Friday, March 13, 2020

This Side of Yesterday by Angela D. Meyer {A Book Review}

**I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own. 

Ginger Mooreland is stretched beyond her limit. Her beloved grandfather she cares for is showing signs of dementia and she is in danger of losing the Jukebox CafĂ©, which has been in the family for generations. Without the Jukebox she’s not sure how she can take care of her grandfather. The confidence that has bolstered her in the past is replaced with doubt.

Mike, the pastor of the local community church, has become a close friend to Ginger over the years. As their feelings for each other grow, Ginger questions whether she needs one more thing unsettling her life.

Convinced that his wife, Irene, who disappeared shortly after Pearl Harbor is still alive, Grandpa sends Ginger on an unlikely quest to uncover the truth. As Ginger traces the threads of Grandpa’s past and deals with her doubts about the present, she discovers far more than she ever expected for her future.

 Angela D. Meyer lives in NE with her husband and two children whom they homeschool - recently graduating their son. She has taught Bible class for over 35 years and is on the advisory board of her local Christian writers group. She loves God, her family, the ocean, good stories, connecting with friends, taking pictures, quiet evenings and a good laugh. Someday she wants to ride in a hot air balloon and vacation by the sea.

This Side of Yesterday is another beautiful addition to The Mosaic Collection--- book eight, to be precise! These novels are all standalone stories by various authors--- all completely different, but all with a common theme of faith. While I would certainly recommend all that I have read, you do not have to read them all to appreciate.

For me, This Side of Yesterday was one of those books that in the beginning, I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy. It had a bit of a slow start for me. I honestly couldn't say if it was the fact that there was a lot going on to try to sort out in my head at first... or if it was just from starting to read in the midst of sheer exhaustion. Either way, it did take one time for me to really feel truly invested in the story. Once the search for Irene- Ginger's grandmother who disappeared during WWII- really took off, I was absolutely hooked. I had to know if she was still alive, and what had happened there. I won't give anything away, but I will say that this was a beautiful story and you may want to have your tissues handy! There were several other side stories going on at the same time, and a few of which I would have perhaps liked to see addressed a bit more (perhaps in future books?), but it was really this search that anchored the whole thing.

Overall, this was a really sweet story and one that fans of a good heartwarming romance are sure to enjoy.


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