Monday, April 07, 2014

Book Review: Test of Faith

Test of Faith

About the Book:
Elle Butler has managed to hold on to her politically-driven husband and her secrets until the unexpected happens. When one phone call rips her world apart, Elle will have to decide if the truth is worth the consequences. Especially when it threatens to destroy the world she's so carefully built around her life and her marriage.

My Comments:
When asked about the qualities necessary for a happy and healthy marriage, communication ranks up at the top of the lists of most experts.  Couples need to be able share important facets of themselves with each other without fear that the knowledge will be used against them.  Elle has a secret she's been keeping from her husband and while she would tell you that she had put this secret in her past, of course it had more of an effect on her than she was willing to admit.  Yes, you'll probably guess the secret long before it is revealed but the real tension in the book comes from the characters' reactions when the secret is revealed.  

The story is set in south Louisiana, in New Orleans and Baton Rouge and I enjoyed hearing about familiar places.  Elle's husband is a politician but he was far too honest to be a real Louisiana politician.  
I enjoyed reading a story about a marriage that underwent tremendous strain during a very stressful time and came through the fire purified rather than burned.  While perhaps a bit unrealistic about how well everything resolved, Test of Faith is a heartwarming read that I am pleased to recommend.  Grade:  B+.

I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley.  I was not obligated to write any review, much less a positive one.

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