Monday, December 7, 2009

Review of Autumn Rains by Myra Johnson

I love Heartsong Presents. For a few bucks, you get a small book, but a big story. Likewise, Autumn Rains was no lightweight fluff piece. Despite the slim size, Myra Johnson had a great deal to say, and said it in a way that flowed with a genuinely good story and three dimensional, flawed but endearing characters. And the result is deeply satisfying.
I am usually a historical fiction reader, but Johnson hooked me and kept reeling me in with the hero, Healy, a man who served time for manslaughter and found a deeper walk with the Lord during his sentence. His character was so humble and endearing that I was rooting for him from his first scene.
The heroine, Valerie, with her emotional trauma surrounding the night her husband was killed, brought me to several moments where I blinked back tears, feeling her fear and struggle to trust again. I felt connected to each of the main characters in their believable journey toward wholeness and romance. The epilogue was a highlight for me, as the story came full circle and showed the difference a person can make, no matter his or her past. A beautiful and inspiring story.


  1. Kathleen!!! Thank you for the sweet, sweet review! I'm so blessed to know how my story touched your heart. It truly is one of my personal favorites.

  2. yay! I am so glad I won it on Seekerville. Otherwise I may never have had the opportunity to read a story with such sympathy for those who struggle to overcome troubled pasts. This is Christian redemptive fiction at its finest. Bless you, Myra, for showing a heart of empathy for real people like this.

  3. Kathleen, thank you for this insightful review of Myra's book. Autumn Rain sounds like a very good read.