- Paperback: 508 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (February 7, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1507735650
- ISBN-13: 978-1507735657
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,300,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When the Real Thing Comes Along Paperback – February 7, 2015
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About the Author
Faith Simone’s passion for writing began as a young girl and has continued to blossom. She is a poet, playwright and novelist. She is also an active blogger, sharing her personal thoughts on writing and tips for authors on her website FaithSimone.com. Simone is adamant about using her gift of writing as a tool to help promote humanity, understanding and compassion.
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Although the story is light in overall story conflict, it more than makes up for this in the emotional “push-pull” of the characters and the strong character development. All three of the main characters have a fully developed background that makes their dialogue, actions and decisions believable. Even when the main character went back and forth (which tested my patience and irritated me at times), I still felt empathy for her. The two fellows in the running for her heart were equally matched and that made it a fair race and added a level of unpredictability (a sure way to keep the reader turning the pages).
I liked that the normal trappings of religion did not overpower the story. Faith blended the right amount of religion so that this non-church, non-religious reader was not turned off. It also helped that the writing was strong, the visuals clear and distinct, and the setting a nice backdrop to the story. I have to admit some of the support characters were “vanilla” which is not a bad thing since they are, after all, bit players. And strange to say since again I don’t like being pelted with religious matters in my fiction reading, even this non-churched, non-religious reader felt the God relationship was slighted in the narrative of the story.
Last comment before I close…
Sometimes, good stories are ruined with bad endings. This was not the case with Faith’s book. The ending was fitting for all three of the main characters. Not an easy thing to handle with so many characters, but she handled the wrap-up well.
If you’re looking for a good fiction book to read – Christian or otherwise - this is the book to buy and read. I highly recommend it. You will be pleased.
One of the things I liked most was the real conversations and vulnerability the
characters portrayed. I was glad that Jacelynn had a "keeping it real, foreal" friend in Kim.
Bottom line, it is very worth reading!
Even though Jacelynn's in a stable, safe and loving relationship she is still unfulfilled and searching for what she did not know.
This well-written love story by debut novelist Faith Simone is a story that puts the Christian faith front and center. Simone created unforgettable characters going through trials and tribulations that on the surface may seem trivial but just below the surface the full depth and dimension of the need and desire for a close-knit relationship with God is germane to every plot point in this well-crafted story.