Release Date: July 20, 2017
Genre: Contemporary / Romance / Missions
About the Book:
A news anchor intern has it all planned out, and love isn’t on the agenda.
Brooke Endress is on the cusp of her lifelong dream when her younger sister persuades her to chaperone a mission trip to El Salvador. Packing enough hand sanitizer and bug spray to single-handedly wipe out malaria, she embarks on what she hopes will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.But Brooke is blindsided by the desperation for hope and love she sees in the orphans’ eyes. And no less by the connection she feels with her handsome translator. As newfound passion blooms, Brooke wrestles with its implications for her career dreams.
Ubaldo Chavez, teacher, and translator, knows the struggle that comes with generational poverty. But he found the way out – education – and is determined to help his students rise above.
When he agrees to translate for a mission team from the United States he expects to encounter a bunch of “missional tourists” full of empty promises. Yet an American news anchor defies his expectations, and he finds himself falling in love. But what does he have to offer someone with everything?
Healing Love by Jennifer Slattery is a story that is unique and a must read! Whether you’ve been on a missions trip or dream of going on one day, then this is for you. Slattery’s latest novel will tug at your heartstrings and challenge you to want to do something to help the orphans all over the world.
Told through three characters points of views all with different backgrounds is a story of desperation, compassion, and hope. Brooke is trying to climb the ladder in hopes of finally becoming a news anchor. At first, she is kind of a diva, germ-a-phone who doesn’t want to go to El Salvador. While she was there she genuinely cared for the orphans of El Salvador and wanted to do all she could to help. Only if she knew how much El Salvador would mean to her in the end. Ubaldo is probably one of my favorite fictional male characters in a while. He’s a believer but like most of us struggles in his faith. He’s an El Salvadoran native who knows the struggles of poverty. Unlike most of those in his country, he was able to get an education. However, he does have struggles of his own. Like Brooke, he has a passion for helping those in poverty come out of it. Then there’s Fatima. Fatima is a child who knows poverty all too well. She comes from an abusive home and is forced to work out in the fields all day to earn her keep. Eventually, she runs away with her younger sister, Dinora, becoming street children wondering if God abandoned them.
This story hit home for me. At times you will laugh, but many times I found myself tearing up. Slattery explains the realness of what’s going on in the country without degrading the El Salvadoran people and their culture. The author also makes the reader feels as if they’re a part of the story. The characters grow on you that they become like friends and family. The descriptions of San Miguel make you feel as if you were there seeing, smelling, and tasting for yourself.
The romance was well done as well! It was so swoon-worthy, but at times I found myself anticipating whether or not it was even going to happen. I’m so glad Slattery did what she did with this novel because it was amazing.
And most of all, the author kept it Gospel-centered. It wasn’t just about leaving the comforts of America and going overseas to help the poor, it was about fully trusting God with everything and truly following Him. Jennifer Slattery is going to impact many of her readers with this novel.
Overall, I really enjoyed this read. Highly recommended!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author 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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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.