Love's Providence: A Novelby Jennifer H Westall
College athlete Lily Brennon has always been the piece that doesn't quite fit in the puzzle, especially in her blended family, and no amount of rule-following perfection seems to bring her any closer to the love and acceptance she desperately seeks. If not for Jackson Carter, her childhood best friend and the only boy she's ever loved, she's sure she would have run away years ago. But when Jackson loses his father and a future basketball career within months of each other, his faith is so shattered, he shuts out everyone, including Lily.
After months of heartache, Lily begins to piece together a life without Jackson, and while vacationing on a beautiful island off the Georgia coast, she begins a long-distance romance with Alex Walker, a police officer with a quick wit and a cocky grin. He revives her hope in love again, but their intense attraction and his devastating secret test Lily's values, stretching them until they break. Through her struggles to remain true to her principles, an agonizing choice between Alex and Jackson, and a series of terrifying events that threaten all of them, Lily must endure losing everything she's been grasping so tightly. Only then will she discover the depth of the love that already surrounds her.
- Jennifer H. Westall
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Once I was finished reading this very well written book I felt at peace. Love’s Providence is an intriguing novel full of some of the most tragic events imaginable, but they are all realistic things that could happen in a regular individual’s day. No one is supernatural, no one is a super hero, and everyone is overwhelmingly human in every thought, feeling, and action. All in all, the overarching religious experience found within the pages brings you back to yourself and helps you re-center yourself. It is not overwhelming, preaching Christian ideals at the reader, but at the same time, it is definitely a firm presence that leads the main characters through their day to day lives following those ideals. Throughout the novel the main character is battling the loss of her first love and trying to rebuild her life while maintaining a relationship with said first love. She attempts to balance her Christian beliefs with today’s prevalent views on sex and relationships. She also has to come to terms with her actions when she does go against her long-held belief system. By bringing the topic of sexual encounters to the forefront of the story it stands out from the typical YA religious romance novel. But it does so in a way that lets you see the connection between the character’s actions and her beliefs. The addition of the suspenseful mystery aspect of the novel takes you on a journey that you generally would not expect from this type of novel. Overall, the hope and faith found in this novel is enough to rejuvenate even the most jaded of readers while keeping them captivated by the constant twists and turns in the story. It also helps to reconcile the many tragedies that can be faced in everyday life with a God who loves those on Earth.
What a beautiful story of hope, faith, and love between two childhood friends. From the beginning you are drawn into the story of Lily and Jackson. Following Lily and Jackson thru life's ups and downs show you just how faithful God really is. Both Jackson and Lily are tested yet neither of them see it until the very end of the book. Here are my thoughts on the book. Lily Brennon is a young Christian, who always thought Jackson and her were going to be together forever, yet that is not the case at all. Jackson loves Lily more than anything yet pushes her out of his life without a second thought and no regret. While on vacation, Lily meets Alex Walker, a local cop, that helps Lily slowly face the world without Jackson in it. Lily and Alex start dating only she finds out a secret that makes her want to run away. Alex's convinces Lily to listen to his side of the story which she does and continues to date him. Jackson slowly crawls out of his depression to see he's made a mistake regarding Lily. Alex, Jackson, and Lily receives packages, texts, and emails from an unknown source all of which threatens Lily's life. Will Jackson face his feelings? Will Lily hang onto her faith? Will Alex show his feelings? How will God show himself in these lives? Your answers await you in Love's Providence.
Christian romances are often "a dime a dozen," and I have read so many Christian books this year that I would describe as vapid and sappy. Jennifer Westall has written a book that certainly breaks that mold with its twists and turns and somewhat unconventional resolution. I can definitely say this is a book that kept me guessing almost from the first page. This can certainly be classified as a clean romance. I would have preferred the author not using "inappropriate" words (not profanity, but words that I don't feel belong in a Christian book), and I would have preferred a stronger Christian message. I am grateful there were no sex scenes, and I am even more pleased that the author dealt with the whole concept of saving oneself for marriage. I will not tell you the ending, but I didn't like it. I had two alternate endings in mind, but I knew the direction she was heading when I got about two thirds of the way through the book. The ending is the only part of the book that made this book feel somewhat sappy to me. But that is just my opinion. The author's writing style is good and readable, and the characters are somewhat well-developed. I didn't feel that I connected too well with them, but the book is indeed worthy of the rating I have given it. If you are looking for an edgy Christian romance that will keep your interest, I would suggest checking it out. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.