Monday, June 26, 2017

"Restoring Love" by Jennifer Slattery

Book Info: 
Mitch, a contractor and house-flipper, is restoring a beautiful old house in an idyllic Midwestern neighborhood. Angela, a woman filled with regrets and recently transplanted to his area, is anything but idyllic. She's almost his worst nightmare, and she’s also working on restoring something—herself. As he struggles to keep his business afloat and she works to overcome mistakes of her past, these two unlikely friends soon discover they have something unexpected in common—a young mom who is fighting to give her children a better life after her husband's incarceration. While both Mitch and Angela are drawn to help this young mother survive, they also find themselves drawn to each other. Will a lifetime of regrets hold them back or unite them and bring redemption along with true love?

Restoring Love, part of New Hope Publishers’ line of contemporary missional fiction, demonstrates how God can turn our greatest tragedies and failures into beautiful acts of love and grace that can impact the lives of others. Readers will connect with the realistic characters and find they can relate to the complex situations that makes Jennifer Slattery's book so appealing. Readers will be inspired to see how God wants to use us to restore people's perception of love in action.

Author Info:

Jennifer Slattery writes missional romance novels for New Hope Publishers. Her debut, "Beyond I Do", releases in August. She also writes Christian Living articles for and devotions for her personal blog, JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud; Internet Cafe Devotions; and Takin' it to the Streets', a ministry serving Omaha Metro's working poor and homeless. 

When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, hanging out at the mall with her teenage daughter, enjoying her real-life hero husband, or serving in her church or community.

My Review: 
"Restoring Love" by Jennifer Slattery is a novel that shows forgiveness and love. If I was asked what I thought the theme was for this book it would be second chances, I guess that is probably obvious but that is what I think of when I ponder this novel.

"Restoring Love" by Jennifer Slattery is a standalone novel but it is also the continuing story that was started in "Beyond I Do". The only thing is "Restoring Love" is Angela's story while "Beyond I Do " is Ainsley's story, Ainsley is Angela's  daughter.  So once again I say  you can enjoy one without the other but I am glad I read them both and in the order they were written.

I was caught up in the stories of both of these books from the very start until the end. The scenes were written so well I could imagine them happening in front of me as I was reading them.  The story does deal with some scenes with drug selling and abuse as well as drinking, but nothing to be alarmed about, the details are not detailed and I think they make the story more realistic.

This book I believe is for adults but I would be okay letting a mature younger teen who really enjoys reading read "Restoring Love" by Jennifer Slattery.

My favorite character is not just one but all of the characters because they all have issues to overcome  and they are real and they grow in their struggles and are just like the people that are real neighbors and not just some characters in a book which is why I think I liked the novels.

These characters, I believe are ones that will remain with me even after I meet others in more books.

I think I would really like to read more books about these characters.a while

"Beyond I Do" and "Restoring Love" are the other two books that I have read that have been written by Jennifer Slattery but they won't be the last.

I say both novels are five stars.

I was given a complimentary copy of "Restoring Love" by the author. These opinions are my own.