I really enjoyed Michelle Sutton's debut novel. It addressed several issues that I think we, as Christians, often face.
- Bad things do happen to good people, but people can overcome those things with the help of Christ.
- Things don't always turn out like we thought/hoped they would.
- God uses bad circumstances to turn our lives around for good.
- There are still good, God-fearing men out there.
- We must be careful not to confuse those men (and women) who those who profess to be Christians but are not.
The other question this book asked is, "Are you really saved?" There are tons of people walking around churches professing to be Christians, but do they really have a personal relationship with Christ?
This is a Christian fiction book with great characters and a great story line. It captured my interest from the first page and held it until the last. The story deals with everything from premarital sex to alcohol, but in a way in which most young people can relate.The heroine is a recent high school grad, but the issues are ones that could plague people of any age. This would make a great gift for a girl who just graduated from high school. I can't wait to read the next novel in Sutton's series (due out in September of 2009).
ABOUT THE BOOK: Annie has it all. She's attractive, graduated with honors, was accepted at the college of her choice, has supportive parents, good friends, and a steady boyfriend who loves her. One night an unexpected visitor appears and Annie's safe world is destroyed by a brutal attack. As she tries to pick up the pieces of her broken life, she is torn between two brothers, both of whom claim to love her. She is attracted to both, but which one does she love? How can she choose when her decision may cause a permanent rift between them? And more important, will she give her heart to the One who will sustain her even when human love fails.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michelle Sutton has lived in Arizona and since 1991 and has two sons and a husband of 18 years. She began writing fiction in August 2003 when God inspired her to write a novel with realistic characters that would glorify Him. In 2004 she joined ACFW - American Christian Fiction Writers. In 2006 Michelle ran for Volunteer Officer on the ACFW Operating board and ACFW members elected her to serve a two year term. She sold her first manuscript Then Sings My Soul (now re-titled It's Not About Me) to Sheaf House and her debut novel was released in Sept. 2008. The second book in the Second Glances series - It's Not About Him - will be released the following fall (Sept. 2009.) Last, Michelle is Editor in Chief of the new Christian Fiction Online Magazine. The debut issue released in July 2008. The magazine is sponsored by the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance.