by Debbie Macomber (GoodreadsAuthor)
Though I am difficult to impress or surprise when it comes to fictional stories of this nature, I found myself completely unaware of where Debbie was taking each of the main characters next in their journeys throughout the novel. Unlike many female authors who seem to make the thoughts and/or feelings of their male characters much too “girly,” if you will, to seem realistic, Macomber did a superb job of crafting the main male character, Josh, into a man who I fully believed could be found in the world today, just as she wrote him. Likewise, the female characters in the story were not sickenly sweet, but rather very much like the kind ladies I am blessed to know personally myself.
No review could be complete, however, without complete honesty on the part of the reviewer. My one criticism was the almost abrupt end of the storyline for our character Josh. It seemed a bit rushed at the end, and the last few pages of his final chapter in the novel brought out a few somewhat predictable outcomes. That said, the book as a whole was wonderful, and I will excitedly look forward to news of the next release in this brand-new series.
Many, many, thanks go out to Random House Publishing Group for furnishing me with an advanced copy of this wonderful novel. To read and critique this piece was a privilege I took seriously and very gratefully, and I hope that my review helps other potential readers come to a satisfactory conclusion with their own “to read or not to read” questions.