Awakening: A Christian Romance Novel (the Lewis Legacy Series, Book One) Paperback – Nov 26 2010
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She really doesn’t belong. She’s not a super Christian like everyone else, and she’s well aware of how far she is from the standard that seems to be expected. But there are other important things to consider, too, like the dorm mate who seems afraid of her own shadow. And the tiny girl with the big, haunted eyes.
Author JoAnn Durgin has created a true romance in Awakening, and I loved the sparks—and the flames. But this is more than a love story. Awakening tells the story of the intersecting journey of two very human people who hunger for God’s love and their place in His plans, while dancing through minefields of relationships.
In fact, all the characters in Awakening and the rest of the Lewis Legacy series are multi-dimensional people who quickly come to life through the pen (or keyboard) of the talented Ms. Durgin.
I loved this story, and Awakening earns five stars. Highly recommended.
I also felt that it would be unlikely that a WorkTeam mission director would be willing to shelter a wife from her excon husband and potentially put all the other team members at risk. Even though it was an adventure, the way the handsome director, Sam, handled the frightening incident near the end of the story also seemed to be quite inappropriate for a man in that position. Based on my past experiences of Mission work, I think him putting his team or any member of his team at risk, rather than calling in the authorities would have disqualified him for future appointments in the WorkTeam missions.
It is unfortunate that the review or blurb on the book reveals so much of the story. I think the blurb describing the book unfortunately is a spoiler for the reader, and is a reason why I often avoid reading the blurbs. I gave it a 4 because I felt the author had done quite a bit of research on the area, but on the believability of the story, I would rate it as a 3. I later read that the author had based it on her own life - oops!!
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Corny and trite were the Lewis and Clarke joke, the Mary and Joseph quip, and the yellow rose of Texas implication. Maybe it's simply because I personally, would have been insulted if a man who professed his love for me bought yellow roses, but since they are known to symbolize "friendship", I thought it was odd. The only logical rose color for a man in love, unless he KNOWS yellow is the woman's favorite color is red...the color of passion. Also, while I totally understand how difficult situations can get while dating, and in love, it was unbelievable that right after witnessing to someone, that Lexa was willing to take a roll in the dirt with Sam. Equally as unbelievable is that someone as level headed as Sam fell into that so much that Lexa had to call him off.
I read on Goodreads after someone else said that they found the last plot twist concerning Sheila unbelievable, a comment from the author that the person must not have read the story well, to not have caught that Sheila was hiding something early in the story. Wrong! Sorry, but I'm a VERY good reader. While Sheila was played as shy, with a stutter, she was not portrayed as a woman who was fearful, or hiding a secret. I have several shy friends who are simply more comfortable with a book, than they are with people. Her character simply was not developed enough for the reader to believe this twist. It was only AFTER we got the news that her husband was an ex con that we believed something could happen. Never saw a hint that she had a child, either, until revealed. Yes, it was mentioned that Lexa "thought" Sheila looked frightened, and afraid of her shadow, but we never saw proof, or evidence of this.
I also had a rough time believing that Sam never confronted Josh about Shelby or Josh's addiction, or that TeamWork thought it wise to hide someone out from an ex convict. Again...I really wished I had liked this story more. Since I bought the 3 story boxed set, and have 2 more stories to read, I'm really hoping I like the other 2 books more.
While it's really sweet that the author based the hero and heroine on her husband and herself, I wish the reader had not been told that, until maybe AFTER the story, in a side note, as I felt almost like an interloper. I realize the story is fiction with the characters merely based on them, but it still felt odd. I had also seen photos of them on Joann's site, to I instantly had pictures of Joann and her husband in my head instead of the character's descriptions.
One last thing...While I wholeheartedly applaud the author for using scripture, and for stating the plan of salvation, I wonder if she understands that only Christians will read this book, since it has "A Christian Romance" in it's title.
I do wish only the best for this author, and hope continued success for her writing endeavors.
I originally posted this review to her paperback, but it WAS the Kindle version I purchased and read, hence the reason for deleting the review, there, and posting it, here.
Ms. Durgin's fresh voice sets her novel in Texas at a TeamWork Missions camp directed by handsome cowboy, Sam Lewis, who's confident, flawed yet humble. The workers build houses, but volunteer Lexa Clarke looks dressed more for a style show. Lewis finds her arrival hurls the two of them into intriguing twists and turns. These make for satisfying reading.
The banter and repartee between Lewis and Clarke amuses and bewilders, but when both realize they have fallen in love with one another, dealing with those emotions brings some surprises. Durgin does a great job with her first book and this is a love story not to be forgotten, making the reader more than ready for the next Lewis and Clarke adventure!
I enjoyed reading this book on my new Kindle.
Jude Urbanski, author
Quite frankly, it's hard to believe this is a debut novel because Ms. Durgin has penned a compelling story with flesh-and-blood characters so real, they could live next door and a page-turning plot where the pages fly. Which is a good thing since you'll need a bit of breeze to cool you off when love "awakens" between Sam and Lexa, hooking you in with a tender love story that will make your heart sing. Can't wait for the next one!
This book has it all: characters you will love, and perhaps identify with, remarkable setting, and a plot that keeps you engrossed from beginning to end and leaves you wanting to read more about Lexa and Sam.
Lexa Clarke signs up for a TeamWork Missions summer assignment, dreaming of adventure in a far away, exotic country. However, she's sent to San Antonio where TeamWork Director Sam Lewis is not sure what to think of or what to do with his newest volunteer.
From the back cover:
"A God-fearing man. A God-seeking woman. For Sam Lewis and Lexa Clarke, it proves a combustible combination.
During their weeks together in the TeamWork camp, Sam and Lexa learn the power of forgiveness and healing. Enduring a chain of incidents which challenge their faith, trust and growing relationship, they look to the Lord for guidance as together they discover a love greater than either could ever imagine."
Ms. Durgin has done a marvelous job of communicating the principle of forgiveness--and from forgiveness--healing in "Awakening." It is a vital point many people need to hear and this book is a wonderful way for that message to be delivered to them.
But the book is not condemning or preachy. Rather it is full of love with some very humorous scenes and intrigue thrown in for good measure.
You will want to purchase this book for your library. It is a book that you will read over and over again.
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