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Love's Unfading Light: Historical Christian Romance (Eagle Harbor Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I loved the protagonists and their friends. Loyal and solid in their convictions and friendship. I couldn't stand the general townspeople. From the rich and snobby to the local drunks they were petty, greedy, dark characters that lacked compassion and seemed to thrive on increasing the hardship of others. Even the sheriff and doctor lacked moral character. To suddenly lighten their attitude and demeanor at the end didn't work for me. What an awful place to raise a family.
You'll find excellent editing, smooth and natural conversation and, a continually moving storyline. The scenery is vividly depicted with sights, sounds, and smells. The Christian thread is moderate and appropriate as a natural extension of the characters. The reader does not feel 'preached at'. The story is complete and works as a stand alone although it is part of a series.
This is not a book that I can give an opinion on whether or not you should read it. It is written with obvious talent, research, and forethought. The love story is sweet. The back story is bitter. Hopefully I have given you some tools to decide if this one is for you.
The characters depicted in this capricious and intriguing tale are varied, and the suspense is dramatic. I enjoyed the vast array of personalities presented and the resiliency that is characterized by the main characters. Life is precarious as both main characters suffer the consequences of past family members' actions. Survival and overcoming life obstacles are strong themes throughout this story.
I highly enjoyed the action and personal relationships throughout this book. I also enjoyed a vivid portrayal of a beautiful area of the country, and the information regarding an actual lighthouse that still stands today. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
(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 -- Plot is engaging. Has unique elements and no major holes, but a few shaky bits and/or a slight lack of focus. Setting is clear and believable. Timeline may be a bit hard to follow. A lot happened in a rather short time. I kept thinking more time had passed than really had, as the whole story takes less than 2 weeks. Makes for a very quick romance (and they go particularly quickly from love to marriage), though it manages not to feel too fast. The building weight of debt upon debt upon debt started to feel a bit repetitive, but the resolution of all that was very satisfying. The glimpses of Elijah and Victoria's relationship were interesting, but were more setting up the next book in the series than contributing to the plot of this one.
Characters: 4 -- Main characters are relatable, realistic, interesting, and dynamic. Some minor characters have depth, while others may be slightly stereotyped or simplified. Definite strong points in the relationships between characters. Tressa and Mac face external challenges and internal doubts, and it all felt very real and believable. I like them each individually (weaknesses and all) and as a couple. Some of the minor characters are given a lot of depth and realism, while others (mainly the villainous/snooty/greedy ones) are more stereotypical, one-note characters. Lots of interesting relational dynamics with friends, family, and townsfolk.
Mechanics and Writing: 4 -- A handful of typos, punctuation issues, or word errors. (<15/100 pgs) None of the errors seriously hinder understanding. Good use of POV. Generally skillful writing. Errors include: homophone confusion, mild punctuation issues. Errors only started popping up in the later part of the book, and there weren't too many. Some odd/missing punctuation (like missing quotation marks) and word confusion (snuggly for snugly, motely for motley, morning for mourning, and the character Finley McCabe turning into Finely McCabe on at least 3 separate occasions in the middle of the book). POV alternates between Tressa and Mac mostly, with several sections of Elijah.
Redeeming Value: 5 -- Well-developed, central, uplifting themes. Drugs, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified at all. No explicit sex scenes. Clear moral guidelines for behavior. Themes of love and sacrifice (in sharp contrast to the greedy, unmerciful chorus of many in town, especially the wealthy elite), and finding our worth in Jesus, who gave his life for us, rather than judging ourselves based on the opinions of fallible, self-centered humans.
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.
I enjoyed this Christian romance. I liked the characters. I respected Tressa for her determination. Macau me think of a big teddy bear. He has the biggest heart.
So many bad things happen to Tressa that I kept thinking, things just can't get any worse...but they seemed to. I didn't like that feeling of hopelessness. Then was very satisfying and sweet.
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