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Enjoyable Read -- for me, my teenager and my mom
Reviewed in the United States on March 30, 2014
This is the first book that I read by Mrs. Greene. I now know it was her first book to write as well. BRAVO! Not only did I read it, I recommended it to my mom. And I have encouraged my teenager to read it. There is nothing in it that each of them would embarrass either of them.
The story is about a young lady from the lower middle class trying to make it on her own who meets a man at a party where she is working on the catering staff. An innocent exchange; nothing that couldn't happen at any well to do party. Then there comes the hook.
The man she meets seeks her out, presents her with a proposition -- NOT WHAT YOU'RE THINKING -- and it's intriguing. She ends up accepting and puts the book into motion.
What I really liked was the building of the relationship between the characters. The sweetness, the realness, the honesty. There wasn't a sexual aspect to it at all. There was companionship. There was conflict from outside influences that didn't approve and didn't understand the relationship. Again, a lot of times a reality for a lot of us, when our relationships are judged from outsiders looking in.
The male character is very driven by his faith in God. And while this book is not a "christian" book, it has that aspect in it. His faith plays a huge role in the decisions that he makes, in the way he handles himself, and in how the female main character views him. As a Christian woman myself, it was enjoyable to see the effortlessness at which the author made that seem normal.
Now, as I mentioned there are no sex scenes, and I intend for my young, teenager to read this. However, sex does occur between the characters. It is not graphic in anyway and does not sensationalize the need for sex or make it ok for a teenager. There are consequences that occur because of the sex. Again, very appropriate and excellently handled.
When I write a review, I try very hard to convey what I loved about the story without giving away the plot or the storyline too much if at all. I want you to know what I found appealing without you reading the book thinking, "when is (fill in the blank) going to happen?". That's not fair to you as a reader or to the author who spent so much time weaving the story. This is one of those books where I wish I could tell you EVERYTHING because I know that if you knew the twists in the plot, you would be so intrigued, you couldn't help but go out and read it for yourself.
I said earlier, this was the first book of Grace Greene's that I had read. I plan on reading more! Thank you, Mrs. Greene, for giving me a lovely story about life, love, death, faith, and human kindness that is clean enough that I can share with my daughter.