Restoring Love: A Contemporary Novel

Restoring Love: A Contemporary Novel

by Jennifer Slattery

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ISBN-13: 9781625915139
Publisher: New Hope Publishers
Publication date: 02/06/2017
Edition description: FICTION / Christian / General
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Slattery is an inspiring contemporary novelist whose stories of hope, love, and grace resonate with real people. She is the author of compelling contemporary romance novels such as Beyond I Do, When Dawn Breaks, Intertwined, and Breaking Free. She also writes for Crosswalk.com and devotions for Internet Cafe Devotions and her personal blog, JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com. 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 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and found it hard to put down. The characters' various struggles to live out their faith in day to day circumstances, is relevant and easy to relate to. The story is told from different points of view, so you know what is going on in each of their minds, as they experience true to life misunderstandings, often due to perceptions colored by personal experiences and perspectives. These lead to interesting and often humorous encounters with each other, other church members, and their own family members. I read this in one day. Then I lent it to a friend of mine who also read it straight through, periodically laughing out loud. I harve read several other books by this author, and I have liked them all, but this one is definitely my favorite so far.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
RESTORING LOVE is the first book I've read by Ms. Slattery, but if this is any indication of her writing skills then it certainly won't be the last. I wasn't real sure what to think of the book when I opened it and started reading. It is women's fiction more than a romance (though there is a romance included) and women's fiction isn't really my favorite genre. But then, the story reached out and grabbed me. I liked Angela, and even though she probably dressed in appropriately for an "old" woman (she isn't really old, but to a woman who's young enough to be her daughter, maybe she is) she had a fun sense of style. I'm glad she went for more modest when she changed her wardrobe, but I hope she kept her colorfulness. Mitch-- a true hero. I loved him. But also a string that was unfinished. I wonder what happened with him, with his business, with his son. I'd like to know more about him. I could relate to so much in his life, because I could relate to some things in his story. Like his son. Bianca-- not a woman I was fond of, but my heart hurt for her and the impossible situation she found herself in. I was so glad she had Virginia, Mitch and Angela in her life. I LOVED this book! And I will read more by Jennifer Slattery. If you haven't read RESTORING LOVE it is the perfect book for a new year. I was given a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
LGHudson More than 1 year ago
WONDERFUL BOOK!! This book is a delight from beginning to end! Slattery's excellent characterization makes this book so appealing. Restoring Love deals with flawed people who've been saved by Grace experiencing real life problems. It's a story of a new beginning for Angela. It's a story of forgiving for Mitch. It's a whole LOT of stories for Bianca and her family. Because Mitch and Angela (and some others) were willing to to reach out when they saw someone with a need, they all were able to experience Restoring Love.
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness – I laughed almost every time Angela’s clothing is described because I thought – I’ve seen her! Angela is a middle-aged woman, about to become a grandmother, and she still dresses as though she is young – flashy and revealing. But I so enjoyed reading her story – here she is, an older woman who has made lots of really bad decisions in her life but now has turned to Christ. She is trying to live a new and different life – but she doesn’t know the “rules” of being a good church goer. (As an aside, I think the cover of the book is a little misleading – I don’t think Angela’s arm would look so young). Many of the characters in this book were first introduced in the author’s early book, “Beyond I Do”, but this book completely stands alone. One aspect of the book that I really enjoyed was that the romance is between an older couple – they talked about grown kids and grandbabies – quite different from the usual romance. Mitch and Angela have different baggage that comes from living many decades and not just a couple. They face real life issues as words hurt, people lash out, life is hard, yet God restores. I really enjoyed reading “Restoring Love” and highly recommend it. I received this book from the author in return for my honest opinion.
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Slattery uses real-life issues in Restoring Love and brings them to you with no fluff, just tell it like it is life moments. She touches on hard topics like alcohol addiction, teen pregnancy, abortion and prison. Her characters are real and you don't have to look far to find it in real life in your town. This story will touch you and you will be wanting to read more of Jennifer Slattery's books! I was gifted a copy and my review is voluntary...
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
Gritty story line that keeps you mesmerized until the last page. This is not a feel good story full of fluff. It is real characters with flaws, real life problems, and perfect examples of how bad choices cause deep scars. I loved how it shows the redemptive power of Christ and how His Amazing Grace and love is sufficient to provide our needs. I would love to see a sequel, as I didn't want it to end. Make sure you have tissues and time to sit and absorb. I highly recommend this. This is my first book by this author but I definitely want to read more. I won a copy on a blog. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
ennifer has done it again, written another heart-gripping book. Her books are different because there is a spiritual depth to them that is often missing in other books. The characters are well-developed, dealing with their own pasts and current situation. Jennifer slowly unveils each character's story with perfect timing to keep the reader hanging on to see what is going to happen next. I highly recommend any of Jennifer's book if you are looking for something to really grab you where you are at. A copy of this book was given to me by the author. All opinions in are my own.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Sometimes the best renovation projects aren't the ones you watch on your Home Improvement channels. They are the ones you get to see in person involving life changing moments for those who need it the most. In the novel Restoring Love by Jennifer Slattery, there are 3 different sets of circumstances in which we get to see the power of God's restoration at work in the lives of the people we meet all in one neighborhood. Angela is trying to find a way to start over again after living with her daughter Ainsley and her husband. Seems like family serves a useful purpose when you need help the most. Now it is time to begin as a new creation in Christ. She moves into a rental home owned by a missionary family away on a trip and with a handful of items of her own, Angela tries to resolve her past so she can find her future. Now all she needs to do is keep her job as a Teacher's Assistant and hope for a full-time teaching position to open up. But with her wardrobe, it is not likely. She is a 50-year-old divorcee dressing like an 18-year-old and soon rumors begin to fly from other teachers about her appearance. When Angela consults with her daughter, she has to kindly tell her that she might want to dress more modestly in hopes of not attracting the wrong kind of attention like she has in the past. Bianca is struggling to keep her head above water while raising 3 kids while she deals with her husband who refuses to give up his criminal lifestyle. If she can't figure something out, she may lose everything she has including her kids if the police show up. While trying to work as a nursing care assistant, she relies on her teenage daughter C.J. to care for her younger brothers both who are failing at school. C.J. spends all her free time with a boyfriend who is only using her and clearly doesn't care what her mother thinks. For C.J. it is an possible escape route out of the family she doesn't want to be with, especially her mother's husband Reid who runs around with gangs and thugs. Mitch is a partner in a renovation business with Dennis and they have flipped a couple of houses including the one Bianca is currently living in. Now with their new project to work on, a home right next door to Angela, he finds himself drawn in ways he can't explain to try to help her out on any projects she needs done around the house, but Angela has been burned in the past and is trying to keep any relationships with men at bay. Dennis and Mitch seems at odds in running their business when Bianca winds up more than 2 months behind in her rent and Mitch refuses to evict her. If things don't change, they might have to go their own separate ways. It seems Mitch is at a crossroads on what to do and what God has called him to do. I received Restoring Love by Jennifer Slattery compliments of New Hope Publishers and Net Galley. I really love the interactions these three have in one another's lives as they attempt to reconcile their own past failings under the grace and mercy of God's restoring love. It shows how far they have to work at letting go of their pasts in order to find the future that awaits them if they are willing. This is such a great Christmas story because it conveys the very reason that Jesus was born to offer new hope, new beginnings and a new life to those who are willing to take it. I easily give this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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