Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Review: Makin' Miracles by Lin Stepp

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 973 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1617732788
  • Publisher: Kensington Books (Dec 30 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LEU4R72

Book Description

 "A charming portrait of the Smokies, their people, and a wonderful way of life." --Deborah Smith, New York Times bestselling author

Set in Tennessee's postcard-perfect Smoky Mountains, Lin Stepp's Makin' Miracles is an inspiring tale that reveals why love and forgiveness are most important just when they seem most impossible. . .
Zola Devon has always been a little different. Half Tahitian, with long black hair and dark eyes, she's especially distinctive in the mountain town of Gatlinburg. She even stocks her gift shop, Nature's Corner, with items that reflect her island heritage and tantalize tourists. But it's her spot-on intuition that truly sets Zola apart. When she gets a hunch about a person, she's almost always right. And when the surly photographer who owns the gallery next door starts meddling in her business, she can only hope that, for once, her instincts are wrong.

The one thing Spencer Jackson loves more than his camera is the majestic scenery of the Smoky Mountains. Reeling from his painful past, he's settled in a cabin in the woods to train his lens on the breathtaking landscape. A woman as uniquely beguiling as Zola could only throw his simple, uncomplicated days into chaos--and force him to lay bare his darkest secrets. But as their lives become unavoidably intertwined, they both may discover the beauty of the truth, and the joy of the unexpected.

Praise for Lin Stepp and her Smoky Mountain Novels

"I've finally come across someone that believes in all the things that I do. . .love, family, faith, intrigue, mystery, loyalty, romance, and a great love for our beloved Smoky Mountains." –Dolly Parton

"A wonderful, new Southern voice." --Joan Medlicott, author of the bestselling The Ladies of Covington series

About the Author

 Dr. Lin Stepp is a native Tennessean, a businesswoman, and an educator. She is an adjunct faculty at Tusculum College where she teaches research and at King University where she teaches a variety of psychology and counseling courses. Her business background includes over 25 years in marketing, sales, production art, and regional publishing. She has editorial and writing experience in regional magazines and in the academic field. Down by the River is the sixth novel by Stepp set in the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee. Stepp has five published works, each set in different locations around the Smoky Mountains. Her next Smokies novels, including Down by the River, Makin’ Miracles, and Saving Laurel Springs will be released by Kensington Publishing in 2014 and 2015 – as well as a short novella A Smoky Mountain Gift to be included in a 2014 Christmas anthology, featuring Fern Michaels and titled When the Snow Falls. Previous titles include: Second Hand Rose, Delia’s Place, For Six Good Reasons, Tell Me About Orchard Hollow, and The Foster Girls. Stepp and her husband have published a Smokies hiking guide titled The Afternoon Hiker (2014).

My Review

 Lin Stepp's Makin' Miracles takes me right back to the gorgeous Smoky Mountains of Eastern Tennessee. Makin' Miracles is the latest book in Stepp's Smoky Mountain series. It is available online and in stores on December 30th.

Stepp's Smoky Mountain series is a Christian romantic contemporary series. Makin' Miracles is the love story of Zola and Spencer. Spencer's photographic art gallery is located in the same area as Zola's nature shop. Zola has deep family roots in the Gatlinburg are whereas Spencer left his family ties behind in Virginia. As we learn more about the two them, we discover Spencer has deep animosities toward his family and in particular his brother who married the woman Spencer considered to be his true love.

Stepp has added an extra dimension to Makin' Miracles. Zola has a spiritual gift that sometimes allows her to see the near future. This is not a flaky New Age medium type of gift. It is a spiritual gift from God. The strong Christian theme throughout the story is very refreshing.

Makin' Miracles is a lovely romance that will warm your heart! It is a great addition to Stepp's Smoky Mountain series. I highly recommend Makin' Miracles.

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