“Robby, I don’t know what I’d do if anything ever happened to you. Without you I’d be lost. I’d feel like half a wheel, useless,” Julia admits in Jo Huddleston’s Book One of a West Virginia Mountain Series, Wait for Me.
At two hundred and eighty-eight pages, this paperback book targets those who enjoy clean Christian romance set in the 1950s. With no profanity and only heavy kissing, the story about falling in love at a young age would be apropos for middle school readers or older. With a strong Biblical undercurrent that uses the King James Version of the Holy Bible, the tale would be an ideal read for Christian home-schoolers. The end of the book that has several punctuation errors includes the author’s biography, a list of other books written, and ten discussion questions.
In this story that begins in the small mining town in West Virginia, eighteen-year-olds Julia Capshaw and Robby Montagna have fallen in love although they are from opposite sides of the socioeconomic track. Julia comes from a wealthy family that owns several coal mines; her mother expects the best and most prim and proper from her daughter. Robby has been born and raised in a family that works at the mine, and according to Julia’s mother, he does not measure up to her high society standards.
Unknown to their parents, the two decide to move to a nearby city where Julia attends college while Robby works in a local store so that they can be with each other without the restraints of Julia’s mother’s overbearing rules. However, when each learn about adult responsibilities, they are tempted and tested by others, having to prove their true love at a tender age.
As Julia lies to cover up her relationship with Robby to her parents, she must deal with the consequences while her beau handles jealousy, financial status, and others’ expectations.
Although this romance is predictable with often promising unrequited love and holding back their growing physical attraction, its theme of finding a first love and being committed to one another threads a charming, too-idealistic story that includes relying on God.
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars.
Author Huddleston has written over eight traditionally- and self- published books, articles, and short stories. Focusing on sweet Southern historical romances, she is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers.
Thanks to the author for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.
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