A Time to Laugh ~ (Under the Sun) ~ by Marion Ueckermann

Who is Marion Ueckermann?

Not only is Marion the author of A Time to Laugh, she is a personal friend, and is quite the most prolific writer I know. I have totally lost track of how many books she has written, or how many stunning book covers she has designed, both for her own books and for other authors.

So why am I writing about her today? Because we have an exciting adventure coming up in a few months, and she is helping me head it up. As writers in Southern Africa, we have a number of problems.

Some of our issues:

  • Many readers across the globe know very little about life in Africa, apart from what they read or watch on the media which can vary from a little-bit-accurate to wildly out of touch.
  • Authors of Africa seem to live under a sort of radar, with readers either not knowing about them, or not realizing they are from Africa.
  • Most American publishers require their book stories to be based in America, or if they are located overseas, to at least have American heroes and heroines.

Several of us are banding together in the near future to tell you a bit about ourselves, our writing, and in particular, to promote one book written about Africa. There will also be a number of freebies on offer, so don’t lose out! A Time to Laugh takes place in a beautiful seaside town in Africa, called Ballito Bay. It will not, however,  be the one covered in the event, but you’ll hear more about that later . . .

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Here is one of Marion’s books which I absolutely love . . .

 

About the Book, A Time to Laugh:

For thirty years, Brian and Elizabeth Dunham have served on the mission field. Unable to have children of their own, they’ve been a father and mother to countless orphans in six African countries. When an unexpected beach-house inheritance and a lung disease diagnosis coincide, they realize that perhaps God is telling them it’s time to retire.

At sixty, Elizabeth is past child-bearing age. She’d long ago given up wondering whether this would be the month she would conceive. But when her best friend and neighbor jokes that Elizabeth’s sudden fatigue and nausea are symptoms of pregnancy, Elizabeth finds herself walking that familiar and unwanted road again, wondering if God is pulling an Abraham and Sarah on her and Brian.

The mere notion has questions flooding Elizabeth’s mind. If she were miraculously pregnant, would they have the stamina to raise a child in their golden years? Especially with Brian’s health issues. And the child? Would it be healthy, or would it go through life struggling with some kind of disability? What of her own health? Could she survive giving birth?

Will what Brian and Elizabeth have dreamed of their entire married life be an old-age blessing or a curse?

MY COMMENT:

A Time to Laugh is a delightful novella written by Marion Ueckermann.

There are a number of references and similarities to the story of Sarah in the Old Testament, yet this story line is fun while at the same time serious. Brian and Elizabeth Dunham have just returned from the African mission field where they cared for orphan children. They experience more than a little trepidation when Elizabeth develops symptoms indicating pregnancy. She is in her sixties. Is it possible? And if she is, will the baby be normal?

A beautiful story, well thought out. Well done, Marion!

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Where She Belongs by Johnnie Alexander

Where She BelongsNewly widowed Shelby Kincaid decides to move with her two young daughters to the small town of Misty Willow to live in her family’s old homestead.

Newly widowed Shelby Kincaid decides to move with her two young daughters to the small town of Misty Willow to live in her family’s old homestead.

She knows there is going to be a lot of work getting the abandoned home to the condition she knows it can be. It is the only place where she ever felt she belonged, and she longs to have her children grow up in touch with their heritage.

The house has been neglected for so long and is in need of massive repairs, however Shelby knows she can do it, and looks forward to the challenge. read more

No Place to Hide ~ by Lynette Eason

No Place to HideIf you are one of those readers who doesn’t read prologues, better think again. No place to Hide explodes into action with the very first sentence of the prologue and never stops.

Heroine Jackie Sellers spots her childhood boyfriend, Ian Lockwood, on national television. He is wanted in connection with a terrorist plot. She cannot believe the Ian she knew so well would have betrayed his country, and sets out to help him clear his name.

The problem is, he is wanted by the FBI as well as those whom he claims have framed him. By getting involved with Ian, Jackie is now also on the wanted list by both groups.

The suspense in this book never ends. As they arrive in a safe place to hide, within a matter of minutes the viewpoint switches to the FBI team or one of the many bad guys, and you know they’re in trouble. Sure enough, within the next few pages, they’re on the run again.

I only realized this book was one of a series after I’d finished reading it, so readers who haven’t read the others in the series need not hesitate to read this. It is a totally stand-alone novel, although I definitely plan to look for the first two in the series. The Christian standpoint is there throughout, although it is not pushed, and I would not hesitate to recommend this book to all those who enjoy a good clean suspense novel with a romance element.

You can buy the book here.

Thank you to Revell and Netgalley who provided me with a copy of this book for an honest review, and thank you Lynette Eason for some nail-biting moments!

 

Vendetta ~ by Lisa Harris

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Christian Suspense

Lisa Harris owes me two almost-sleepless nights as I raced through the story, Vendetta.

This Christian suspense novel has a touch of romance but the story is packed full of action. The story exploded on the first page and just kept going until the end. Each time I read “just to the end of the chapter,” I found myself going on for “just one more page”.

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Helsinki Sunrise, ~ by Marion Ueckermann Review & Interview

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This post is a combination close look into the background of Helsinki Sunrise, a Passport to Romance book, and an interview with author Marion Ueckermann.

Interview with Marion Ueckermann

 SC: Hi Marion. Great to have you visiting my blog. I have lots of questions for you so let’s get started.
SC: Where were you born?
MU: Firstly, thanks for hosting me today on your blog, Shirl. I was born in Mufulira, Zambia a handful of decades ago. My paternal grandfather was a pure Scot and this gave me the incredible privilege of holding a British passport—a great money, time and effort saver when travelling.

Countries Visited

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Words of Comfort for Times of Loss by Cecil Murphey & Liz Allison

Words of Comfort

Have you lost a loved one recently? Do you wish to reach out to someone close to you who is struggling with grief?

Authors Cecil Murphey and Liz Allison both know what it feels like to lose loved ones. Liz found herself suddenly plunged into widowhood, leaving her with two small children to care for. Cecil faced the deaths of five close family members within eighteen months. The opening words of this book say it all: “No one grieves the way you do. Your grief is private and intimate.”

Others try to come alongside you. Sometimes they help. Sometimes they make things worse. This book contains the words and the simplicity to reach deep inside, to the areas that hurt so badly you feel you’ll never recover. It says to you, “It’s all right to be you, and it’s all right to feel exactly the way you do.”

I bought this book in March 2010 and put it to one side to read—sometime. Then I lost two family members within 10 weeks. I remembered the book, and read it through in an evening. I was so impressed with the thoughts and compassion contained in the pages, I gave it to my newly widowed brother-in-law the next day to read. I only loaned it to him, as I knew he wasn’t a reader and probably wouldn’t read it. He not only read it over and over, he ordered several from an online bookstore so that he could share the message with others.
The delightful packaging of the book, the simple and inspiring stories, and the beautiful illustrations by Michael Sparks combine to make this an ideal gift for anyone who is faced with the inevitable—the loss of a loved one.

This book is available at most Christian Bookstores as well as on Amazon.com.