Monday, September 23, 2013

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance review of Raw Edges by Sandra D. Bricker

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Raw Edge

Abingdon Press (September 17, 2013)


Sandra D. Bricker


For more than a decade, Sandra D. Bricker lived in Los Angeles. While honing her chosen craft of screenwriting in every spare moment, she worked as a personal assistant and publicist to some of daytime television's hottest stars. When her mother became ill in Florida, she walked away from that segment of her life and moved across the country to take on a new role: Caregiver.

The Big 5-OH! was released by Abingdon Press in the Spring of 2010, and the novel was very well-received, garnering a couple of nibbles from Hollywood.

Always the Baker, Never the Bride was released by Abingdon Press in September 2010. With its phenomenal reviews, the novel spawned a series of three more books based on the popular cast of characters at The Tanglewood Inn, a wedding destination hotel in historic Roswell, Georgia. The series cemented Sandie's spot in publishing as a flagship author of Laugh-Out-Loud romantic comedy for the inspirational market.

"Being allowed to combine my faith and my humor with my writing dream," says Bricker, "well, that's the best of all worlds, as far as I'm concerned!"    


Grayson McDonough has no use for teal ribbons, 5k runs, or ovarian cancer support groups now that his beautiful wife Jenna is gone. But their nine-year-old daughter Sadie seems to need the connection. When Annabelle Curtis, the beautiful cancer survivor organizing the memory quilt project for the Ovacome support group, begins to bring out the silly and fun side of his precious daughter again, Gray must set aside his own grief to support the healing of Sadie’s young heart. But is there hope for Gray’s heart too along the way?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Raw Edge, go HERE.

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Raw Edges is a touching story of loves lost and loves found all due to the devastating disease of ovarian cancer.  The memorial quilt created in this novel is something quite precious and I found myself thinking, 'wow. maybe I could bid on it'. Then I came back to reality and remembered it was only up for auction in the novel. 

Ms. Bricker does an outstanding job in depicting the pain and anguish of losing someone to cancer and also the pain and anguish of recovery from cancer. Her characters were real and the pain of losing someone was real. I know first hand how devastating cancer can be as I have lost six family members to the disease and have one breast cancer survivor in my family.

What I loved most about this book was the character of Sadie, the nine-year-old going on thirty year old daughter of the male lead, Gray McDonough. She is a precocious young lady who has taken on the role of looking out for her daddy. I also loved the journal that Gray's wife Jenna wrote to Sadie during her journey and battle with ovarian cancer. I laughed and cried but loved the teaching that the journal presented to Sadie but also to the reader as well.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to read a good clean contemporary novel and more importantly to anyone whose life has been changed due to cancer.

On a 5-Star Scale = 5 Stars.  Well done Ms. Bricker.

I would like to thank Christian Blog Alliance and  Abingdon Press for my review copy. I received my copy for free in order to read and give my honest review which I have done.

Smiles & Blessings,

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