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I'm a guy, and it became quickly obvious that this was not written for guys. It's a lite, mostly clean read with a predictable plot and very little character development (especially for the guys in the story). What I missed most are the kind of insights to the character's thinking that say a Lynn Austin or Francine Rivers will give you throughout the story. There's some Christian thinking sprinkled thoughout the story, and I did appreciate some of the attention on the PTSD counseling there. I'm probably being extra cynical but certain cliche phrases kept recurring throughout the book, especially in describing the guys, which strikes me as lazy writing. I don't understand the cultural fascination with the "tall, dark, and brooding" (a phrase used 11x of the main guy) love interest that the girl pursues despite the abusive way he treats her. The twilight series, 50 Shades, etc. thrives on damaged women with savior complexes leading many other women into thinking this is some sort of ideal man to pursue. Why? It's confusing to me in a Christian book like this. Sprinkle in some Christian doctrine, some Bible verses and a hope that God will step in and save the man before the dating relationship becomes too overwhelmingly physical (spoiler alert: He does). Sometimes I wonder if such women really want these men saved and submitted to King Jesus since it often seems the mysterious, dangerous dark and brooding nature of the man is what attracts them. In contrast, the kind, boringly normal suiters who pursue the main character are quickly written off as idiot/ jerks mostly for minor idiosyncracies. What kind of message does literature like this teach my sons or my daughters (if God should grant me those too) about the ideal man a Christian girl should want to have pursuing her.
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I read a review of this book that had me thinking this was going to be a book I would have to grit my teeth and bear through. As I got halfway through the book though I started wondering if we were reading the same book. In no way, shape or form was Jake abusive toward Lyndie.
After Jake let himself love Lyndie he was so sweet.