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MY REVIEW

OF

THE DAUGHTER OF HIGHLAND HALL

(Edwardian Brides Series Book II)

BY

CARRIE TURANSKY

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ABOUT THE BOOK…….What if the title, the estate, the life of security and splendor… what if it isn’t enough?

Strong-willed and beautiful, debutante Katherine Ramsey feels ready to take the London social season by storm, and she must. Her family estate, Highland Hall, has been passed to older male cousin Sir William Ramsey, and her only means of securing her future is to make a strong debut and find a proper husband. With her all-knowing and meddling aunt as a guide, Katherine is certain to attract suitors at the lavish gatherings, sparkling with Great Britain’s elite.
 
When a shocking family scandal sidelines Katherine, forcing her out of the social spotlight, she keeps a low profile, volunteering with the poor in London’s East End. Here Katherine feels free from her predictable future, and even more so as a friendship with medical student Jonathan Foster deepens and her faith in God grows. But when Katherine is courted anew by a man of wealth and position, dreams of the life she always thought she wanted surface again. Torn between tradition and the stirrings in her heart for a different path, she must decide whom she can trust and love—and if she will choose a life serving others over one where she is served. 

…….MY REVIEW…….

5 STARS

What can I say that has not already been said in prior reviews regarding Carrie Turansky’s captivating story about Kathryn, The Daughter of Highland Hall?  How can Ms. Turansky always be at her best with each novel that she writes?  I really adored this book!  It has been quite a while since I read the first book in this series, and I had double the fun of re-reading parts of The Governess of Highland Hall – about William and Julia to refresh my mind and it picked up right where this book left off.

 

It is now April 1912 in London, England and the young teenager Katherine Ramsey is preparing for her presentation before the King and Queen of England, followed by her debut.  Where Katherine behaved as a bratty kid in the previous novel, it appears that she and Julia have come to a new understanding of congeniality.  Of course, when a woman like Lady Louisa Gatewood, Katherine’s aunt, insists that every well-bred young lady must be made ready for her debut into English society and ready for marriage – frustration sets in with all the curtsy practice involved.  Lady Gatewood aided Katherine in creating a list of qualifications for her future husband.  He would need to be a man of wealth and title. 

 

Let us refer to Katherine as Kate from here on.  Before coming to London from Berkshire, England – a bit of family history.  Kate would have inherited Highland Hall, but lost control of her inheritance upon her father’s death.  Her second cousin William Ramsey had taken her father’s title as baronet and became the master of Highland Hall as well as her guardian until she married.  Highland Hall in Berkshire had been partially destroyed by fire necessitating a move to Ramsey House in London.  Much of this story concentrates on Julia Foster and her family.  Jonathan Foster, her brother, was a medical student intending to return to India to continue the mission his family had begun.  Jon was employed by Dr. Pittsford who had moved his practice to the East End of London, a slum full of danger.  Jon lived in William’s home in London.  A wedding for William and Julia was in the future.  There was already strife between William and his brother David.

 

A nervous Kate had made a big faux pas at her presentation before royalty.  Imagine the uproar from Aunt Louisa!  Jon’s shoulder was available for Kate’s commiseration.  More trouble abounds when Kate’s lady’s maid learns her unmarried sister Helen is pregnant and in an abusive situation.  However at her debut, she met Edward Wellington who met every detail of her list.  Could this be her future husband?  Edward asked to court her, but was strongly influenced by his parents.  Then, emanated the big scandal involving Williams brother David.  Edward dropped out of the picture and Jon and Kate began to fall in love.

 

All of this and more creates a novel reminiscent of Downton Abbey….and I am fond of that series.  Ms. Turansky weaves together fascinating facts, mystery, humor, and faith in God and well developed characters with accurately researched Edwardian etiquette.  I am not at all certain how Carrie Turansky gives such a great pen to her ideas, but I am glad she is an expert doing so.  I am in awe of her writing – naturally making it all about God’s answers.  If you haven’t read The Governess of Highland Hall, I suggest you do before you read The Daughter of Highland Hall.  Both are stand-alone novels – that go together.  I am certainly looking forward to the third book, A Refuge at Highland Hall.  Might Ms.Turansky bring war and the wounded into this novel?  We won’t know unless we read it!

I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Litfuse Publicity Group for my review.)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR…….

Born and raised in Oregon, my heart longs for tall evergreens, the rugged Oregon Coast, and the pristine Cascade Mountains. . . but I presently live in beautiful, but very flat, central New Jersey. This is the Garden State, so we enjoy shopping at our local farmers’ market for sweet corn and juicy tomatoes or picking strawberries, blueberries, and peaches at local farms. We are close to Princeton University, Philadelphia, and New York City, so we sometimes take day trips in and enjoy museums, plays, and touring around.

I am married to Scott and we have five great kids, two lovely daughters-in-law, a wonderful son-in-law, and four adorable grandchildren. My roles of wife, mother, and grandma are very rewarding and fulfilling for me. Scott and I partner in ministry at Calvary Chapel Living Hope, a church we helped plant along with a team of hardworking, Jesus-following friends. Our ministry at Calvary has been very gratifying and exciting for us. We feel blessed to have the privilege of serving the Lord with these dear frineds. If you would like to know more about Calvary Chapel Living Hope you may visit our website at http://www.takejesushome.com.

My husband is the author of several great parenting books filled with practical insight and godly wisdom. We invite you to visit our ministry website for parenting tips, articles, resources and much more. That web site is www.biblicalparenting.org.

I have been writing since 1999 and have published several articles, short stories, devotions, and essays. Writing fiction is my passion, and I thank the Lord for all the creative ideas and characters He puts in my mind and heart. I am very thankful for friends and family who have believed in me and encouraged me on my writing journey.

When I’m not writing you will find me enjoying time with my family, working outside in my flower gardens, cooking healthy meals for family and friends, or walking around the lake near our home.

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MY REVIEW

OF

ALL MY BELONGINGS

BY

CYNTHIA RUCHTI

5 STARS
5 STARS

 

 

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Jayne Dennagee has spent her life running from the “doctor death” legacy of her father. His Kervorkian-copycat methods of euthanasia ruined her childhood, covering it in shame. She won’t let him steal her future, too. After changing her name to Becka, she assumes a new life and new job caring for the ailing mother of a handsome young businessman, Isaac Hughes.

Becka struggles to sort out her feelings for her new boss just as her patient passes away under unusual circumstances. Suddenly, her past catches up with her and the unnerving details of her heritage make Becka look like a murder suspect. Worse, all sense of home and all hope for love vanish.

Even if she could clear her name, a phone call from prison wraps a suffocating shroud around her heart. Her father is out—and he needs her help. Can Becka open her new life to the man who has prematurely taken so many? Or will her father’s legacy make it impossible to open her heart at all?

 

 

MY REVIEW

 

Excitement bubbled within me when I chose Cynthia Ruchti’s newest publication, “All My Belongings” to read.  One of first books I won in a giveaway and read on my new Kindle in 2010 was Ms. Ruchti’s debut novel “They Almost Always Come Home.”  It was apparent to me then that Cynthia Ruchti was chock-full of the genuine writer’s spirit

 

This story is an exceptionally uncommon plot and especially imaginative in detail. The subject matter was a total surprise …..unexpected as so rarely considered a writing topic, except possibly to true experiences reported in the news or horror stories – however my attention was swiftly captured.

 

At first my mind could not relate to all the changes Jayne Dennagree, AKA Becca Morrow made in her life to run away with the intention to disappear – even from herself.   She really had no choice being the type of person she was to reveal what she had witnessed and blame her father for causing her mother’s death.   She had done a very brave and honorable thing – although some might consider her a snitch…..after all, her dad had gone to prison for life.

 

The plot begins to thicken when Becca is interviewed by handsome lawyer Isaac Hughes for a caregiver position to his ill and aging mother Aurelia.  Becca’s experience of giving care to her mother’s ALS disease gave her the courage to accept the position to care for Aurelia’s Alzheimer’s   condition.  Becca learns that she can feel new long forgotten emotion of compassion and love, including romantic sensations toward Isaac.  Her life has only begun to settle into some normalcy when Aurelia suddenly mysteriously dies and Becca finds herself as the suspect in a murder investigation.  Ms. Ruchti’s writing throughout this novel is brilliantly executed with twists and turns of love, compassion, mystery and suspense played out through excellent characterizations of the players she created.

 

Becca, after going through heartache, healing and disappointment, illogical happenings, and the journey of life choices soon leads to a beautiful conversion to believing in God…. only after Becca’s realization that she could love and trust another in commitment. 

 

Assuming everyone wants a happy ending, the story is not finished…there is yet a surprise waiting in relation to another suspenseful matter from Becca’s past.  Be prepared for your own emotions to be tendered when Becca becomes the instructor on remarkable forgiveness.  Ms. Ruchti, you do not disappoint your readers …an excellent read…our redeemer has blessed your pen indeed.  I look forward to what you will think up next to entertain the reading crowd with the blessing of your distinctive panache.

 

I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

 

AUTHOR CYNTHIA RUCHTI

AUTHOR CYNTHIA RUCHTI

 

MEET AUTHOR CYNTHIA RUCHTI

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through her novels and novellas, speaking for women’s events and retreats, writers’ events and retreats, nonfiction books and devotionals, drawing from 33 years of on-air radio ministry. Her books have been recognized by RT Reviewers’ Choice Award, Retailers’ Choice Award, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and Carol Award nominations, among other honors, including a Family Fiction Readers’ Choice Award.

As of 2014, she has a total of eight books on the shelves, with more contracted for 2015 and beyond.

She and her plot-tweaking husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.

In 2012, the radio broadcast Cynthia wrote and produced for 33 years–”The Heartbeat of the Home”–drew to a close. The scripted radio drama/devotional broadcast aired on many radio stations across the country and two cable/digital television stations. Cynthia served as the editor of the ministry’s Backyard Friends magazine, a twenty-page, twice annual publication that reached 5,000 homes, churches, and parachurch outreaches.

Biography

Taking multi-tasking to new heights (or depths, depending on your perspective), Cynthia Ruchti is the author of recent releases “When the Morning Glory Blooms” (novel) and “Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People’s Choices” (nonfiction). She makes potato corn chowder for her husband of 41 years, loves on her three kids and five grandchildren, recently retired from 33 years of writing and producing a daily radio broadcast called THE HEARTBEAT OF THE HOME, writes devotionals for TheChristianPulse.com, is past president of the 2,700-member American Christian Fiction Writers and now serves as ACFW’s Professional Relations Liaison, all while working on more book projects in addition to the six already on the shelves. The year 2010 saw the release of her debut novel–“They Almost Always Come Home” by Abingdon Press (a Carol Award finalist)–and a Christmas collection novella, “The Heart’s Harbor” in A Door County Christmas, a Family Fiction Reader’s Choice, by Barbour Publishing. “His Grace is Sufficient…Decaf is Not,” released Nov 1, 2011. Another novella collection–“Cedar Creek Seasons” (Barbour) released in spring of 2012. “When the Morning Glory Blooms” (April 2013) will be followed by “All My Belongings” (2014, also from Abingdon Press). She writes stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark, but she gave up knitting, counted cross-stitch, sewing her own clothes, naps, and dusting baseboards a long time ago. You can find her at http://www.cynthiaruchti.com, at http://www.facebook.com/cynthiaruchtireaderpage, or in the kitchen, brewing herself another cup of tea.

 

LESLIE RADDATZ INTERVIEW – DAY FIVE


LESLIE RADDATZ INTERVIEW 

FLASHBACKS IN 

POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

FRIDAY – DAY FIVE

FINAL INTERVIEW

LESLIE AND HER DAD
ON HER
WEDDING DAY

Well Leslie, here we are again.  We have covered a lot of PTSD territory in the past few days.  You’ve done a marvelous job of tuning us into some facts and therapies possibly some of us, including me, had never heard of before.  And now, we’re at the end and I hope others reading what you’ve had to say will help you get the word out about your book, Flashbacks in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Surviving Through The Flood.  And as importantly, to further the word to be of significant aid to victims as you and your dad.

Leslie:  I’m so glad to be here again today, Barb, thank you for mentioning the title of my book. It is my constant prayer that people everywhere will hear about the importance of furthering the studies and research to help victims of damaged mental health due to PSTD.  We need to lift the awareness and compassion of our friends, neighbors and the person on the street, that this could happen to them or anyone living under extreme stress and trauma.

Barb:  Leslie, when we came to the end of our interview yesterday, we were discussing veterans with PTSD.  I asked you if you had included any stories of veterans as well as other victims of this disorder in your book and you replied that your father also has PSTD. 

Leslie:  Yes I wrote about my father for one chapter in my book.. My book is mostly about me because it is a memoir about me but in family background I explain about my dad’s PTSD so readers would have a sense to understand that the parental neglect wasn’t his fault because he was dealing with so much trauma himself.  Also my mother was an alcoholic.

 

LESLIE’S DAD BEFORE VIETNAM

LESLIE’S DAD DURING VIETNAM

Leslie:  My father suffered with PTSD from the Vietnam War.  I wrote about him in one of the chapters in my book and I also wrote an article of my experience while a child of age 3 or 4 witnessing his PTSD symptoms which included pulling knives on my mother and us.  My mother would hide us in closets when he started to scream and try to find the enemy in the house.Go to http://homecomingvets.wordpress.com and click the link The Effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on our Soldiers and Their Families by Leslie Raddatz that was published by Bonnie Toews CEO at Whistler House, Whistler, Canada, and Author of The Consummate Traitor and Covert Denial and The Odonata Ring.

I was three or four years old. I remember one day I am about to walk into the kitchen my mom stops me with a panic look on her face as she keeps one eye on my dad as she tells me softly to stay still and not to move.  I feel scared and frozen in place as I see the knife pointed at my mom. She turns her full attention to my dad who is holding a knife with a strange look on his face.  Talking but I can’t understand what he is saying.  I witness my mom slowly and calmly walking up to him while repeating, “It is okay. I am your wife.”  “You are no longer in the war it is okay to let go of the knife.” “You are home with me and the kids.”  She takes the knife out of his hands as he returns to the present and is confused as my mom hugs and kisses him saying, “It is okay honey.  I love you.” As they both cry while   I am still standing there not understanding what happened.”

   LESLIE

Barb:  …….Unbelievable…I’m stunned and speechless.  I..just don’t know what to say, except I’m so sorry for you, for him and your entire family.  My husband was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam twice.  He rarely speaks of his experiences there, he did have some very dangerous close calls.  He doesn’t like anyone walking up behind him and will startle still today if we walk up behind him and especially if we touch him on the shoulder or back.  I’ve learned the hard way not to hug him from behind….LOL…  

Leslie:  Yes….who can realize the true and horrible trauma that war can cause….to the ones at war on both sides, and especially with the innocent children and people who reside in war torn area.

Barb:  My prayers go to everyone concerned…I’ve also seen it from the distaff side of being a military wive at home with the children when the husband is away at war.  Leslie, Your book is certainly important in many and various ways.  We don’t want to give too much away about what is inside the covers, but you have convinced me how vital reading your book will be once it is published.  Can you tell us a bit more about the book without giving away any spoilers?

Leslie: My book Flashbacks in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Surviving Through the FloodWill help victims and loved ones understand what is happening to their self, mother, dad, brother, sisters, friend etc.  For the Survivors, my book will reinforce the fact that they are not alone.  It will give them a resource to reach out to other survivors when they need support.  Even though we have survived the healing process there are still times we need support when something else surfaces or resurfaces.  They can do that by emailing me at lraddatz1@gmail.com or going to Justice For All Revolution’s website www.justiceforallrevolution.com  and chat with one of the Facilitators.

Our disorders never go away.  We just learn coping skills on how we can lessen our reaction to the triggers, memories, body memories as they occur, etc.  There are times that we don’t have any triggers, memories, etc for a long time which is a good sign that our PTSD is in control.  Each day we have to make a choice not to repeat our destructive pattern and if we slip one day we try again the next day not to repeat them.

Barb:  One day at a time, Sweet Jesus.  You’re not talking about a made up fictional story, Leslie…this is real life.  Sounds like you’ve written an exceptional and informative book.  Hearing your father’s and your stories really piques my interest and I can’t wait to read it.  How soon will it be published?

Leslie My book is completely edited by Janell Moon, http://janellmoon.com/, award winning author of nonfiction books.  She has eleven books of her own published.  My next step is to develop a book/marketing proposal to find the right agent that will represent and introduce my book to publishers. I will keep you updated on the status on my book, when the release date will be and where you can buy it. 

Barb:  Leslie, please give us any information that our readers can go to find out more about you and your book.  I know you have shared much information with us, but  this is such an intriguing subject and my empathy goes out to all that suffer from this condition; including one of my own daughters who suffers from PTSD.  You have made a place where others can go and receive the truth in information and help on how to support someone close to you.  It is a devastating disease and I pray that one day it will be erased.  That gives us more reason to pray and strive for world peace and personal.  Thank you for being with us this week, Leslie. You have given us food for thought for sure. I know also that you have been guided by the hand of God through all of this life shattering process.  I am thankful.  Please keep us informed as to the status of your father, yourself and the book as it proceeds toward publication.

Leslie:  It was my pleasure to be here and thank you for having me and spending the time to learn about my disorders to help educate others.  For more information about my story, warning signs, treatments and resources available, please go to my website www.silencednolonger.com

I also have a blog that I share my experiences and coping skills.  I hope to have reached those needing help, Barb, through your helping hand also.  I welcome any questions on my blog, my webpage and at my email address.  I’m sure if you would ask Barb to send me your questions that she would be willing to do that.  I would love to hear from you and pray for your needs.

Barb:  Well, Leslie…I think we both deserve to take one great big satisfied sigh.  This has been challenging for both of us, and I’m very grateful to you for requesting me to help you with the publication of the word about your purpose.  With God’s help and many prayers….there will one day be more effective help for all PSTD mental health sufferers.  Let’s put a “so be it” and amen to that.  Wonderful to have you here.  You are blessed.

Well, friends, I think that about said it.  I hope all of you who dropped by have been blessed by Leslie and her story.  I definitely have.  Please be watching for news of this wonderful book’s publishing date…I’ll be sure to let you know.  Take care and have a weekend full of love, fun and joy.

Grace & Peace,

Barb

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Leslie’s Blog:  www.silencednolonger.blogspot.com

Leslie’s email:  lraddatz1@gmail.com

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The Effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on our Soldiers and Their Families by Leslie Raddatz that was published by Bonnie Toews CEO at Whistler House, Whistler, Canada, and Author of The Consummate Traitor and Covert Denial and The Odonata Ring.

*Responses from States/Countries:  

POSTED TO LESLIE’S WEBSITE:  www.silencednolonger.com     USA– Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Florida, Oregon, Massachusetts, Missouri, Michigan, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Connecticut, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Maryland, Texas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Virginia, Tennessee, New York, Ohio, Arkansas, Washington, Maine, Arizona, New Jersey, Utah, Montana, Nevada, Minnesota, Alabama, North Dakota and Iowa, Mexico. Canada, Brazil, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Europe -Iceland, Russia, UK, Australia- Australia, Asia-Iran, India, Philippines, Hong Kong, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Africa– Kenya, Nigeria

POSTED TO LESLIE’S BLOG:  www.silencednolonger.blogspot.com United States, Russia, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, Austria, Malaysia, France, Italy, Ukraine, Brazil, Romania, Ireland, Japan, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Pakistan, Jamaica, Netherlands, China, Spain, Uganda, Mexico, Czech Republic, United Arab Emirates, India, Kenya, and Latvia, Oman, Nigeria, Thailand, Georgia, Australia, Poland, Indonesia, Columbia, Switzerland, Portugal, Sweden, Philippines, South Africa, Saudi Arabia,Venezuela and South Korea.

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founded by Dr Francine Shapiro in 1990.

A passage from the book: Flashbacks in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Surviving Through The Flood by Leslie Raddatz:

COMMENTS:


    1. Diana FlowersFeb 23, 2012 10:58 AM
    2. I thought I would post a comment later after the series was complete, but I best do it now while I have a few minutes. Thank you Barb, and Leslie for this great, informative interview. I suffered severe childhood abuse as a child and so much of this is hard for me to read; especially that other women had to suffer as I did. I thought for so many years that I was the only one. I never even told my husband until we had been married for 15 years. It wasn’t something that was talked about at all back then.

      I did go to therapy a little, but it didn’t help (although I’m glad, Leslie, that you were able to find someone who knew how to help you), but I am happy to say that I found deliverance in my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It’s not an overnight process, but day be day He is working to deliver me. Thanks be to God who always causes us to triumph in Christ! 2 Corinthians 2:14

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    3. Dear Diana,

      Your letter brought tears to my eyes and sorrow in my heart for your childhood. I commend you for revealing your deepest secrets. Most of all, how happy I am for you that Jesus came into your life and is working day by day to heal and deliver you from the torment.

      This series must bring back bad memories, and I thank you for reading them. They are meant to encourage healing for victims of this surly angry disease that has affected many, some not even realizing it. Just to get the words out that there that Jesus is at every door knocking to come in and hold you in his arms, to take away the pain and stay with you for life and life hereafter.

      Thank you for commenting and the encouragement you offered. Do you mind if I publish your comment on my blog? Your words have really touched my heart and I’m sure they would touch others. You are my sweet sister in Christ and I so enjoy our friendship.

      Grace & Peace,

      Barb

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    4. Thank you for your sweet response and compassion! I surely treasure our friendship as well, and covet your prayers.

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    5. PSTD, a term that I next to nothing about, but this blog post gives some good and helpful information about this subject. Thanks for giving us this insight. I hope everybody has a good and blessed weekend.

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    6. Thank you, Cecelia – such a nice boost to know you think this subject is important and helpful. Your input is appreciated and welcome.

      Blessings,

      Barb

    I thought I would post a comment later after the series was complete, but I best do it now while I have a few minutes. Thank you Barb, and Leslie for this great, informative interview. I suffered severe childhood abuse as a child and so much of this is hard for me to read; especially that other women had to suffer as I did. I thought for so many years that I was the only one. I never even told my husband until we had been married for 15 years. It wasn’t something that was talked about at all back then.

    I did go to therapy a little, but it didn’t help (although I’m glad, Leslie, that you were able to find someone who knew how to help you), but I am happy to say that I found deliverance in my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It’s not an overnight process, but day be day He is working to deliver me. Thanks be to God who always causes us to triumph in Christ! 2 Corinthians 2:14

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  1. Dear Diana,

    Your letter brought tears to my eyes and sorrow in my heart for your childhood. I commend you for revealing your deepest secrets. Most of all, how happy I am for you that Jesus came into your life and is working day by day to heal and deliver you from the torment.

    This series must bring back bad memories, and I thank you for reading them. They are meant to encourage healing for victims of this surly angry disease that has affected many, some not even realizing it. Just to get the words out that there that Jesus is at every door knocking to come in and hold you in his arms, to take away the pain and stay with you for life and life hereafter.

    Thank you for commenting and the encouragement you offered. Do you mind if I publish your comment on my blog? Your words have really touched my heart and I’m sure they would touch others. You are my sweet sister in Christ and I so enjoy our friendship.

    Grace & Peace,

    Barb

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  2. Thank you for your sweet response and compassion! I surely treasure our friendship as well, and covet your prayers.

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  3. PSTD, a term that I next to nothing about, but this blog post gives some good and helpful information about this subject. Thanks for giving us this insight. I hope everybody has a good and blessed weekend.

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  4. Thank you, Cecelia – such a nice boost to know you think this subject is important and helpful. Your input is appreciated and welcome.

    Blessings,

    Barb

 Leslie: It’s really important to talk about PSTD. So many have it and don’t know it. You speak very clearly about it. Thanks, Barbara for bringing her to us. Janell Moon on
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on 2/22/12

I would like to thank all of you for your find words, love and concern for me. I feel so supported and feel my book is really close to getting published I just can feel God’s work in all of this! Leslie Raddatz on

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on 2/20/12

JoAnn, you are so sweet to comment. I know your caring so much about Leslie’s situation will be appreciated so much by her. Yes, she is being used by God is a mighty way, and he is taking her from glory to glory. Thank you for commenting and raising other’s spirits. You do a lovely job of that. Hugs, Barb on

on 2/20/12

Barb, thanks so much for alerting me to your blog today. Leslie, it’s difficult to know what to say. As one of my characters says to another in my upcoming book, “No one should have to suffer like that from the people who are supposed to love them most.” I want to wrap you in my arms and give you a huge hug of Christian love. Truly, the Lord is using you in a mighty way for His glory in sharing your story and giving others hope. Thanks from the bottom of my heart for all you do. Blessings always. on

on 2/20/12

It is a pleasure to have Leslie tell here story here. I hope many will read about her and seek her for help if needed. She shows others so afflicted that it can be done. She is a strong woman…a lovely person. Thank you for your wonderful comment and confidence in Leslie. Blessings, Barb

on in response to Barb, I appreciate your interviewing Leslie on this difficult subject. I am happy to read how Leslie has not only survived but ia helping others as well. I look forward to tomorrow’s portion of the interview., by Unknown.

Leslie is indeed a wonderful example to others. Thank you for your encouragement and I hope you’ll “tune in again tomorrow.” Barb on in response to I can identify with Leslie’s situation and am happy to read about the strength she has found to not only survive, but also to help others. Thanks Barb for this interview and I look forward to more!, byjeanne.

on 2/20/12

Barb, I appreciate your interviewing Leslie on this difficult subject. I am happy to read how Leslie has not only survived but ia helping others as well. I look forward to tomorrow’s portion of the interview. on 1 replies.

on 2/20/12

I can identify with Leslie’s situation and am happy to read about the strength she has found to not only survive, but also to help others. Thanks Barb for this interview and I look forward to more! on 1 replies.

on 2/20/12

Hello Linda, it is so nice to see you. Glad you dropped by and happy that you received value from reading the first interview. Please return tomorrow when the second part is published. Blessings, Barb on

on 2/20/12

This was a wonderful interview, Barb and Leslie. I know your book is going to help many people who are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I’ve heard of this but never really understood it until this interview. My heart goes out to you, Leslie, and all that you have had to endure. May God bless you in finding those who need your help. on

on 2/20/12

Thank you for your reply. I’m excited about this interview with Leslie. Blessings, Barb