Checked this out as a free read on Kindle. It is still free as of the writing of this review but the price could change at any time. I did not receive...moreChecked this out as a free read on Kindle. It is still free as of the writing of this review but the price could change at any time. I did not receive a request nor compensation for this review it is a part of how I give back to the Christian literary scene as an reader (and author).
Vertical Reach = 4 Andrea is a gemologist with a transparent relationship with God. Her description of their relationship is simple and sincere. I enjoyed her honesty and the quirky way her aunt and adopted aunt shared their viewpoints on faith.
Ministry Message = 3 I wasn't really sure what the "spiritual takeaway" was supposed to be if there was just one in mind for the author when she penned the story. There were some moments where the main character's trust in God was tested and tried but I don't know that it was the main ministry message the author intended.
Craft = 4 Ginny Aiken offered an entertaining read with quirky characters and a hot guy. In Christian romance this is a great formula for a good, enjoyable read. Her knowledge and research into Andrea's obscure profession was a neat part of the story line that was appropriate and intriguing.
Aesthetics = 3.5 While it looks professional and the woman is pretty on the cover it doesn't convey the fun, quirky tone of the story. While reading I also didn't imagine the woman on the cover as Andrea. It was not memorable once I entered the book I didn't think about it again.
Dollars & $ense = 3.625 This is a cute fun read for Christians and clean romance lovers. I enjoyed it while doing my cardio on the elliptical machine and it held my attention so I recommend it especially while it is free.(less)
Vertical Reach = 5 Cece and Nate are written with a window into their personal and corporate relationships with God. They are honest and grow in their...moreVertical Reach = 5 Cece and Nate are written with a window into their personal and corporate relationships with God. They are honest and grow in their area of internal conflict as they reach more and stretch more in their relationship with God.
Ministry Message = 5 Forgivenss and mercy are important to give to others and oneself in order to move on and live the best life possible. It is also reinforced in the lives of the Marvin and Shay.
Craft = 4 Benson is a seasoned author and it shows in the novel. She has well rounded characters, interesting plot activity and easy to follow dialogue. Setting and description are placed and tension paced well into the book.
Aesthetics = 3 I didn't like the cover. It just didn't grab me. If it weren't a Benson book I wouldn't have given it a second look.
Dollar$ & $ense = 4.25 African American Christian fiction readers will love this book. Any reader who loves Christian fiction will love this story. (less)
Maya Davis is honest, sincere and vulnerable about her relationship with God and it's shaky spots. The most endearing part of her ch...moreVertical Reach = 5
Maya Davis is honest, sincere and vulnerable about her relationship with God and it's shaky spots. The most endearing part of her character is how much she wants to stay in constant communication with him even when she can't.
Ministry Message = 4 The best message of this book is be honest. It is clear, concise and honors written in a way that makes it easy for readers to see the consequences of what happens when the character isn't honest.
Craft = 4 Characters in this book are fleshed out well and "relatable." I could hear many of the feather and furry secondary characters. I loved the banter and interplay between Maya and her best friend. Description and setting were also executed well.
Aesthetics = 3.5 Cute cover that matches the description of the woman in the book.
Dollar$ & $ense = 4.125 A great read for anyone who enjoys cute, classic Christian romance with believable characters. (less)