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Book Review: A Girl Worth Waiting For by S. M. Smith

While the premise of this book is not new (woman is saving herself for marriage, gets cheated on, and then struggles with trust and worries she’ll never find the right guy), the way Smith tells the story is fresh and unique.

Even though this is Christian fiction, it was not devoid of despicable behavior, and nothing about it felt preachy. The characters are well developed–some definitely more likable than others, but all realistically flawed to a point–resulting in believable dialogue and relationships. I really liked Jessie and the promise she’s made to herself (and God).

Loved the ending. I actually got butterflies when I read the last couple of pages. It was that sweet! I look forward to seeing what happens in A Boy Worth Choosing.

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Book Review: In Between by Jenny B. Jones

I immediately fell in love with Katie Parker, a sixteen year old who has traveled from foster home to foster home, finally ending up with Millie and Joseph (a pastor) in the small town of In Between. Her insecurities about not really having anyone and fears about being shipped off to the next foster home are conveyed loud and clear through her sarcastic inner dialogue, which is very funny but overdone at times. About halfway through the book this sarcasm dies down a bit and is replaced with hope and introspection about her self-worth and the existence of God. I’m not so sure how realistic Katie’s drastic self-discovery is, but that’s okay because I was rooting for her from the beginning, and I love the positivity of this book.

In Between is full of unique, well-developed characters. I thoroughly enjoyed outrageous Grandma Maxine, and the drill-instructor-like gym teacher provided several chuckle-worthy moments. Frances, a classmate Katie can’t stand at first, is another memorable character who helps Katie learn to value herself and trust others.

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Book Review: What’s Left of Us by Michele Tucker

What’s Left of Us is a new adult novel filled with a good mixture of suspense and sweet romance. I like the way the story is told from the alternating perspectives of Calla, Beck and Asher (who have been neighbors and the best of friends since grade school) and the way it weaves from past to present.

Early on, readers learn that something has happened to tear the trio apart but must read about 80 percent of the book before finding out exactly what. Tucker did an amazing job of building suspense, touching on seemingly smaller issues up until the big reveal. I kept trying to guess what could have happened to dissolve such a tight-knit group and felt frustrated at times because I wondered if the explanation would be worth the wait.

It was definitely worth the wait. Even though the big reveal tore my heart out, it explained everything. I understood all of Calla’s anxieties, and I understood why her loved ones kept telling her that she needed to move on.

Favorite Quote:

“…God always has a plan. Sometimes, we throw him a curveball or two, but in the end, He is the best catcher to have on your team.”

If you enjoy clean new adult novels written with a lot of heart, you’ll likely enjoy What’s Left of Us.

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