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- Print Length: 250 pages
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- Publisher: Three Strand Press (January 15, 2015)
- Publication Date: January 15, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00SAXPU3G
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Six years ago, Staci was Ana the concert pianist who was living with Eric when she became a Christian and knew she had to leave; now, they meet again at a Christian retreat, and have to deal with sharing the daughter he didn't know he had and figuring out if they can love each other.
(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 has unique elements and no major holes, but a few shaky bits and/or a slight lack of focus. The long-lost-love-and-surprise-child story is a bit cliché, but the additions of the issues both Staci and Eric bring with them and their changed lives as Christians add unique elements to it. I did feel it ended pretty abruptly, leaving us to presume that all the issues got cleared up, both in their relationship with each other and with the Alicia situation that's tossed in at the end. Setting is clear and believable. Timeline may be a bit hard to follow. It would be nice to have mention of the months to help us see time passing.
Characters: 5 -- Relatable, realistic, interesting, dynamic characters. Staci grew up starved for love, and in her first life with Eric, she tried to earn his love--though he did love her, and was just hesitant to say the words due to his father's actions. In their years apart, each came to Christ, but still have to deal with their issues. We also get glimpses of Eric's panic when he returned to where he was previously held captive, and of the strength and love involved in Staci caring for Sarah, with all the special challenges dwarfism entails. Even minor characters have depth, as do the relationships between characters. The glimpses we do get of family and friends show unique characters, with depth and variety.
Mechanics and Writing: 3.5 -- Scattered typos, punctuation issues, or word errors, but nothing that seriously hinders understanding. Some dropped words or incomplete edits, or spelling 'Tori' with a Y one time, small things like that. Basically needs another run-through by a proofreader. Also, one whole chapter had oddly smaller font than the rest. Good use of POV (Eric and Staci). Generally skillful writing.
Redeeming Value: 5 -- Well-developed, central, uplifting themes. God's timing is perfect. If Staci hadn't left when she did, things would have been much worse. Then, when the time was right, God orchestrated the seemingly coincidental meeting at the retreat. Staci also learns to not let fear hold her back when God is directing her. And both Staci and Eric are good examples of becoming new creations in Christ. Sex, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified at all. I appreciated the acknowledgement that their previous (pre-conversion) sexual relationship made it tricky to be around each other. They were real about that struggle while carefully remaining pure.
Personal Enjoyment: 4.5 -- I loved it. Highly enjoyable and very entertaining, with perhaps an issue or two that tempered my pleasure. One I'll definitely read again.
I did not make it through this book. I reached the line "Clearly, from his father’s example, being a Christian didn’t exempt a person from temptation and sin." Then, I closed the book. I had been hoping that somehow the Christian self righteousness was going to be exposed for what it was, but that line made me cringe so much that I couldn't give the author the benefit of the doubt that a recovery was likely to happen.
People seem to like this book, so it certainly serves an audience. I'm just not the right reader for it.
If it is helpful, I like Tamara Leigh, Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen, Lori Wick, Baroness Orczy.
I do appreciate her anguish over the lack of love (or how she perceived it) in their earlier relationship, but this is so dragged out it becomes painful to read after awhile. It is very clear that this woman needs to have a heart to heart talk with Eric and come clean with all of her feelings. He deserves that, because after all, they did have a child together.
But I think the plot simply winds around the inevitable conclusion of these two dealing with their past, and quite frankly, it is not that interesting of a ride. Ana is having a massive pity party, and it gets old. The side characters in this story are pretty weak and not that interesting, so they do not give much support to the plot.
I would like to give this a better rating, because I always hope for more in a Christian based story. However, it is just not that exciting of a story. Sorry.