Never Leave Me

Title: Never Leave Me
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-384408

“And this time, when he touched the ampulla to her lips, she didn’t resist. He poured every precious drop into her mouth and prayed,” writes Jody Hedlund in her novel, Never Leave Me.

~ What ~
The second in the Waters of Time series, this three-hundred-and-fifty-two-page paperback targets those who like religious fiction involving miraculous healings and time travel. Containing no profanity, topics of sensual kissing, abduction, physical abuse, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The author’s biography and advertisements are included.

In this continuing story, twenty-seven-year-old Ellen is dying of a rare genetic disease and decides to spend her last days with her dear friend, Harrison, a wealthy paraplegic who lives in an old Canterbury castle. When they both drink a vial of holy water that is from the Garden of Eden’s Tree of Life, not only do their lives change, but they are time-transported to the late thirteen hundreds in a race to secure more of the special fountain of youth fluid. Throughout their time overlaps, they must decide if their love can conquer the ages.

~ Why ~
This book has time traveling to the Middle Ages in England when medicine was underdeveloped and women were treated as possessions. I appreciated the well-written, in-depth descriptions of the ancient era and how easily the author easily jumped from present to past and back with her characters.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like a tale involving the Catholic backdrop of holy water healing people centuries ago. While the Serenity Prayer is written at least three times, prayers to God are mentioned in passing with little depth or faith, and no eternal plan of salvation is given. Readers may tire of the protagonists repeatedly trying to decide if they want companionship or not. The steamy romance of passionately kissing and yearning for love is repetitive.

~ Wish ~
Having not read the first book in the series, I felt at a loss on some of the prior characters’ experiences. Since I have read other books by the writer, I was disappointed in this one’s over-stimulated romance and minimal Christianity while it focused on more Catholic concepts. I prefer all pronouns of God capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you enjoyed the prior book in the series about time traveling to the Middle Ages, this religious read may be engaging to you, but I found it tedious in its unrealistic time-shifting plot, overly sensually written, and a missed opportunity to promote Jesus Christ.

Thanks to Revell and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/3H2Q29Z

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