Central Park RendezvousPaperback Romancing America: New York
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- Publisher: Barbour & Co Inc
- Format: Paperback | 350 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 25mm | 249g
- Publication date: 1 August 2012
- Publication City/Country: Uhrichsville, OH
- ISBN 10: 1616265930
- ISBN 13: 9781616265939
- Sales rank: 709,940
Welcome to the Big Apple where four generations of heroes find a love that never ends. Home from Afghanistan, Sean Wolfe is avoiding his dreams. Will Jamie Russo and an old coin give him new hope? Once betrayed by love, Alan James is embittered. Will a sweet reunion in Central Park heal his broken heart? Helen Wolfe is struggling to provide for herself and her family. Is Bernie O'Day her answer to prayer? Damaged in body and soul by war, William Wolfe's fiancee has rejected him. Will he ever risk his heart again? Will love persevere despite unimaginable odds?
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By Rachel 27 Oct 2012
Central Park Rendezvous is skillfully crafted by four different women into one beautiful romance. I was really excited because it was written by some of my favorite authors, but I did doubt a little when I saw the cover. I judge a book
by the cover and the cover didn't reflect the story very well in my opinion. So,
enough about the cover... The book starts with the story of Jamie Russo and Sean
Wolfe. This portion of the book is modern day and is actually split into four different portions in between the other stories. I thought it was odd at first but it was actually really skilled how I wanted to skip the other stories and just see what happened to Sean and Jamie. Kendig did a really good job of bringing the characters to life and advancing the plot in such a short amount of pages. Then we go to the story of Gail Gibson and Alan James, which brings us from the Vietnam War to present day. I really liked this portion of the book (by Dineen Miller). If I didn't already know a portion of the story, I never would have expected the ending. I actually shed a few tears. The reader is then brought back to the world of Jamie Russo and Sean Wolfe. Then suddenly the reader is taken to World War II America where families are struggling and men are fighting overseas. This was the most homey portion of the book, the only thing that could have made reading Sawyer's portion more homey was if I could cuddle up with a blanket by a warm fire. Helen Wolfe is struggling to support her siblings and Bernie is God's instruments to meet her needs. I did cry at during this portion a little, too. After heading back to current day again, suddenly the reader is thrust into the Civil War. The last portion of the book, MaryLu Tyndall's, is a hit for all those who love history (like me). Sisters Annie and Permelia could not be more opposite; one sister is kind and godly, the other has a bad attitude with a heavy dose of self-centeredness to top it off. William Wolfe comes back scarred after the war to claim Annie as his bride, but she is repulsed by him. Will he marry Annie or fall in love with Permelia? Tyndall's portion of the book had a Sense and Sensibility feel to it. Although, Marianne came to her senses whereas Annie really never learned from what God placed before her. I really liked Permelia and caught myself praying that God would send me a friend like her. The Romancing America books I've read are always kind of cheap and lame, but not Central Park Rendezvous. Five/five stars no question. A must read!
By Amanda 17 Aug 2012
Central Park Rendezvous is written by 4 authors, each telling the story
of 1 generation and how the coin played a part in their lives. It
amazes me how the 4 stories are brought together as one to complete the
story of the ancient coin, where it came from and how it was passed
along from one generation to the other. It tells of love, trials, and
overcoming obstacles. An amazing story of how God continues to work in
their lives, even after many years have passed. A wonderful read that
leaves you wanting to "get to know" all of the characters more.
By Debbie Mitchell 31 Jul 2012
Four authors. One story.
My review of 'Central Park Rendezvous' by Ronie Kendig, Dineen Miller, Kim Vogel Sawyer and MaryLu Tyndall:
These four authors did an amazing job bringing each of their sections together to create a wonderful tale. This book follows the lives of four generations, each with their own heartbreaking and heartwarming story; yet all sharing the same goal. I found myself going back and forth from present day New York to New York past. It was a whirlwind of time and emotions! Reading this book helped me to realize the impact a war can have on the lives of people and how putting our faith in God is job number one. I encourage anyone who has a loved one in the military, anyone who is seeking God's purpose for their lives or simply anyone who enjoys getting totally swept away, to pick up 'Central Park Rendezvous' and let yourself get lost in the lives of these wonderful characters.
This is the best Barbour novella collection I have read, both because of the quality of writing of the individual authors, and because of the originality of having four stories so interwoven that story one is actually told in four parts, yet manages to fit into the whole, and all centred around a reunion in Central Park. An excellent beach read. --Christian Book Reviews"Iola Goulton" (07/11/2012)