The Christian message in Carrie’s writing is both convicting and inspiring, delivering the message to listen, really listen, to the still small voice of God when I hear Him speaking. Throughout the novel, I was challenged to go where God sends me and to be unafraid to do His will and obey Him, and to believe I am created for great things even when I doubt myself and my abilities. I really liked the way the characters address God as “Daddy” when they pray, lending an intimacy to the way they relate to God that I have not seen in other books of this genre.
Carrie clearly cares about her characters, and their compassion for each other shines like a beacon throughout this story. She also does a great job of bringing them to life so their personalities shine through. The characters struggle with many of the same real life difficulties we all deal with in our own lives. They are open and honest about their doubts and insecurities and fears and in their need to lean on God’s guidance. Ryan is kind and considerate and a gentleman in the way he interacts with Brittney, respecting her old-fashioned values without question. Brittney has an engaging, fun-loving personality and is tenderhearted in her interactions with her oncology patients. Ryan and Brittney are charming and genuinely care about and respect others, stepping in and doing whatever they can to help when called upon.
Just like with Carrie’s first story in this series, Crossing Values, I was hooked from Page 1 and had to force myself to lay the book aside when my own life responsibilities needed tending to. I finished reading Brittney and Luke’s story with a yearning for a closer relationship with God and the same intimacy the cast of characters enjoyed with Him. I was reminded of the importance of seeking God’s guidance in every area of my life.
This book is easy to read simply for the story itself, and I came to think of the characters as my own friends and was sad to leave them when I finished the last page. I consider reading this novel time well spent. Good job, Carrie!