Review: Curious
RASPBERRY KISSES - Cecelia Dowdy
The Killion Group
EBOOK
December 2014
INSPIRATIONAL FICTION
REVIEWER: 
Tricia-Ann Blades |  RATING: A
SYNOPSIS: Facing eviction, Rhea Morrison, a young grieving widow, must save her failing bakery. Her recently-injured twin sister, Raven, loans her money - stipulating Rhea attend a singles retreat to spy on Martin Lane, Raven’s new love interest. Disgruntled, Rhea attends the retreat and is attracted to Martin. She discovers that Martin can help save her bakery.

REVIEW: Rhea, a young widow and struggling entrepreneur, hopes for relief from the jaws of bankruptcy and grief that have clamped down on her life. This relief seems to come in the form of help from her twin, Raven, but it has stipulations.  These stipulations are related to Pastor Martin Lane, who himself struggles with various crises in his life.  Will they be able to overcome their struggles and fulfil their divine destiny?

RASPBERRY KISSES by Cecelia Dowdy is an easy, relaxing read. It is a well-developed, well-paced story that readers will enjoy immensely on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The author does a good job in ensuring that her characters, plot and storyline are well-developed.  As a result, the reader is engrossed in the novel as the author weaves a story of underlying passion and desire in two young Christian people, Rhea and Pastor Martin Lane, who though at different pathways in their life recognise their attraction but are unwilling to fulfil it for fear that it destroys them.  Rhea is once bitten, twice shy and she doesn’t want to walk the same path she greatly fears, as a result she keeps running until love slows her down.  Pastor Martin needs to face his past and recognise that it is his own guilt that can keep him from going forward.  The author uses the supporting character of Linda Tucker to cement this and also add some spice to the novel. 

Mrs. Dowdy uses the theme of prayer throughout the novel, showing that prayer is essential in every aspect of life. This infusion contributed to the development of the novel, bringing out the other themes of honesty, trust, familial relationships, grief and fear.
 
RASPBERRY KISSES is an excellent read, relaxing and inspiring; once started it was difficult to put down.

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