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Disappointed in Execution
on January 18, 2014
At first I was pulled into this story and found Nate’s character appealing – his early years, military service and struggles with coming home. Jenna’s character was OK and her family could have been interesting. However as I progressed through the story, I became more and more dissatisfied. Details are good – but they need to be the right details. Details that set the scene and develop characters are good. Excessive details that don’t add to the scene just bog down the reading. In my case, I started to skim areas.
Jenna’s child, Kyle, didn’t seem like a two year old. I am familiar with children and his character didn’t ring true. Authors have to be very careful how they weave children’s dialog into a story and this part of the story didn’t work for me. I started to groan every time the child had dialog.
I appreciated that Nate’s character had PTSD as too many romance novels don’t want to deal with this topic which so many of our men and women come home with. However, at this point in the story I felt like I was reading a text book example of a person with PTSD versus a novel. I also found the resolution of his issues a little too easily solved to the point of being unbelievable.
At the beginning of the novel God was woven into the story, however by the middle of the story it felt forced, preachy and overbearing. I found it difficult to believe that a 29 year old Texas cowboy/military man/high school football star had never kissed a girl until he kissed Jenna at age 29. As the story progressed, I didn’t feel like I was reading a romance novel which is why I choose it. Although categorized as a Christian romance, due to the extensive nature of God in this book it should have been included in the description of the book. I was disappointed that the characters in the story seemed to judge not on a person's good deeds but on whether a person professed to be a Christian.
Towards the end of the story I had to force myself to read it just to finish it. I am truly baffled by all the five star ratings. I could only recommend this to those who want to use the story as part of their daily devotions, but not for individuals who fall into the nominally religious category looking for a clean romance. I myself will not be following this author.