This. Book. Ya'll, when this book releases on the 22, you pretty much HAVE to read it.
First of all, I'm going to gush -- the names of these characterThis. Book. Ya'll, when this book releases on the 22, you pretty much HAVE to read it.
First of all, I'm going to gush -- the names of these characters were just adorably cute. Piper, Ezra, Mrs. Cecile, to name a few.....they were perfect names for the characters!
Okay. *takes a deep breath* For a coherent review:
Live Without You is a book that perfectly shows our frailty, our brokenness and our finiteness, and contrasts that with God's greatness and sovereignty. The author manages to bring beauty out of chaos, peace out of the brokenness, and redemption to all the failings and shortcomings.
This book will probably go down as a favorite of this year. And for just having read the book this month, that's saying something. The author did an amazing job of creating the characters, of giving them personalities and voices and making you love them to pieces, even if you were slightly frustrated with their thoughts at times. By the time this book ended, I felt like I knew these people....and that is rare indeed, my friends.
Piper was a sweet girl who was lost. She was running, and happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time according to our human perception, but in God's plan she was in the perfect place at the perfect time.
Ezra's appearance was perfect. I loved the way he appeared, I loved his background story, and I loved the story of redemption he had to offer. I did get slightly frustrated at his thinking that he was a failure all the time, because he so wasn't. Although I completely understood WHY he thought that, and it made perfect sense with the story. And his profession as an EMT was the perfect fit for the story, and it made it all the sweeter =)
My personal favorite character was Mrs. Cecile. She was a darling who was exhibited so much empathy and compassion, and exuded such a joy, that I was wishing we could all have a Mrs. Cecile in our lives. She was sweetness itself, and not afraid of hard questions.
The story brings two people who are very much hurt by their past together. One is a Christian, and one is not. Piper can't fathom how a loving God can allow so much pain and heartbreak, and Ezra is trying to comprehend it all, while firmly believing that God has a plan.
I loved how Sarah Grace kept the story moving forward while not rushing it. I also loved how the perfect "riding-off-into-the-sunset" ending that I thought was coming was interrupted and something happened out of nowhere that I only had a paragraph to think "oh no, she wouldn't dare!" before it happened. And that event was a time of testing for our beloved Piper and Ezra, and it grew them closer to Christ, and they needed that.
My favorite aspect of this book was the faith woven into the very tapestry of the plot. It was a beautiful reminder that life isn't all fun and games. There are huge sorrows, and hearts can break and hurt, but we can always trust the One who has everything in His control and has already ordained everything. We are reminded that we only see a piece of the picture right now, but Christ sees the whole of it. And this was relayed in such a natural way that it didn't seem the least bit "preachy" or like it was teaching us a moral.
The romance content in this book was sweet to read. There was nothing overboard, and there was nothing untoward. I only remember one kiss at the end, and it wasn't at all detailed. There were mentions of hand holding and of hugs, but it wasn't overdone, and it wasn't in the least bit sensual at all. I would feel comfortable letting my 15 year old sister read this.
I give this book five stars, and I wholeheartedly recommend it! It was a beautiful story that I will most likely be reading again!
*I received a copy of this book from the author -- I was not required to enjoy this book, simply to give my honest opinion*...more
I read this book in a couple hours -- it was wonderful! This was my first time reading something by Jordy Leigh, and I must say, I am definitely lookiI read this book in a couple hours -- it was wonderful! This was my first time reading something by Jordy Leigh, and I must say, I am definitely looking forward to reading the second book in this series.
This book begins with a suspenseful scene. The main character is almost kidnapped. And from there, the pace never slows down. It was engaging, interesting, and kept you wondering what was going to happen next. And the ending.....be warned that you pretty much *need* the second book to continue the story =)
What I enjoyed most about this book was the journey Louise was brought on and her growth as a character. When the story starts, she seems slightly self absorbed. Not much, but slightly. Instead of paying attention to her mother, she'd rather be reading. Instead of being outside, or swimming with her sister, she'd rather be reading. In fact, when the book opens, she is by herself while her family is somewhere else. Slowly, it's revealed that she's not even sure there really is a God. She can walk the walk and talk the talk,because her parents have trained her well. But she herself needs to find a personal faith in the Lord.
As the story goes on, it becomes apparent that the only way the Lord would save her would be to bring her to the end of herself and show her there's nothing without Him.
The conversion scene was beautifully done -- I was crying. (So, yes, I'm a sentimental, emotional reader!) I loved how she immediately had an attitude change, and how everything just didn't all of a sudden become better just because she "prayed a prayer".
This was a wonderful read, and I wholeheartedly gave it four stars. I would heartily recommend this to anyone who enjoyed suspense, survival, and a fast-paced storyline. Despite the mentions of death, blood, and wounds, I would easily let my younger brothers (aged 9 and 10) read this.
*I received a copy of this book from Stellae Books in exchange for my opinion. I was not required to enjoy this book, just to leave an honest review*...more