I love books! All kinds... classics, mysteries, Christian fiction, suspense and action! I'm also a sucker for anything romantic. ;) And just recently started getting into some non-fiction, philosophical books.
Usually when I get a Christian Fiction Romance, I don't expect much. I listen to them when I want a light-hearted easy listen, so I don't mind that usually, the characters are shallowly written, a very liberal view of Christianity is portrayed, or that the story is predictable, simple, and even boring or stupid.
This book GREATLY surprised me. The main character had MULTIPLE layers, and was very relatable and spunky, but far from perfect. She had a past, she was still dealing with things, and feeling her way through her relationship with God. Yes, it had its silliness and of course it's somewhat predictable moments but it was incredibly sweet and poignant as well. I laughed out loud, I teared-up (almost cried, but didn't), and I learned some things.
This book was not only entertaining, but encouraging, and for a last minute "why the heck not" purchase right after my membership had renewed and I had a bunch of credits burning a hole in my pocket, I am very very happy I took the chance on it. It's probably going to be a repeat listen, and I certainly want to look for more from this author.
If you're not a Christian, this book might not be for you, but I really really enjoyed it. Recommended to Christian women, and HIGHLY recommended to single Christian women.(And as a 29 year old single Christian woman I know how annoying these books can be sometimes, and this certainly was not one of those.)
I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. I downloaded this book for a road trip I was taking and wanted something easy-listen. I've had a lot of thinking/action books lately and wanted something more simple. I enjoyed the back and forth between the past and the present. I could see where they were going with it a bit early on, but one part near the end did surprise me. It was a fun listen, worth your credit if you like Christian Romance. I'm very picky about my Christian literature because I like good writing, likable characters, and a plot that makes sense and makes me feel for the people involved. This book did those things and it was an enjoyable listen. The narration was also easy to listen to and pleasant. Best book ever!?!? No. Would I highly recommend it? Eh... I'd recommend it, but not highly. It was nice. Not an amazing work of literature, but I'm willing to check out more by this author based on this book.
I hesitated buying it because it seemed cliche and just plain silly for a concept. But I found myself falling for the characters. And oddly enough, I was sold on the story. It became believable and sweet, romantic and real. The author created the world of Brighton and incorporated it into our world in such a way as to make the reader accept it without question.
Of course it's still a bit cliche, and silly, and a bit sappy, but while I don't usually like those things, I did in this story. I loved the characters and felt for them. It was a book that should have been just ok, but that I felt myself really enjoying.
Also, I thought she incorporated Christianity into it in such a way that made it part of the story. My pet peeve with Christian literature is when the author throws Christianity in as an afterthought. I like all kinds of literature, but if a Christian novel isn't centered on Christ, then what's the point?
Good writing, great characters, a sweet, romantic easy listen.