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In any romantic novel, there are always two people who are bound to eventually find true love, but the way of "getting" there can be truly a good read or it can be frustrating or tedious. This was a good read, all the characters are interesting, and the story line was well thought out. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good romance, with some surprises along the way.
I was truly impressed that there was a successful interracial theme throughout. When I read a line about the song from South Pacific about having to be taught to "hate," the words from that song went through my head all day! How true it is.
Thanks for a good romantic read, Sid Frost!
I could relate to that, as I'm sure many readers can, and Frost eloquently reminds us that we need to do more than put the pieces back together again in our lives - we need to forgive. Frost aptly chooses the words from the Bible to get the message across: "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." Matthew 6:14.
The book was a quick, enjoyable read and I had to keep turning the pages to find out if Brian was EVER going to propose to Karen. It gave me insight into what goes through a man's mind when he wants to pop the question. All in all, it was a nice story to read on a Sunday.
A very serious subplot is the loss and then the restoration of faith in God. Brian, the main character drifts away from his faith after he thinks he has caused a pregnancy. He takes on a loveless marriage and throws himself into the business he builds--he does the right thing. He's that kind of guy. After "his" child leaves home he ends the marriage and returns to the Austin, TX area in the hope of rekindling the love he walked away from thirty years prior. In the course of finding his old love, his faith is also renewed.
A second sub-plot, and the one that impressed me the most powerfully, is the importance of communication and the peck of trouble we can cause ourselves by not communicating--with each other and with God! This theme was so strong for me that the other themes only surfaced as I thought about the story in retrospect! If Brian had communicated with Karen (life-long love) he would have discovered that she carried his child, not the other woman. If Karen had communicated with Brian it is possible he could have been saved thirty years of a loveless marriage. If both Brian and Karen had not assumed that they knew what the other was thinking...if children had communicated with parents, with God...and so it went over and over again. I wanted to shake the characters! So many actions were based upon incorrect assumptions and none of them double-checked their assumptions! No one clarified! Arrgh! This story illustrates eloquently the sad consequences of the lack of and breakdown in communication. Lack of communication makes relationships a risky business.
Where Love Once Lived is the prequel to Vengeance Squad so you learn why the bookmobile and we are also introduced to Liz, the highly sensitive librarian who is able to sense things about people and hear from God. She is a prominent figure in Vengeance Squad. Where Love Once Lived keeps you on the edge--there are so many things that can go wrong--and often do! In the end God wins, but how He does that you will have to read for yourself!
Author Sidney Frost does a good job of pacing the tension, almost resolution, and then tension again. I liked the application of Christian values to issues as they arose. A good clean read--I would recommend the book to anyone who enjoys romantic fiction.
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