Review: Romance’s Rest by Erika Mathews

Her love seems to have passed him by.
Little does he know that true covenant Love is knocking at his door.

Kethin Ellith’s life is brimful: a new town, his dream job working with people and animals, an active social life, and now a spunky, godly woman who has captured his heart. But how can he have any sort of relationship with her when she’s not even interested in a single conversation?

Faeth Dale delights in being an avid flower gardener and the middle sister of a lively, close-knit family. She has her own non-negotiable reasons for avoiding all male friendships, particularly with spiritually shallow men like Kethin. But would Adon Olam give her this apparently conflicted guidance?

When rejection, grief, and longing jolt Kethin’s reality, knowing love seems permanently beyond him. And what is this spiritual concept of covenant he keeps encountering? As his struggles in this new relationship with Adon Olam intertwine with the struggles of his heart, Kethin comes face to face with both the starkness and breathtaking gloriousness of divine love itself—and a decision that costs him everything.


My Review

Romance’s Rest by Erika Mathews

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

4.5 stars

I was initially intrigued by this book because it was marketed as a romance novel for people who don’t usually like romance novels. I think that’s a really interesting approach, and after reading a bunch of Christian romance novels that really don’t have much to do with true love or romance, I wanted to see how this author approached this subject!

Characters: Of all the characters in the Truth from Taerna series, I think Kethin was probably the most relatable. I appreciated that he didn’t have his life completely together at the beginning of the book – very realistic! It was great to see a character arc throughout the book and watch him grow. I also enjoyed seeing him hang out with his animals – yay for cute puppies and sheep! Faeth felt almost like a side character to me (the book definitely was more about Kethin), but the scenes she did have a POV in revealed her sweet and kind disposition. The other characters were interesting, too – Maeri added a different twist to things, and of course, it was nice to see Kethin’s family again.

Plot/Writing Style: As usual, Erika’s writing style is very well done: easy to read and with just the right touch of beautiful descriptions. The plot tended to drag a little bit in place – mostly because I got a little tired of hearing about how sad Kethin was about his relationship problems. (Yeah, I sound pretty heartless there.) There were just several instances of back-and-forth between Kethin and Faeth, and I only wanted their romance resolved!

Romance: Okay, I have to put this here because it’s literally in the title. First off, I will say that this is one hundred percent clean. There’s nothing in here that’s even close to inappropriate. Yay for clean romances! However, a lot of the “romance” did seem to happen off-scene (such as when Faeth and Kethin got to know each other, etc.), so some of the changing dynamics in their relationship seemed to go a little quickly. But I think that might’ve been intentional, because the whole book is about a far great Love!

Moral/Theme: This is the section where this book shines, and that’s what I love the most about Erika’s books. They always make me think, and that’s the sign of a quality book. Instead of focusing entirely on a romantic relationship between a man and a woman, this book brought to light the most important of relationships, and that’s between God and man. We can’t love people rightly if we don’t know God’s love. And when we do begin just to grasp even the tiniest bit of God’s love for us, it will change our entire lives. This book did a great job of showing how you need to be in a right relationship with the Lord before you even try to get into a marital relationship. I think that’s an idea that’s very often ignored, and marriage is treated lightly or as if marriage itself will solve a person’s problems. God must come first in our lives, and we must love Him first! (Which reminds me, I really enjoyed the part where Kethin came to realize he couldn’t love the Lord rightly – but he had to love God with the love the Lord gave him!) Long story short, this book held excellent morals and themes. I didn’t necessarily agree with everything single thing that was said (need to think about some things), but there was so much good in here!

Overall, this was a great ending to the series. If you’re looking for a clean read with tons of truth, check out this book – and the rest of the series!

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.


About the Author

Erika Mathews writes Christian living books, both fiction and non-fiction, that demonstrate the power of the kingdom of God through ordinary people, transforming daily life into His resting life. She’s a homeschool graduate with a Bachelor’s in Communications, a Master’s in Biblical Ministries, and a passion for sharing Jesus Christ and His truth. Outside of writing, she spends time with her husband Josh, mothers her little ones, reads, edits, enjoys the great Minnesota outdoors, plays piano and violin, makes heroic ventures into minimalism, clean eating, and gardening, and uses the Oxford comma. You can connect with Erika at restinglife.com.



Tour Schedule!

Monday, April 18 – KICK-OFF DAY

Erika Mathews at Resting Life – tour intro

Vanessa Hall at Vanessa Hall – book spotlight and excerpt

Autumn Lehman at Bursting Through the Darkness – character spotlight on Faeth Dale

Tuesday, April 19 – FREE CHAPTER DAY

Erika Mathews at Resting Life – Read the First Chapter for Free 

Rachael Anne English at Note By Note – book spotlight and review

Wednesday, April 20 – BIBLE STUDY DAY

Erika Mathews at Resting Life – Bible study on blood covenant

Vanessa Hall at Vanessa Hall – book review
Autumn Lehman at Bursting Through the Darkness – book spotlight and excerpt

Thursday, April 21 – LAUNCH DAY
Erika Mathews at Resting Life – special launch post

Chelsea Burden at Light in the Tunnel – character spotlight on Kethin Ellith

Friday, April 22 – 

Erika Mathews at Resting Life
Stephanie Agnes-Crockett at Stephanie’s Ninth Suitcase – Book review

Rachael Anne English at Note By Note – guest post by Erika on true love in Scripture

Esther J at The Lost Review of Odd Books & instagram – author interview with Erika

Ryana Lynn on Instagram

Saturday, April 23 – WRAPUP DAY

Erika Mathews at Resting Life – Tour wrapup

Katja Labonte at Old Fashioned Book Love – Book spotlight and review

10 thoughts on “Review: Romance’s Rest by Erika Mathews

  1. *gasping, followed by squeal-screaming* ROMANCE THAT’S ACTUALLY CLEAN?!?? *more gasping, followed by falling onto the couch in dramatic shock* I NEVER-

    LOL, wonderful review though! I absolutely love what you said about needing to love the Lord first before marriage comes along. *mental note to self about that for my current WIP* And the cute puppies and sheep…I need a cute puppy…Or a lamb…Or both so that they’ll grow up together and become best friends…as long as somebody else takes care of them and I can adore them because I have no room or time for such animals…

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    • Hahaha, your reactions are the best, Amelia. 😉

      And yeah, that was something that was really driven home in the book, and such an important part of romance that’s not often addressed in “mainstream” Christian fiction. (And yay for ideas for your project!) And yes, I’d love to have a cute puppy and a lamb! But like you, I don’t have the time. Or really the room, either. *sigh*

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      • Teehee, just my personality and I hanging out. 😏😏

        Yes, it is truly important! *le sigh, le sigh* You already know how I feel about nonsensical “love”…LOl!
        (Oh, yes!! My WIP is going lovely…🤣)
        Right??? *crying noises* Ooh, maybe I’ll bribe–I mean, PERSUADE…yes, persuade *cough, cough*–my honorary little sister to raise both when I go to college Lord willing. 😂😂😂
        *leaves to plan things for the near future*

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      • I love it! 🙂

        Ahh, yes, love needs to be actual love. Like, the Biblical version of love, not sappy empty stuff. Yes, ma’am!
        And I’m sure it is! It sounds so quality! 🙂

        Hahaha, yes, puppies and lambs must be taken care of. 🙂 They sound adorable!

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