''I just finished an amazing book...The Garden Key. I absolutely loved it! I was sad that I was at the end. I got so wrapped up in the book, it became real to me....like I was there. I am recommending it to everyone. It is a must read for all women, especially young women. It is about the importance of having God in our relationships and His plan for purity. I truly believe that this book should be in every household, in the schools, and in youth groups. You are really going to get young people thinking....which needs to be done in this country! I love how you tell the story that [Maddy] was not the 'perfect' person, but it is possible to change your ways and live as God wants us to. You are very talented that's for sure! Awesome book! May God continue blessing you with your talents!'' -- Kelli Heller, Celina, *** ''Just wanted to let you know -- I started reading your book and I really like it. I was just going to read one chapter and I read 8. I'm making myself put it down because I've got other stuff to do and want to savor it and make it last. Your [main] character is great. I told the Lord, 'I like her spunk.' I also like that she has a 'past' (yet to be fully revealed). The Lord has shown me that He is still working on healing the damage in me from past sexual relationships...I thought I was ok because it was so long ago (I am 46), but I still have wounds and am not yet ready to enter a relationship, but I feel it is getting closer and He is preparing me. Your book is part of His work in my life. So thank you!'' -- Anonymous *** ''Before I found your book, I had been praying for the Lord to have mercy on young women who might make a wrong decision about sexuality that would significantly affect their lives. The devil has made such inroads in our culture/society in this area...but the greater the darkness, the more the Light of Christ shines forth as something different from the darkness. I especially like that your Christian main characters are fun and interesting and & cool. It is a breath of fresh air. I used to work in campus ministry and still know people who do -- I will definitely recommend your book. Get it in libraries, too -- I will recommend it to my local library. Let the light shine in the darkness, sister!'' -- Megan, Michigan *** ''I feel like God is giving more of myself back...like spring flowers sprouting where there was frozen earth only a few months ago. Add me to your list of people who are already looking forward to your next book. I really like how you have [Maddy] pray in the book -- I really like when books have realistic Christian characters who pray and use scriptures -- you have done this really well, in a way that is not a turn off or too 'religious.''' -- M.M. --READERS' REVIEWS from TheGardenKey.com
THE GARDEN KEY is my favorite love story of all time. It is a tale of pure sweetness and beauty as two people learn to love each other under the hand of the Almighty. Well, okay, it s my story. My story about how I miraculously met a mind-blowing man that I had a huge crush on for over a year. And how I had to learn the real way to have a relationship with a guy. Not the you-have-to-jump-into-bed-with- him-so-he ll-like-you-too, kind of way. That never worked. Man, I had a lot to learn. And I learned it. I also learned to cope with my promiscuous dorm roommate, as well as my plastic surgery obsessed bleach blonde mother and her persistent criticism of my dyed-black hair and gothic style. Oh, and did I mention that my crush is a luscious dark-haired, green-eyed musician, and I had to wrestle with myself to keep my thoughts and my hands off of him? Yeah, that s me, Madeleine, the self-proclaimed ''lust-o-holic.'' My tale of relationship trials and triumphs will make you laugh out loud and you ll probably cry too, so keep a tissue or two handy. Lord knows I did. And He keeps all of our tears, doesn't He? I hope my story moves you, and that you discover how real the need for faith is in our lives, especially when it comes to love relationships. Lord knows I did.