Monday, July 23, 2012

An Unexpected Romance


Title:  An  Unexpected Romance
Author:  Donna Fitts
Year:  2012
Pages:  326
Publisher:  Ellechor Publishing House, LLC
 Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988
                The genre of romantic novels is loved by some and perhaps ignored by others.  Whether this is one genre you like or not, this work of fiction is perhaps a good place to at least visit.  It isn’t about young couples or suitors seeking a significant other.  This is a debut novel Donna felt the Lord wanted her to write and obeyed the Lord after some time of wrestling about it.  He won and we are glad He did!
                Here is story of hope and longing for people who have lost their spouses and think that their time of being in a relationship has passed.  It is a touching tale of how mankind is made and that it is not good to be alone unless the Lord leads a person to such a life.  The characters in the story are sharing with the readers the struggles and battles they go through as they learn to live again.
                Elizabeth was married to her husband for 40 years before his sudden passing due to a heart attack.  While a strong believer in the Lord and content to live each day as a gift, she learns that God has a wonderful gift to give her.  Meg has been Elizabeth’s friend since childhood.  Meg, along with her husband Jason, has been a part of Elizabeth’s life through the highs and lows of life.  They have many things in common, including their love for the Lord.  Both couples had children who have since grown and started their own families.  Jason and Meg walked with Elizabeth when she was grieving Ed’s death, and also through the trials she has with one of her children, who has a substance abuse problem.
                Mark had once lived in the same small town as the other three adults in the story.  He married a wonderful woman named Karen, who died of cancer.  They had children too along with a vast history of experiences that brought both joy as well as pain.  Mark owns a construction company that has an excellent reputation.  He returns to the small town to sell his mother’s house.  He plans to return to the town he has lived in the last couple of decades until he meets Elizabeth one night, a night that goes on to change their future.
                While this is a work of fiction, I have known a woman who lost her first husband to a scuba equipment accident.  Later, the Lord brought into her life another man who she married.  He then died after they had been married for 30 years.  Perhaps one thing the novel does is reminds us that no matter how old we are or what season of life we are in, we all long to be loved.  Drawing first from the Lord, then the community of the Body of believers and if God blesses, a significant other.  For some, remarriage is not what they desire in the later years of life while others prefer to remain single their whole lives, both are blessed. 
                The story has a few lessons we can learn such as being pure, drawing near to God regardless of marital status, and accountability.  Curl up in the sun and read a very enjoyable work of fiction that blesses in ways you can’t imagine.
My rating is five stars.
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