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Restoring Love: A Contemporary Novel

Restoring Love: A Contemporary Novel

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by Jennifer Slattery

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Mitch, a contractor and house-flipper, is restoring a beautiful old house in an idyllic Midwestern neighborhood. Angela, a woman filled with regrets and recently transplanted to his area, is anything but idyllic. She's almost his worst nightmare, and she’s also working on restoring something—herself. As he struggles to keep his business afloat and she works


Mitch, a contractor and house-flipper, is restoring a beautiful old house in an idyllic Midwestern neighborhood. Angela, a woman filled with regrets and recently transplanted to his area, is anything but idyllic. She's almost his worst nightmare, and she’s also working on restoring something—herself. As he struggles to keep his business afloat and she works to overcome mistakes of her past, these two unlikely friends soon discover they have something unexpected in common—a young mom who is fighting to give her children a better life after her husband's incarceration. While both Mitch and Angela are drawn to help this young mother survive, they also find themselves drawn to each other. Will a lifetime of regrets hold them back or unite them and bring redemption along with true love?
Restoring Love, part of New Hope Publishers’ line of contemporary missional fiction, demonstrates how God can turn our greatest tragedies and failures into beautiful acts of love and grace that can impact the lives of others. Readers will connect with the realistic characters and find they can relate to the complex situations that makes Jennifer Slattery's book so appealing. Readers will be inspired to see how God wants to use us to restore people's perception of love in action.

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Jennifer Slattery, author of Breaking Free, Beyond I Do, Intertwined, and When Dawn Breaks, is an inspiring contemporary novelist whose stories of hope, love, and grace resonate with real people. She also writes Christian Living articles for Crosswalk.com and devotions for her personal blog, JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com; Internet Cafe Devotions; and oversees the blog and social media accounts for Takin’ It To The Streets, a ministry serving Omaha Metro's working poor and homeless. When not writing, she enjoys hanging out with her teenage daughter and real-life hero husband, as well as serving in her church.

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Restoring Love: A Contemporary Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
SeasonsofGrace 2 hours ago
This story was such an enjoyable, yet emotional read. Maybe because it seemed like I was able to relate to multiple characters in the story. Angela, is a single woman, divorced, and getting her life back together after years of living like a failure. With the help of God and her daughter she if finally back on her feet. She has a growing relationship with God and wants to serve him. She is also avoiding men! Needless to say, they have not been very positive influences in her life. Mitch is a contractor who flips houses with his partner Dennis. Also single, but with lots of baggage. His son has a serious drug problem, which the ex-wife is in denial of. Mitch is also church going, godly man; always looking out for those in need and the good of others. Angela ends up on the same street as Mitch's most recent flip! And coincidentally the same street Bianca lives on with her three children and looser husband. As the book plays out, Angela and Mitch are both drawn to Bianca and attempt to demonstrate God's love for her by trying to help her. They each know what it's like to have baggage in their past and really want to save Bianca's children from the same regrets. Their mission throws them together unexpectedly, yet honesty and vulnerability seems to drive a wedge in their relationship rather than benefit it. Is it always best to be open when the past is water under the bridge? Jennifer is an amazing story teller, and she kept me glued to the very end, with a couple of late nights. I love Jennifer's ability to reach out to the reader as she writes and make the reader feel like part of the story. Her insight into the realities of heartbroken people with messed up lives, makes the book seem all the more like a true story instead of a fictional tale. I love how God's love, grace, and forgiveness all come together to draw us to the Heavenly Father. She also addresses some pretty nitty-gritty issues like abortion and drug addiction. The only down side is that the story ends a bit abruptly. The author kind of wraps it up quickly and leaves you wanting more. As in her last book I read, maybe she is leaving it open for a sequel.... I am not sure, but I sure would love to have more closure in the lives of the characters. But this may just be her style. Quick ending or not, I am sure you will enjoy and benefit from reading this book. It will give you insight into loving those who seem a bit unlovable, through the grace of God. I received this book from the author to review. I was not asked to post a positive review and all opinions are my own.
GrandaddyA 9 days ago
The title and cover might lead one to believe this is a romance novel but it is so much more. Romance plays a part but the story is very inspiring as it deals with various issues and relationships. Mitch and Angela are important characters but several others play such vital roles as the story unfolds. Consider Ms. Virginia in the nursing home where Bianca works. She can’t get out to help others; however, she prays for them. Ms. Virginia keeps praying although Bianca struggles with whether the prayers are doing any good. Mitch and Angela look for ways to help Bianca and her family, even in small ways and even though they have problems of their own. Angela struggles with her past, having started as a teenager making many wrong, harmful choices. She has accepted the love and forgiveness of God. Still she feels that she is too damaged to ever consider finding a loving relationship with a man. Mitch struggles with his partner who is an unbeliever and with his son who is an alcoholic and addicted to drugs. His marriage ended in divorce and relationships he has pursued since seemed destined to failure from the start. The characters are real in the sense that they deal with many of the things we and those around us deal with. Hopefully none of us has to deal with all of the problems represented in the story. We either have dealt or will deal with at least some of them along the way. I encourage you to read the book and see how God can work in the lives of ordinary people. He is the Master Craftsman when it comes to restoring lives. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
LoraineN 13 days ago
The one thing that struck me as I read this story was that it was so real. The people, the flaws, the circumstances… they could be anyone. God shows up for the ones who seek him and love finds an older, normal man and woman. It was a good read. I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to give a positive review. Full review at my website.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm 15 days ago
Restoring Love is a book that totally exemplifies the grace and mercy of God. Angela has had some rough times and is ready for a new start. Mitch is in the midst of turmoil as well. Bianca has a husband who is a criminal and a teenage daughter about to ruin her life, and Bianca is barely making ends meet. Read to see how God moves in these lives in a great way. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher. My opinions are my own.
MaureenST 15 days ago
You watch God’s hand working in this story, people end up in the right spot at the right time, and don’t even realize, or do they, that they are serving. Angela was a broken woman but with the help of her daughter and her husband she has earned a college degree and is really, finally putting her life together. Where across the street from where she has landed is a family in crisis, a mother and children fighting to survive, and evil is lurking to pull them to the other side. Then there is a Christian man, he has a broken son, and tries to help others, will he be able to help his own, or will he fall while he is trying. This story shows how God is working, through others, to help those he needs in his flock, and how nothing is too much for him. I loved how broken people were able to come together to try and help someone who was even more in need, yes this is what we are meant to do. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher New Hope, and was not required to give a positive review.
mustlovetoread 27 days ago
A house flipper with a drug-addicted son. A woman with a past who has run out of options. A mom with three kids and a husband in jail. Jennifer Slattery takes real-life issues and brings them to the forefront in Restoring Love. When you think you can go no farther, God steps in with his love, grace, peace, and hope. Life isn't perfect, but with God we have an anchor. This story drew me in with the characters' struggles with life events. Drug addiction, abortion, and incarceration are just a few of the issues these characters must deal with. The more of this book I read the more I wanted to do to help people who are suffering. You may not realize the people you come in contact with are in pain. What can you do today to help relieve what someone may be going through? God doesn't hold our pasts against us. So why should we hold others' pasts against them? Why is it so hard to forgive ourselves like God has forgiven us? A lifetime of regrets can cripple you, keep you down, or you can realize God loves you and He wants to restore you with His love. Jennifer Slattery's books just get better and better. She realistically depicts life's struggles through her characters. If you like inspirational fiction that is not sugar coated, you will love Jennifer's books. I received a free copy in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
MeezCarrie 29 days ago
From the publisher’s blurb, it’s tempting to assume that Restoring Love is Mitch and Angela’s story. That’s not really true, however – not at the core of the novel. It’s not even a romance, though that does play a sweet role in Mitch and Angela’s aspect of the story. At its heart, Restoring Love is Bianca’s story. It’s a novel about a young mom, suddenly single for all intents and purposes, struggling to make ends meet and fighting to make sure in the midst of all the crazy that her kids don’t lose sight of her love for them. Jesus isn’t even on her radar. At least, He isn’t until He places three separate people in her path. Besides her compassionate landlord who does what he can to overlook the fact that she’s hopelessly behind in the rent and her crazy neighbor lady who doesn’t seem fazed by the figurative walls Bianca has firmly in place, there’s also the sweet resident at the assisted living home where Bianca works. Each of these individuals loves Jesus and wants Bianca to know that He loves her, too. So… you see… while there IS a delightfully sweet romance thread and while Mitch and Angela ARE major parts of the plot, Restoring Love is really the story of how Jesus draws a hurting young woman to Himself. It is at once convicting and inspiring, opening my own heart to how often I avert my eyes to the needs of people I pass by everyday. It’s a challenge to get a little uncomfortable, to feel a little awkward, for the sake of extending a hand of rescue to someone who needs to know that Jesus loves her. It’s about pressing on, even when initial attempts are rejected. And it’s about leaning on the only One who can bring about true restoration. Bottom Line: While Restoring Love builds off the characters introduced in Beyond I Do, it’s fine as a standalone, and Jennifer Slattery’s compassionate heart for people shines brightly from the pages. Moments of humor walk hand-in-hand with the sweet and the sorrowful, providing the right amount of each so none overwhelms the mood. I’ve read (and loved) several of this author’s books now, but Restoring Love is my favorite… so far! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.)
THersh27 3 months ago
When Angela moves in next door to one of Mitch’s house flips, he thought she was a bit strange, but then she came to church and they form an unlikely friendship. They both have a passion for the same family that lives in one of Mitch’s rentals across from Angela’s house. As they set about to show Bianca and her family Christ’s love and grace, they find they have feelings for each other. Will they be able be able to move past the past and have a meaningful relationship? Will they be able to lead Bianca and her family to the Lord, or will she turn them away for good? This was a wonderful story of how God’s grace can restore anybody, regardless of what they’ve been through. The characters were very well developed. I really appreciated how Slattery took common problems that people face in today’s world, and showed how no matter how bad it seems, God can always restore that person by His grace! I think it’s safe to say most people nowadays know of someone who has some of the same challenges that each character in this book faces. There’s Angela who struggled with drugs and promiscuity in her past, but found God’s grace and by His grace is turning her life around. Bianca is a single mom who is struggling to provide for her family after her husband is imprisoned and just feels like her life is falling apart. Finally, there’s Mitch, a divorced man who is dealing with his drug addict son while his unsaved business partner is making business difficult. I found myself immersed in this book, and I didn’t want to put it down. If you need a good book, check this one out! I highly recommend it! **I received this book free from the publisher for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own