Historical Fiction, Review

Prelude by JoAnn Durgin

about the book

Prelude by JoAnn Durgin - Faithfully Bookish reviewOn April 24, 1962, U.S. Air Force Captain Samuel J. Lewis returns home to small Rockbridge, Texas. Six years older, Sam is the boy who moved four houses down when Sarah Jordan was ten. A teenager who nicknamed her Tomboy and teased her like an older brother. That boy is now a handsome military man who makes her heart race, but what does she know of love or life?

After his years away, Sam finds himself drawn to Sarah. The sassy, funny girl he used to tease has grown up into a beautiful charmer with wit and intelligence who challenges him like no other woman. Sarah’s frequent reminders that she’s leaving Rockbridge to attend nursing school, along with her encouragement to date other girls in town, unsettle him.

During the eventful summer of 1962, their friendship grows deeper and blossoms into love. Sam knows he can’t hold Sarah back from achieving her dreams. When an unexpected financial gift gives her the needed funds to enter nursing school, they face saying good-bye earlier than expected. Are Sam and Sarah destined to be together or go their separate ways?

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my thoughts

I just love that cover, it pulled me in and I really enjoyed my little trip to 1960s small town Texas. Hot summer evenings spent swimming in the creek, meeting friends for ice cream at the local diner, holding hands on the front porch swing, seeing everyone in church on Sunday, those good old days are so appealing! Rockbridge is just like home but better!

Sam Lewis and Sarah Jordan are down-home, salt of the earth kind of people, compassionate, loyal, and self-sacrificing. They also know how to kick back and have some good, clean fun like creekside rendezvous! Prelude is a prequel to the contemporary Lewis Legacy series, I’m looking forward to reading more about the Lewis family.

This review was originally posted on 03/30/16.


about the author

JoAnn DurginUSA Today Bestselling Author JoAnn Durgin’s debut novel, Awakening (November 2010), is the beginning of the beloved Lewis Legacy Series of contemporary Christian romantic adventures with eight books and counting, including Prelude, the prequel to the series. Pursuit, Lewis Legacy 8, released in January 2017, and three more installments are planned for the series (with a spin-off series lined up right behind it where you never know when one of the original TeamWork volunteers or a Lewis family member might pop up unexpectedly to keep it fun). Roundabout, Lewis Legacy 9, is currently slated to release before the end of 2017, so stay tuned for further details!

JoAnn is also the author of the Amazon top-selling Whisper to My Heart, Catching Serenity, as well as Heart’s Design and its sequel, Gentle Like the Rain. Her other books include The Wondrous Love series, Perchance to Dream, Echoes of Edinburgh, The Christmas Challenge, and the popular Starlight Christmas series.

Her latest release is The Valentine Verse (a book celebrating love any day of the year!), and next on the schedule is Thee Will I Cherish, Book 1 of the highly anticipated new, three-book Treasured Vow Series. It’s on pre-order and scheduled for an August 8, 2017, release.

A former estate administration paralegal, JoAnn now writes full-time, and she loves nothing more than sharing her stories of faith, family, and love. She lives with her family in her native southern Indiana.

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Did you grow up in a small town like Rockbridge?
I’ve lived in and around small towns all my life. 

2 thoughts on “Prelude by JoAnn Durgin”

  1. I love small towns. The town I live in now is near the town I grew up in. I lived in a city for 30 years and never felt like it was home. We’ve been in our present town for 16 years and love it.


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