Book Recommendation: No Substitute by Susan Diane Johnson

Back cover blurb:

First loves never last . . . except when they do. When Amy Welsh returns to Goose Bay as a substitute teacher, she has no intention of seeing Quentin Macmillan, the man who once left her waiting in the rain clutching her suitcase and dreaming of becoming his wife. Seventeen years later, his teenage daughter shows up in Amy’s class with plans to reunite her widowed father with the woman he has always loved. When the assignment is forgiveness and healing, will this young teacher pass the test?

Narelle: I’ve squeezed in an extra fiction book recommendation this week because I’m delighted that my dear friend, Suzie Johnson, is celebrating the release of her debut novel. Suzie is also one of my critique partners and it’s wonderful to finally see No Substitute in print.

I really enjoyed reading No Substitute, a fun and light hearted reunion romance between childhood sweethearts Amy and Quentin. Amy returns to Goose Bay, hoping to get past her teenage infatuation with Quentin once and for all. She never knew the real reason why their teen romance ended and Quentin married someone else so soon after she left town. Quentin’s teenage daughter is in Amy’s class, and she sets in motion a plan to push her father and Amy together.

Amy and Quentin are fascinating characters who deal with situations that challenge their faith. Amy grows in her faith as she rediscovers Goose Bay and her love for Quentin. He is a lovable hero who is doing his best to raise his teen daughter on his own. We see Quentin’s faith in action and his willingness to forgive in difficult and challenging situations. A very cute duck named Rufus also features in the story, set in Washington State. I highly recommend this book to those looking for an entertaining and inspiring Christian romance with a forgiveness theme.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.

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Community Day: Meet Missy Tippens from USA

Narelle here. I’d like to welcome Missy Tippens to our blog today. Missy’s group is from Winder, Georgia and has 20-30 group members (varies each session).

Narelle: Please share with us something unique about your group.

Missy: I think one of the most unique things about our group is that we come from various churches in the community. It’s so fun to study with women from other denominations and backgrounds. We also have a wide range of ages—from the late 30’s to around age 80!

Narelle: Where does your group meet?

Missy: We meet at my church in a large Sunday school room. We used to set up the tables in a large “U” around the room but have had to go to more of a theater-seating format with rows of tables to be able to see the videos.

Narelle: What is your group currently studying?

Missy: So far, our group has always done Beth Moore studies. We meet weekly for two hours with time for prayer requests, discussing the lesson and watching Beth speak by video. Right now, we’re studying the book of James in James: Mercy Triumphs.

Narelle: And we have a few questions for the members of Missy’s group. Firstly, what do you like about your group?

Laura Reynolds: I like our group because we are all open and honest.  We bring our thoughts and concerns to the table when questions are asked.  We are comfortable with each other.

Nancy R.: What I love about our group is the wonderful ladies we have and the fellowship we share.  The other thing I love is our leader, Dotty, who brings so much love and humor to the group.

Narelle: Does your group have a favourite food or activity?

Laura Reynolds: We go out to lunch each week after the study.  We try to choose a different place each week.  If you can come…great…if not we hope you can come next week.  We also have a covered dish luncheon after the completion of each study and have a great time.

Narelle: Why do you think it is important to belong to a Bible Study group?

Laura Reynolds: It is an excellent way to make new friends and grow relationships with other ladies that you would not perhaps be able to any other way.  There is something very special about studying God’s word with others and to share and listen how others respond to questions.  It is amazing how when someone responds, another would not have thought about it that way.  Bible study is a very important part of my life and it makes the scriptures come alive and makes them more understandable.  And as for the friendships/relationships, well all I can say is they are “priceless”.  I highly recommend a Bible study to everyone. Try it and I know you will love it.

Nancy R.: It’s important to belong to a Bible study group so that I can stay in the Word on a daily basis, stay close to God, and to be held accountable by the group for my study.

Thank you Missy for visiting with us today and giving us an insight into your group.

Missy Tippens, a pastor’s wife and mother of three, made her first book sale to Love Inspired in 2007. Her books have since been finalists for the Booksellers Best, ACFW Carol Award (Formerly Book of the Year Award) and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Her most recent from Love Inspired, A House Full of Hope, was released in February. Georgia Sweethearts is coming in spring 2013.

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