Author: Robin W. Pearson
Release Date: February 2, 2021
Great character development coupled with finding your self-worth makes this a must read for 2021!
Maxine has had her ups and downs in life, but she finally thinks that she has things in order. She writes a column for a faith publication and is engaged to a young headmaster that oversees a local school. Things seem to be going in the right direction. But when they begin their year of premarital classes, things from Maxine’s past she has tried to put behind her begin to work their way back. When the man that she fell in love with back in high school returns to town, even more skeletons emerge from the closet. She’s trying to convince everyone that she is fine, but no one close to her believes it. As they move closer to the wedding date, Maxine realizes that the secrets that she has been holding from everyone have to become known, which could alter her future. She must look and learn what it means to be truly known and loved by the one who wonderfully and fearfully made her.
To put this book in context, it is geared toward Maxine’s character development, which puts it at a little bit slower pace than reading for action or suspense. The focus is on her life and what she has gone through to get where she is and how she is not quite where she really needs to be with herself or with God. I love that Pearson used some of the same characters from her previous book to help Maxine in her progression. It’s always fun when a reader gets to visit characters from a previous novel to see how they are moving in their journey as well, almost like catching up with an old friend. It’s very easy to form an emotional connection with Maxine and even get pulled down when she finds herself in despair. As a reader, you just want the truth to come out for her so that she can finally begin to heal and stop spiraling downward. This book just goes to show that even people who appear like they have it all together can be just a depressed as anyone else.
I’m not going to give anything away in this book, but just when you think you have something figured out about Maxine, the truth comes out and it throws you for a loop. This happened multiple times. I also liked the twist at the end that showed the one person she tried to keep in the dark already knew and that was causing more of a strain than anything else. Great story to kick off the new year! I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.