Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Finding Joy: A Review

About the Book

Sometimes, what looks like a dead end, is really a new beginning.

A horrific accident changed everything for Parker Wilson. Unable to find solid footing in his disrupted life, he returns to his family's ranch, a place he thought he'd left behind for good. The scars on his face are a daily reminder of all he's lost, yet his mom still insists he needs to stop hiding and live his life again. The beautiful new employee she hires is the last thing he needs, despite his mom's best intentions, and he'll do whatever it takes to make the girl quit and regain the peace and quiet he prefers.

Nothing short of desperation would force Chelsea Blake to work on a local cattle ranch. But if she's going to avoid her parents' judgment when they arrive in three weeks, she must turn the temporary job into a permanent one. Between dodging mud, feeding longhorn cattle, and dealing with a handsome boss who keeps giving her the cold shoulder, staying gainfully employed is proving to be a challenge. Chelsea may not be cut out for ranch life, but her determination to succeed is stronger than Parker's efforts at forcing her to leave.

Unprepared to discover all they have in common, if they set aside their initial dislike, they just might find joy beyond measure.

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About the Author:

Melanie D. Snitker has enjoyed writing for as long as she can remember. She started out writing episodes of cartoon shows that she wanted to see as a child and her love of writing grew from there. She and her husband live in Texas with their two children who keep their lives full of adventure, and two dogs who add a dash of mischief to the family dynamics. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys photography, reading, crochet, baking, archery, target shooting, learning about essential oils, and hanging out with family and friends.

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I've always loved Melanie Snitker's Love's Compass books. I've read every single one of them, and I swear, each one gets better. My personal favorite was Finding Faith, not because of the name, but because of Gideon. I've always had a special spot in my heart for kids with autism and Gideon is no exception. He's so sweet and vulnerable and cute. But I digress.


I didn't really remember Chelsea until after I started reading, but I soon began to like her. She's a lot like me in some ways. Not all that keen on animals, but willing to do anything she needs to.
Parker. What can I say about him? He's so broken and judgemental that he can't see the good around him. Not until a city-slicker girl gets foisted on him by his mom to help organize things on the ranch.
They're a mismatched pair, but as they say, opposites attract, right? Or do they cause more problems than can be overcome?


From what I can tell, all the dialogue was accurate to the places each one was from. Each character had quirks and Melanie brought them out beautifully.


The plot and storylines were cohesive and well put together. It seemed like a realistic story. Although, I still want to give Laurie and Chelsea's parents a piece of my mind...

Overall writing quality:

I felt the agony and concern when needed, the joy, the pain, the hate, the like, and the love. It's hard to write all of that, but Melanie did it.


If I could have, I would have read it in one sitting. As it was, I think I read it in two or three. Make sure you block off a good chunk of time before starting this book.



This is a classic story of two broken, very different people finding common ground and, without intending to, falling in love. If you need a good love story to read this Valentine's pick up this one. Even if it isn't close to Valentine's anymore, but you're feeling a little down in the dumps, read Finding Joy. It's more than just a love story, it's also a inspirational story on finding the joy in every circumstance. It's worth the price of the book. And it's still cheaper than going out to buy a cup of coffee somewhere.


  1. Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog, Faith! And thank you for the review - I'm so glad you enjoyed Finding Joy!


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