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This is the kind of book that, unfortunately, will "hit home" for many people in their relationships. I say unfortunately because this story shows how relationships can seem fine on the outside but are lacking on the inside. Megan and Cole had this type of marriage.
Megan is a wife who doesn't feel validated, cherished, or appreciated. I personally didn't understand the motives and many issues that Megan expressed (and didn't express) about her marriage but I do believe there are some women who will relate. Cole wasn't perfect but he made a decision to save his marriage no matter what. He put his faith in the Lord and surrounded himself with believing friends who helped him on his journey. Cole had to learn to forgive and love even when it was difficult. A good lesson for everyone!
The narrator did a nice job with this book. He has a soothing and clear voice that worked great for this genre. ;-)
My heartfelt thanks to the author, publisher or narrator for gifting me review copy in exchange for my review. :-)
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What made the experience of listening to Amongst the Flames: A Contemporary Christian Romance the most enjoyable?
The narrator has a perfect voice for the main character. Also this is an uplifting story about overcoming obstacles in your life, particularly your marriage, through the Lord. It is written in a no frills, plain spoken style with a dramatic narrative. It is particularly good for the Christian fiction genre.
What did you like best about this story?
It was a realistic portrayal of some of the common problems in marriage (minus the male fantasy about his father-in-law dying so conveniently). It portrays the male mindset fairly well (according to my husband who listened to it with me while redoing the bathroom floor). It is a hopeful story that contains good advice.
Have you listened to any of Chris Abell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No, but he gave a wonderful performance. He brought both the fire fighters and Megan and Amanda to life. He switched between the characters flawlessly. Good sound quality. Nice job.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
There are several moving scenes in this book. When Megan leaves with the children, when he storms out of his father-in-law's house, the reconciliation talk he has with his father-in-law, when Cole finds out his wife was bar hopping, when Cole takes a turn with bedtime chores for the first time, and when Cole finds his wife's diary are all emotional scenes.
My husband's favorite scenes were when Cole realized that he really only sought God in times of crisis (the dusty bible scene) and when Cole realizes how much his wife is putting into raising their children.
Any additional comments?
I received this book for free from the author, narrator or publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is a great book.
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I enjoyed the story however I found it rather 'cheesy' and predictable!
My own marriage is somewhat troubled which is why I chose this book and I pray that God has spoken to me through this book even though our stories are different. This is how God speaks in His mysterious way.
I found the narrators voice a little difficult to little to. A bit strained and the male and female voices very similar.
However overall I am glad to have listened and I hope my heart will take note of Gods teaching and anyone else who listens to it. Marriage is hard and we need all the help we can get. 😇🙏🏻