Book Review: Searching for Sara by Nona Mae King
by Joanne Troppello
Searching for Sara is book 1 of 2 in the Heart of the Blessed series by Nona Mae King. This sweet romance novel is 392 pages. It begins in London, England in February 1892. Then the storyline is set in America as the main character traveled by ship in September 1983. She arrived in NY on January 3rd 1894 and then traveled by train to Richmond, VA.
From the beginning, the main character, Sara Ann Little demonstrated her faith in God that He would show her the way—and be a guiding light. I truly related well to her faith. I believe the same.
I love the line Sara wrote in her journal: "I see now that You (God) used each 'yesterday' to ready me for this journey." This message was so relatable to the current circumstances in my life.
Reading Sara's journey toward a new life in America was inspiring. Even though she was an artist, I felt connected to this story as a writer and author following my own dreams.
This is another line from the book that really touched my heart: "If she wanted a change, she needed to embrace the journey with her whole heart."
Another line that touched me was when Sara told Mr. Lake, "I had to keep looking at the one day and let God keep the 'tomorrow's in His hand."
In a conversation with Mr. Lake, Sara responded to his question about whether her life as a servant was difficult. "God never asked me to go through a challenge I couldn't handle with Him beside me." That statement resonated with me. I have felt God's peace many times through life's storms.
There were so many great truths depicted in various statements like this one: "But God crafted a broader plan than what she could imagine. He always would. All He asked of her was trust and obedience."
I don’t usually post so many excerpts from statements in books that I review. However, this book was full of wonderful gems like the ones shared here. It was truly one of the best books I’ve read in a really long time.
The deeper storyline below the surface of the main plot was so intriguing. I loved this book so much. I know you'll love it too. I highly recommend it and hope you added it to your reading list.
About the Book
Sara Little has ached to live in America. But being born of a single mother in London’s working class, she could only dream. Drawn to the possibility of a new beginning, she follows God’s whisper into the unknown. But more awaits than the realization of her dreams.
Caught in the whirlwind of debuts and dinner parties, she has fallen in love with the one man she believes she does not deserve.
About the Author
Nona King was born in Oregon City, Oregon, and grew up on a 30-acre homestead in historic Aurora, population 540. She has been writing songs, plays, and romance & adventure novels since the age of sixteen. Her first paranormal fantasy series, The Soul Cycle, is a winner of the National Novel Writing Month and based on adventure modules written by her husband, Michael King. Her inspirational romance, Searching for Sara, won Honorable Mention in the 2011 Deep River Books Writing Contest.
Nona started her own publishing company, Angel Breath Books, in 2008. ABB publishes novels focusing on faith, honor, justice, and the importance of communication in our relationships with others. Connect with Ms. King through her Website or on Twitter.
About the Reviewer
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, SEO and social media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs. Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter. Read more about Mustard Seed Sentinel here.