When it comes to contemporary novels, there’s some that stand out to me in multiple ways because they are real and honest and this is one of those reads!
From the minute Grace Evangeline throws her sweet tea in Devin Bressard’s face, their battle of wits and cross-purposes overtakes their lives. Sassy “angelic” Grace Evangeline will stop at nothing to see her romance novel produced for Broadway. Devin Bressard knows all about the commercial success of Ms. Evangeline’s “novels”—as far from his literary, nerve-striking plays as anything could be.
Grace intends to pull his head out of the rarified air long enough to make her point, even if it involves stalking him and infiltrating his friends and colleagues. Devin knows she’s trouble, but who would guess the spokesperson for strength and virtue would be a calamity vortex? He mounts a fierce resistance, but when he’s forced to work with Grace, his profession and sanity aren’t the only things at risk. Collapsing walls on both sides bring a détente that could shatter their bond—or resound through more lives than their own.
Grace loves Jesus. Not buts, she simply loves Jesus. One reason I love the character Heitzmann created, is she would be in my circle of friends (although some of the fashion references I had no clue. ha!). She’s real and she makes mistakes. Haven’t we all been there? We love Jesus with all our hearts and yet, we can make some not so stellar decisions. Yet, this story is full of hope. Devin’s character is also wonderfully crafted and well written. His role in the story is one of the main reasons I enjoyed it so much.
While there were quite a few things that happened, each wasn’t thrown in for extra drama or filler. They each provide the reader with a look at sacrifice, forgiveness, and humility. A story, I know, so many people need to hear.
It’s not all bows and it was a beautiful reminder that even in the mess we create, God can still create something beautiful. If you enjoyed Sally Bradley’s Kept (my gush of a review can be seen here), I think you’ll love this one too. I’m looking forward to Book 2!
What’s one of your favorite stories of redemption?
(Thank you to the author for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)