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Posted June 7, 2013
While I enjoyed reading this book, I did not feel that it was on
While I enjoyed reading this book, I did not feel that it was one of Havig’s best. What I enjoy most about her books are her unique characters and the way their love grows in their relationships. I think Havig is a genius at taking two “friends” who have no romantic feelings for each other and growing their relationship into a forever-kind of love. I’ve actually been shocked at the number of times she’s done this in her books and the ways she has made it unique and believable in each situation.
In Speak Now, Havig tackles the opposite approach to love, one in which the characters are strongly attracted to each other before they really even meet and have to get to know each other while fighting their temptation to go too far in their physical relationship. While I applaud her boldness in tackling this kind of falling in love and showing how it can also be handled in a godly manner, I personally didn’t enjoy it quite as much. I felt like it didn’t give her the freedom to grow her characters. Instead, we spent the book getting to know them as they got to know each other as quickly as possible so they could get married and express their love to one another physically. I found myself just a little bored at times and wanting them to just get together already since you knew that was what was coming and it was all they seemingly thought about. In my opinion, they really didn’t communicate all that well and there weren’t any real surprising twists along the way.
All that said, Havig’s stated goal in writing this book was to explore temptation in relationships and how it can only be handled in a godly way by relying on the Lord instead of man-made safeguards for protection. I feel that she met that goal brilliantly! And even though this wasn’t one of my favorites among Havig’s books, it is still well-written and she is still a fantastic author and I will continue reading and recommending her books. I probably wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone who was just looking for a great read, but I would recommend it if they confided in me that they were struggling with temptation in a relationship.
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