Last week, I mentioned just how much I loved T.L. Gray’s novel Mercy’s Fight here. Well, after I read that book, I had to go back and read the Winsor series. Because it’s a series, I decided to do mini-reviews of each. However, if I had to pick an overarching theme for all of them it would go something like this: don’t date unbelievers, in fact, don’t put yourself in a situation where you might fall in love with unbeliever. My thoughts:
This book was a hard one for me to read, mainly because I like wise main characters, and Avery was not exactly wise. Girlfriend kept making bad decisions and allowing herself to be pushed over. And as to the guy that she ends up with, he literally had the patience of a saint and sometimes I was confused as to why. And yet, the book was such an addictive read, I had to immediately pick up book two.
I will admit that Issy was not my favorite character in the first novel, but the man that she would end up with was such a curiosity to me that I had to see how they got together. Issy is…a bit wild…and another character who makes decisions that I wasn’t thrilled with, but I must say, the author does a fantastic job of fully developing her character. I knew Issy after reading this book and the previous. My main complaint with the novel was that we didn’t get to see Issy as a servant of Christ for very long…which leads us to book three.
Book three was my absolute favorite novel. I don’t know if it’s because the girl had a relationship with Christ and the guy didn’t this time (is that sexist? I don’t know, but I have a tendency to like my heroines saved first-sounds like a Monday Musings topic). I liked Naomi. She made some unwise decisions, but she owned up to them and got back on track. And let’s not forget Jake whose heavy presence has been on the entire series. I liked watching him fall in love with Jesus and I was glad that when he got saved the book didn’t just end, but that you got to watch him walk this thing out (plus Matt is in this novel!). This novel to me was the best one and I just really enjoyed it.
Overall, the series was a bit out of my comfort zone, but I’m still very glad that I read it (and if there was a book 4, 5, & 6 I would pick them up tomorrow). They dealt with a lot of serious topics and issues that young people in college confront these days and treated them far better than secular NA novels do. But seriously people, if you’re saved, some of these issues can be avoided by not falling in love with people who don’t agree with the way you live!