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Monday, July 2, 2007

Review: Love's Blessings

Love's Blessings
by M. G. Braden

Janelle Trent has been desperately trying to have a baby. Can she surrender to God when the treatments don't work?

Kevin Trent loves his wife, baby or not. Can he show his wife that they already are a family? Or, will he walk away, taking with him all their hopes and dreams?

Love’s Blessing is an emotional story involving the struggles of infertility. It deals sensitively with a topic that is difficult to discuss - the heartbreak and despair that come from desiring a child, uncertain those longings will be fulfilled. Ms. Braden handles this subject delicately, but with a realness that will capture your heart and emotions.

Kevin and Janelle Trent are an average couple who have been torn apart emotionally by their inability to conceive the child they desire. Janelle struggles with depression and is faced with the reality of a marriage falling apart. Kevin finds himself aching for a relationship with his wife, one that doesn’t revolve around medications and doctors’ appointments.

As this couple struggles to keep their marriage together, Janelle is faced with a tough choice. As she wrestles with surrendering to God, she needs to learn that His blessings are always enough.

I enjoyed this story and thought the author portrayed the emotions of the situation in a realistic way. The struggle of the heroine to surrender her will to God's was believable. I truly cared about the characters and wanted to see them recapture the love they once held for each other and find joy in life again conclusion. The story was well-written and moved along at a nice pace. Although it's always a little difficult to read about troubled, struggling marriages, I liked the hope and joy discovered through the trials. The ending was a little fairytale-ish and almost too good to be true, but it does leave one with a sense of Happily Ever After. And after rooting for the characters, it was a sweet way to end the story.

Thanks to our guest reviewer: Shauna.