Wednesday, March 11, 2015

One Last Thing by Rebecca St. James and Nancy Rue

I love the cover of this novel. Very telling with the ring not quite on her finger yet. The first novel I have read penned by these two ladies was Sarah's Choice, which I LOVED! 

This novel started a bit off track for me. It was slow going at first. I wasn't sure I even liked the characters. That's huge for me. If there isn't a connection I'm not going to be overjoyed to pick it up and read late into the night. But after a few chapters the reader gets to know the characters a bit more and the story begins to open up. 

These characters live charmed lives. Everything they want is at their fingertips. This could be a reason why I had a difficult time relating at first, but then the characters are stripped of this life of perceived perfection. Not sure if they truly love one another or they are just in love with the idea of being in love. This makes for a great discussion opener. But the writers do a great job of allowing the reader to journey with these characters as they grow and figure out that before they love another they first must love themselves. 

My favorite chapters were the last few. In those last few I really felt like I could relate to the characters and my heart went out to them. I LOVED the ending. I feel the writers did an outstanding job at how they brought the ending of this novel to a close. 

This novel brings the subject of pornography to light. The writers do a tremendous job of combining friendship, forgiveness, love, and faith together. We see that sometimes fairy-tales aren't what they seem. We all have secrets. The thing is, do we love one another enough to share or do we feel that they are better kept in the closet with our other skeletons? This is a questions these characters have to face and it brings them to really take a look at their relationship. 

We see that with every trial we carry there is a past that has brought it to life. Uncovering our sins isn't easy, but surrounding ourselves with people who love and accept us, gives us more room to really be true to who we are. 

I enjoyed this novel. As I said, the more I read the more I grasped the heart of the characters. This would make for a great pick for younger readers in the late teens and early twenty-somethings. 

This novel was a gift from Thomas Nelson for sharing my review with you. 

Rebecca St. James is a Grammy and Dove Award recipient and a best-selling author whose books include Wait for Me and What Is He Thinking? Her leading role in the film Sarah’s Choice won critical acclaim. A passionate spokesperson for Compassion International, more than 30,000 children have found sponsorship through her worldwide concerts. Twitter: @RebeccaStJames Facebook: RSJames

Nancy Rue is the best-selling author of more than 100 books for teens, tweens, and adults, two of which have won Christy Awards. Nancy is also a popular speaker and radio guest due to her expertise in tween, teen, and young women's issues. She and her husband, Jim, have raised a daughter of their own and now share their Tennessee lake home with two yellow labs. Website: Twitter: @NNRue Facebook: nnrue


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