AUTHOR: Hope Toler Dougherty
PUBLISHER: Pelican Book Group
DATE: August 2015
A meddling horse, paper bag floors and a flying saucer on the town square. The little town of Mars has it all--including a brand new resident who might spell heartache for one of its own.
Twenty-something Penn Davenport yearns for an exciting life in the big city and wants to shed the label of orphan that she's worn for years. To achieve that dream, she must pass the CPA exam then move away from the two aunts who reared her after her parents died in a plane crash.
When John Townsend-full of life and the joy of living-moves to town, he rattles Penn's view of herself, her life, and her dreams...which isn't such a bad thing until she falls for him... and discovers he's a pilot.
I have to admit, I wasn’t sure at first about this book. The title didn’t appeal, as it made me think of astrological readings. But the publisher is one I trust, so I thought, “Why not?”
And I loved this story. Quirky and fun, offset by realistic troubles and even heartbreak, Mars…with Venus Rising kept me chuckling and sighing throughout.
Mars, Pennsylvania is a real place complete with “flying saucers,” the perfect locale for this delightful story. And paper bag floors? I’d never heard of them, but sure enough, YouTube has videos showing how it’s done. (I had to check!)
Anyway, long-time resident Penn Davenport and newcomer John Townsend seem like a perfect match. Their contrasting insecurities make them real, and I found myself cheering for their hesitant relationship. Except that his career absolutely terrifies her, with good reason. Their journey to trust in God and one another captivated and encouraged me.
I will definitely look for more from Hope Toler Dougherty. Mars…with Venus Rising earns five stars. Highly recommended.
The publisher offered me an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion, which I have given.