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A Vision of Lucy by Margaret Brownley

 A Vision of Lucy by Margaret Brownley
*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Trouble follows Lucy wherever she goes. So does a vision of second chances . . . and love.

Lucy Fairbanks dreams of working as a photographer at the Rocky Creek newspaper. Her deepest hope is that her father will see her as an artist, the way he thought of her deceased mother, whose paintings still hang on their walls.

But disaster follows Lucy on every photo assignment: a mess of petticoats and ribbons, an accidental shooting, even a fire.

When Lucy meets David Wolf-a rugged, reclusive man who lives on the outskirts of town-she thinks she can catch the attention of the town with his photograph. She doesn’t count on her feelings stirring whenever she’s near him.

Two things happen next that forever change the course of Lucy’s life. But will these events draw her closer to God or push her further away? And how will David accept this new vision of Lucy?

A Vision of Lucy was the first book I’ve read in Christian Fiction.  I received a review request from the publisher and quickly accepted the book. It first caught my eye because Lucy wants to be a photographer and it takes place in the 1800’s.

Lucy is a young woman that has been raising her father and brother since her mother died.  She has aspirations to be a photographer but no one will take her seriously.  She is convinced that if she can get that one great shot, the local newspaper will hire her to work there.  She never dreamed that her passion would almost cost a man his life.

David Wolf is a man on a mission.  He is angry with the world because he doesn’t fit in with the white man or the Indians.  He has been shunned all his life due to his Indian blood.  When he was younger he was almost killed by four teenage boys out causing trouble.  He has never forgiven them and wants them to suffer as he has all these years.

I love Lucy’s character.  She is continually getting into trouble and it seems like David is always there to rescue her.  She reminds me of Janet Evanovich’s main character, Stephanie Plum.  It seems like anything that can go wrong for Lucy does, even when she is trying to help someone.  She has a good heart and believes that people are inherently good but she is also a little naive about the world around her since she has never left her small town.

David is a complex character that is jaded and feels like everyone holds his Indian blood against him.  He was put in a boat and left to die when he was a little boy, an incident that has fueled his hatred all these years.  He just wants people to see him for who he is, a smart and talented man, but he has to start seeing himself differently before anyone else will.

I really like David and Lucy together. He is truly the yin to her yang and they complement each other well.  Lucy will be able to help him overcome his anger and resentment while learning forgiveness.  At the same time, David is there to show her the ways of the world.  He encourages her to continue with her photography.  He loves her just the way she is and she doesn’t care about his mixed blood.

The town is a typical town in the old west and full of interesting characters, including the typical nosy neighbors and budding politician.  The secondary characters are so much fun and add that additional level of depth to the story.  The tidbits at the beginning of each chapter are also fun to read.  I enjoyed learning about how old school photography was processed; it makes me appreciate my digital camera that much more.

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book because I really wasn’t sure what to expect from a Christian fiction book.  The author’s message of love and forgiveness is intricately woven into the story without the reader felling like they are attending a worship service.

Overall I really enjoyed A Vision of Lucy and give it 4 Flaming Hearts. 

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