A quick read, but definitely a great one. The book did a great job of combining romance, God, politics, a Cinderella-esque story, and community without being offensive and while hooking it's readers totally, and completely.
I've never read a Christian Romance novel. In fact, most of the romance novels I review are quite steamy and seductive. I had no idea that this book was a Christian Romance novel until I dived into it. Despite it's references to praying, only a few church services, and the fact that the heroine founded a faith-based organization, it's not "religious" at all. It never felt uncomfortable reading, or as if Christianity was being professed or forced upon its readers. In fact, throughout the book, the two main characters shared quite a connection, with tons of steamy, sizzling sparks within their personal chemistry.
Lucy runs "Saving Grace", a home for over-age foster children.. otherwise known as the kids the 'system' forgets about. This novel weaves in a few of the kids personal stories through it's pages, which really pulls on your heartstrings. With the state of the economy, the funding of the home is being cut from many of its sponsors. If they do not meet their amount of private funding, they will lose their grant, and Lucy will be forced to close their doors.
While attempting to persuade board members of a predominant company, Alex (ex-NFL player, playboy, who is currently campaigning for Congress) steps in to help remove her from embarrassing herself. Somewhere in the middle of the sheer humiliation and minor chaos that ensues, Alex and Lucy make a deal to form a "fake" relationship that ends up budding into something much, much more than that.
I recommend this book for anyone that loves a quick read, a great love story and a quirky, but solid plot.
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 1, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1 inches
Special thanks to BookSneeze for allowing me to review this advance copy, with the sole intention to provide my truthful review.