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- Print Length: 260 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 160183795X
- Publisher: Lyrical Shine (June 6, 2017)
- Publication Date: June 6, 2017
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LZF51ES
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Rating: 4 stars
The heroine: Cindy Giordano has been struggling with the betrayal she experienced at the hands of her fiance and her sister. To top it off, she has now been laid off due to being the most recently hired employee. With time on her hands, she begins investigating the whereabouts of her biological brother, something that she has wanted to do for a while.
The hero: Hank Fleming is a demolitions expert. Formerly a special forces soldier, Hank was in an attack in Afghanistan, leaving him with PTSD, one eye (with the other now a prosthetic), and deafness in one ear. However, his is a rather exuberant personality rather than the brooding one that might be expected from such a hero. He is exactly what Cindy needs!
Christian & moral elements:
*Cindy’s neighbor Mrs. Baker urges her to forgive her sister. “The Lord would want that, you know.”
*This story doesn’t directly preach against premarital sex, but makes it clear that both the hero and heroine believe in abstaining until marriage. This book also provides an excellent example of why both the male and female in a dating relationship need to agree - on a philosophical/moral level - on this topic. It’s asking for trouble if one doesn’t believe in premarital sex and the other merely accepts/respects it. “How easily she’d bought into his ruse of accepting and appreciating the fact that she didn’t believe in premarital sex…” (I feel compelled to add that even if the person accepting the others’ beliefs - and complying with it - is genuine in what he says, circumstances may occur which make such acceptance insufficient.)
*”A white lie wouldn’t send her straight to hell, would it?” Sigh. Not only was this not addressed, but I was disappointed to see this rhetorical question in the book after salvation through Jesus is touched on. No, a lie doesn’t send you to hell. Only rejecting Jesus as savior does that. I feel like this rhetorical question muddies the waters which were previously made clear.
Clean? Yes! However, a former fiance previously cheated on the heroine with the “a man has needs” excuse, and there are a couple of mentions of a pregnancy outside of marriage. Later, there are some things that happen that would cause me to dub this as definitely an adult only book.
What I liked:
*Cindy’s and Edward’s fathers both being unidentified is the reality for many foster children. One of my children does not know the name of his biological father. That can’t feel good, and it’s something he will likely never know. I thought this was a good bit of realism here.
*I really enjoy the rapport between Hank and Cindy. It’s so well done, and it’s what kept me eagerly reading this story! They frequently amused me.
*”You were looking for someone tall and sassy?... She just went that way.”
What I didn’t like:
*I did not enjoy Cindy’s occasional bursts of anger. “You’ve got some nerve calling me, you pig… Why would I want to meet you for coffee? I’d rather drink poison… No, I don’t want to see you… You know what you ought to do? Drop dead.” I don’t know. I don’t expect my heroines to be perfect, but I didn’t like this even though Cindy acknowledges later that it’s an issue.
*Edward, Hank, and Cindy all come from families who raised foster children. Apparently, neither family adopted their foster child(ren), which seems extremely unlikely to me when considering the length of time the children were in their homes. (I’m not saying all foster children are adopted, but when the biological parents are out of the picture, children need permanency.) That whole thing didn’t ring true to me.
*Later, Cindy refers to her foster parents as simply her “parents,” and yet she says that she wasn’t unhappy with them and that they’d “loved her as their own.” But “finding Edward would mean family - a real family like she’d always dreamed of.” As a former foster parent with multiple adopted children, I can say that I take issue with that word “real.” Cindy’s foster family continues to be her “real” family. There are other words to use when referring to blood relations… biological… birth family… blood brother…
*The ending was extremely abrupt. An epilogue may not have worked as there is a book three coming, but more than the very brief ending was surely needed.
I’ve put "A Soldier Finds His Way" on my to-read list. Even though there were some things that bothered me, they didn’t take up much real estate in the book, and I did find the story highly entertaining and engrossing. I stayed up late last night in a (failed) attempt to finish it, and I rarely do that these days.
I recommend this book to fans of contemporary Christian romance. Also recommended to fans of soldier heroes. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this book in exchange for an honest review.
Former Special Forces soldier Hank Fleming is easy to like. He is kind, considerate, fun, protective, a good man, who doesn't seem to take himself too seriously, likes to be active and laugh. He is an attentive son, a good brother, and a friend you can count on. The events in the army that caused his disability are hunting his sleep. He is struggling to find his place, and worth, after the military life, and grow in his faith in God.
Cindy Giordano is a sassy daredevil who loves to be challenged physically. But currently, it is her life that is challenging her to the max. She is heartbroken and devastated for the reasons of her broken engagement. She lost her job, she is fighting with her family, and she seems to have a violent stalker after her.
Cindy and Hank have a great connection. They click, they got each other, understand each other, there is a lot of fun and laughter, 'non-dates' where they get to know each other. I liked the chemistry between them, how their friendship was founded first until the deeper feelings took a hold of their hearts.
When the danger Cindy is in escalates, and the fear intensifies, the story starts to move at a rapid pace. With all the stress Cindy is in, it is no wonder that she is a bit of a mess, and acts out of character that causes a conflict between her and Hank.
It was effortless for me to connected with characters, understand their struggles, feel their pain, hope, and joy. All the different aspects of the story, Cindy finding her brother, the developing relationship with Hank, the suspense, and danger from the stalker, the character development, both as a person and in their faith made an alluring story that was easy to get lost in and enjoy immensely. I wish there would have been more to the ending, it seemed abrupt to me and left some questions in my mind.
A poignant, encouraging, and touching story about trust, faith, and love that touches the emotions, entertains and inspires.
~ Four Spoons
Cindy Giordano also had a more recent betrayal which needed to be worked through. Hank was a wonderful friend and later more as he modeled forgiveness and perseverance after difficult life changing events. I thought Cindy’s anger and early avoidance of facing the betrayers showed her human side. So while it is a Christian book it is not preachy, showing that life is not perfect.
The pacing of the story is smooth but at times I wanted more to happen to speed things up, sort to speak. Then at the end it felt rushed, I wanted more developed before it was over. However, the characters, main and supporting were mostly a delight, especially Hank, his dog, and his family along with Cindy’s neighbor. This writer’s strength is in developing real genuine people that seem just like the people next door. For that reason alone, I would read more written by her.
While different from but having the same realism aspect to the story I can recommend this book to fans of other Christian writers such as T.K. Chapin.
The publisher through Net Galley provided a copy.
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