Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Love Lifted Me: My Review

Jade and Max share a deep love, though revelations from his past have recently shaken their marriage. And Jade is completely smitten with Max's little son, Asa, whom she is now raising as her own. Their blended family brings her a joy she's never known. But there is one more secret to be uncovered. One that will impact them all. Max is doing his best to "man-up" and prove himself worthy of Jade's devotion. As well as that of his young son. It seems like life in Whisper Hollow, Tennessee, will pick up where it left off until Max is faced with an unusual opportunity-leave his family's law firm to coach high-school football in Texas.

Realizing a fresh start will bring healing to their marriage, Jade takes the leap of faith and moves with him and baby Asa, bidding good-bye to her beloved Blue Umbrella shop.

The new beginning in quaint Colby, Texas, is soon sullied when Max discovers the high-school program isn't all it seemed. While Max struggles to rebuild a once glorious football team, Jade wrestles with news that could break Max's heart and change their lives forever.

My Comments:
Ever had one of those times in your life where if something could go wrong, it did?  That's what happened to Max and Jade in the first book in this series.  (my review).  Now, Max is reaching for a new life trying to follow the will of God.  When offered a position as a football coach near the small town where he was in rehab, he prays about it and feels God calling him to uproot his family and move across the country.  When he gets there he finds that things weren't what he thought they'd be but still feels called by God to stay.  We follow him through his first year as a coach and as he and Jade learn to trust each other again.  

While I enjoyed this book, it is one of those Christian novels that does not let you forget it is a Christian novel.  Max considers himself a changed man; in rehab he gave all his pain to Jesus and came out reborn.  He prays, he feels called by God to be where he is and everything works out beautifully in the end, at least partly because Max and Jade trusted God to care for them.  It is definitely too religious a book for anyone who doesn't like religious fiction.  I figured out very early in the book where it was going; none of the plot twists were really surprising, nor was the happy ending.

I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley.  Grade B-
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