Author: Bonnie Leon
Date I Finished Reading: October 13,2012
My Rating: 3/5
The following paragraph is a book description from Amazon.com:
Hannah Talbot has no one. Forced to leave the only home she’s ever known, she works for a cruel employer who brutally takes the one thing she has left–her dignity. When she is banished from London, she is certain God has turned his back on her. John Bradshaw was a successful businessman whose untamed spirit sometimes wanted more. When he is betrayed by those closest to him, he loses everything–his wife, his business, even his freedom. John’s and Hannah’s paths are about to cross. Aboard a ghastly, nineteenth-century prison ship from London to Australia, John and Hannah must keep hope alive and trust God’s unconditional love.
While I believe that this story had an original plot with much potential, I do not believe that the author did an effective job executing the story. I did enjoy the story line, although it is not a happy, uplifting one. However, parts of it I found myself going “Really? Seriously?”.
For instance, the characters in the book hardly saw each other, and practically knew only each others names, but they seemed to have magically fallen in love. In my own personal opinion, it was rather unrealistic in that regard. Also, the ending was rather disappointing. Although Hannah knew she needed to tell John about her past, in order to have an open and honest relationship, and that she was being encouraged to do so by godly ladies, she changes her mind the day before the wedding, and marries him without doing so. Really?
So, although the story line was unique and intriguing there are a few downfalls. Overall, though, I would say that teens and adults may enjoy this book as a quick read (I say teens and adults because there are parts that I would consider a bit mature for younger audiences).
This book is FREE for the kindle here: http://www.amazon.com/Love-Anew-Sydney-Series-ebook/dp/B001GQ2BC2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350498641&sr=8-1&keywords=to+love+anew