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Gabriel is disgusted by Tanner's lifestyle and choices, while Tanner finds Gabriel to be a bore and a religious fanatic. But as time goes on, Gabriel's calm certainty and high moral regard begins to impress Tanner, so much so that she begins to wonder if she is leading the right life.
Principled and religious without being pious or cloying, this is a fun, refreshing story about something other than fashion and romance.
Tanner and Gabe's respective "fish out of water" experiences hold the reader's interest. The novel's greatest strength is affirming that a wholesome, simple, and virtuous way of life isn't necessarily a dull one. Nor is a fast-paced life filled with parties and excitement necessarily a fulfilling one.
I would've like to have seen more of Tanner's interior conversion to accepting Gabe's principles. Her subsequent struggles and temptations were handled well. Recommended for teens.
(I received a review copy from the author. Opinions are my own.)
This story was a very intense read. From the moment Gabriel met Tanner Rose he was apprehensive and reserved. Gabriel and his mother live in the country, he studies martial arts and is a young man of faith. Tanner Rose is a very young Hollywood starlet who dresses and acts beyond her years. At every Turn Gabriel's patience and fortitude seems to be tested by this girl his mother has brought home. Gabriel and Tanner's mother were roommate in university and even though they have chosen very different path's Miss Ruth took Tanner in to try and help. Both Ruth and Gabriel have strong faith and personal practice. Tanner thinks they are just country hicks, and feels like she is being abandoned, punished, and neglected by her mother for pulling her from her party scene lifestyle. Will Gabriel's steadfast faith and strength help ground Tanner or will her wild addictive and self-centered traits rub off on him.
"There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it." - 1 Corinthians 10:13)
The characters are wonderfully written. The solid honest ethical life of Gabriel and his mother in contrast to Tanner and her Hollywood shenanigans is a stunning look at faith in the midst of modern life and culture. The story was compelling and an absolute page turner. I can highly recommend it. It is one of the best Christian Fiction stories I have read in years, and one of the best Catholic Fiction stories for young adults I have ever read. In many ways it reminds me of Regina Doman's writings. Good solid writing crafted into an awesome story. Freeing Tanner Rose is to be the first of four books in the Faith & Kung Fu series. And I cannot wait to read the next instalment. It was an excellent read.