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Posted June 7, 2013
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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Posted June 10, 2013
This was an amazing book!! The subject of temptation was handled with good taste and very delicately. I admired the way Cara and Jonafan (you have to read to find out!!!) handled the strong attraction they had for each other! They were mature and strong with their dealing with this extremely hard subject,
His children were treated very good and not left out of the story. I truly believe that you will enjoy this book and not only is it appropriate for about 15 year old girls; but should be read by them to give them a way to handle their emotions!! Don't miss this one!!!! Carolyn (MCELWOLF)
Posted June 3, 2013
Chautana just keeps them coming, one home run after another. This was a sweet, precious love story that many of us would be thrilled to experience. Two very different people drawn together in an instant. Love so deep that you could feel it in your gut.
Jonathan's two children were adorable and immediately drawn to Cara.
Cara and Jonathan communicated without many words. Because of my personality, I would have liked a bit more verbal communication, if only to confirm their thoughts were being understood correctly, but that's just me.
The mother-daughter relationship was an enjoyable one with her mother sewing most all of her clothing. I think her mother's love was apparent in the beauty of the clothing that seemed to capture Cara's personality.
I felt the deep physical attraction and temptation that they battled and it was handled with tact and grace. Nothing offensive about how the subject was portrayed and discussed. Too many times those areas are left out of Christian romance because no one wants to address the issue and risk being criticized, but I believe it is necessary because it's a real issue for a lot of us. It was tackled head on with taste and I admire the author for presenting this issue.
Speak now is a must read.
Posted June 3, 2013
If they had a "Best Of" collection for Chautona's books, this one would be near the top of the list. Her writing just keeps getting better and better.
The characters in this book are real and believable, as are the situations. Being someone who struggles with "curves", I really liked having a heroine who isn't a stick figure. The hero was a dream (sigh) and the children are so adorable, I want to adopt them.
Speak Now is well written and thought provoking. I appreciated the author's disclaimer regarding the subject matter and I wish more authors would include them. However, I think if I had a son or daughter 15 or 16 or over, I would have them read it, then make sure we discussed it. Yes, the book deals with the subject of sexual attraction and temptation, but it is handled very thoughtfully and tastefully, and paints a picture of Christian values on this subject. In this day and age when children are engaging in sexual activity at younger and younger ages, I think this story would be a valuable teaching aid in stressing to our children the importance of purity.
This is simply a great story and a great addition to the Rockland Chronicles. Can't wait for the next one (or with the ending here, maybe the next installment in the Agency Files series?)
I received a copy of the book from the author for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Posted June 2, 2013
Chautona Havig has very quickly become one of my all-time favorite authors. Just over a year ago, I didn't even know who she was, but now I have read almost every book she has written, and it is simply time that has kept me from reading them all.
She has a gift for telling stories that deal with everyday issues in a non-preachy way that engenders a desire to strive to live life better. Her stories flow naturally and yet still provoke thought about how the characters reacted to the issues and how I would have handled them and what God would have wanted me to do. Her style is fresh and friendly. Sitting down with one of her books is like sitting down and chatting with a close friend.
I was not disappointed by Speak Now. Though the subject matter is a delicate one that could go all kinds of directions that would make me uncomfortable, Chautona treated the issue of sexual temptation in such a way that made it clear that it was there, but in a manner that was appropriate.
As with most of Chautona's heroes, I fell in love with Jonathan and the gentle way he treated Cara and helped her to believe that he loved her the just the way she was. Cara was a heroine who was believable and though she was "human", she was also lovable and so you weren't left wondering why in the world Jonathan fell in love with her (as I've seen done in books by other authors).
As a disclaimer, I was given a copy of the book with the understanding that I would review it, however, I would gladly have purchased the book.
Posted March 7, 2014
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