- File Size: 2106 KB
- Print Length: 238 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Three Strand Press (August 12, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 12, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01KC0CL5O
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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- #178 in Books > Christian Books & Bibles > Literature & Fiction > Romance > Contemporary
- #181 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Religious & Inspirational Fiction > Christian > Romance > Contemporary
- #442 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Religious & Inspirational Fiction > Romance
Beauty from Ashes: A Christian Romance (BlackThorpe Security Book 5) Kindle Edition
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(Though reviews are inherently subjective, I prefer to provide some organization to my opinions through the use of a personal rubric. The following notes may contain spoilers.)
Plot and Setting: 4 -- Plot has unique elements and no major holes, but a few shaky bits and/or a slight lack of focus. I like the ideas behind the story, and it kept my interest, but the pacing (especially in Adrianne and Connor's relationship) felt a bit off. Also, Connor's whole rescue mission didn't quite work for me, and I don't feel like the flower deliveries/ Kelsey's boyfriend plots were truly resolved. Setting is clear and believable. Timeline may be a bit hard to follow. Months passing were actually much clearer than in the previous books, until the last chapter and epilogue. Conflict with the starting date: Connor was to arrive Dec 23 (book 4), but here he seems to arrive Dec 22.
Characters: 5 -- Relatable, realistic, interesting, dynamic characters. Both Adrianne and Connor have been shaped by their brief high school friendship and its harsh ending more than they even realize. They each have fears and insecurities that stem from that moment, and it takes confronting that history to free them to finally move forward. Interesting tension between Connor's intentions of not hurting Adrianne further and what she's actually hoping for from him. Even minor characters have depth, as do the relationships between characters. Lots of good, complex family dynamics, and some work relationships, too.
Mechanics and Writing: 4 -- A handful of typos, punctuation issues, or word errors, but nothing that seriously hinders understanding. Mainly dropped words (some in legit error, but also the 'most the' thing and the similar dropping 'with' from the phrase 'done with' which aren't correct, but apparently are how the author says them), but also things like 'passed' instead of 'past,' once spelling Alana 'Alanna,' and once spelling Adrianne 'Adrian.' I did notice 'adrenaline' was spelled with its final e in this book. :) the last 2 chapters had weirdly smaller font than the rest. Good use of POV (Adrianne and Connor). Generally skillful writing.
Redeeming Value: 4 -- Partially focused uplifting themes or lessons. Ignoring past hurts only goes so far; in order to truly heal, the hurt must be addressed. Adrianne finds peace about maybe not ever being married, and starts going after some of her other dreams, like buying a house. Of course, that message is somewhat negated, as she then finds love. Sex, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified, but there is an attack by a gunman that ends in his death and a few injuries, and very vague hints of Connor being captured and tortured. Also, though definitely painted in a negative light, one minor character deals poorly with her divorce by getting drunk and trying to catch herself a man.
Personal Enjoyment: 4.5 -- I loved it. Highly enjoyable and very entertaining, with perhaps an issue or two that tempered my pleasure. One I'll definitely read again.
This book reveals how words can injure a person so deeply that it destroys their self confidence and distorts every future decision. Ms Jordan takes this fact and demonstrates how sincere apologies and forgiveness can help to heal some of these situations.
I recommend this book not just because of the romantic theme but the way the characters learn to trust God to help them.
I look forward to read the next installment when it becomes available.
I actually just reread the entire series of books for the second time. I decided I wanted to refresh my memory before diving into #6 'Sense of Security'! I thoroughly enjoyed them again. I I highly recommend starting from the first if you are a newbie!! 😉