Release Date: February 6, 2017
Publisher: New Hope Publishers
Genre: Contemporary / General / Women’s Fiction
About the Book:
Restoring Love is a beautiful heart-warming tale that everyone, especially women, should read. This book was precious and it’s probably my favorite of 2017 so far.
The story is told through three different character points of view which I found interesting and insightful. This added to the story because we were able to visualize and feel what the characters are going through. These characters are relatable and easy to empathize with.
It’s refreshing to find a novel with the main characters older and mature who are struggling with issues of their own. Angela is a somewhat new believer, just earned her college degree, and is moving out of her daughter and son-in-law’s house to finally try to do things the right way. Seeing herself in the neighbor’s daughter across the street, Angela seeks to do what she can to help them out.
Mitch is a Godly man who is immediately attracted to Angela. He tries to help her feel more welcome in her new church. The two immediately become friends, but will the two learn to move on from past mistakes or will they learn to love one another? Mitch also loves his family but struggles with knowing what to do.
Then there’s Bianca. Bianca is Angela’s neighbor who is a struggling single mom trying to provide for her children. Her husband Reid is a criminal and eventually ends up in prison after a police raid occurs at the house. He was an interesting character because he genuinely loves his family and wants to provide for them. He just doesn’t do the best things because he falls back into criminal activity. I hope we’ll get to see him in another story because I’d love to know more about him.
Slattery deals with some heavy topics such as finances, drug and alcohol abuse, abortion, and teen pregnancy. These are topics that should be talked about more often. Slattery does not paint these as glorifying but as sin, making it a missional story. Some may find it preachy at times, but the author did so at appropriate times and fit it perfectly in the story.
The ending was beautiful and while things get better, Slattery doesn’t paint it as perfect. The characters still have a lot of growing and healing to do, but it is a story of grace and redemption.
Highly recommended and looking forward to the author’s next work!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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About Jennifer Slattery
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 her personal blog, JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud; Internet Cafe Devotions; and Takin’ It To The Streets, a ministry serving Omaha Metro’s working poor and homeless. When not writing, she enjoys hanging out with her teenage daughter and real-life hero husband, as well as serving in her church.