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Light-hearted Christian romance
on September 18, 2015
This is a sweet and light-hearted Christian romance that is fairly predictable. Olivia, a widowed cancer survivor, is dreading her upcoming birthday. She associates them with disaster and she doesn’t see much to celebrate on this particular year. But when her best friend’s mother is looking for a house- and dog-sitter, she is persuaded to take a trip to Florida with the last bit of her disability leave.
While there, she has a number of adventures, several including the handsome doctor who lives next door. The religious element of the novel is very present, but it isn’t preachy and it felt pretty organic. I’m not generally a fan of romances that try to be cute, but the author had a light touch and the scenes never felt forced or cheesy. The only thing that didn’t work at all were the bits from the (fictional) children’s book that began each chapter. The conceit is that they were written by a minor character in the book. They starred a talking donkey and they were supposed to relate to whatever was happening to Olivia in that chapter, but it just felt like a distracting gimmick.