I had a hard time getting into this book. It took about four chapters for me to start to connect with the characters and get a feeling for what was going on. However, after that, I couldn’t put it down!
What makes this book so great for me is the realness of the characters. They are flawed human beings trying to do the best they can with their pasts. They are multi-dimensional with failings and emotions and past mistakes that sometimes rear up to challenge their present happiness. They keep secrets from each other and justify them in all different kind of ways.
I love the message in the book of grace and mercy and forgiveness. The characters demonstrate God’s grace and mercy through their love for each other and their dedication to their marriage vows. The love they share is not the romanticized literary version of perfect, happily-ever-after love, but of real life love where it is (sometimes) a conscious choice to show someone love through God’s grace, mercy, and forgiveness.
I love it when a book makes me cry and this one did. There were surprises, suspense, unexpected twists, emotion, and redemption. What is not to like about a book that offers up all that?