Jacelynn appears to have it all together: a great relationship with her boyfriend Jason who is truly a man after God's own heart, a decent career and the love of family and friends. But when an unwelcome reminder from her past shows up, her previously uncomplicated world is turned upside down. Will she jeopardize what she has with Jason in an attempt to rewrite the mistakes of her past?
They say you never forget your first love, no matter how hard you try. So far, Jacelynn has done a pretty good job of forgetting Taylor, the boy who had her heart first. When Taylor returns several years later as a man requesting a second chance, what's a girl to do...Especially when she already has a new man?
The hidden issues ofJacelynn's heart come to light and she's forced take a hard look in the mirror while making choices that will change her future forever.Will she be able to reconcile who she was then, with who she is in Christ now?
Living and loving in faith isn't always easy, but it's always worth it. That's what happens...
When the Real Thing Comes Along
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I don't consider myself to be a fast reader, but I finished the 500 pages of When the Real Thing Comes Along by debut novelist Faith Simone faster than I thought I would. Jacelynn, the heroine, doesn't relish being caught between an old romantic flame, Taylor, and a current one, Jason, but the principal lesson Jacelynn learns through her ordeal is worth holding out for. I essentially found the novel addictive, likely because the characters are so human, with believable strengths and flaws and quirks. They came alive for me chiefly because it felt so much like I could've met them all before. Even when I disagreed or became frustrated with them, I was so emotionally involved in the reading, I just had to keep turning the pages to make sure these folks would be all right. My favorite character is Jacelynn's best friend, Kim, for the honest, opinionated, consistent support she gives her friend, despite the fact that Kim has her own problems to handle. I did grow a little weary around the third quarter of the novel. Though I appreciated the characters being imperfect, it was like the main ones, particularly Jacelynn, were going around in emotional and behavioral circles after a while, and the "back and forth" didn't always serve to take the plot anywhere deeper. Also, there are a number of inconsistencies and recurring errors in punctuation and mechanics throughout the book. The errors aren't likely to ruin the story for most readers, but a tighter edit would have given the book more polish. Still, the ultimate themes of grace and trust are what I found most satisfying as I ended the novel, and I'm sure there'll just have to be a coming novel that continues Kim's story... ____________________ I received a complimentary copy of this book from a publicist for an honest review.