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Thursday, January 29, 2015
Jennifer Slattery's Beyond I Do ~ Reviewed
Beyond I Do
by Jennifer Slattery
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: New Hope Publishers (August 4, 2014)
Marriage . . . it’s more than a happily ever after. Eternally more.
Ainsley Meadows, raised by a hedonist mother, who cycles through jobs and relationships like wrapping paper on Christmas morning, falls into a predictable and safe relationship with Richard, a self-absorbed socialite psychiatrist. But as her wedding nears, a battered woman and her child spark a long-forgotten dream and ignites a hidden passion. One that threatens to change everything, including her fiancé. To embrace God’s best and find true love, this security-seeking bride must follow God with reckless abandon and realize that marriage goes Beyond I Do.
Jennifer Slattery has penned a novel that is both a good story and informative about a serious issue. I've read a few agenda novels and rarely feel inspired by them because it's difficult to turn hard cold fact into interesting fiction.
Slattery has a passion for the homeless and it shows in her novel. She also manages to weave in several other issues and more impressively ties them up satisfactorily. Mental illness, deceptions and bitterness that have taken root, elderly parents, family dynamics, relationships between believers and non-believers, and finding God's will and path are some of the topics her characters deal with.
Slattery also manages to write in comic relief to keep the book lighthearted.
Overall, Beyond I Do is definitely worth checking into further whether you just love a good romance or whether you feel a passion for social issues.