About the Book:
Genre: Christian contemporary romance, New Adult
Author: Amanda Hamm
Publish Date: April 16, 2019
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I had a hard time deciding how to rate this. There were some things I really loved about this story! And then there were some that I really did not. I eventually decided on 4/5 stars, because I most likely will read this again.
Because this story focused on young people growing up in the Catholic denomination, I found it interesting but also unsettling. As a Protestant, I don't believe that the saints were any special human beings or many of the “miracles” that were supposed to have happened, especially with relics. These ideas were just accepted as normal, even to the point of young adults trying to figure out what meaning they could have in our present-day lives.
Ruth is a nice girl with ulterior motives. The only reason she agrees to help lead the young adult ministry was that she was railroaded into it by the bossy Mrs. Donnelly. When Gabriel finds out Ruth is his co-leader, he jumps at the chance. They had grown up together, and everyone expected they would eventually get married, even Gabriel and Ruth. But a misunderstanding four years ago has left them almost strangers.
I liked that both Gabe and Ruth were relatable, likable but with faults. I'm glad Gabe was a good guy and not the normal “bad boy” hunk you see in young adult/new adult books like this.
In fact, I think the author did a great job with almost all the characters. The only ones I got confused about were all the brothers. Unfortunately, there were a few things thrown in that weren't resolved—or even mentioned again—in this book, so I'm assuming they will come up again later in the series. If not, I would be disappointed if Ella doesn't find a guy, just as I would be disappointed not to find out who Jojo is, why the McGradys were even mentioned, or why Sebastian and Luke hate each other.
My main beef with the book was the quality. While the bones of the book were great—wonderful characters, detailed setting, and interesting plot—there was a lot of telling and summary. I felt it could have been so much better if it had been tightened up by a developmental editor.
However, I will probably read this again, since I really enjoyed the main characters. I would recommend this book for those who enjoy sweet romances, especially those who enjoy a new adult feel, young twenty-something characters who live at home.
(I received this book for free. The decision to write a review, as well as the opinions expressed in it, are all my own. I was not compensated for this review.)