[CFBA Tour&Review] Serendipity by Cathy Marie Hake

Posted 14 January, 2011 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Bethany House (August 1, 2010)
Cathy Marie Hake


Known for surfing across the kitchen on a dropped dill pickle slice, waterskiing on sea anemone spit, and using Right Guard® as hair spray; she considers herself living proof that God does, indeed, possess a healthy sense of humor.

Cathy loves classical music, romantic getaways with her husband, and Diet Pepsi Free®. “I need chocolate to survive, love my friends, and enjoy a deep personal relationship with the Lord. Although an extrovert, I’m very conservative on a personal level.”

In her writing, Cathy attempts to capture a unique glimpse of life and how a man and woman can overcome obstacles when motivated by love. In her inspirational pieces she enjoys the freedom of showing how Christ can enrich a loving couple’s relationship.

Cathy Marie Hake is a registered nurse who worked for many years in an oncology unit before shifting her focus to perinatal care. The author of over twenty novels, she lives with her husband and two children in Anaheim, California.


Todd Valmer should have known better. A farmer who’s been through several disasters, he travels to Virginia to fetch his widowed mother to cook and help him around his Texas farm…or that was the plan until she keels over on the train and they get kicked off.

Maggie Rose barters for a living and also makes soaps, lotions, and perfumes with a special rose recipe passed down from mother to daughter for generations. She hasn’t wanted to marry…until that handsome Texan shows up.

Her heart skips a beat, and when he proposes, a hasty marriage follows. What ensues, however, is a clash of culture and a battle of wills–and it’s clear they both mistook instant attraction and infatuation for love. As their marriage loses its sparkle and fills with disillusionment, Todd and Maggie must determine what is worth fighting for. He dreams of a farm. Maggie wants to fulfill the family tradition with her rose perfumes.

Todd’s mother, however, has entirely different plans for her son that do not include Maggie. In light of their hasty marriage and mistaken dreams, is there any hope of recapturing their love and building a future together?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Serendipity, go HERE.

My Review:
I am a devoted fan to Cathy Marie Hake now! I only read her work in the multi-authored book, Virginia Brides, and loved her work then. But, now that I have read Serendipity and I’ve seen the blessedly tender characters she created along with the amazing, God filled plot line, I am, forever more, a Cathy Marie Hake fan!

I loved reading Maggie Rose’s story. She was a “take me as I am” kinda gal, and walking along side her, her man Todd, and her mother-law-law Helga, was truly a magnificent experience. Traveling from the Ozarks to Texas was wonderful fun! Not only did Cathy Marie Hake create these lovable characters (even with stubborn ol’ Ma Helga!), she incorporated God’s love and messages through out. Seeing the way Maggie was selfless and always trying to do right by others, thinking of them first before herself, really pulled at my heart! But, her man, Todd…..now THAT is a man that made me peeved a time or two. His marrying Maggie for convenience was one that happened quite often in those days, so that wasn’t a surprise. What was a surprise was all the events that happened after the marriage. His following God’s will to do right by the marriage…..THAT is tender!

Mixed with just the right about of sweet humor and wholesome messages (not to mention the fun loving trip back into History!), this is an unforgettable sweet 5 star novel, that I recommend to EVERYONE with the highest of praises. I am officially hooked on Cathy’s books and will be looking for her past works, along with all her future works, too. Well done, Cathy!

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