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One ofmy favorite things besides reading and writing is watching really goodmovies. If I ever find a great movie, Ican watch it a myriad of times and never get tired of it. Sometimes life pauses long enough for me tohave a movie weekend--complete with Chinese food and all the movies I can watchin 72 hours. "If You Believed in Love"came out of one of those weekends. I hadwatched two very different movies, and then my brain mashed them up.
Thislove story is probably less "mainstream" because of the English classcomponent. Full disclosure: I was an English teacher in a formerlife. But please don't despair if youwere not big on English in school. I think the romance component is worthit. However, if you happen to likelearning how amazing our world is and can be, this is a Christian Romance novel for you.
This is one of the most fascinating books I've read in a long time. I am a retired schoolteacher and found Ms Forrester's teaching style and the way the class members changed from groaning and not wanting to do the work in the beginning to the exciting and involved learners at the end--well, so enjoyable! I loved interaction between Jonathan and Elizabeth. The way Jonathan saw himself and his life through studying literature was wonderful. Loved everything about this book. Great ending- but, I really want a sequel! I want to experience when Elizabeth meets Janet, how Jonathan builds a new career, and how Elizabeth feels about all the new experiences in her life as Jonathan 's wife. Absolutely loved the book! I read it on Kindle Unlimited, then immediately bought the book because it is a treasure I'll enjoy reading many times.
If you like 'action' books, this is not the story for you. If you don't enjoy Jane Austen's writings, this isn't the book for you. This is a slow moving tale of a repressed college professor with seriously low self-esteem. It's also the story of a former corporate-raider who is in deep grief over the death of his wife. He is so paralyzed with grief that he barely leaves his apartment and his sister is extremely worried about him. She challenges him to audit the professor's class on Jane Austen books. The plot then delves DEEPLY into the characterizations of the characters from several of the books Austen wrote. During this process, they fall in love with each other. I didn't enjoy this book very much.
Disappointed. This really does not read as a "Christian" romance. Definitely a clean romance, very well written, with a sweet love story, the "Christian" element to this was a few generic references to God and prayer on the part of Elizabeth while trying to resist her growing admiration of Mr Danforth. For those looking for a good, clean read without a "preachy message," this is your book. For those looking for an uplifting message about the triumphs of the love of God and the struggles and joys of a growing relationship in Christ, you'll have to keep looking.
This book is delightful, that's the best word to describe it! Two very different people find they have much in common. A college professor and a man who has become a recluse.
The setting could be no better, for I am a lifetime learner, who pursued a degree in Journalism for years. It was achieved at age 63! Back to this delightful book, I learned much just by reading it. Not to ruin the effect it had on me, let me just challenge others to enjoy this treat! P.S. - There is a surprising ending. Enjoy and be Blessed, just as I was! 😁
I am normally very particular about grammer and spelong errors when I read, and there were a few in this story, but this novel was so well written, I can overlook the few errors that were present. It is rare for me to love both the male and female lead in a story, but I loved Elizabeth and Jonathan. I loved the character development. I loved that Jonathan was a modern day Mr. Darcy. I loved their friendship. I especially loved the classic feel of the story. I had a hard time putting this book down, but I didn't want it to end.
Stallings has written her own classic. If You Believed in Love is a beautifully written tale about college professor Elizabeth Forester and widower Jonathan Danforth. Stallings creates a setting where you actually feel a part of the class. Thankfully I don't have to take the final!
Don't worry if Browning or Austen are not your thing. Jonathan's wooing of Elizabeth is only enhanced by the analysis of poetry and classic novels. As Elizabeth and the class untangle the web of characters, Jonathan can't help but take a look at his own life. He slowly lets go of the past and patiently helps Elizabeth overcome the walls she has built.
Jonathan and Elizabeth's romance certainly has the old English feel with modern day twists. I loved and respected Jonathan for honoring Elizabeth's wishes in the courtship. The way Jonathan used her proper name to respect her in front of the classroom but used her first name when they were alone is true romance. And I absolutely loved Jonathan's use of Browning at the end.
I certainly would recommend this book even if British Literature is not your cup of tea!!!!
This is an ususual story that will give you a new perspective and understanding of English Literature. Elizabeth Forrestor is a college professor whom brings English Literature to life for her class. She has a fun way of teaching that makes people think about not only the story, but how it fits in their lives and how stories actually fit into each other. She "believes in love" because of books she has read. In her actual life she has known very little love. Jonathan Danforth is a widower. His sister has talked him into auditing this class because she thinks he needs to try to somehow get back to the 'land of the living' since he has been a virtual recluse since his wife's death.
When discussing Sense & Sensibility in class, the professor asks Mr. Danforth what sensibility means. He says, "It means letting your feelings get the better of you. It's like stupidly believing in asinine things like hope and love." When asked if he believed in love he said, "No, Ma'am. I don't."
This is an interesting love story that shows how love can triumph over grief. I believe you will enjoy reading how this story unfolds. Staci Stallings has done a masterful job of weaving this love story.