I don’t read a ton of contemporary romances, but recently, I have been enjoying that genre. So when I was asked to review this book, I took the chance!
Characters: Kelly was a definite favorite character for me. She had some realistic fears about being left alone in the world after much of her family had died. It seemed very realistic that she would cling to her only remaining family, her cousin-in-law, his two children, and his parents. Kelly was a very sweet young lady – and a teacher, too, which made me feel some comradery with her! – and the way she cared for her family was impressive. And that girl could cook! Wow. She made all kinds of yummy food all the time. So don’t read this book while you’re hungry. Just a warning there. The kids were also sweet – they definitely seemed their age. I didn’t connect well with Brent, though. I appreciated his struggle with forgiving his late wife, but I just never got a good grasp on who he really was.
Plot: The plot of this book was very chill, as contemporary romances usually should be! There was enough character development that it kept the ball rolling, though, and it didn’t drag much. I will say the plot kind of revolved around their romance (it’s contemporary romance, so what am I expecting?), but there were also some interesting side plots along the way, too.
Romance: This was an area I really struggled with. I enjoy romance, but it has to be a light romance for me to really get into it. There was just a lot of touching and hugging and kissing that felt a little much for me – nothing inappropriate happened, but it just seemed like a lot between cousin-in-laws, especially considering there was a ten year age gap between them. However, this book stayed clean, though there were a few compromising situations and mentions of unfaithfulness and physical relations before marriage.
Moral/Theme: Throughout the book, Kelly and Brent went to church and prayed, which was a great breath of fresh air from some books that claim to be Christian. I especially appreciated the verses that were included throughout the book. Kelly depended on the Lord and trusted Him in spite of discouraging circumstances. One part of the moral that I did feel quite uncomfortable with, though, was the inference that Brent had somehow lost his salvation and had to get resaved. I’m not sure if maybe he just recommitted his life to the Lord, but sometimes it felt like he had lost his salvation. The Bible teaches that we are held by the Lord, and He will never let us go. (John 10:27-29)
Overall, this was a nice debut from Rebecca Trump. I think we’ll see many more books in the near future from her!
Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher/author. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.