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Restoring Love by Jennifer Slattery | Book Review by Loraine Nunley

Synopsis of the book:

Mitch, a contractor and house-flipper, is restoring a beautiful old home in an idyllic Midwestern neighborhood. Angela, a woman filled with regrets and recently transplanted to his area, is anything but idyllic. She’s almost his worst nightmare. Unbeknownst to Mitch, Angela is also restoring something — herself.

As he struggles  to keep his business afloat and she works to overcome mistakes of her past, these unlikely friends soon discover they have something unexpected in common — a young mom who is fighting to give her children a better life after her husband’s incarceration. While Mitch and Angela are drawn to help this mother survive they find themselves drawn to each other. Will a lifetime of regrets hold them back or unite them in redemption and true love?

My review:

The one thing that struck me as I read this story was that it was so real. The people, the flaws, the circumstances… they could be anyone. God shows up for the ones who seek him and love finds an older, normal man and woman. It was a good read.

Often in fiction, particularly romances, things are too good. The people are flawed, but those flaws are minor. The issues they deal with are not too deep. The romance is for the young. I found this story to be a pleasant departure from that.

Mitch and Angela are both newer Christians and they struggle with consequences of their lives before choosing God. Angela, in particular, was such an enjoyable character to watch as she found her way into God’s purpose for her. The story dealt with real issues, God’s love and forgiveness, and all without being preachy.

While I did feel that Mitch and Angela got together a little too quickly at the end, I loved that hope for tomorrow was prevalent for all of them.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

The story was real and yet enjoyably fiction.

What I didn’t like about this book:

An instance of bathroom humor I could have done without.

My rating:  4 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend this book to others?  Yes. Real people with real issues struggling to find love in others and God? This story proves that it makes for good fiction.

Note: I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the opinions I have expressed are my own.

Where can I learn more about this author and their books?

Jennifer Slattery, author website

-Loraine Nunley

 

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