By: Sharon K. Connell
“If you live your life as if everything is about you…you will be left with just that. Just you.” (unknown)
There can be little doubt that we have all had our selfish moments in life. Times where we have put our own wants and desires above all else. It is perfectly normal to be that way at times. In fact, many would say it is even quite healthy. However, what if someone was always selfish and self-centered? Ensuring their own whims and pleasures were satisfied on a daily basis at the expense of all else. That could hardly be construed as acceptable behavior! In her book His Perfect Love, author Sharon K. Connell presents just such a scenario. For those readers who are searching for top quality Christian Romance fiction which delivers an exciting and suspenseful storyline…look no further!
Essentially, the novel focuses upon the trials and tribulations of the main character, Patricia Campbell. She is an opportunistic “gold-digger” who has subsisted in life by ensnaring men with her good looks and charm. However, as the novel begins it reveals that she has clearly crossed the wrong man this time. Jerry Windham is as crooked and heartless as they come. When Windham is betrayed by Patricia he vows to reap his vengeance. She soon finds herself on the run from not only Windham, but also from the FBI who are looking to question her for information which she may hold in regards to her former boyfriend. No longer knowing who she can possibly trust, Patricia’s plight forces her to face up to her past selfish decisions and life choices. Having abandoned her faith long ago, Patricia begins to find her way back to God and her spiritual being. However, her ruthless pursuers are right on her trail and her selfish life choices may have finally caught up to her.
I have not read a lot of Christian romances lately, and I must admit that I was very pleased with just how well-written this book is. Christian romances basically have the same characteristics and elements as other romance novels. They possess great characters, captivating plots, interesting conflict and a convincing hero and heroine who truly engage the reader. They also have elements of faith and God which are seamlessly weaved throughout the story. What they do not have are explicit sexual scenes, overt violence or language which some may find offensive. Ms. Connell meets all these criteria in spades!
The overriding theme of this novel for this reader is that it is never too late to change your life. This motif is presented and explored with a very engaging and exciting storyline. It is full of action, suspense and mystery as the reader virtually tags along with Patricia on her journey. In fact, there are so many twists and turns in the plot that it really kept me guessing right up until the end of the novel. I found myself wondering the same things and having the identical doubts as Patricia. That is engagement!
The importance of character development to any work of fiction should never be underestimated. It is critical! When we are considering romance novels, this fact is amplified even further. They are quite frequently character driven work. While His Perfect Love has an enthralling plot, the development of the various characters is equally superlative. While there are a number of minor characters who are described in good detail, we obviously see the most development in Patricia and Sean. For instance, with the help of God, Patricia transforms from a selfish and manipulative woman into a more kind and caring individual. It is safe to say that Patricia experiences dramatic growth throughout the duration of the novel and the reader is with her every step of the way!
Overall, this is an excellent novel which I found to be thoroughly charming. As it is a Christian romance there are no sexual scenes or explicit language. As such, it would be suitable for virtually any audience.
5 out of 5 Redemptive Stars for this one! *****