Romanian Rhapsody

Author: Darlene Franklin

Publisher: Heartsong Presents

Release Date: July, 2005

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: PRINT

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Steve Romero lost his wife and child during a premature delivery in Romania while there on a singing tour. With his family gone, he left Romania with a heavy heart and a lonely future stretching out before him. Then one day, Steve has an idea--why can't he adopt a child to fill his empty home with love and laughter? When plans for adopting an American child fall through, he heads for Romania in search of a child to love.

Carrie Randolph accepted a two-year mission to Romania to work in an orphanage, never realizing she would grow to love the five children under her constant care. She soon is considering adopting one of the children, but when her application gets turned down, her dreams of having a child of her own begin to disintegrate.

When Steve arrives back in Romania, Carrie is all for him adopting a child--until she learns the child Steve wants to adopt is the same one she wants. Can Carrie unselfishly let go of Viktor knowing he will be well-cared for by Steve? When Steve and Carrie begin having feelings for each other, can Steve let go of his love and grief for his dead wife and allow Carrie into his heart?

Darlene Franklin has written a novel sure to tug at your heartstrings. ROMANIAN RHAPSODY is a novel of love and loss, hope and happiness. The deep emotions Ms. Franklin portrays in Steve and Carrie were almost tangible as I was reading this novel. The deep sense of love lost for Steve, and the letting go of little Viktor, a child Carrie dearly loves, evoke tears and a heavy heart in the reader, but the ending is one of joy and healing. Carrie finds God has plans for her, but in His own time, not hers. Will her faithfulness be rewarded? I truly enjoyed ROMANIAN RHAPSODY, one which inspirational lovers should definitely check out.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Sherri Myers

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