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In a world filled with heartaches and challenges, Lynda Martin’s “Putting Love First” beckons readers into a realm where faith and love intertwine to navigate life’s most intricate puzzles.

Lynda Martin, a multifaceted creator with a passion for storytelling, brings her eclectic life experiences to the forefront in “Putting Love First.” A voracious reader, classically trained pianist, and keen observer of human nature, Martin infuses her narratives with the complexities of real-life drama and the enduring hope of happy endings. Her debut novel delves deep into the lives of the Nolan family, weaving a tapestry of love, faith, and familial bonds.

“Putting Love First” introduces readers to Vivienne Nolan, affectionately known as Mama Vee, a beacon of spiritual guidance and unconditional love within her community. When an unexpected proposal disrupts the tranquility of her life in Oak Park, Mama Vee is faced with a pivotal decision: follow her heart or prioritize the happiness of those she loves. As she embarks on a new chapter in Phoenix, Mama Vee’s unwavering faith is put to the test as she grapples with unforeseen challenges—a convicted criminal on the loose, a family in peril, and the fragile life of an innocent child. With each twist and turn, Martin expertly crafts a narrative brimming with love, friendship, and the resilience of the human spirit.

Moreover, “Putting Love First” explores the profound depths of love and sacrifice, illustrating the transformative power of faith in the face of adversity. Through the lens of the Nolan family’s trials and triumphs, Martin deftly navigates themes of resilience, forgiveness, and the enduring bond of kinship. At its core, the novel serves as a poignant reminder that amidst life’s uncertainties, love remains the steadfast anchor that guides us through the storm.

Lynda Martin’s masterful storytelling invites readers on an emotional journey filled with heartache, redemption, and the enduring hope of love’s triumph. As Mama Vee’s unwavering faith illuminates the darkest of moments, readers are reminded of the transformative power of love in overcoming life’s greatest challenges. For those seeking a soul-stirring narrative brimming with warmth and wisdom, “Putting Love First” is a must-read. Embrace the Nolan family’s journey and discover the beauty of putting love above all else.

Purchase the Book Today on Amazon.

Rating: 4.8/5 Stars
Reviewer: Olivia Weston
Date of Review: May 29, 2024

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