- File Size: 2363 KB
- Print Length: 274 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Three Strand Press (March 28, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 28, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XRW8LW3
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
#16,233 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #143 in Books > Christian Books & Bibles > Literature & Fiction > Romance > Contemporary
- #152 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Religious & Inspirational Fiction > Christian > Romance > Contemporary
- #349 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Religious & Inspirational Fiction > Romance
For the Love of Grace: A Christian Romance (The Callaghans & McFaddens 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: 3.8 -- Plot is mostly engaging. Has unique elements and no major holes, but a few shaky bits and/or a slight lack of focus. Plot points in sub-plots are dropped or not resolved. Setting is clear and believable. Timeline may be a bit hard to follow. I liked the unusual angle of a romance that never really got started, but somehow lingered in the background until it's time to bring it forward again. I also liked the aspect of Grace struggling to grieve and release her fears, particularly in regards to her pregnancy and new baby. But it's not a particularly focused plot, and things resolve almost too easily. We are also left with unanswered questions. The trouble with Kelton is not resolved (and it's never clear what the actual problem was--did he go to Grace's grad with her, or to her prom, or did he betray a secret Bennett confided in him?), and then the epilogue includes some intentionally mysterious sorrows, which I assume will be covered in later books.
Characters: 3.6 -- Main characters are relatable, realistic, interesting, and dynamic. Some minor characters have depth, while others may be slightly stereotyped or simplified. Relationships between characters are not especially well developed, but what is there is generally good. I could appreciate Grace's fear of losing those she loves (though she takes it to extremes), and respected the way Bennett did his best to be a good friend and protector, regardless of his own feelings. It just felt like her fear of loss and his cautious protectiveness were their ONLY traits for much of the book, and then their relationship kind of appears out of nowhere. Most of the relationships here have long been established, so we don't see them really building, and there are so many minor characters that specific family/friend relationships don't necessarily stand out. It's not terrible, just a bit underwhelming.
Mechanics and Writing: 3.6 -- Scattered typos, punctuation issues, and word errors. (<30/100 pgs) None of the errors seriously hinder understanding. Good use of POV. Decent writing. Errors include: compound word and/or homophone confusion, slightly confusing punctuation or formatting issues, mild typos. At one point Bennett is spelled wrong, and once there was a word that was in oddly larger font than the rest of the text. Some sentences were awkwardly combined, or ended up with slightly redundant phrasing. Another polish would help a lot. POV alternates between Grace and Bennett.
Redeeming Value: 4.5 -- Partially focused uplifting themes or lessons. Drugs, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified at all. No explicit sex scenes. Implied moral guidelines for behavior. It's definitely clean, and all the relationships are respectful and appropriate. The characters all attend church and make prayer part of their daily lives. Bennett in particular seeks out prayers and wisdom from godly friends. He finds a sort of peace with the possibility that the love he has for Grace and little Olivia might never be returned. Grace finally manages to release the fear she had been buried under for many years, though her process is more implied than actually explored.
Personal Enjoyment: 4 -- I liked it a lot. Highly enjoyable and very entertaining, with perhaps an issue or two that tempered my pleasure. I’d enjoy reading it again.
Yes, I understand grief over the death of a spouse is not something you overcome quickly, but this is Genre Fiction, not Women's Fiction. I wanted to root for Bennett and Grace. I wanted Bennett and Grace rediscovering their love for one another and then watching it grow. Bennett and Grace resolving their childhood hurts - including Kenton - and, Bennett and Grace dealing with a conflict that drove them apart and brought them together.
Not Grace and Franklin...oh, and Bennett, too.
It was tough to finish reading this book. I did because I respect KRJ and absolutely love her books. I look forward to the next in the series.
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