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I really like how Becky Doughty brings the characters to life with unique voices for them. It really brings the interactions to life and makes what was already a great book even greater!
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Another winner from Valerie Comer and a great finish to her Farm Fresh Romances! While I really enjoyed the first three books in this series and happily gave them each 5 stars, the last three have been even better - delving much deeper into issues of faith - and, I feel that, to be fair, I need to give them 7 or 8 stars each!
In all seriousness, I love how this book delves into the nitty-gritty issues of hard forgiveness. I appreciated how it was true-to-life (rather than logical!) about how some parts of forgiving sometimes happen inexplicably quickly and you're just "over it" while other parts are agonizingly slow and no matter how hard you try, it feels impossible to talk yourself through them. I also really appreciated how this book did not minimize the reality of the consequences that come with bad choices and how we often have to deal with those consequences for the rest of our lives but that God also often surprises us with ridiculous joy in the midst of and even because of those very consequences.
I also thought that Comer did a good job keeping the main character just likeable enough throughout the parts of the book where she was hanging on to her bitterness and unforgiveness. While there were definitely places in the book where I did not like her much, I never stopped rooting for her. I think that's a very fine line for an author to walk and this book managed it well.
My favorite parts of this book were the community scenes. I have come to love the people who make up Green Acres and I crave the kind of community they created in this series. I especially love the children and how they have grown and how the community has changed because of them without losing any of their depth and closeness. Oh, to live in a place like Green Acres! I will miss these people in this series so much, but I also find myself really excited to meet Comer's next crew in her upcoming series set in the city of Spokane! Being more of a city girl myself, I'm really looking forward to seeing what kind of community happens in the city-setting of this series.
This audiobook was provided by the author for review purposes, but all opinions given above are my own.
I had a hard time getting started with this book, but the ending was worth the perseverance. I loved the strands of forgiveness and unconditional love throughout the book. I enjoyed the faith that was represented in this book. I recommend this to anyone wanting a clean inspirational story.