic story is so rich with believable dialogue, family dynamics, and interesting characters, that I was quickly drawn into the appealing tale of the young woman who struggles to survive in a new life not of her choosing. Dorie was such a sympathetic and appealing character who, more than once, brought me to tears.

Author Linda Rondeau’s prose was so descriptive: “…pretense fouling the air like over-sprayed perfume;” “the frigid air biting like a hundred mosquitoes:” and my favorite line of all, “Perhaps that’s where trust was born, in the belly of the storm.” Rondeau’s words draw you in like the smell of cider on a chilly afternoon. Lovely.

I highly recommend this romantic novel at Christmastime, or any time of year.

Author Bio: Winner of the 2012 Selah Award for best first novel (The Other Side of Darkness/Harbourlight), LINDA RONDEAU, writes stories of redemption and God’s mercies. Walk with her unforgettable characters as they journey paths not unlike our own. After a long career in human services, mother of three and wife of one very patient man, Linda now resides in Florida where she is active in her church and community. 

Readers may visit her web site at Her second book, written under L.W. Rondeau, America II: The Reformation, Trestle Press, the first in a dystopian trilogy, is a futuristic political now available in ebook on and Barnes and Noble. Also with Trestle Press is her serial story, Rains of Terror which can be found on Amazon.Com. A Christmas Adirondack romance, It Really IS a Wonderful Life, is now available through, published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.
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  1. Elaine, very nice review! Linda's book sounds great. Love your descriptions.

  2. Aw! I want to read it! Going to get it. Thank you for the review. :)
    Victoria Thurman (Author of The Dating Dilemmas of Delilah Dunnfield)

  3. Thanks for coming by, Jude and Victoria! I know you will enjoy this heartwarming story by Linda. Nothing like a great Christmas tale!

  4. Great review. I just got a copy of her book & beginning to read it. Sounds wonderful. Linda IS a great person & superb writer. I, too, admire her.

  5. Thanks, Elaine! And welcome to Author Culture.

  6. Thank you for the kind review, Elaine and for the sentiments expressed here.

  7. Linda, you are more than welcome. Thanks for visiting!