Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Book Review - Helsinki Sunrise by Marion Ueckermann

by Marion Ueckermann

Helsinki Sunrise, a Passport to Romance, blog tour follows on from yesterday’s stop in Budapest, Hungary, at Go Hungry Go Home where I showed you the sweeter, tempting side of Helsinki Sunrise.
Today I’m posting another book review of Helsinki Sunrise, but one with a difference. It’s been compiled from comments made by my critiquers as they journeyed with me—reading, giving feedback, advice, suggestions and praise—to ensure the Helsinki Sunrise manuscript was publication-worthy. Thank you Nancy Kimball, Diane Tatum, Heidi Blankenship, Sondra Kraak, Mary McCay, Mary Cheatham, Ophelia Sellars, Emily Rogers, Julie Fugate, Janine Islam, Jennifer Rodewald, and Jackie Laytonwithout the help of each one of you, I would not have been published.

Fun, humorous, interesting and highly entertaining!
A well-written story with great tension!
Magnificent! A good book!
Fireworks ahead—readers will turn the page!

Marion Ueckermann is an entertaining story teller with a natural talent for writing. With a limited word count for Helsinki Sunrise, Marion paired down and got to the heart of the story and the characters quickly so there wasn’t anything that wasn’t essential. She did something I don’t think I could ever do unless the fate of the free world depended on it—write a novella.
I really loved reading Helsinki Sunrise. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. This funny, romantic comedy is a delightful and cute story—like ‘How to Lose a Guy in 14 Days’. It’s been a pleasure to see this manuscript in my inbox.
Excellent characterization, Marion has a great way of conveying emotions. Two completely opposite characters about to collide… A heroine you’ll love to hate; an extremely likeable and intriguing, yet not perfect, hero which makes him so human. I couldn’t wait to see what happened when Eveliina encountered Adam. The way the characters try to wear down on each other was so enjoyable. I loved Adam’s character and the voice Marion has given him—he’s intriguing but I’m glad he had God on his side otherwise he wouldn’t stand a chance.
Normally I’m telling authors “too soon, too much,” but this story was well-crafted with great end of chapter hooks. As a reader I loved the conflict which works because often I was tired and needed to go to bed but I had to see the next sub to know what happened.
I love Marion’s writing! She has nailed delivering sexual tension in the subtext without blatantly flaunting it in an inappropriate way, and that’s what great CBA writers do. I could think of nothing that would improve this story. It kept getting better, and I couldn’t stop reading to crit.
The beautiful descriptions of Finland make me want to visit this country. And several times I found myself popping to the grocery store to whip up what Eveliina had cooked.

This wonderful story has a beautiful and fulfilling ending. I hated to see the end…it was hard to let go. My thanks to God for Marion writing this. She’s done a fantastic job and can be proud of her accomplishment with this debut novelette.

He needed the island to himself. So did she.
Three weeks alone at a friend’s summer cottage on a Finnish lake to fast and pray. That was Adam Carter's plan.  But sometimes plans go awry.

On an impromptu trip to her family's secluded summer cottage, the last thing Eveliina Mikkola expected to find was a missionary from the other side of the world—in her sauna.

Determined to stay, Eveliina will do whatever it takes—from shortcrust pastry to shorts—to send the man of God packing. This island’s too small for them both.

Adam Carter, however, is not about to leave. 

Will he be able to resist her temptations? 

Can she withstand his prayers?

Be sure to follow this blog tomorrow at Zoe McCarthy in Southwestern Virginia, USA where we’ll look at Marion’s formula to keep readers turning the pages.

There will be an eBook of Helsinki Sunrise up for grabs today. To be entered into the draw, please leave a comment with your email address before September 19th.

Numerous eBooks of Helsinki Sunrise will be given away on the blog tour, so take a journey to each of the stops and leave a comment. Don’t forget to include your email address.

Helsinki Sunrise will be available to purchase from Pelican Book Group,, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iTunes.

Watch the Helsinki Sunrise book trailer on YouTube.
Watch the Passport to Romance book trailer on YouTube.

Marion Ueckermann’s passion for writing was sparked in 2001 when she moved to Ireland with her husband and two sons. Since then she has published devotional articles and stories in Winners, The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter (Tyndale House Publishers), and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miraculous Messages from Heaven, and her debut novelette, Helsinki Sunrise (White Rose Publishing, a Pelican Book Group imprint, Passport to Romance series).
Marion blogs for International Christian Fiction Writers and Beauty for Ashes. She belongs to Christian Writers of South Africa and American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives in Pretoria East, South Africa in an empty nest with her husband and their crazy black Scottie, Wally.

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