Sunday, March 22, 2009
My Review: Yesterday's Embers
I enjoyed this romance novel. It basically followed the usual romance sequence: Boy meets girl, they fall for each other, something separates them and then they come together to live happily ever after. In this case, he is a newly widowed father of six,oops, make that five (one died with his wife). She is the daycare provider, thirty one years old, loves kids and doesn't know any single men. What comes between them is his memory of his first wife. The only variation from the usual sequence is that they marry before the problems come up, and that's one of the reasons for the problems. In short, this was a sweet and enjoyable book but very predictable.
The book is Christian fiction but pretty low key. He is a member of a generic church; she was raised Catholic but only attends mass once a month, when she joins her brothers for mass and a family dinner. When discussing marriage it is mentioned that they discussed what they believed and decided they agreed. She wanted to get married in the Church but he didn't. He didn't want to quit going to his church (and he was in a hurry to get married) and he didn't want to have to raise the kids Catholic. During the conflict, he gets counselling from his pastor and while a line of scripture is quoted in one of their sessions, there really isn't anything preachy about the book. In short, I think even someone hostile to Christianity who likes clean romance novels would like this one.
This is a First Wildcard book. The first chapter will be posted later this week.