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Character's Names & Widow Tradition Biblical But that is all.
This book is about a love triangle, of sorts. There's a Bible verse at the beginning of each chapter, and explanation of the Old Testament tradition/law for widows marrying, but other than the names of the characters – Levi, Hannah & Joshua – there is no biblical attachment to the story, in my opinion.
A romance that finds Joshua in love with his brothers wife from the day they were married. Hannah has been severely abused by Levi because she is barren. When Levi died, the biblical concept of a brother must marry his widow to carry on the deceased brother's namesake comes into play. Joshua and Hannah marry and must work through many challenges including her wariness, a farm that is destitute, slaves who are to be freed according to their contract, in the near future and many more challenges make this book interesting and thought-provoking. I really enjoyed it.
Pamela Lorence is good, a bit slow for my preference, but listening to it at double speed solved that problem. (I listen to almost all of my books at a faster speed.) Her ability to tell the story without distraction is a rare gift.
Notes: Nothing to warn of here. There's no strong language, mature themes or violence. Suitable for any audience.
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Kara Salinger married her first boyfriend when they were 17 and 18 years old, she put up with Danny Morino and his physical and verbal abuse for 13 years
The author tells the story in first person and also addresses the listener directly, which was kind of strange to me. However, I got used to it.
Kara has optimistic plans for a rundown house that she was able to purchase with assistance of some kind. She meets Dave, a builder who is tall, handsome etc. and when they shake hands and later hug, there are all kinds of feelings and instant connection. However, they are both married to other people and step away from one another before kissing.
After Kara gets her nerves up to pack all her belongings (nine garbage bags), pack them in her crappy car, she leaves Danny.
As she is now 'free' [from Danny] she immediately says yes to a guy she met on the internet, he invites her to go on a tropical vacation after only a 'real' date. Then it seems as if the abuse never happened, like she had a complete personality change. She goes out on dates and flirts and grumbles ... little regard to her former life.
She meets Mitch, has coffee and maybe one or two dates with him and he invites her on a pre-booked already paid for vacation in Mexico. She immediately says yes without hesitation. This is where I realized that I need to suspend reality; a woman who was abused (described in graphic detail) and accept the complete reality changing character, as she is and go with the flow.
Kara begins to be lighthearted and humorous as she and Mitch are at their five-star resort. On the vacation they do nothing nefarious and there is no hanky-panky. Mitch and Kara discussed everything and both decide they want to wait until they know it is a serious relationship and not just a rebound hook up for Kara. .
When they return home there is an order for Kara to leave her house immediately. It just so happens that Mitch has a spare cottage on his property, she will have her privacy from him. He will charge sure the same rent as her house and she can agree to help with all his animals and help with the renovations to the house. Perfect!
The relationship experiences highs and lows, new characters are introduced and old ones reintroduced.... I really enjoyed it, once I got over/accepted that Kara was written in a way that forgot any of her past abuse and embraced her new life.
Jennifer Bossio was an adequate narrator. She didn't distract or take anything away from the story. However, her performance did not inspire or add anything, in my opinion. If I see she is the narrator of another book, I'll listen.
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This is a really nice, contemporary Christian romance. One day while sitting at the park, Sophie's solitude is broken by a good-looking man, a little girl & runaway ducks! The adults strike up a conversation. After walking Sophie to her car, the man asked her for her name. She gives it to him and then drives away, instantly regretting her failure to ask him his name.
They happen to cross paths again (he is actually stalking her but in a non-creepy way) and have a long conversation about their relationship's with God. Bryce is a relatively new Christian – having accepted Jesus about one year ago. She has been a Christian for much longer. However, this does not stop them from dating.
He eventually "comes clean" telling her that he is a country music sensation. He acknowledges his past sins. One of those was becoming intimate with a woman. He never gave their rendezvous another thought until several years later. He is notified that he is the father of a young daughter. A 'product' of that rendezvous. The mother never said anything to Bryce. She had cancer and died, leaving him his daughter – which he had no idea existed.
Upon the news, Bryce takes a break from touring and anything music related. He is taking the time to get to know his daughter, with the help of his grandparents. It is during this time he meets Sophie.
She has hangups about his past – especially after looking him up on the Internet. He is has a nonexistent relationship with his parents but is extremely close to his grandparents.
Follow their journey as you witness their struggles and triumphs.
It was a very nice book and not something I would have picked out on my own. *I received a copy in exchange for this review. While it was a little over-the-top, at times, with the constant references to God and prayer, it was enjoyable and I'm glad to have listened to it.
Notes: There is nothing to warn about with this book and I highly recommend it to those who enjoy sweetness and physical behavior that does NOT go beyond kissing.
Pamela Almand was very good – the part was very challenging. Especially as there are several points in the book where she had to perform the part of a male, country singer singing! I appreciated her narration (even her interpretation of a young child, which can be annoying. She passed the test with flying colors!)
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