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- File Size: 571 KB
- Print Length: 216 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0046LV012
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #675,877 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Emma has adopted twin girls from Haiti and has taken them to the only place she's ever felt at home - Galveston, Texas. After a messy break-up with her fiance, she finds herself becoming dependent on her childhood sweetheart turned local doctor, Travis. She fights her feelings for him, not believing herself worthy of such a great guy. He is determined to make her love him. Add in the jilted exes and a custody battle over the twins and you have the essence of the story.
I read a lot of romance and I admit I've become a little jaded of late. I've seen too many books where the men are controlling and arrogant and the women are whiny and take feminism back several decades. Not so with this book. There's a certain sense of peace and grace that runs through it. Even though at times it feels like Emma is being stupid and stubborn, you still have to respect her reasons for behaving that way. She wants to stand on her own two feet and that's understandable.
For all I was worried about it, I think Ms Blythe has done a beautiful job of weaving scripture through this book. I loved how it all tied in with quotations and parables about the wind and the smart readers will notice that the weather and the emotional turbulence of the story and the parables about believing that God will carry you through the storm are all intertwined. It's hard, even for someone like me, not to see reflections of it in my own life. I could learn a lot from Emma...a little grace and a small helping of faith would make life an awful lot easier to bear.
I've given it four stars instead of five because I felt the ending was very rushed. I would like to have understood the judge's decision a little better and seen more of a reaction from Lucy and Stephen. It finished very abruptly.
Travis is very good with the twins, and it's clear almost from the beginning that he and Emma will get together eventually. Much of the book is then taken up with their introspective wonderings, which I found a bit tiresome after a while.
There’s a dramatic incident around the middle of the book, leading to a great deal of tension in the latter half, and I thought that was well-paced and exciting. I couldn’t quite believe in the villains as they’re one-dimensional and there doesn’t seem to be any real motivation for what they do, nor when, at the end, one of them has a change of heart. I thought the ending, while in a sense satisfactory (and predictable) was rather too abrupt.
The Christian side of the book is almost incidental. The main characters belong to a church, and prayer is seen as essential (and sometimes transcribed). But it's not at all pushy, Christian-wise.
Overall I thought it a pleasant read; the adoption theme is quite unusual, and the two main characters, introspection apart, are likeable and believable.
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