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Love can heal even the deepest scars ... After seven years with no clue as to the whereabouts of Ann Ballard's missing husband, nearly everyone presumes him dead. Now forty-something, Ann is ready for her stagnant life to flow again. Then one day, a dark-haired younger man from her past shows up on her doorstep offering a river of hope in place of tears. Former neighbor MaLove can heal even the deepest scars ... After seven years with no clue as to the whereabouts of Ann Ballard's missing husband, nearly everyone presumes him dead. Now forty-something, Ann is ready for her stagnant life to flow again. Then one day, a dark-haired younger man from her past shows up on her doorstep offering a river of hope in place of tears. Former neighbor Mark Roth has secretly loved Ann for years. A respected attorney, he's returned home to help Ann face down disapproving family members and the legal maneuvering of her likely deceased husband's family-while quietly winning her heart. When the hidden truth of Ann's situation turns their lives on end and another tragedy strikes, the two must come to terms with family, faith and the depths to which true love can run....

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Meander Scar Reviews

  • Michelle
    2018-12-09 02:30

    I loved this story because it was SO not formulaic even though it was very romantic. I saw it more as a love story because it was tragic and beautiful and breathtaking all at once. In fact, Meander Scar was so unique--as were the issues the couple dealt with--that it made the story that much more compelling to me. I found the conflict very emotionally moving in several places as the heroine dealt with seemingly impossible situations. The hero was incredibly heroic and I loved him from the beginning. And the heat between them...wow! I had difficulty putting this book down because the tension kept building and there was also a cool "mystery" type subplot regarding the missing husband that kept the pace moving along. In short, this novel not only tugs at your heart, but it sizzles on the page. I highly recommend this story for romance lovers who get tired of the same-old, same-old romantic themes.

  • Jeannie Zelos
    2018-11-13 20:10

    Meander Scar, Lisa J. LickelReview from Jeannie Zelos book reviewsGenre:  RomanceThis was a strange read for me, I enjoyed the story but at times it dragged a little. The romance between Mark and Ann seemed to go from being a faint possibility to full on togetherness. Given all the things against it I expected a bit more conflict. I did get a bit worried when God and Faith crept in...I'm not anti-christian, not against religion in books, but in so many it goes from being a facet of a character to a book that takes preachy, judgmental overtones. Happily Lisa didn't do that, the religious part of the story fitted the characters and their beliefs perfectly, without overtaking the story or evangelizing to the reader. Reading back through my review you might get the impression religion/God plays a big part, but in fact its only small sections of the novel but it did have a big impact on how real the characters felt to me, and gave me questions to mull over. I usually stay away from books where religion or God look to be a huge part, and if that's what you do too, don't let it stop you from reading this one, it really is a minor but very important part of the novel. Poor Ann, missing husband, no sign of him for years, a son who's somewhat antagonistic to her, the mother-in-law from Hell, though thankfully she rarely sees her. She controls the family Trust though, and Ann sees little of it, reduced to still working for the same firm all these years, the one which administers the Trust, just to pay the bills. She tried some years back to get her husband declared dead, at least she would have the insurance money then and maybe be free to move on but mother in law opposed that, and she is rich enough that what she wants happens.I liked Mark, understood how he'd come to love Ann. He was strong, and given their age difference that was needed. Why is it no-one bats an eyelid at younger women but if a lady dates someone younger she gets the Cougar tag, and regarded as somewhat suspect. Gah, something that always angers me. His Faith is an integral part of him, and I could see his dilemma, especially when he's talking to his church leader - Pastor I think he was referred to. Given the case of Ann still being married he advised Mark to not get involved but his heart was already there and the conflict he felt came over very real. Bit judgmental of the Pastor I though, condemning Ann to a life without love as her husband is missing. Its been years now, should she spend the rest of her life alone? Where's the Christian tolerance and love, embracing everyone? It made for interesting reading though, giving me things to mull over. Later on when things go downhill he asks the question most of us do when times are tough. why me, why xyz, why did God do this, is he really there if he can let this happen? Given how strong his belief was this made him feel very real for me. When the truth comes out - wow what a shock! Its kind of hard to believe and yet I could see that in those circumstances, with money, state boundaries being so distant, that it really could happen like this. I was angry, and sad too, how peoples lives can get pushed around at the whim of another. I wasn't keen on the ending, though thankfully there was that spark of hope that all would be well, and I would have liked a little more positivity given all that the characters had been through. Stars: four and a half, a good read, gave me lots to think over. Its not one I'd re-read but one I am glad I chose. ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers

  • Nora St Laurent
    2018-11-20 22:34

    Ann Ballard’s life has been on hold since her husband vanished, leaving no clues to find him. Everyone including Ann presumes he’s dead, even though they can’t find the body. Ann was in the middle of straightening out legal matters with her husband’s family and the Ballard family trust! The trust hasn’t been settled because her husband, Gene Ballard, can’t be found.To Ann’s surprise, young Mark Roth shows up at her house one day. He lived next door, moved away to become an attorney, now he was back in town to pursue the woman he loved! Mark's relationship with Ann might have a few complications, but he was sure he could work out the kinks. He’d been in love with Ann Ballard for many years, "He didn’t have a problem dating an older woman but would Ann consider dating a younger man? – There was also the current state of her marriage to consider!"Mark felt this about the age issues, “Age isn’t necessarily that important in a relationship…stage of life means more.” He felt the need to convince Ann of his sincere love for her.Lisa Lickel deals with the issue of a younger man dating an older woman on many levels; how they deal with this issue with friends, family and as a couple.Mark wants to help Ann with many things in her life, and settling the trust with the Ballard family would help get Ann out of the rut her life had been in for many years. Once the trust was settled, she could move on with her life.Mark lets life take its course and love starts to bloom in Ann’s heart for Mark. Ann realizes for the first time how much of a rut she was in and how numb her heart was. Mark brings sunshine into her life. All looks bright until new information about her missing husband turns up! Is it real? What would happen to the trust? How was she to get to the bottom of this new discovery? She had to know! This author pens a slice of life while strongly discussing issues of relationships with younger men/older women, husband/wife and family. The story takes quick twists and turns near the end, where all the events take place in a short period of time. If you are looking for a different type of love story with an unexpected twist, this is the book for you! I am thankful for receiving a review copy of this intriguing book.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”Nora St.LaurentThe Book Club Network www.bookfun.orgThe Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.comBook Fun Magazine www.bookfunmagazine.com

  • Delia
    2018-11-30 01:09

    Ann Ballard is a wife with no husband. Hers has been missing for seven years. Is she a widow, or simply an abandoned woman? Her life goes on, set on automatic while Ann simply exists, putting one foot in front of the other, getting through one day at a time. Denied the financial benefits she should gain from her husband’s trust, she makes ends meet the best she can, lives in the house she once shared with a mostly disinterested man, and deals with a spoiled, resentful son who blames her for the absence of a father in his life.When the son of a previous neighbor shows up on her doorstep—handsome, successful, and determined to win Ann’s heart despite their age difference—life takes on new meaning. Mark Roth awakens long-dead emotions and physical responses in Ann, who is very much aware of the social taboos involving this type of May-December relationship. Will the disapproval of a snippy sister, the snide disrespect of an unappreciative son, and the raised eyebrows of society cause Ann to walk away from the first thing that’s brought her happiness in more years than she cares to count?As pressures build, Ann’s chronic migraines increase in frequency and severity. When she stumbles on the truth about her husband’s disappearance, her entire world is threatened, including her own health.Mark wants to be there for Ann, but when she seems to pull away after a brief visit to New York, he wonders if their love stands a chance. What is bothering this woman that he loves, and will she ever get past the gap in their ages enough to enjoy the happiness he knows they could share? Or…did she find someone more suitable during her solitary trip out of state?A catastrophic turn of events forces Mark to make a difficult decision. Stay or go? Give up or give his all?A fascinating book that grips the reader from page one and never lets go. While relationships between young women and older men are at least somewhat accepted, when the genres are reversed, society considers it something ugly and reproachful—especially to the woman. Lickel offers a heart-warming love story based around such a relationship. Meander Scar is beautifully written, with sensitive handling of a delicate issue, and an absolutely fascinating storyline. The unexpected twist at the end comes right out of the blue, forcing the reader to keep turning pages. Masterful storytelling. Very highly recommended.

  • Laura
    2018-11-22 21:18

    For the past seven years, Ann Ballard has had no knowledge of her husband Glen's whereabouts. Assumed dead by many, and even sometimes by Ann, she feels like life must move on. Legally declaring her husband dead has been blocked. Must she live alone for the rest of her life, always haunted by his disappearance, whether he was dead or alive?One day, Mark Roth, a former neighbor's son, shows up on her doorstep. He's been a practicing lawyer out East, and has returned to his home town. Unbeknownst to her, he has secretly loved her since he was in high school. So he looks her up once he'd settled in his new job. There's one major problem: there's more than a decade between their ages, leaving gossips and family flabbergasted.The truth about her husband's whereabouts and a subsequent illness will test the love between Mark and Ann. How strong is their love? What choices will they make?Lisa's book has got to be one of the most tender, touching, romantic love stories I've ever read. The intensity of the characters' feelings and relationships are intricately developed and oh so real-to-life, warts and all. That intensity follows through to the very end of the book. The love and other feelings were very palpable.Lisa touches on a subject of scrutiny in today's society-an older woman marrying a younger man. She weaves a story of how it affects not just Ann and Mark, but her family, their co-workers, and Mark's parents. One can see by her writing how one's choice affects the lives of all those around. As they say, we are not an island unto our own.Issues of faith come up because of the possible issue of being unequally yoked should Ann and Mark marry. Their faith is also tested through the circumstances of unexpected illness and learning of the whereabouts of Ann's husband. Lisa handles the issues in different ways, showing a pastor, co-workers and family exhorting Ann and Mark in these difficult situations.I was hesitant about Ann and Mark developing a relationship since she was officially still married, though her husband's total absence of activity qualified him as being legally dead. I think it was handled by Lisa in a very delicate way. Hard issues, yet true to life issues. A great read!This book was provided by Lisa in exchange for my honest review.

  • Shawna Williams
    2018-11-28 03:12

    I truly loved and appreciated this book. Every bit of it -- story, plot, writing, setting and characters! I'll be honest, sometimes I get tired of reading another romance with a formulaic feel. (Boy meets girl, they hate each other for some reason, but they can't stop thinking about each other. They get together and everything is great for awhile, but either boy or girl has some dark secret that threatens to tear them apart. It does, but then they work it out and everybody lives happily ever after.)Okay, it's not that there's anything wrong with that. There are plenty of entertaining stories that are molded around that setup. But since I do read so many, when I come across a well written book, where the story is molded around characters and events on several different levels, I'm hooked. I'm not just hooked, I'm enamored. And I'm enamored with Meander Scar.Everything about it was unique. And I don't mean weird. The story had its own individual mold and that's because the pacing and drama was completely controlled by the characters. This gave it a true to life feel with plenty of depth, complexity, and total believability. And it took me on an emotional journey -- which was heart-wrenching in places -- but also moved me on a deep level. From the very beginning Lisa Lickel gives the reader something to think about by introducing Ann's situation, where her life is in a state of limbo. From there, we get to chew on the controversy of romance and age difference. There are lessons in grief, lessons in letting go, lessons in closure and forgiveness – lessons in faith. I just loved this book.One of the most touching parts in the story is near the end, when Mark discovers a diary of Ann's. It's a journey of her feelings and insecurities from the moment he came back into her life, and when he read it, I wanted to cry.If any of you have read Nicholas Sparks, A walk to Remember, you may recall that it ends with a single, powerful line. There's some speculation as to what actually happens, but that line offers the reader tremendous hope. The ending to Meander Scar has a similar feel. I thought it was perfect.

  • Margaret Metz
    2018-11-24 22:21

    I read a lot of romance novels. Sometimes I can predict where the story is going before the first chapter is over. That doesn't mean I don't enjoy the trip ~ it just means it's not always very surprising where I go. This book is nothing like that.It is a rare book that includes older characters. Then you have the whole issue of their age difference (11 years) and whether they will be able to overcome everything that comes with that themselves - and how their families, friends, churches, and co-workers will respond. Mark proves his love in large and small ways ~ all of which help make this one of the most romantic books I've read in a while. Most of what he does shows respect for her as a person; caring for her needs above his own wants and desires. That shows love more clearly than anything else I know.There is also passion here. I like a romance that builds and shows how two people in this fallen world need to... fight their desire. Although the author doesn't spend lengthy passages on scenes, you know that these two are attracted and have chemistry. It isn't one-sided either - both of them feel the attraction.The characters are wonderful. From her getting nervous and forgetting how many scoops of coffee she put in, being insecure and doubting if Mark's feelings will go away or are really more a substitute for a mother's love, plus her guilt and wonder if her husband is still alive, Ann is a complex character that never seems to feel quite comfortable in her own skin.Mark shows up on her doorstep after years away and a failed engagement all because he couldn't forget his feelings for her that bloomed as a nineteen year old. Now he's a successful lawyer with a faith in God and he's determined to try for the one thing missing in his life ~ the woman he's loved since he was that young man.This was a fantastic love story with a bit of mystery to it. I really enjoyed it and I think you all will as well.

  • Margaret Metz
    2018-11-12 03:09

    I read a lot of romance novels. Sometimes I can predict where the story is going before the first chapter is over. That doesn't mean I don't enjoy the trip ~ it just means it's not always very surprising where I go. This book is nothing like that.It is a rare book that includes older characters. Then you have the whole issue of their age difference (11 years) and whether they will be able to overcome everything that comes with that themselves - and how their families, friends, churches, and co-workers will respond. Mark proves his love in large and small ways ~ all of which help make this one of the most romantic books I've read in a while. Most of what he does shows respect for her as a person; caring for her needs above his own wants and desires. That shows love more clearly than anything else I know.There is also passion here. I like a romance that builds and shows how two people in this fallen world need to... fight their desire. Although the author doesn't spend lengthy passages on scenes, you know that these two are attracted and have chemistry. It isn't one-sided either - both of them feel the attraction.The characters are wonderful. From her getting nervous and forgetting how many scoops of coffee she put in, being insecure and doubting if Mark's feelings will go away or are really more a substitute for a mother's love, plus her guilt and wonder if her husband is still alive, Ann is a complex character that never seems to feel quite comfortable in her own skin.Mark shows up on her doorstep after years away and a failed engagement all because he couldn't forget his feelings for her that bloomed as a nineteen year old. Now he's a successful lawyer with a faith in God and he's determined to try for the one thing missing in his life ~ the woman he's loved since he was that young man.

  • Ellen Maze
    2018-11-26 00:21

    Meander Scar is a love story; romantic, touching and inspiring. It’s is also a story of devotion, passion and perseverance. Main characters Ann Ballard and Mark Roth feed the flame of their growing love, despite the trials placed upon them by a judgmental public and the tribulations caused by hard-hearted family members. Ann worries she might be a cougar, Mark wonders if he is a pervert. See, even though Mark is in his thirties, Ann is old enough to be his mother (but just barely). She’s a little uncomfortable that she knew him as a youngster, when his family lived next door and her son played with Mark’s younger brother. This relationship is assaulted by haunting memories of the death of Mark’s brother, the mysterious disappearance of Ann’s husband, Gene, and a number of mean relatives who have no concern for Ann’s personal well-being or happiness. And don’t even try to get Mark’s parents to understand. Despite all this, the story woven around Mark and Ann is powerful, involving and moving. At times, I became so angry at some of the selfish relatives, I would literally fume—but isn’t that what makes this story so real? Each character is a real person, with depth, emotions and all-to-familiar short-comings. I hope you will read this book and walk in Ann’s shoes a while. See what it feels like to fall in love, for real—for the first time. And you can go with Mark as he opens himself up completely and utterly to the woman he’s loved his entire adult life. This story will stay with you. I know it has stayed with me.Enjoy!Ellen C MazeAuthor of Christian Thrillers/Paranormal FantasyRabbit: Chasing Beth Rider

  • Cathy Bryant
    2018-11-16 01:28

    I really enjoyed this story, mainly because it opened my eyes to a deep-seated prejudice that I wasn't even aware of. I love it when a book exposes something about myself that I need to deal with and come to grips with. Meander Scar did that for me.The main character, Ann Ballard, is in her forties, and the man from her past, Mark Roth, is the older brother of her son's childhood friend and is in his thirties. At first, I was taken aback by this scenario. Then I realized my prejudice, one that many in our society carry. We think nothing of an older man and younger woman falling in love with each other, but we balk when the relationship is between an older woman and younger man, even to the point of labeling these women with very hurtful names.The author did a great job of building the characters and the plot. The reader can't help but sympathize with Ann, who has basically put her life on hold, co-existing in the realm of both widowhood and marriage. Her mother-in-law blocks her every attempt to move on with her life. Her family disapproves of her relationship with Mark, and her own questions about their relationship plague her as well.Lisa also has a beautiful way with words, luring the reader into the story with well-woven phrases that tug at your heart.

  • Casey
    2018-12-01 19:10

    More like a 4.5 star book, this novel really surprised me.The beginning was a bit hard to get into, but once into the novel I had a terrible time putting it down. This is certainly not your orthodox romance. It is unusual and gripping with a love story that proves to transcend time. It really made me think, how would I have approached this situation? Would I be able to bear the stigma of loving someone who could be my son? But as the love story progressed and you saw the depth of the characters, they made it easy to set those nagging doubts aside.It is certainly an edgy Christian romance, but written with a grace and pose that I admire. The hero’s determination made him the ultimate hero in my eyes and the heroine’s progression in life combined with a mystery plot thread made the book gripping.I thought the ending a bit rushed, but it had enough closure for me to feel comfortable leaving the characters in their own world. Though a sequel would be fun, maybe someday?Overall a great book and I would recommend it to fans of Julie Lessman and Michelle Sutton.

  • Michelle Griep
    2018-12-05 03:08

    Meander Scar, besides being an intriguing title, is quite the metaphor for the curve balls life often throws our way. A meander scar is basically the path water takes when confronted with a barrier so that it must split or bend, but then reunites to form a straight course. Author Lisa Lickel weaves a story that shows how hurt and healing frequently intersect. The main issue tackled in this book is the appropriateness of love and romance between an older woman and a younger man. I had no idea about the stigmas attached to such a relationship. Because of the experiences of the main characters, Ann and Mark, I have a new understanding and compassion towards a situation I’d never even thought about. I mostly related to Ann, which is kind of a given being that I’m a woman. But besides that, heroine Ann suffers from debilitating migraines. Lickel accurately portrays the symptoms and just how interrupting headaches can be to one’s life.

  • Carrie Padgett
    2018-12-10 19:15

    I enjoyed Meander Scar a lot. I've never been to Wisconsin but I felt the cold of both the outside weather and the iciness of the suspended animation Ann Ballard has lived in since her husband disappeared seven years ago.Both the weather and Ann's life begin to thaw when her former neighbor Mark moves back to town. Mark has had a crush on Ann for years, even though she's more than a couple of years older than she is. His feelings are still strong, in spite of the passage of time and he and Ann take some baby steps toward a relationship.Ann's son resents her. Her mother-in-law refuses to let Ann request that her husband be declared dead. Each situation is believable and well told. Lisa Lickel has written an excellent novel about letting go of the past so the present can be experienced and lived.

  • Jennifer Slattery
    2018-11-30 23:17

    Lisa Lickel really challenged my thinking in this novel, without killing the story. By drawing me into the life of Ann Ballard, a middle-aged wife and mother stuck in a dead--seriously, dead, like long, lost husband dead--marriage, she encouraged me to think outside the box, so to speak. When Ann fell for a dashingly handsome, caring and gentle man, who was eleven years younger than her, I quickly tossed any preconceived notions aside. I wanted this relationship to work, no matter how many obstacles were in there way. All in all, this was a great read.

  • Dawn Kunda
    2018-11-21 19:28

    Gripping and heartwrenching as Lickel takes us through the fears and struggles of a woman abandoned by her husband.After seven years of separation,in which the husband is legally pronounced dead, the heroine attempts to rebuild her life and herself along with a romantic interest in a long-time friend. Then she finds out her husband is not dead and he's not the same man from seven years previous.A must read to understand the troubled conscious of the faithful.

  • Tracy Krauss
    2018-11-13 19:16

    Meander ScarMeander Scar won last year’s ‘Grace Award’ for women’s fiction and now I know why. This book was nothing short of wonderful. Author Lisa Lickel has crafted an unorthodox romance fraught with complications and intrigue that draws the reader in almost immediately and keeps you guessing right until the very last page. Ann Ballard is an older woman caught in emotional limbo. Her husband went missing years earlier without a trace. He left behind a thriving business but unfortunately his mother, an insensitive, controlling woman, will not release Ann or any of the company’s finances, leaving Ann to struggle to make ends meet. Ann’s grown son Ritchie has also struggled to let go of his father’s memory, but he is now married and about to become a father himself. Enter Mark Roth, a former neighbor who was in high school when Ritchie was a child and whose brother Trey was Ritchie’s best friend. Trey died tragically in an accident and the family left town, but now Mark is back and is a successful lawyer. Although he is eleven years her junior, Mark and Ann fall in love and thus the complications really begin. Mark and Ann face opposition from every angle. Neither of their families approve of the relationship, which is compounded by the fact that Ann’s husband might still be alive. There seems to be some kind of mysterious cover up when it comes to his disappearance and Ann risks betraying everyone she loves in pursuit of the truth. There are plenty of surprises as this story ‘meanders’ its way through one complication after another. Just when we finally think everything will work out for Mark and Ann another unexpected twist occurs. The ending took me by surprise – not unpleasantly, but it was certainly not what I had expected. This book deserves all five stars and more!

  • Susan Baganz
    2018-12-11 00:33

    Oh. My. Word. Meander Scar has to be one of the best books I have read in a long time. I couldn’t put it down and when I got to the end I just wanted to cry. I still do as I think of it. Ann Ballard has been living her life in limbo since her husband Gene disappeared in New York seven years go. Attempts to rule him as dead were constantly blocked by Gene’s mother, Donna. Ann’s son has been angry and blaming his mother for his father’s disappearance but is now married about to have a child of his own. Oh and there’s money. Huge amounts of money, held in trust and locked away from Ann so she barely can survive in spite of her missing husband’s wealth. Then Mark Roth rolls back into town, all grown up from the 19 year old next door neighbor boy – now a man and an attorney and declares his love for the 40 something Ann, it propels them on a journey of towards love and to uncover the truths behind the mystery that has held Ann captive for so long. Can Mark prove his love for Ann to her heart that has been abandoned and alone for so long? Can they overcome the age differences? Can Mark find the family and love he has only ever seen from Ann but never experienced in his own family? Can love prevail and faith grow through the twists and turns that life takes? I don’t want to spoil the surprises in what is a mysterious love story that will twist your heart and raises the bar to what a biblical version of love really is. Lisa writes with raw passion with all the emotions expressed from love to anger to despair and to grief. She takes you there which is wonderful and uncomfortable all at once. I love Mark and Ann and wish there were a sequel to their love story. . . it might only have the mystery of how love prevails over time, but isn’t that the greatest mystery of all anyway?

  • Naomi Musch
    2018-11-22 23:33

    Lisa Lickel captured my attention big time with her themes in Meander Scar, a contemporary novel from Black Lyon Publishing involving an older woman still married to her missing husband, and the much younger man who's come into her life.Ann Ballard is stuck in limbo. She's not a widow, and she's not feeling very married either. She doesn't know if she's been abandoned or if something terrible happened to her husband who's been estranged now for seven years. What she does know is that her mother-in-law controls her husband's business which has Ann's future tied, and a man has come back to town -- a much younger man named Mark Roth who used to be a next-door neighbor friend of her son's -- and he's been carrying a torch for Ann since he was barely out of high school.Of course, no one in Ann's world, especially her son, her sister, or her husband's mother would approve of a relationship between them. And does Ann? She's not sure. All she knows is that she has deep scars. Scars that only love can heal.But there's a mystery here, too. What did happen to Ann's husband, and what will happen when she finds out?Ms. Lickel used a deft hand in taking on this edgy, taboo subject, layering the story in weavings of mystery as the heroine tries to discover the truth about her husband, and desire as the younger man, now a successful attorney, makes his love and longing for her known. There are no easy solutions, which made the story a romantic and realistic read. And... the ending took me by surprise!

  • Julie
    2018-11-21 00:30

    Ann Ballard is tired of the waiting, the loneliness, the questions. Will she ever be able to put her husband to rest? Gene has been missing/dead for years, yet she is still married to him until the courts deem otherwise. If only the mother-in-law would allow it!! Just when Ann is at her worst, an old neighbor shows up for a visit. Mark Roth grew up next door to Ann and was her son Ricky's friend. Things became a little tense after Trey (Mark's half brother) died. Mark has now moved back to his hometown to open up a law office and possibly light up some sparks. Is it feasible for a younger man to fall in love with an older woman? I really enjoyed reading this book. I love how the story unfolded between Ann and Mark. The mystery surrounding Gene was also intriguing and I began to wonder what may have really happened. There were a couple of parts in the middle that dragged just a bit (or maybe it was because I wasn't able to read for long periods and the wait was my "non-reading life" calling me away!) The ending will tug at your heart and possibly tear you to pieces! I do think the ending was most appropriate for this story and I'm glad that ended this way. The meaning of "meander scar" and the tie in to the story made it so much more enjoyable! The characters were believable and I felt like I was in Ann's shoes while reading this book. Highly recommended!

  • Rory
    2018-11-20 02:31

    Lisa Lickel has accurately portrayed the myriad of emotions that assult individuals and relationships under the real life situations of spousal death and abandonment. It is truely amazing to see this range presented in one story. My heart swelled with each romantic moment only to crash on the next page as true-to-life family conflicts, jealousy, and mistrust threatened to tear apart any fragile relationship that could be nurtured. The romance between Ann and Mark is pure and inspiring. Their dedication to each other, family and responsibilites of life are all to familiar to those of us who choose to marry and have children. Love comes in many shades - the key is finding it and then hold on. MEANDER SCAR does a wonderful job of taking us on one of those journeys. I actually read it over several weeks which I think gave me the advantage of savoring each scene and anticipating the numerous directions the story could have taken. There are so many cross roads in life, and adventure down every road. My congratulations to Lisa Lickel on a superbly entertaining story. Sincerely, Rory Church

  • Lindsey Paley
    2018-11-29 03:33

    From the first page I was drawn into this story of enduring love. Ann had been living in limbo for seven years since her husband Gene had been reported missing. Each attempt she made to move on and have a legal ruling that he was dead, her controlling mother-in-law stood in the way, forcing Ann to struggle on, financially and emotionally. Mark, handsome, intelligent and sensible, is now an attorney, used to live next door and offered to help and their relationship grew. The story takes the reader on a rollercoaster of emotions, with unexpected twists to keep you guessing. It is well written and the characters are carefully fleshed out so they become real to the reader who cares what will become of them. It is not the 'classic' romance wherein lies its appeal. I love Ms Lickel's writing - I enjoyed her novel 'The Last Detail' too. Thoroughly recommended.

  • Wendy Marple
    2018-12-08 01:15

    This is a well-written book and easy to read. It was a different love story with the woman being older than the man. That was a little harder to get my thoughts around because it wasn't common. I thought the story ended oddly and sad but my main issue was the thoughts the woman had in the book. Being single, I really try to keep my thoughts captive and pure (2 Cor 10:5) and I found that hard to do with this book. This is probably just a personal issue I have to work through but I am careful with the romances I read. I need to be able to keep my thoughts pure. Like I said before though, the author writes really well.

  • Lisa
    2018-12-06 02:27

    See these reviews:Feb 13: http://edgyinspirationalauthor.blogsp...Feb 4: http://wordvessel.blogspot.com/2010/0...Feb 12: http://novelreviews.blogspot.com/2010...2/1/10Feb 15: HTTP://ANNSHOREY.BLOGSPOT.COM/2010/02...Feb 17: HTTP://LEESMITHWRITING.BLOGSPOT.COM/2...

  • PWRL
    2018-11-19 00:38

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  • Bibi
    2018-11-24 00:26

    I love that this is a Christian book about a "widow" and a much younger hero...........That's all.

  • Claudia
    2018-11-12 19:08

    I don't care about Christian books, I just read the description and I thought that was a good one....Bad writing, silly characters,..OMG what a waist of my precious time.