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Friday, October 21, 2011

Moving On by Deborah Pierson Dill

Moving On by Deborah Pierson Dill
Publisher: White Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational
Length: Full Length (240 pages)
Heat Level: sweet
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Geranium

Meagan Layne longs for a traditional life as a wife and mother. Love, marriage to an honorable man, a stable home life for her son, more children; it shouldn't be too much to ask. So how did she end up divorced from a man who left her in debt, with a small son to support on a budget that barely meets at the ends? Bobby Kerr despises his past and wants to build on the new start he made when he left his small hometown for Lubbock. He's a new man in Christ, but he can't forget the violent man he was. He won't subject another woman to the perils of life with him. But Meagan stirs Bobby's heart in a dangerous way, making him hope that love could be possible for him after all. If she's willing to risk it.

How can two characters, both of whom are Christian and both believers in God's grace become embroiled in a spiritual conflict? Well, there's believing and believing. The author exploits hero Bobby's “Yes, but...” belief in himself and God as the basis of this fine novel.

As with the author's previous novel, Moving On, the spiritual trials of both Bobby and Meagan are finely drawn and entirely believable. When Bobby returns home to his father's funeral, I could see that his mother would succeed in sucking him back into his dysfunctional family of origin. And yet, there I was, turning the pages as fast as my ebook reader could go (and I could read). And when Meagan draws away from Bobby, fearful for the safety of her young son in the light of Bobby's revelations about his past, I sympathized with her, in spite of my desire to see Bobby settled and happy.

Setting is another strong point in this novel. The contrast between the town of Lubbock and the description of Bobby's desolate, semi-abandonned home town is telling, to the point where I questioned whether anyone could be happy in such a place.

The romance is sweet, and the characters do a bit more than kiss, but it's all very tastefully done and very believable as well, both the desire of Meagan to go a bit farther than kissing, and Bobby's desire to hold the line.

I found the plot of this novel particularly satisfying, arising as it did from the hero and heroine's characters and spiritual state, and the HEA ending, while a no-brainer for any reader of romance, particularly sweet. I rooted for the both of them from the first page right up to the last. If you enjoy inspirational romance, you're sure to enjoy this book.