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A Handful of Hope (Taste of Romance Book 4) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B01EEG9FHO
- Publisher : JoNaTiMa Books (May 10, 2016)
- Publication date : May 10, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 7165 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 248 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #233,295 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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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: 4.5 -- Plot has unique elements and no major holes, but a few shaky bits. We are told (multiple times) that their first real date was a disaster, but I'm not really clear on what went so wrong. We aren't shown much, except the conversation that is described as awkward. I guess that was enough to make it terrible? I'm also left wondering why we never even hear the names of any of David's 4 other siblings. Setting is clear, believable, and consistent. I really appreciated the careful attention to detail in the timeline, with several specific dates actually matching this year's calendar. Definitely adds to the realism!
Characters: 5 -- Relatable, realistic, interesting, dynamic characters. Even minor characters have depth. The characters, and especially their relationships with friends and family members, where they get support and advice as they navigate their new romance, are definitely a strength. I was impressed with the treatment of depression, and how Jen not only learns to cope with it, but learns to be able to talk about it more openly and honestly. And I loved how David's experiences with his sister's depression helped him love Jen.
Mechanics and Writing: 5 -- Few, if any, typos or word errors. I did see one spot where Sara was spelled with an H, and one spot where it seemed like a "the" was dropped. Intelligent use of alternating POV. Skillful writing that adds to the story. Overall, I continue to be a fan of the way this author moves a story along without needing to spell out the details of every significant event, and instead really boils things down to focus on the main plotlines.
Redeeming Value: 5 -- Well-developed, central, uplifting themes. After their first date, Jen and David learn that relationships are more work than the stories tend to show. Jen learns that depression is not a sign of lacking in faith. David takes a strong stance that people, especially in the church, need to be more open about their struggles. Sex, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified at all. David chooses not to go clubbing with friends to avoid the drinking and hooking up. Jen confronts Sara's anti-abstinence stance, and we see some consequences of Sara's method. The others are open about waiting until marriage, even when it's hard.
Personal Enjoyment: 4.5 -- I loved it. It made me feel in all the best ways, and leaves me content and satisfied. I’d enjoy reading it again.
Another is: “How many people stayed where they were comfortable & missed out on the chance to grow?”
And I LOVE this quote: “But if you give up on that handful of hope, no matter how meager it is, the only one who loses is you.”
This is a book truly FULL of hope and is a wonderful read!
I appreciate the discussion of depression. The following from the book:" What is wrong with us as a society? as church? Why do we treat depression as some kind of stigma? It's a disease like any other. You don't just pray your way out of it. You need help.
We see the cast of characters from other books but the book can be read as a standalone. Reading the entire series adds a depth to the experience.
This book is for everyone that loves Christian romance.
An advance copy of this book was given in exchange for an honest review.