4 - 8 May 2015
Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance
((Rhiza Press), August 2014)
Being beautiful isn’t easy – just ask Ellie Paxton.
Frustrated by a long string of empty relationships, Ellie makes a promise to God not to date for six months, a promise she’s determined to keep.
Tired of being continually misjudged because of her looks Ellie moves to Sydney for a fresh start. But when her path keeps crossing with the darkly handsome Nathaniel, that promise becomes much harder to fulfil.
As they battle with their attraction for each other, Ellie is not the only one to discover it takes more than simply looking in a mirror to find out who you truly are …
Could it be that God has a bigger plan? Could this really be one of those matches made in heaven …?
About the Author
Andrea Grigg grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, but has lived more than half her life in Australia.
Andrea lives with her husband on Queensland’s Gold Coast, where they have raised their three adult children – two daughters and a son.
Recently retired from teaching ten-year-olds, if she isn’t being a domestic executive or socialising, Andrea can be found in her cave, writing stories.
In today’s world where looks is often seen as the answer to everything, I thought it was an interesting premise to see that being beautiful is maybe not all it is cracked up to be . It can come with decided disadvantages as others judge you because of your looks. Gabrielle or Ellie as she is more commonly known except by her fierce and judgemental Aunt Rita knows what it is to come under that judgement. Her missionary parents are overseas and so are mostly off the scene except for in a minor way.
Having found she was too easily getting involved in romantic relationships where someone ends up getting hurt, Ellie vows to have a six month hiatus from dating to work on her relationship with God. But then along comes Nathaniel. Nathaniel has his own issues and secrets he wants to keep hidden, which complicates matters at times.
As you will have probably gathered from this much, this is a Christian romance, something that is not often my usual reading fare. On the whole I liked the two main characters even though at times they needed a good talking to for their childish behaviour. But who among us hasn’t at times? And I liked the setting which varied between rural Australia and Sydney. The dialogue is mostly clever, witty and revealing.
Those who enjoy a light romance but one that encompasses some deeper issues should enjoy this novel. I did. Thanks to the author for my copy to read and review.