About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Within Golden Bands (A Home for My Heart, #2) by Norma Gail

Within Golden Bands (A Home for My Heart, #2)ABOUT THE BOOK

Newly married Bonny MacDonell finds the transition from American college professor to Scottish sheep farmer’s wife more difficult than she expected. When her miracle pregnancy ends in a devastating miscarriage, she fears her husband's reaction will hurt more than the loss of their child.

But Kieran never shows up at the hospital. When found, he is beaten and unconscious. The only memory of his attacker is the words, “Get off my land.” Reeling from the threat to her husband and the loss of their child, Bonny struggles to hold her marriage together. When faith in love is not enough, where do you turn?


You know an author is talented when they can convince readers that a country is one of their main characters! This is exactly what Norma Gail has done in Within Golden Bands. As she tells the love story of Bonny and Kieran MacDonell. she portrays the magic and beauty of Scotland in a way that made me want to visit there even more than I had before.

Within Golden Bands is both a love story and a mystery and I was surprised and shocked at some of the revelations. Kieran MacDonell's family has experienced great tragedy in the past and this book isn't always filled with happy circumstances. It is, however, a joyful story because, during their hardest times and their deepest hurts, Kieran and his wife Bonny remain committed to each other and to God. Yes, Bonny grieves for the baby that she lost and she wonders why this happened but she still loves God. Both she and Kieran are stalked by a deranged person but they still trust God and believe that He will help them. Through their worst times, they are able to display unwavering Christian witness to those around them. Happy? Sometimes. Hopeful? Always! Joyful? Forever!

I highly recommend this book that is filled with both suspense and danger and its ending makes me wish for another story with Bonny, Kieran, and Scotland. If you enjoy contemporary Christian romance you'll want to read Within Golden Bands.

I received an e-copy of this book from the author. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Norma Gail writes Fiction to Refresh Your Spirit. Her contemporary novels, Land of My Dreams, which won the 2016 Bookvana Religious Fiction Award, and Within Golden Bands, explore the theme of women whose faith triumphs over trials. A women’s Bible study leader for over 21 years, she enjoys reading, writing, family history, and writer’s conferences. She lives in the New Mexico mountains with her husband of 44 years. They have two adult children. 

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  1. great deal with hops and i a trying to catch up with them this book looks like a great read

  2. Thank you for your wonderful review, Connie! I appreciate it so much!

  3. This sounds like a good story. Thank you!