Sunday, December 13, 2009

That Certain Spark by Cathy Marie Hake & GIVEAWAY

That Certain Spark
by Cathy Marie Hake
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0320-6
Publication Date: Aug. 09
Publisher: Bethany House

From the Publisher

Gooding, Texas, is about to gain a double blessing--a veterinarian and a doctor. But when siblings Enoch and Taylor Bestman arrive, the discovery that the long-awaited doctor is in fact a woman has the town up in arms. Karl Van der Vort is no exception, though he becomes Taylor's first patient...against his will.

Karl finds he can't deny Taylor's doctoring skills, but he also can't come to terms with her unladylike occupation. Taylor, on the other hand, wants only to prove that doctoring is her life's calling, despite the town's opposition. But when her practice--and Taylor herself--are threatened, Karl's protectiveness flares into a different emotion altogether.

My Review

As many of my commenters know, I am a Cathy Marie Hake devotee. I met her just over a year ago at the 2008 ACFW Conference here in Minneapolis. We were discussing her books and how book sales were going. That's when I knew Cathy on a level not as an author, but as someone desiring for all who read her books to know the Lord.

With tears in her eyes, she told me she could care less if another book sold as long as just one person picked up one her books and came to know the Lord. The sincerity she showed was just precious to me and something I will always carry in my heart.

That Certain Spark brings the reader back to Gooding, TX and with it, two new residents. Two doctors have been brought in by the town, on a veterinarian, the other a physician. Somehow, it was missed that Taylor, Gooding's newest physician is a woman. Back in the day, that didn't go over well. Her twin brother, Enoch, stood up for her and threatened to leave if they didn't accept her as well.

The townfolk aren't sure they want a woman doctor, but they want Enoch to stay. The Mayor decides that within 30 days Taylor has to have a majority of names on a list to stay on as Doc Bestman.

This book isn't as lighthearted as most of Cathy's other books. The story is fantastic even though the characters take on a more serious tone. I loved the banter between Karl, the blacksmith, and Taylor. Neither would let up on the other.

Enoch's devotion to his twin sister is strong. He is willing to leave Gooding to find somewhere else to practice vet medicine if it means his sister can work as a doctor. Enoch also finds that his heart has been taken, and very quickly by a single mom in town.

Will Gooding's men ever be able to accept a woman doctor? Will Taylor ever feel safe without Karl watching over her?

Even though That Certain Spark has characters from past Gooding, TX stories, this is a stand alone novel. It won't ruin the stories in the other novels Cathy has written, but I would highly suggest reading all of her other novels. Cathy by far has been one of my favorite Christian authors. It is not easy parting with this book. Merry Christmas!

About the Author

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. Visit Cathy's Web site at


Answer this question: Do you like historical fiction and if so, who is your favorite author?

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Mark said...

I'd like to enter, thanks

Sherrinda Ketchersid said...

I love historical fiction! For me, it is a great way to escape from the modern life and its busyness. I know there was a lot of hard work back then, but it seems like life was a little more simple. I'd love to entered into the draw!


Renee (BlacknGoldGirlsBookSpot) said...

Oh this sounds really good! I LOVE historical fiction so much so it's really hard to pick a fave author but I would have to say this year my two faves are Julie Lessman and Mary Connealy! Their stories have great messages as well as some great humor and romance, which I just happen to look for when I'm reading!

Thanks for the great giveaway!
xoxo~ Renee


Linda said...

I would have to say the Eugenia Price is my favorite historical writer. Based on the Civil War and earlier, it follows the Cooper family, who were real In fact, I read a book on the Cooper family after reading all her books in the series.
Women Drs. had a very difficult time breaking into a 'man's' world. This sounds like a great book. Please enter me.
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Carole said...

Cathy Marie Hake is on my list of authors to try, Mimi, and your review makes me eager to read her books.

I have no idea why, but I really enjoy historical fiction, particularly during certain eras. One of my favorite authors is B. J. Hoff, but I've recently discovered another who is at the top of my list: J. M. Hochstetler. Daughter of Liberty, #1 in her American Patriot series, is one of the best books I've read in a long time. The American Revolution is my favorite historical period, and Joan's book has vivid history, great storytelling, and an incredible romance. Obviously, I highly recommend it.

Thanks for the chance to win what looks to be another entertaining historical.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Sandee61 said...

I love historical novels of most anykind, and I have so many favorites, but to choose one I'd have to say Liz Curtis Higgs.
Please enter my name in your giveaway. I'd love to win a copy of Cathy Hake's book. It looks wonderful. Thank you!

Christmas Blessings,


Edgy Inspirational Author said...

Love Cathy!


Andrea Schultz said...

I would love to read this book by this tender-heart-for-the-Lord author! Please enter me!

Thanks - Andrea


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Giveaway Lady said...

Historical Christian Fiction is my favorite genre!! Would love to read this one. As far as my favorite authors, I like many of Cathy Hake's, Tracie Peterson, Lori Wick, and Lauraine Snelling. These are authors I like:)


Jo said...

I love historical fiction although had gotten away from reading it for many years. It has only been recently that I have started reading christian historical fiction. My favorite author used to be Willa Cather.


mindy said...

this looks wonderful thanks minsthins at optonline dot net

Unknown said...

I do like historical fiction especially if it's Christian based. I don't have a favorite author in this genre but I do love Karen Kingsbury. maggie965 at yahoo dot com

adge said...

I love historical fiction. Some of my favorite authors in that genre are Cathy Marie Hake(I have more of her books), Julie Lessman, Laura Frantz, Mary Connealy, and Siri Mitchell. Oh, and Deeanne Gist too. She's great. gasweetheart211[at]netscape[dot]net

Joshlin said...

Lauraine Snelling is one of my all time favorite authors. She has some really great books that are what I would call historical fiction.

I would really like to read this book too. If I don't win, I will look this book up soon. Thanks for this great givaway.

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Anonymous said...

I enjoy reading Historical Fiction...especially books by Cathy Marie Hake :)


ottefam6 said...

Would love another good read. I will have to check her books out.


Anonymous said...

my favorite is leon uris who wrote exodus. i would love to read this book.

Jennifer said...

If the book is good I like historical fiction and I don't have favorite authors as my mood changes to what I like to read

Ellie Wright said...

I love historical fiction. My favorite author would probably be Philippa Gregory.

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D Q said...

This looks like a good read. Please add my name to the drawing.

Winning Readings said...

I love historical fiction - all across the board. Can't say I have a favorite author, but Dan Walsh's The Unfinished Gift was a recent favorite.

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We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings:

Anonymous said...

I do enjoy historical fiction. One of my favorite authors is Gilbert Morris.

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Merry said...

I love historical fiction! My favorite authors are Cathy Marie Hake, Kelly Eileen Hake, Tracie Peterson, Lori Copeland, Mary Connealy... just to name a few. Please include me in the drawing. Thanks!


Cheryl B said...

I like historical fiction. My favorite would probably be the William Monk Victorian series by Anne Perry.

Deb K said...

I love historical fiction~I think my favorite author is Elizabeth Chadwick!


Marie said...

I love historical fiction -- in fact, right now I'm reading a book called Homeland which is historical fiction set during the Civil War. It's very good so far!

Mary Lou said...

I love historical fiction. Don't know that I have just one favorite author...Liz Curtis Higgs does a great job, Lori Wicks and Brock and Brodie Thoene do a wonderful job too. This books sounds great. Thanks for the opportunity.
Mary Lou

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