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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I'll Know You By Heart...Review

About the book:
The day Stephanie Roberts met Jared Wakefield, she didn't realize they'd met before. Running from an abusive marriage and trying to safeguard her children, she turns to Jared for support, but he needs more from her than she might be capable of giving. With her abusive husband looming in her past, the difficulties they must overcome to be together seem insurmountable.
Is it possible for love to conquer all? I'll Know You By Heart is a timeless romance that explores the possibility that relationships span the entire realm of eternity. A story about abuse, hardship, and betrayal, it is ultimately a story about the healing power of everlasting true love.

Stephanie is leaving an abusive marriage and Jared is a recent widower whose wife died in an accident: an accident in which she was the drunk driver. As they each try and heal from their disastrous marriages, they form a friendship and fall in love. But, Stephanie's husband isn't about to let her go without a fight, one she may not survive.

This is quite the engaging story. I picked it up and read it in a couple of hours. Like many LDS stories this one wraps up neatly, but not so predictably as to be anti-climactic. I also liked the fact that while it wasn't overly preachy it also explored the notion that relationships are eternal, both before and after this life on earth. Such a comforting thought.

Little inconsistencies popped up here and there, and at times both Jared and Stephanie seemed a little too perfect, but this is a compelling story. There's a ring of truth to it, and I applaud Kimberly and the way she has portrayed what is a sad reality in our world: that far too many women suffer in abusive marriages.

A terrific debut novel that I can easily recommend. I look forward to reading more from Kimberly Job.

Thanks to Valor Publishing Group for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Kimberly Job here here. You can purchase your own copy here and here.  To find out what other readers have said about this book, check out the other tour stops here.

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1 comment:

Kimberly Job said...

Thanks for the review, Holly. I, too, take comfort in the eternal aspect of relationships! I can't imagine eternity without my sweetheart by my side.