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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
As Doves Fly in the Wind is a work of fiction in the romance, interpersonal drama, and Christian fiction subgenres. It is suitable for the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Mary Lou Cheatham. The plot follows our protagonist, Jessica Boudreaux Hays, a talented music professor who has moved to Rousseauville to open a bed and breakfast in her grandparents' house. Despite her cooking skills, musical talents, and hospitable nature making her an attractive prospect to those around her, Jessica faces challenges. Her sister, Emmie, needs constant care after their parents' fatal car accident. Meanwhile Dale Bonnier, a widowed pastor, ministers to two rural Louisiana churches. Despite his inspiring sermons and kindness, Dale carries the weight of a troubled past involving drug addiction that destroyed his family decades ago.
Author Mary Lou Cheatham has crafted a compelling drama that delivers an emotional and complex journey through the interlocking lives of Jessica and Dale. The book explores themes of forgiveness, self-acceptance, and the potential for redemption whilst connecting these to the Christian faith, but never in a way that would alienate readers from outside of these beliefs. The characters' struggles and growth are portrayed with depth and empathy thanks to the close attention paid to the narrative style and dialogue, making the story relatable and touching. Less of a Hollywood feel and more of a heartwarming, genuine real-life drama. Cheatham's storytelling weaves together various elements of human emotion and spirituality, creating a narrative that resonates long after the final page. Overall, readers seeking a heartwarming story with plenty of ups and downs will certainly enjoy As Doves Fly in the Wind.