Title: Restoring Love
Author: Jennifer Slattery
Publisher: New Hope Publishers
“And if Angela had learned anything over the years, it was that God could do a lot with those tentative first steps,” the woman realizes in Jennifer Slattery’s novel, Restoring Love.
~ What ~
This three-hundred-and-twenty-four-page paperback targets those who like contemporary Christian romances. With no profanity, topics of drug abuse, alcoholism, divorce, promiscuity, and abortion may not be appropriate for young readers.
In this current day tale, fifty-plus-year-old Angela ardently wants to turn over a new leaf by moving to Omaha, Nebraska, begin a new career, and step away from her past. Having burned her bridges and hurt family and friends, she fights off shame and regrets as she becomes a changed woman due to her relationship with God and His grace.
When the house next door to the one she lives in is being restored by Mitch, a contractor with personal issues of his own, she continues to swear off any man while trying to focus on Christ. As the two’s paths keep crossing, the one link they have in common is an affinity to help a single mother of three who lives in the neighborhood and whose husband is in jail.
Through her past mistakes, Angela not only seeks forgiveness and grace by God and others, but she also wonders if she is capable of being loved again as she learns to help others.
~ Why ~
With the topic of acknowledging God’s forgiveness, the book shows how trusting in Him, changing your ways, and accepting who you are can be pivotal in finding inner peace. Having flawed characters who make poor choices, the book shows how redemption and restoration changes a person for the better.
~ Why Not ~
Some may not like novels that examine making wrong choices in life and their outcomes and repercussions years later. Others may not enjoy books that include drug addiction and abortion.
~ Who ~
Having written several novels, Slattery writes Christian living articles and devotions on her blog as well as ministers to the poor and homeless. She lives in Nebraska with her husband and teenage daughter.
~ Wish ~
I wish the eternal plan of salvation were explained more in depth.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a quick read about a woman who must deal with the sins of her past and see how those mistakes can help others in the future, this would be a good selection if the topics of addiction and abortion are not too upsetting.
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Thanks to New Hope Publishers and the author for this complimentary book that I am freely evaluating.
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