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Single mother Lauren Woodman returns to Vermont to renovate her family’s historic property and open an antique and art gallery. She longs to build a secure life for herself and her young son, leave her past mistakes behind, and avoid any romantic entanglements in the future. When Lauren crashes her car into a snow bank, she is rescued by a longhaired man she assumes is a homeless wanderer.
Wes Evans is actually an ex-missionary who considers himself a failure for buckling under in the face of persecution and imprisonment for his illegal missionary work in the Middle East. He senses God has sent him to Vermont to help Lauren and her son, but he is torn by his desire to keep his past a secret. As their friendship deepens to romance, Wes is forced to make difficult choices that involve great sacrifice in order to protect Lauren and her son. Lauren and Wes discover new dimensions of God’s grace and forgiveness as they put their love, their faith, and their very lives on the line for each other.
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Comments from reviewers and readers
I loved your book Along Came Love. There was so much in there that has helped me as a fairly new Christian. For one thing, I have been reading my Bible daily but found it hard to really know how to pray. After reading your book I began underlining some of the prayers you used and began to “shoot up prayers” as you would say in your book. This has truly helped me more than you could know.
But, the thing that really helped me to turn a corner in my struggles with the past (a divorce after 23 years of marriage and 4 painful back surgeries that have left me in pain more pain than before they started) was the bottom of page 49 that says Nothing could change the past. He had to let it go. Take hold of today. That was the only way he could keep those painful memories from holding him captive any longer. Thank you for following God’s leading in writing this book. It spoke to my heart and has helped me to fully understand WHY I had to let go.
There was so much more in your book that helped me too and I ended up underlining page after page so that I could go back and reread the parts that spoke directly to me. I hope that you will continue to write and know that you have helped a woman here in Sacramento to get past her emotional pain by explaining WHY! Life is so much fuller these days now that I understand.
I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet story wrapped around two individuals, both struggling with forgiveness issues in their lives. Author Carrie Turansky has given us characters so real, we feel like we know them personally. And they aren’t perfect—which only helps us to identify with them even more. She takes us on a rollercoaster of emotions with Lauren, Wes, and little Toby, on their difficult journey to discover that the truth truly does set you free. Near the end, I literally could not turn the pages fast enough. Well done, Carrie Turansky! A delightful book that I would recommend to anyone.
I just finished your book yesterday and I loved it! The story was great and kept my attention until the very end! It was so true to life with feelings of guilt and God’s forgiveness! You are a terrific writer, keep up the good work!
From Val Whisenand, Steeple Hill Love Inspired Author:
What a wonderful, dear story. You brought tears to my eyes more than once—and that rarely happens.
From Judy M:
Hello new author to Love Inspired! I have been getting Love Inspired for quite some time now. I just want to tell you I think your new book, Along Came Love, is excellent, possibly among the best I have read. And, yes, it touched my heart deeply. I had forgotten I John 1:9. Thank you, Carrie! What joy and peace flooded my heart as I applied it again to myself. I was also impressed with the character, Arthur Zeller, at the end of the story. Might you consider writing a sequel to this book? I would like to know more about Arthur Zeller. By the way, I am 68 years old. I would also like to know about Bill and Julia, and wonder what happened about Ryan. Did he ever change? What a marvelous story! Thank you again.
From Barbara D:
I just finished reading Along Came Love and really, really enjoyed it. I subscribe to the Love Inspired books, and I hope there will be more forthcoming with the name by: Carrie Turansky on them. When I can get out to a bookstore or the library, I will certainly be looking for your name. Congratulations. I know everyone loved the book as much as I did.
I wanted to tell you that I read Along Came Love. I couldn’t go to bed until I finished it. I loved the characters and the story. I’m sure this will be one of many books you write. You definitely are gifted. Many blessings on your ministry.
That book Along Came Love is so amazing! You are such a talented writer. I fell in love with Wes and Lauren not to mention little ole Toby. He was so perfect. I have a question. Do you think that will become a movie? I hope so. I could see the pictures as I was reading, but a movie would be better. I am 15 years old. I got your book on Friday and finished it on Monday.
I’m on chapter 19 of your debut book, Along Came Love. What a fantastic novel! My mom told me, “You HAVE to red this! It’s wonderful! I couldn’t put it down!” She was right, and we’re wondering when your next novel is coming out. Keep up the writing, the dear Lord has gifted you!
Just wanted to let you know that my mom and I read your book this week, and we both really enjoyed it. I am a psychiatrist (currently a stay-at-home mom) and my mother is a retired English teacher. I get the Love Inspired books from the book club. My mom wrote her comments inside the book, “Excellent handling!! Not “wishy-washy” like many “Christian novels.” She told me she thought you did a particularly good job with making the little boy seem realistic. I read the book in one sitting (should have been doing laundry, or something, but oh well…), which is unusual for me since there aren’t many novels out there that hold my attention like that. I liked the fact that you didn’t just write a secular novel that was just “cleaned up” for the Christian market—your characters actually struggled with spiritual issues, and the book was “inspirational” but still entertaining.
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My husband and I visited Vermont on a research trip and found a lovely art and antique gallery housed in a converted barn, and I knew we had found the inspiration for Lauren’s home, Long Meadow, and her gallery. Here are some photos of Country House Gifts and Antiques in Wallingford, Vermont. If you are headed to Vermont I encourage you to stop in and tell them you read these books!