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Monday, March 12, 2012

Prize of My Heart


This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Prize of My Heart
Bethany House Publishers (March 1, 2012)
by
Lisa Norato

An unsolved mystery separates ex-privateersman Captain Brogan Talvis from his lost son--his only living relation, his only family. Shortly before her tragic demise, his wife abandoned their infant to strangers, refusing to reveal the child's whereabouts. Now, three years later, Brogan has discovered the boy at the home of a shipbuilder's daughter, Lorena Huntley.

Lorena guards a dark secret about her young charge. She finds herself falling for the heroic captain who has come to claim his newly built ship, unaware his motive for wooing her is to befriend the boy he plans on reclaiming as his own--until the day anothers evil deceit leaves her helplessly shipbound, heading toward England.

As the perfect opportunity to reclaim his son unfolds, Brogan is haunted by thoughts of Lorena in her dire circumstance, and he is forced to make a heartrending choice between his child and the woman who has begun to capture his heart. But only his unselfish sacrifice can win him the greatest prize of all--love.
 
Read the first chapter by going HERE.
 
A life-long New Englander, Lisa Norato lives in a historic village with homes and churches dating as far back as the eighteenth century. She was born into a close-knit Italian family that hungered as much for the things of God as they did for lasagna. After church, the family spent Sunday afternoons gathered in fellowship around a never-ending feast that featured her grandmother's homemade spaghetti and pizza.

From the time she learned to read, her mother impressed her with the joy of getting lost in a good book. She passed novels along to her as early as age thirteen, but it wasn't until many years later that Lisa felt compelled to write one herself.

She first discovered a love of writing when assigned to write and illustrate a children's book at the art college she attended. She balances writing with a career as a legal assistant specializing in corporate law. When not creating stories, she enjoys domestic pursuits like precious time with her dog and family, cooking, baking and eating vegan, reading, her Bible, her favorite television shows and crocheting.

Lisa is a member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA), American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Rhode Island Romance Writers (RIRW) and American Colonial Christian Writers. 
 
You can learn more about Lisa by visiting her website found HERE.

MY THOUGHTS ON THE BOOK:
I don't typically enjoy books in this particular genre, but Norato has made me a believer!  She writes with the perfect blend of romance wrapped in a Christian worldview, suspense and nostalgia.  Her story reads like a beautifully written poem at times.  The description she provides of both the characters and scenery make you feel as if you are right there in the story yourself.  This story is hope filled.  Prize of My Heart will remind you that nothing is lost when a life is surrendered to the Lord!

You can order the book from Amazon.com by going HERE.  

Happy Reading,
Jennifer

2 comments:

Tesha said...

Thanks for the review. I love books, although lately I have just read baby loss books. My girlfriend in Utah just started a book review blog her button is on my blog if you want to check it out. She is also a pastors wife. Thanks again!

Lisa Norato said...

Jennifer, thank you so much for your review. Your kind words have brought me a lot of happiness. I'm thrilled you enjoyed the book and wish you all the best!