- File Size: 3119 KB
- Print Length: 238 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Three Strand Press (February 20, 2015)
- Publication Date: February 20, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00SAQZ6H8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Forever My Love: A Christian Romance (The McKinleys Book 2) 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 loved the plot up until the very soap-opera-ish twist, which I'm not a big fan of. Setting is clear and believable. Timeline may be a bit hard to follow. Though it's clearly summer, more exact dates are never given. There's mention of events in book 1 being almost 6 months before, which makes me think it's at least July, but then later on there's a comment about something 'earlier in June,' which doesn't seem to fit. More clarity would be nice.
Characters: 5 -- Relatable, realistic, interesting, dynamic characters. Brooke's mistrust of men started with her father's affair, and Lincoln ignoring the opportunity to be in Danny's life just reinforced it. Lucas's steadiness gets past her walls, though. He's used to stepping up and taking care of people, which he quickly extends to Brooke and Danny. Brooke helps him see he can't control it all. Even minor characters have depth, as do the relationships between characters. Lindsay, as an independent, opinionated woman like Brooke, is a fun character. Amnesia-Lincoln is a little odd, though, as is Sylvia's initial response.
Mechanics and Writing: 3.5 -- Scattered typos, punctuation issues, or word errors, but nothing that seriously hinders understanding. Some small things left highlighted by a proofreader, etc. Basically needs another run-through by that proofreader. Good use of POV (Brooke and Lucas). Generally skillful writing. One thing that needed more clarity was the mentions of Stella. We meet her as the Hamilton's cook, but I had totally forgotten that when she was mentioned during the restaurant scene, leaving me confused. Not until we see her again cooking for the family did I actually understand the previous references to her.
Redeeming Value: 5 -- Well-developed, central, uplifting themes. Brooke struggles with forgiving her father, Lincoln, and God, but isn't fully able to love until she starts shedding the bitterness she has clung to. God's timing and plan are also apparent: Lincoln would've been a poor father, and his supposed death was what it took for Lucas and his family to meet Brooke and Danny. Sex, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified at all.
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.
Lucas has come because Danny and Brooke are mentioned in Lincoln's will, Danny knows who his father is but has never met him. When Lucas shows up and chooses to become involved in their lives as well as introducing Danny to his grandmother. Life changes in some big ways. While Brooke isn't eager to become in the lives of the Hamilton's she won't stop Danny from meeting his father's family particularly since he won't ever know his father personally. What Brooke doesn't expect is for Lucas to become involved in her life also, and it more than just friendship.
Once again Ms. Jordan touches on another topic that's sometimes avoided in Christian romance, parenthood without marriage, its handles very well and everyone involved has their own way to come back to or expand their personal belief in Christ.