Bride of a Distant Isle

In every series, I find a favorite and Bride of a Distant Isle, the second book in Sandra Byrd’s Daughters of Hampshire series is my pick—so far.

Bride of a Distant Isle

Annabel Ashton is summoned home by her cousin Edward Everedge.  As an illegitimate, young lady living in Queen Victoria’s England, she has no other choice but to comply with his wishes. During her stay, Annabel discovers she will not be allowed to leave Highcliffe Hall because Edward has promised her hand in marriage to a frightening, repulsive man.

Captain Dell’ Acqua is in London to confront his father and to seek out a profitable business venture. When he and Annabel meet, she is happy to learn he is from Malta, her father’s birthplace and he is pleased to gain inside information to Edward’s business dealings.

When Annabel begins asking questions about her father, mysterious things start happening to her. Alone, she doesn’t know who to trust when trying to find the truth of her inheritance.

Can she find out about her mother and father in time to stop the wedding? Will the truth set her free or keep her a captive?

Sandra Byrd has done an excellent job depicting life in 19th century England. Filled with history and mystery, romance and faith, Bride of a Distant Isle, is a veritable delight sure to please any Historical Romance reader.

I received a copy of this book from Howard Books for an honest review.

To learn more about Sandra visit www.sandrabyrd.com

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Love Is A Marvelous Thing

Every artist leaves his mark. Whether it’s his signature scrawled in the bottom right-hand corner, initials stamped on the underside, or a clue within the masterpiece itself, there is always something to identify the creator.

Physically marked or not, a person well acquainted with the artist will recognize his work immediately. Brush strokes, fingerprints, a chisel mark, are indicators of his talent.

Just as an artist leaves his mark, we as the Lord’s vessels should be marked. People should immediately identify us with our Creator. Jesus speaking to His disciples said,

“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

    John 13:35

 Love. It’s a marvelous thing. Mankind has climbed mountains, crossed oceans, and changed the world around them.

Love Can Heal A Wounded Heart

With love all things are possible. Lives are changed all because of this one little four-letter word!

So how did they change the world?

  • Their love for that one thing consumed them
  • They remained focused on their goal no matter the obstacles
  • They allowed their love to guide them when all seemed lost
  • Nothing deterred them from their vision

So how can we change our world?

  • Allow His love to consume us
  • Stay focused on His commission no matter the obstacles
  • Show love one for another even when things seem hopeless
  • When loving someone is hard, remember His love for us

This month is all about showing the one you love how much you care. Just think, if we showed everyone His love what a difference a month would make.

Today, show some love to those closest to you. Then, while out and about, show some love to the stranger you happen to meet. Who knows? You might just change a world!

 

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Submitting to the Master

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2

Baby TwiggyTwiggy came to us a skittish underweight two-year-old. Our first priority was her weight. The second was helping her become comfortable around humans.

Each morning when I entered the stall to feed her, Twiggy would stand in the far corner afraid. So, I changed tactics. I opened the door and waited. When she realized I wasn’t coming in, she took a few steps toward me. Every morning she came closer and closer until she began taking a mouthful of feed from the bucket. Finally, I was able to reach out and stroke her neck.

 

Twiggy

Fast forward nine months in the field with Susie, a thirty-year-old who loves attention, Twiggy has come to learn the wind in the trees isn’t so scary. Dogs can be fun. A person coming in the stall is normal activity. And if there is a problem the human will fix it.

She still has a long way to go. She isn’t broken, yet. She doesn’t know what a burden feels like. But she will. For only when she submits to a master can she be a useful horse.

TwiggyIt won’t be easy. But who said life was easy or fair? Life is what you make of it walking hand in hand with the Lord. Twiggy, just like me, has the choice to submit.

At first, she will fight the rope, hate the saddle, preferring to prance and run free. But hopefully, she will come to see there is freedom in submission. The Master honestly does know best.  And when we lay aside our need for control, we find His yoke is easy and His burden light.

 

TwiggyYesterday, I watched Twiggy as she ran the field, gaining speed, slowing down, whirling around trees, and stopping for a breath—her movements graceful and precise. (She has all four feet off the ground!)

It reminded me of the race we’re running. Some days we gain speed. Others we navigate the obstacles. And still other days, we pause to catch our breath. Yet, there is joy along the way if we know where the joy can be found.

 

Twiggy

To find that joy we must learn to cast our cares aside. Trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean not to our own understanding. Submit everything to the Master.

The secret: It takes love for the master before we can submit. Without love, we will always fight for control.

 

 

TwiggyFinally, realize life is more exciting if we keep our eyes on the joy before us and bask in His light until we reach home.

 

This race is too short to run it alone. Invite the Lord along and watch how weightless you will begin to feel.