Imogen Browne longs to make up for past mistakes before she can move on. She quietly resolves to help the Dorazio family, whose lives she accidentally upset. Her biggest challenge is Asher, the one person who may never forgive her. And he is facing a crisis of his own. Imogen must tread very carefully, as trying to fix things may well make them shatter. A sensitive story about misplaced loyalty, celebrating life and falling in love. Can family secrets concealed with the best intentions bear the light of day?
I learned of this book because Ms. Vince herself contacted me. I read what the novel was about and I thought it would be very cute. Well, it was more than cute! I really loved it and I found myself sharing it with others before I had even finished it. My thoughts:
What I liked:
The setting. The author is Australian and the book takes place in Australia. But the novel is written through Imogen’s eyes and she is an American. And thus, when she comes into contact with things that are unique to Australia, I the reader was not lost, but intrigued.
The characters. Imogen, Asher, Becky, Seth, all of them are fully fleshed out with weaknesses and strengths to the point that I felt like they were real. One thing that I really liked is that no one is perfect in this novel, not even the love interest and that is what makes the romance so nice.
The romance. To me, its one of the best kinds of romance: a romance built on the foundation of friendship. I loved watching Imogen and Asher get to know and respect each other and eventually fall in love. They are able to acknowledge each others weaknesses and strengths and love each other because of it. The romance is a bit slower, but worth it. No insta-love here!
Spiritually, this is where the novel is really strong, and frankly, shows the reach that a Christian romance novel can really have. The main theme in this novel is healing and that God still heals. A couple of the characters are challenged to seek and know God personally and to be aware that no one will love them as much as God does. And they’re also taught to not limit God. I just loved it. They had challenges with believing God, but purposed in their heart to do so anyway, and I thought their faith was portrayed realistically and honestly. At some point you have to choose what you believe, and I thought this novel does a fabulous job of showing that.
What I didn’t like:
I liked everything!
Romantic Scale: 8
Overall, a wonderful novel that will make you sigh with the romance and grow your faith!
**I received this copy from the author. My opinion was not affected in anyway.**