Angels Unaware: A Novella (Hope Chapel Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I got a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and voluntarily given. No compensation was received.
The pace of this book felt very fast as Mark, the main character, moved from annoyance to friendship to love. The narrative is quite clear that it is taking place over a longer period of time, but for some reason the way it is written makes the timeline feel very short. In my head I knew it wasn’t but I had trouble remembering that the action in the story was taking place over a longer period of time.
Mark is the hero of the book, and the story is told entirely from his point of view. In a romance, I am not a fan of only one character’s point of view. And it’s because I don’t always believe the character’s interpretations of their interactions with the non-POV character. Sometimes people see what they want to see and not what is actually happening.
And I wanted to hear Jasmine’s story, her thoughts as she discovered how God is there for us and learned to love Him. In my opinion her background made her a much more intriguing character than Mark and I wanted to know her personally and not only through Mark’s eyes. I feel that by not including her POV Ms. Good missed an opportunity to really dig deep into the themes of the book.
I know this sounds like I didn’t enjoy the book! I did like it. It is a quick read and both of the main characters are struggling with their pasts and seeking to forgive themselves and others. Mark’s faith is present from practically the first line of the book and Jasmine also grows her faith. There are a few spots that hit my emotions regarding fear and forgiveness, and how easy it is to isolate ourselves in fear, and I appreciated those as they gave the emotional weight of the story more depth.
I give this book 3/5 stars and recommend it to people who like a quick, emotional read regarding faith and forgiveness. For those who do not like a single POV in their romances, I’m not sure it would be the best book for you, though I would encourage you to give it a chance. And as I enjoyed the writing style and how prevalent the themes of faith and forgiveness were throughout the book, I will be trying more books by this author.
**I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author through CelebrateLit. All opinions are my own.**
The characters were realistic and well described. I had no problems identifying with Jasmine and her many challenges in life. Her sense of helplessness and no hope for the future gained immediate empathy. For one to live such a lonely life immersed in the darkness of a fearful existence is a situation that any of us could experience in our rocky path of life. Mark exhibits a Christian neighbor who cares deeply for others. Not only is he a Christian in name, but is not afraid to extend and share his beliefs in the way of a helping hand. He also has experienced heartbreak and has some healing of his own to deal with. Both characters are struggling with past hurts . Can a relationship develop even though it seems as if life is against them?? Rachel Good does an excellent job of presenting Christian values in this fictional tale.
and the changing in the relationship of the characters and the process as they encountered unexpected bumps in the road .
The theme of faith and forgiveness shone through the tale of two young people, both needy of something greater than themselves.
An enjoyable read!!