Author: Michele Richard
Publisher: The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House
Release: August 2011
Age Group: YA/Adult
Review copy provided by author for an honest review.
Recommend: Jennifer says, “A great read for anyone willing to give it a try.”
Review by Jennifer
In our world today it is hard to find people who live out their faith and convictions without being influenced by the outside world. Maybe that is why in this book the characters live in a gated community where they can live out their faith and beliefs without any influence from outsiders. I was so engrossed in this story that I was happy that I was allowed access into the lives of the characters.
In this story the people of the community live out a faith where parents choose the spouse for their children. Contracts are signed and at the age of sixteen most of them know who they will be marrying. By the age of eighteen they are married. I wasn’t quite sure what kind of religion this was other than they believed in the Bible and God.
Before you start thinking that this is a book about religion let me stop you there. This book is so much more than that. It is a love story. Alexia and Justin became one of my most favorite couples. Michele Richard wrote a story that had the reader emotionally involved at every turn of the page. It was hard at times to wrap my mind around the arranged marriages but it worked in this story. Both Alexia and Justin believed in their faith and were determined to do their parts. Watching the romance unfold was priceless. Alexia and Justin both had insecurities but they were able to work on things together. The first year of their marriage was filled with getting to know each other, live together, trust each other, fall in love with each other, and endure both heart ache and joy. Just when it seems these two have found their niche and are on their way to overcoming obstacles something comes up. The story is not tied up nicely but leaves the reader a bit heartbroken for the couple. I’m rooting for them. At the end of the book is a preview of the first chapter to Mocked by Faith Healing the Faith. My heart is aching to read more of Alexia and Justin.
Michele Richard is a story teller. Her writing tells both sides of the story so that both characters are well developed. Their lives seem real with all the things that they go through. My emotions were all over the place while reading this book and I relished every moment. I was lucky to find this book. I’m glad I invested my time in reading it. It tells a great love story and gets you thinking about some things along the way. A great read for anyone willing to give it a try.