Updated: Sep 15, 2022
At some point in our lives, each of us has either done or seen questionable things done for the right reason. There's often a struggle in figuring out whether those choices are justified or not. It makes you think. It forces you to consider your moral principles and values as a human being.
I preface this review with that thought because, as is the case with my own writing, I appreciate a book that helps you not only escape reality, but also navigate it. This novel dives into two of these thought-provoking situations where questionable choices are put on display. It places the reader smack dab in the middle, providing an opportunity to investigate the pros and cons of revealing messy truths in a world that sometimes encourages us to hide them.
Ms. Isaac does a wonderful job of creating believable and likable characters in Rachel Somers and Lucas Grant. I immediately felt connected to both and their unique situations. Many books take a melodramatic approach to the conflict presented in a story. One of the things I appreciated most about this story was the lack of that artificial tension. The natural occurrence of everyday activities, including all the messy parts, felt realistic and believable, creating a genuine immersion in the story.
I have read many Christian fiction novels over the past several years, some of them more "preachy" than others. I must point out that this book and the way Ms. Isaac presents her message has a decided religious component to it. But it is presented in such an organic and authentic way (showing all aspects of what it means to both have faith and the tendency to lose it) makes this my favorite Christian fiction read to date. The underlying themes were clear without being overbearing, allowing the tender love story to take center stage while still carrying an important message to the reader.
With the way Ms. Isaac shapes her words, the one thing I know is this will not be the last book I read from her. It encouraged me to think and compelled me to feel, a captivating combination for any book that finds its way onto my shelf and stays there.
Dave’s Rating: ☕️☕️☕️☕️
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