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RATING: 4.5 Stars
Requesting this book to review, I had no idea what I was in for! Reading the blurb, I was hoping for a romance novel, however those were only my hopes. Yet the quote “He struggles with bitterness and betrayal. She wants to follow God’s way. To be together seems impossible” allowed it to be plausible. But the more I read the book, the more I enjoyed the story, I discovered that it was far from my expectations!!
It only took me the first couple chapters, really only the first, to be hooked. Berthelsen didn’t waste any time in making her way to the heart of the matter, which was Michael’s bitterness towards his mother, himself and his ‘uncle’. And I have to confess, I didn’t side with him to begin with. But Berthelsen’s gift of writing smoothly and very competently made the characters and story come to life, causing me to side with Michael, to some extent. However I have to confess, that I found his outgoing ways a little confronting, causing me to be cautious around him, especially where Alexandra was concerned. This was mainly caused by his lack of faith, hence Alexandra’s strong faith. Although that said, I find it to be a crucial aspect, because it highlights Michael’s transformation! This is the essence of the story. Yes, romance played a role, however minor and I did feel a connection between them, which really highlighted to power of such a relationship. Yet the whole time, I was reminded that the essence of this story is about trusting God; turning from a life of bitterness, unforgiveness and resentment, to a life filled with God, where he is in control. Michael is a prime example of this for he represents the challenges faced in doing so. Reading his experience, I was greatly challenged in my own walk with Christ and know my life has been changed. Basically said, this novel artistically illustrates the power of God’s transformation in one’s life. It is clear that God guided and had a really big input in the construction of this novel to further his kingdom!! Be blessed as you read this story!!
I am honoured to have received a free paperback copy of this book to review, thanks to Even Before Publishing.