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Family Heirlooms Series, Book 6: Worlds Collide


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Nuggets of faith can be passed down as family heirlooms from parent to child, sibling to sibling, spouse to spouse.


Book Six Family Heirloom: Persevering in adversity 

Dr. Marcus Samuels is a medical missionary in Japan, and his life has been God's work despite a severe anxiety disorder associated with being far from home. After twelve years of watching his happily married siblings and their children, he can no longer deny the chronic ache inside him and knows he should start his own family life back in the States--though he has serious doubts about his wife-hunting abilities at the age of forty. Spurred into motion by his mother's sudden illness, he's caught off-guard when he realizes just how much he'll miss Keiko Oichi and her brother Haruki, fellow pediatricians at the Children's Christian Mission Hospital. The two have not only been his lifeline while in a foreign, distant place, but have also become family to him. 

Keiko and Haruki grew up in the United States as foreign exchange students. It was through their host family that she and her older sibling became Christians. Her conversion to Christ, as well as getting to know Marcus, have radically altered her emotionally-detached acceptance of her traditional Japanese future. When Marcus says he's leaving Japan for good, she feels lost at the prospect of living without her closest friend. Only with Marcus can she be the woman she truly is inside--if she can shed the cocoon of lifelong familial tradition and impossible expectations and be free. 

Knowing Keiko has been betrothed since she was a child, Marcus had trained himself not to see her as a potential mate. But learning of her unhappiness and fear of being unequally yoked to an immoral man she can never love opens his eyes to possibilities he hasn't allowed himself to consider. Who better to fall in love with than your very best friend? When Keiko's parents learn of her conversion and feelings for a Christian man, the couple faces a crossroads in love and faith that will change both of their lives irrevocably. 


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  • Karen Wiesner
    Jan 6, 2018, 17:20
    5 star review from The Romance Studio
    The Romance Studio Sweetheart Award Winner
    5 star review from MyBookAddiction Reviews

    5 Hearts and Sweetheart Award Nominee! “Once again, Karen Wiesner has surprised me and completed this beautiful series with a stunning conclusion. As I read, I realized that, great author that she is, she CAN (and does) throw kinks into the storyline that are great surprises. I certainly didn’t see the devastation they would have to face soon after returning to the U.S. These characters were dynamic, in-depth people who had personal qualities we all look for in friends and family. She developed this book in such a way it was almost impossible to put the book down. The secondary characters were myriad of family members on both sides and in two different places—America and Japan. The writing was addictive and kept me glued to my book. The sensuality of the content was sweet and intense and went a little into the emotionally-charged relationship. However, it didn’t go over the line. Any age group can, and should, read this marvelous book. I highly recommend that you run—not walk—to get this book and read it quickly. You will be thrilled you did. This is another reason Karen Wiesner is on my “must read” list. Another great job, Ms. Wiesner!” ~The Romance Studio
    5 Stars! “The latest Family Heirlooms Series family drama is a fabulous tale as two cultures collide with the focus on Keiko. Readers will relish this fine entry as traditional Japanese collides with modern day American. Marcus fears he is causing a rift between his beloved and her family, failing to understand that, as she makes her choice, he is not the cause.” ~Genre Go Round Reviews
    “WORLDS COLLIDE by Karen Wiesner is an interesting inspirational contemporary romance. The romance is great between Keiko and Marcus as they defy Japanese tradition. I liked the characters. This is a book you don't want to put down. A good story full of faith and love. Marcus (a Christian man) and Keiko (who has been betrothed since a child to an immoral man and is very unhappy) learn that they must face a crossroads that could change their lives forever.” ~MyBookAddiction Reviews
    4 Stars! This was an intriguing book. I thought it was fantastic that there were two cultures readers were immersed in within the story, made for a fascinating plot line. This would make a perfect beach read for the summer.” ~SingleTitles.com
    4 Stars! “I loved the way Karen explained the Japanese words used in her novel. I have a liking of Japanese culture in general and their language, and anyone else out there who has a similar liking will enjoy this book. Readers will find out how Keiko feels when she thinks about her own family and their staunch traditions. Marcus likes how independent she would like to be, and the fact that they have been together for so long as best friends tells him she might just be the woman for him and his new life abroad.” ~Love Romance Passion
    4 Stars! “This final installment in the Family Heirloom Series has the Samuels family needing to rely on their faith in God as they face a heartbreaking loss. The heroine’s conflict is well depicted.” ~RT Book Reviews

  • Emily Heisler (amazon customer)
    Aug 29, 2017, 05:58
    This was an intriguing book.

    Dr. Marcus Samuels is ready to leave Nagasaki after spending years working in the medical missionary field. Marcus is struggling with some of his life choices, wanting to start a family of his own but there has been one consistent bright spot, his friendship with Keiko Oichi. When Keiko takes a risk to return home with Marcus, she not only is dealing with cultural differences, customs on marriages, but religious beliefs as well. As they find themselves falling in love, they have to weather a few storms before they can find their path together.

    This was an intriguing book. I thought it was fantastic that there were two cultures readers were immersed in within the story, made for a fascinating plot line. This would make a perfect beach read for the summer.
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