Serenity to Accept by Elizabeth Maddrey

Karin Reid, a NICU nurse notices good-looking ER doc Jason Garcia as soon as she sees him in the hospital cafeteria.  Dr. Garcia also notices Karin, but he is a Christian committed to only dating Christians, and Karin has little interest in God.  After Karin’s brother and his fiancee trick her into attending church with them and they run into Jason, Karin and Jason begin a friendship.  Karin’s interest in God grows as Karin and Jason grow closer together.  The question is, are they more interested in each other or in following God’s will for their lives?

This is the first book I’ve read by Elizabeth Maddrey, but it certainly won’t be the last.  I am always looking for new authors because when you read as much as I do, you can go through all the books an author has written fairly quickly.  Maddrey is definitely one of my new favorites.  She does a nice job interweaving different characters, while keeping each of their story lines interesting and relevant.

I also think she did a great job with the messages in the book.  It was nice to read about the questions Karin had as a new believer and the way her friends answered them in a very clear style.  I also really liked the way Karin and Jason waited on God’s will for their lives, even though it was difficult for them, and is sometimes difficult for us.  Maddrey also was not afraid to introduce serious topics of abuse and parent/child relationships and struggles in her book.  I think she did a good job with the topic and I think the resources at the end of the book might be particularly helpful for people needing them.

This book is a nice contemporary romance that had some nice twists and surprises in it.  I think a lot of different people would enjoy this book.  If you enjoy nice, clean romances encouraging a God-centered approach to romantic love, you will enjoy this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Serenity to Accept (Grant Us Grace)

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