About the Book
Book: Valley of Shadows
Author: Candace West
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release date: March 2020
A shattered heart. A wounded spirit. A community in crisis.
Lorena Steen gave up on love years ago. She forgave her long-time estranged husband, but when circumstances bring her to the Ozark town of Valley Creek, she discovers forgiving is far from forgetting.
Haunted by his past acts of betrayal, Earl Steen struggles to grow his reclaimed faith and reinstate himself as an upstanding member of Valley Creek. He soon learns that while God’s grace is amazing, that of the small-town gossips is not.
When disaster strikes, the only logical solution is for Earl and Lorena to combine their musical talents in an effort to save the community. But even if they’re willing to work together, are they able to? Or will the shadows that descend upon Valley Creek reduce it to a ghost town.
"Valley of Shadows" by Candace West is the second book in the "Valley Creek Redemption" series. And all I can say is "Wow" this series clearly shows what God can do if we allow Him to work in us.
This is a series of redemption and forgiveness.
I really think his series would be enjoyed better if read in order.
Yes, the series deals with physic abuse, both spousal and child, as well as alcohol but again I really recommend this book but with a warning to have tissues handy. This series has lessons that I learned to apply to my life as well as the characters. I know this book tour is for the "Valley of Shadows" but I really don't remember what significant lessons are from what book because I read both book right together.
But, I did learn this from one of the book "You can't live by what other people do or say. If you do, you'll spend the rest of your life being miserable. What you do and say is what matters. That's whats counts in the end."
I really love books that entertain us as well as help us learn truths that enrich our lives if we apply them. This is another series that proves "Fiction is real life".
This book did make me cry because of the alcohol abuse, because I have and had family members that were alcoholics, but the series has a great ending.
I received complimentary copy from the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are mine own.
About the Author
Candace West was born in the Mississippi delta to a young minister and his wife. She grew up in small-town Arkansas and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. At twelve years old, she wrote her first story, “Following Prairie River.” In 2018, she published her debut novel Lane Steen. By weaving entertaining, hope-filled stories, Candace shares the Gospel and encourages her readers. She currently lives in Arkansas with her husband and their son along with two dogs and three bossy cats.
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Why I Wrote Valley of Shadows
Can a villain become a hero? When I ended my debut novel Lane Steen, I knew someday I had to discover if a kidnapper and alcoholic was worth saving. Could that same person save a town after tragedy strikes while wrestling with his own demons?
Earl Steen had a dark valley to cross.
With a destroyed reputation, Earl must prove in Valley of Shadows that God has not wasted His efforts on him. Also, Lorena, his estranged wife, has her own score to settle. How can she when the villain no longer exists?
Nothing tugs at my heart more than lost, unrequited love. My second book focuses on their lost relationship. Earl and Lorena had haunted one another long enough. Could God mend what Earl had shattered?
Sitting down to write, I returned to Valley Creek and uncovered places within Earl’s heart that I never knew existed. Lorena’s struggles became mine as she grappled with understanding and forgiving. The dark places of their past somehow had to merge with the light of a hopeful future.
Getting Earl and Lorena to rediscover their love was a journey fraught with tension, grief, frustration, and hope. Was it worth every rewrite, every long hour staring at my computer screen waiting for my characters’ next move?
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To celebrate her tour, Candace is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card, a paperback copy of Lane Steen and Valley of Shadows!!
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