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Where Love Once Lived [Kindle Edition]

Sidney W. Frost

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She'd once loved a bookmobile driver. Memories of that time with him poured in so rapidly she caught her breath. It'd been long ago, but her heart remembered. At first she remembered the love she'd felt back then, but the good memories didn't last long. She'd gone to the bookmobile as usual that last day, but nothing was to be the same again. She went to Brian with love and exciting news. She left alone. Not just without him, but alone in the world and apart from God.


Is it ever too late to find happiness? No, says Sidney W. Frost in his inspirational Christian novel, Where Love Once Lived. Brian Donelson returns to his hometown after a thirty-year absence to win back his beloved Karen. But Karen, who has grown closer to God than he has, harbors a secret that keeps her away from Brian at all costs. While driving the local bookmobile, Brian struggles to earn her trust, even as he grapples with secrets of his own. With God's help, can these two find happiness? Beautifully written and told with wit and grace, Where Love Once Lived is a moving love story filled with the glory of God.

Sidney W. Frost is an elder in the Presbyterian Church and a Stephen Minister. While a student at the University of Texas, he worked as a bookmobile driver for the Austin Public Library.

About the Author

Sidney W. Frost, a first place winner in the Southwest Writers Contest and the Writers' League of Texas Contest, is an elder in the Presbyterian Church, a Stephen Minister, and a member of his church choir. While a student at the University of Texas he drove a bookmobile part time for the Austin Public Library.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 543 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1451511817
  • Publisher: CreateSpace; 1 edition (Aug. 12 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ZHVE1O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,791 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Wordsmith Journal: Reviewed by Kelly Klepfer May 30 2012
By TWJ Magazine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
After hundreds of books and movie reviews behind me, I've developed some strong opinions. I write reviews for those wanting input on a book, movie or product choice rather than for those who merely want me to say a few good words. Yet I try to find the best in the book to point out. It's a tricky balance sometimes. And my absolute loves may not appeal to the average reader. I tend to love books that make me laugh or honestly cry, books that are almost works of art with words being the artist's medium. I generally avoid romance, Amish fiction and sci-fi because I find them too formulaic for the most part.

Where Love Once Lived is a novel that is very likely "the" story on the author's heart and I know how much time, sweat, tears and blood go into writing one of those stories. I have a few of those sitting on my computer hard drives. Mr. Frost is articulate and able to tell a winding tale that centers on two people torn apart by circumstances and their own immaturity. Karen and Brian were college sweethearts, but, after things got too hot and heavy, the relationship was broken as were their hearts.

Thirty years later Brian returns "home" after his divorce and finds that Karen has divorced as well. They each have secrets that they go through great emotional turmoil to protect. Struggling to forgive themselves and each other fills the pages of this novel, a very real issue that many readers will relate to.

Mr. Frost has created an extras cast of characters who go along for the emotional roller coaster ride with Brian and Karen. One character shares Mr. Frost's love of opera, and another is the heavy but loveable librarian who helps Brian run the Bookmobile which was purchased in an attempt to win Karen's heart.

Struggles and trials plague the love-crossed couple. Karen has a crisis at work, and in the midst of that she takes in a former student who is pregnant with nowhere else to turn. Brian finds himself at the mercy of stock holders. A marriage between characters causes drama in his circle of friends. Brian discovers secrets about his parents and his marriage that force him to consider running far away to another place where he had once found happiness. Can this couple finally find true love and restoration? Will they find the emotional maturity and the spiritual hope they need to embrace another relationship regardless of their past failures? Only the reader will know.

Where Love Once Lived may appeal to readers who like the romance novel plots wherein the characters begin to grow closer to each other until an obstacle or multiple obstacles rip them apart...the idea that love is an endless series of ocean waves drawing the characters back to shore against the odds of them being cast adrift alone. Some inspirational readers may find something to like if they are not sensitive to sex outside of marriage and divorce. If so, the subject matter may be too much for them, however, the consequences of both are some of the struggles this couple faces. Those looking for a strong Gospel message may be disappointed, but others who like light religion and the message of God's love, forgiveness and patience may find what they are looking for here. Literary fiction lovers will probably want to avoid it. This novel falls more toward the weight and formula of romance versus love story, so keep that in mind as well.

(The Wordsmith Journal strives to guide readers to books of personal interest, with the understanding and respect that what appeals to some may not appeal to others. Therefore we attempt to keep our reviews focused on content, genre and style. The rating is necessary to make use of Goodreads and Amazon. It reflects the reviewer's own level of enjoyment, but the review is intended to be informative for the benefit of all readers.)
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A positive read! Feb. 6 2011
By Mayrene T - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Where Love Once Lived, signed by the author, was a delightful surprise under this year's Christmas tree. OK, maybe not such a big surprise since I had left a pretty broad hint! Even so, it was a read that I had looked forward to and thoroughly enjoyed. How refreshing to find a novel that clearly expresses Christian values without preaching to the audience! Karen and Brian are characters who would be right at home among my friends. They struggle with real issues, apply Christian values in meeting those issues, and encourage the reader as they work their way through life's disappointments, joys and challenges. Where Love Once Lived does not disappoint!

Thank you, Sid. I'm looking forward to book #2!
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where Love Once Lived Nov. 16 2010
By J. Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
She'd once loved a bookmobile driver. Memories of that time with him poured in so rapidly she caught her breath. It'd been long ago, but her heart remembered. At first she remembered the love she'd felt back then but the good memories didn't last long. She'd gone to the bookmobile as usual that last day, but nothing was to be the same again. She went to Brian with love and exciting news. She left alone. Not just without him, but alone in the world and apart from God.

Karen and Brian had been college sweethearts. Karen was sure that Brian would ask her to marry him. Instead, he told her he was going back to California to visit with his parents during the holidays. While there he ran into one of his high school classmates. One thing led to another and they ended up marrying due to a baby being on the way. That sets in motion other events that come to life later in the story. This book is packed with situations that are relevant to most of us today.

I really enjoyed this book! Although I did find, in spots, that it just seemed "too wordy". I believe Mr. Frost did a really good job in developing his characters. I could see them and feel their emotions, which is the way a book should be. I loved the bookmobile! I grew up in a small town that had a bookmobile that came to the bank parking lot every 2 weeks. That was my favorite place to go on those Saturdays!

The inter-racial relationship was handled in a wonderful and understanding say. Of course a few people had problems with it, as is usual in real life. In addition to the interracial marriage, there were a few other "situations" that Mr. Frost wrote into his story. He did a beautiful job, in my opinion. I would definitely recommend this book! Thanks to the author for providing a copy of his book for my review. This review is my honest opinion of this book.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! Where Love Once Loved is a winner. Aug. 15 2010
By Dr. Rollo K. Newsom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a Christian novel and more. Some of that more is a romance and more of the more is an unusual form of a coming of age story. Romance gone wrong due to incomplete communications and immature or irresponsible judgments lead to lives prematurely separated in young adulthood. Those separate lives are not all that bad but leave the principles feeling unfulfilled and incomplete in mid-life. Tensions in the novel stem from efforts and events that work toward reuniting the protagonists. But this is not easy and
requires sometimes painful change for the two main characters. This is not the adolescent discovery of self and sex coming of age. Instead here we have two seasoned and basically successful adults who must mature spiritually. A number of things contribute to that spiritual maturation including painful discoveries of what went so very wrong years ago, forgiveness for those and subsequent events, understanding of the consequences and new empathy that comes from prayer and God's grace.
The setting is a mid-sized Southern city in the mid to late 20th century (Austin, Texas) and exceptionally apt descriptions of real recognizable places and accurate references to the "times" lend authenticity to the novel.
Much of the action takes place on a bookmobile including librarian-patron interactions and a believable chase scene. I think we all make inappropriate use of the word unique at times. But in reviewing Frost's Where Love Once Lived, I can honestly say his use of the bookmobile is unique to the point where it might be considered a supporting character.
In addition to the bookmobile peripheral characters are well developed, interesting in their own right and serve as impediments or more often facilitators of the action. Secondary characters enrich the story and contribute to the growth of the main characters by modeling and interpreting Christian principals.
In support of the main story line there are several minor themes including an interesting view on changing race relations. A related minor and equally interesting minor theme explores how older adults react to the developing loves, marriages and career aspirations of their children. Not blatant at any one point in the novel but clearly one key to the developing relationships and to resolutions to conflicts is a core group composed of several no longer young men that formed in their college age years. Such a core group is rarely found in the real world or in novels either.
This book is a page turner and early on you will begin pulling (praying?) for those folks to work it out.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great first novel! Sept. 4 2010
By Sandy Althaus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am proud to say I bought Sid's very first book and loved reading it. Rollo has covered the overview so well, but I want to comment on the theme and characters. I thought it was so very creative to use the bookmobile as a center of so much acton and activity, and much to my surprise it kept popping up throughout the book. It was so well described I could picture myself being there. I "got into" the characters quite early in my reading, and my interest kept growing. I especially appreciated the comfortable but truthful way the Christian message was presented. I know lives will be touched when reading this book. A Great first novel! Excited to read your next one.

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