Oct 29, 2011

Sunrise on the Battery by Beth Webb Hart

Now that she’s arrived at her ultimate address, will Mary Lynn’s longed-for view of the harbor satisfy the craving of her heart?

At last, Mary Lynn and Jackson Scoville are living the life they’ve dreamed of. Two self-described “small town bumpkins” from Round O, South Carolina, they made a small fortune selling the little gems of lowcountry real estate Jackson inherited and now they are living in the heart of Charleston, South Carolina, carefully working their way up the social ladder in hopes of meeting their ultimate goal: to give their three daughters the life they themselves never had.

But the long-forgotten God of Mary Lynn’s childhood seems to be trying to get her attention in clear and unusual ways. So clear and strange she can no longer deny it. When Mary Lynn prays for Jackson to open his mind and heart to God, her prayers are answered beyond her wildest imaginings. Now Jackson’s dramatic conversion (which includes street witnessing, giving away a lot of money, and inviting poor, desperate and marginalized people into their home) is threatening their social status as well as their family mission statement. Is she willing to go along with him?

What would it be like to go “all out” for God? Jackson, a sharp and focused Type A man, is unafraid and willing to go all the way. Mary Lynn has her doubts.

Beth Webb Hart, a South Carolina native, holds a B.A. in English Literature from Hollins College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her first novel, Grace at Low Tide, was one of three finalists for the 2006 Christy Awards in the general/contemporary/fiction category. She lectures on a variety of topics and has taught creative writing on the college and high school level where she received two national awards from Scholastic, Inc. Beth Webb lives with her husband, composer Edward Hart, and their daughter in Charleston, South Carolina where she serves as a writer-in-residence at Ashley Hall. Visit BethWebbHart.com and SouthernBelleView.com.

Mary Lynn had the life she had always dreamed of having. She has painful memories from her childhood of never measuring up to the popular kids, and she wanted nothing but the best for her three daughters. They were on the brink of total acceptance into the high society, along with all the trimmings.

However, Mary Lynn still felt like something was missing. Searching for a deeper meaning to life, Mary Lynn turns to a neighbourhood church and women's prayer meeting. She longs for her husband to experience the joy that she discovered, and she begins to fervently pray for Jackson. When her prayers are answered, she almost immediately wishes that things could go back to the way they used to be.

Jackson has a radical change of heart, and does a complete 180 degree turn in his beliefs, his priorities, and his life focus. He stops at nothing to share his new found faith with everyone he has contact with. The family is totally embarrassed at some of his antics and wish they could turn down his enthusiasm.

At times, Mary Lynn must have regretted her earlier prayer ... for God to change her husband's heart. She got exactly what she prayed for, but then was resistant when God continued working in her life as well.

This book is about a fabulous journey of new found faith and the power of prayer. I can't wait to check out other titles by Beth Webb Hart.

Disclosure: Book received courtesy of The B&B Media Group, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.

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