Though this book is appropriate for any time of the year and isn’t labeled as a holiday novel, it could have been, the comfort of human compassion and holiday season warmth being mixed into Bayne’s trying heart and mind journey full of tough questions and many prayers.
Wren Jordan is a likable guy right off the bat, though he starts to seem too perfect after a while and therefore not quite real. Eventually seeing that he isn’t above feeling disappointment or jealousy rounds out his character to me.
Although this story is told in first person, there are moments when Bayne seems to know as much as a third person omniscient narrator by the way she states other characters’ thoughts and feelings, or even their definite age ranges, to the reader: e.g., “a man in his thirties walked in” or “She looked at the man before her, still unsure how he was standing there, holding her hands.” On a minor note, the registered trademark symbol (“®”) accompanying brand names in the middle of characters’ dialogue distracts from the story somewhat. Someone else would know better than I do if the trademark notices could have been taken care of on the book’s copyright page instead.
But yes I found this novel to be both pain and hope, this would make a great Christmas read. But also would make a great novel for anytime of the year. I would recommend reading this novel, you would not be disappointed.
I receive a free copy of this novel from the publisher in return of a honest review.