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- Print Length: 210 pages
- Publisher: White Star Press; 2 edition (October 21, 2010)
- Publication Date: October 21, 2010
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0048EKJ14
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A WORD ABOUT THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS: I was surprised to see negative reviews here bashing Christian beliefs, which is so not the point of a review. Any single (or married) Christian feels it is VERY important to fall in love and marry someone who actively believes in God. So many important decisions we make in life are guided by our beliefs, and to marry someone who calls our beliefs "BS" or who feels left out because Christians might not be attracted to them really aren't looking at this book with its target audience in mind. That one of the characters longs to find a match who shares her faith, is something I feel everyone who believes in God and practices their religion will completely understand. This isn't hating or leaving someone out, but a desire to completely share all aspects of their lives. If you can't understand why a practicing Christian would want to marry a Christian, then what's the point of downloading a Christian-based novel?
The funny thing is, I didn't find any of this the point of the novel at all. It's about Bill's progression from someone who runs away when trials come to someone who is healed by love of a woman and becomes strong enough to face his fears. It's about a woman who already made a similar journey being tested once again, and how she must learn to see the good in someone despite their differences in faith WITHOUT giving up her future goals. (I hope to find someone like her one day.) Most of all, it's a good, fun read.
But what lifts it above the ordinary is that Nunes explores that part of character on which we base life-long beliefs, and shows how early trust and faith can be crushed. She unflinchingly examines the conflict of what we were, what we are now, and what we might become, depending on our choices. She explores the enigma of how parts of our souls which have died can live again more powerfully than if they had never been tested nor doubted.
This novel is a well-written and uplifting read, though it ended too quickly for my tastes. Nunes later novels show even deeper and more mature development of personal quandaries and their solutions -- or of the peace that can comes in spite of no solution.
I like the idea of the two of these people riding to the rescue of children with disfiguring facial problems. I don't understand the doctor's reasoning behind being a plastic surgeon and yet not wanting to help children. I would think that if it's that much of a problem, he'd have gone into something else. And why did he need to change his name? Not enough of a reason in my humble opinion. It would have been cool to bring a bigger element of suspense into it.
This, to me, is a book about learning to stop running and take a stand. There's got to be a time when you grow beyond the things you fear. The doctor in this book does that. I applaud him for the courage it took to take another look at someone he would just have tossed away before, because she was too demanding that he leave his comfort zone.
I like the doctor's struggle with what he believes religiously. Many people, upon having major struggles in their lives, have this sort of struggle. They ask themselves, "What's God doing up there? Does he care about me or about xxxxxx?" It's easier for some than for others to accept religious beliefs or ideas at face value. Others have to test it. This book kept me reading in hopes that at some time he'd finally figure it out on all counts.
I like that this book asks some religious questions. Any person of conviction wants to marry someone who shares those convictions. I think those who wrote negative reviews based on their dislike of the Christian religion have missed the point of the book. The struggle to marry someone with whom a person is compatible is a very real plot point. I think Rachel handled it well.
More Rachel Ann Nunes, please...:o) She doesn't disappoint.