If You Believed in Loveby Staci Stallings
Jonathon Danforth has checked out of life. Stinging from an unimaginable loss, he has withdrawn from life, wanting only to live out his existence with as little interference as possible. However, when his sister talks him into auditing an English Literature class at the local community college, he accepts the invitation to abandon his lonely apartment. Intent upon… See more details below
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Jonathon Danforth has checked out of life. Stinging from an unimaginable loss, he has withdrawn from life, wanting only to live out his existence with as little interference as possible. However, when his sister talks him into auditing an English Literature class at the local community college, he accepts the invitation to abandon his lonely apartment. Intent upon making an appearance for his sister’s sake and then disappearing for his own, Jonathon sulks into class. But when he meets Elizabeth Forester, the professor, Jonathon learns there is more to life and to love than he ever could have imagined.
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Staci’s descriptive writing draws you in from page one! I connected with both characters right away (though I felt Jonathan stopped mourning for his deceased wife and began romanticizing Elizabeth a bit too quickly). The romance between Jonathan and Elizabeth was slow and drawn out in a way that we don’t see in current day literature, which was quite refreshing. Staci’s dialogue is amazing. If you like discussing classic literature, you’ll be at home in this novel as the setting is an English Lit class.
A wonderful romance that makes you look inside yourself. I found the way I feel about books affecting your life put into words wonderfully. I felt the grief of Jonathan, I felt the feeling of "never going to be good enough" in Elizabeth, I saw how each transformed as their hurts healed. I cheered along with the class. I was intrigued with how classic literature was weaved in throughout the book enough to make me grab them off Amazon. Very well-written and thought provoking. I would love to challenge young adults to hold out for love the way Elizabeth did.
A university literature professor and a deeply grieving widower need each other to heal. Stallings¿ romance between a dedicated young professor and a widower who was challenged by his sister to get out of his downward spiral by auditing a college class will give the reader who loves the literature of Jane Austen, poetry, and British Lit a challenging, thoughtful adventure. I almost felt like I was taking another college class myself as I sat in on Elizabeth¿s lectures and did the homework with Jonathan. While I found Jonathan Danforth¿s disturbingly obsessive mourning of his late wife to whiplash-like devotion to the professor a bit quick for my taste, Stallings¿ revelation of Professor Elizabeth Forester¿s personal story and her determined professionalism in light of her own growing attraction for her auditing student makes a nice twist on the usual romance. I very much enjoyed the author¿s studious treatment of literature and cheered with the revelation that Elizabeth had worked hard to get where she is today in academia. Stallings writes well and the story moves along at a good clip. Her characters will stick with you, and are sweetly drawn. The New York neighborhood college setting is exotic enough for this Wisconsin reader to visit vicariously. Her use of the classroom as another character of the story was a great tool to aid the romance and admirably done. I have to warn the reader of pure inspirational stories that Stallings uses the contemporary vulgarity common to young people, as well as some sensual tension that never goes too far.