Friday, October 21, 2011

Review: Cherished by Kim Cash Tate

Goodreads:  How can she believe God cherishes her when she can't forgive herself?

Kelli London once dreamed of being a songwriter.  As crazy as it seemed, she hoped that God would use the lyrics that came to her while she slept.  She dreamed about Brian too, that the love they shared would be a forever kind of love.  But choices she'll forever regret upended her hope . . . and turned her dreams to dust.  When those dreams come knocking once more, she's forced to deal with the pain of the past.

Heather Anderson's life has spun out of control-first, an affair with a married man, then a one-night stand with the drummer of a popular Christian band that left her devastated.  Broken and alone, she cried out to the only One who can save her.  And He did.  But that's just the beginning, because now she must leave behind the only life she's ever known.

Two women with shame-filled pasts form an unlikely friendship.  What does God's forgiveness look like for them?  Will they ever believe that He loves them . . . and can still offer them a life where they are cherished?

Kritters Thoughts: A book that from the start had a story that made you want to keep reading, but was very "churchy" with its delivery.  I enjoy Christian fiction, but I do not enjoy when it takes a little while to get to the depth of the story.  I was pulled in with intrigue, but didn't feel like the reader hit the meat of the story until you were over half way through the book.  

I liked this book, but I sit on the fence because the tone of the story was not subtle.  In the same token, the characters were captivating and some real issues were tackled, which is surprising at times for Christian fiction.  Although the reader may have been left with a perfect happy ending, at least the characters development through the book was somewhat realistic and they had to overcome some large issues in their lives.

It all felt too Brady Bunch to me, where things work out way too perfectly in the end.  Maybe,I would have preferred if one of the characters didn't end up exactly where they were expected to end up.  I think many Christians can agree that it doesn't always work out with a perfect bow at the end, sometimes you are left in a situation that isn't great, but with the help of your faith you can find the light at the end of the situation.

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Pages:  336

GR Oct-Dec 2011 Challenge: Madonna book set

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from BookSneeze.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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