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Love Defined Paperback – July 24, 2015
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Author Tualla sets the stage where we are hooked into some kind of distressing event that is causing a lot of emotional tension between the girls.
Backing up three months to the start, we are introduced to college girls that have been friends for eternity, but even though their personalities are being constantly defined by age and life, friends stick together no matter what.
Three different girls, three different storylines, but uniquely blended together with some of the chapters opening with one of the girl's quotes, directing our attention to the storyline at hand and moving it forward.
I have to admit I loved Alex's story, as she developed strength and maturity in her devotion to God. Her struggles were real, but her faith continued to grow and deepen as her friend's problems spiraled out of hand.
I loved the style of the author's writing, as Love Defined is as true to life as you can get. This is not a sugar coated book, but definitely a Christian story that is probably happening all over the world to young adults and older teens, over and over again. Although, as in real life, we don't know what will happen in the long run with these girls, Tualla does give us a satisfying ending, knowing that God is faithful and His love endures. As the author reminds us: "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." 1 Cor. 13:13
There must be a sequel to this book!
Third but not least, is Andrea Taylor aka Andy who is the Politician's daughter so she should be all classy and uptight but she is anything but as behind doors with her friends, she lets her hair loose and is a party animal. What will happen though when one night of fun turns into a drunken party where she accidentally sleeps with Alex's bosses son and she falls pregnant ?
The story then leads up with the three of them taking a ride to an abortion clinic where Andy must make the decision of a lifetime and one that will either break or bond the three girls together forever.
Love Defined , was one of those College friendship tales where it's not till something major happens in our life that we can come to appreciate the friendships we have established in life and about the people who care for us most when times get hard.
Alex Makapulo searches for the unconditional kind through Christ and her dearest companion, Jack. She knows that her love for the Lord is deep and sincere. But, she holds back¬–unsure if she deserves to be reciprocated. Then there is Jack. Inexperience and lack of faith in herself leave her uncertain of how she feels for him. Is he her best friend or her soulmate?
Her two roommates Andy Taylor and Lori Hanson struggle with their own issues of sentiment. Andy looks for the wrong kind in the wrong people. Her reckless behavior eventually leaves her with another choice. Can she love an individual she has never met enough to put his needs before hers. Will she love him enough to save his life? Lori's dilemma involves devotion to her grandfather–a man she's known her entire life, but hurts her in a soul piercing way. When he seeks her forgiveness, is she able to overcome the pain and anger enough to open her heart to him once again?
As I made my way through the pages, I found myself becoming more and more emotionally invested in the characters. I rooted for Alex. Yet, like her roommates, I wished that she would relax and enjoy life a bit more. I hoped that Jack would be that special person for her. But, I understood her doubt. After all, if he wasn't "the one" and she made the wrong move, she could lose him forever. I wasn't sure if I wanted to shake Andy or hug her until she felt loved enough to respect herself and her body. Lori made me think of my younger self, holding grudges that were best washed away with forgiveness.
It's reasonable to say that Leila Tualla did an amazing job. How else could she have captured my heart and my attention so fully? I only hope that she writes a sequel. She has me wanting to follow the lives of her characters and find out what kind of women they become.
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