A Perfect Weakness

A Perfect Weakness

by Jennifer A. Davids

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ISBN-13: 9781946016560
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Publication date: 07/21/2018
Pages: 278
Sales rank: 459,173
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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A Perfect Weakness 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
E_Espinoza 10 months ago
*4.5 Stars A Perfect Weakness, by Jennifer A. Davids, is an uplifting and endearing novel. The characters in this historical fiction book are particularly compelling. They are vulnerable and thoughtful. They possess a genuine believability that makes them truly relatable and unforgettable. Their struggles, insecurities, fears, and beliefs are truly authentic and moving. I still feel emotionally connected to the characters because of their sincere and desperate longing for the grace and the forgiveness they needed in order to find healing for the heartaches they had endured and the mistakes they had made. The relevant themes in this story show the degree to which shame and guilt can hurt and hinder the soul, while demonstrating the powerful impact forgiveness and grace can have in creating a safe space for healing to begin and wholeness to be realized. Pride and resentment prove to be hollow and unfulfilling, but courageous actions and selfless choices foster true happiness and lasting contentment. A Perfect Weakness is a story of renewed hope and second chances. It is a story of faith and trust and new beginnings. It is a story of love, grace, and redemption. From the first page to the last, this novel is enjoyable to read. It is honest, tender, emotionally stirring, and ultimately uplifting. I recommend it wholeheartedly. *I was given a copy of this novel from the author/publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.
BrittanyMc 11 months ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this historical romance. I loved that it was set just after the American Civil War, yet it almost exclusively took place in England. That made it a unique setting for me for that time period. The characters, John and Penelope, were captivating! Both of them had heavy guilt hanging over them. John especially struggled with guilt. Penelope had a better acceptance of the fact that God’s grace could cover anything. Yet, she still carried some immense sadness from past events. I loved the medical setting and situation that these characters must persevere through. I thought the author did a very good job of showing how even good doctors, who were very well trained, could be reluctant to accept a new philosphy or idea, preferring to believe things that we now know were incorrect. It rang of authenticity to me as I read these scenes. This novel kept me intrigued from beginning to end, felt very true to the times, and had some twists and turns thrown in, as well. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
StacyTS 11 months ago
Author Jennifer A. Davids created a beautiful story of redemption set in the latter 1860's in England. The characters were realistic and very likable -you wanted to read more about them. I enjoyed becoming acquainted with the medical practices from that time period as well. And the romance is gentle, yet perfectly enjoyable. Historical romance fans will want to read this book. It's the perfect mixture of romance, redemption, and history. I was given an advanced readers copy of this book, my review is written of my own free will and is wholly written from my own opinions upon reading this book.
CrystalCaudill 3 months ago
Genre: Historical Romance, Victorian England, 1868 Overview of Plot: Penelope Howard has been caring for the tenants of her uncle’s estate for years, but after his passing a new Lord must take his place and could remove her from her position, especially if he, or anyone else, discovers her secret. When she learns the heir is an American doctor, she hopes and prays he will care for the people as much as she and help tend the country hospital. Dr. John Turner served in the War Between the States as a surgeon, but the horrifying memories drove him to the bottle. Continuing to practice medicine while drunk had dire consequences, so when the chance to flee to England arrives, he takes it, vowing to never practice medicine again. But everyone knows he is doctor and the beautiful and heart-filled sister of his estate agent seems to keep pushing him to help the community with his skills and not just his monetary support. When he is needed most, can he once again take up healing the sick and broken or will their secrets and weaknesses destroy them and all those around them? Favorite Character and Why: Penelope is such a strong woman, who had risen above her past mistake and clung to God through it all. I could really connect with her passion for the tenants and helping women who faced similar mistakes and consequences. I also loved how she pushed John Turner to become a better man. What I liked: History… always the history. I love all the details that connected the American Civil War to Victorian England. I also loved the story-line itself. The characters where rich and deep, the problems relatable and real. Who would like this: Those who love stories of redemption, overcoming past mistakes, and love that goes beyond the pain of the past. *Warning: Penelope’s backstory deals with the difficult loss of a child. It is integral to the development of the story, but I don’t feel it is enough to keep one from reading it. But if you are especially sensitive, you may want to skim through the book first.*
eLynda 6 months ago
Expectations—good or bad—can be very uncomfortable things. Whether a parent who cannot be satisfied or assumptions about someone based on his or her heritage, this book shows how judgments are often based on too little information and the crippling effects they can have. Forgiveness is a key theme in this novel, especially of self. Long after others have moved on, our emotions can hold us captive to the past. Only with God can we truly understand forgiveness and move forward to live again. The spiritual content is solid and strong, woven into the story and a natural part of the narrative. I enjoyed the historical details about doctoring, how doctors trained and what might have been different in that field in the US versus England. In fact, many ideas were different between the two countries; I tend to forget sometimes about the deep divide between the countries during this period in history with respect to ideas about people and rights. I loved how many of the characters are forced to look at things in a different way than they started. For example, an injured man has to reconsider his status as a “burden” when his father tells him that he still has his son, and that is no burden but a blessing. The main characters both grow and change over the course of the novel, and how they see themselves is a big part of that. And the romance is first-rate as well, with a hero and heroine who are so right for each other it is painful to watch them struggle against their feelings. Their motivations for doing this are beautiful, however, as each truly wants the best for the other, even if it means letting go of the one they love. This is a great book that I thoroughly enjoyed even though it deals with some difficult topics. I recommend it for mature readers of 16 and up due to some thematic elements, all handled appropriately, but still sensitive in nature. Those who think that their particular sin is too difficult for God to forgive will be blessed as they read about others who have similar worries and find redemption available for them, too. I received a review copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts expressed are both honest and my own.
SavannaKaiser 6 months ago
This book was easy to read and easy to love. It had just the right blend of history and romance to keep me intrigued and I wasn’t quite ready for it to be over. I wanted to stay in their world and see more of their story unfold. Penelope and John are wounded characters with big hearts. I longed for them to find their happily-ever-after. Their fears and the world around them prove to be hardy obstacles. Their journey has its bumps and bruises, but I loved seeing how they grew and were strengthened through adversity. God is so faithful and relentless in His love towards us. That truth and comfort shines evidently throughout this story and teaches these endearing characters that their past does not define who they are. God’s forgiveness never ceases to abound. A Perfect Weakness is a book I highly recommend. With a deep theme of redemption and a beautiful love story, this book will undoubtedly delight many historical romance readers. I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.