Series often have a theme, and the trilogy of books I’ve ready by E. C. Jackson’s is obvious—hope.
She chose her theme well, and the books reflect it in obvious ways. Still, it’s not trite. Jackson kept the layers of hope in her stories subtle when they needed to be and overt when they didn’t. As a whole, this is the element she did best with the series.
But what about That Certain Hope?
Of the three books I read, this one was both my favorite and my least favorite. I like the concept, the basic plot, and many of the peripheral characters.
However, I did find the suspension of disbelief almost impossible in this one. Add to that a “romantic hero” who I cannot like, no matter how hard I try, and it’s a disappointment on many levels.
What I did like best is that the author didn’t hide the fact that such instantaneous “love” was unusual, difficult, and crazy. Because frankly, if she hadn’t, that I’d requested a free review copy wouldn’t have mattered this time. I would have refused to finish it.
I think That Certain Hope would be enjoyed best by people who like to see unusual plot lines carried out in expected ways. That sounds contradictory, but it’s exactly what I mean.
The faith elements in these books offer the thing the series focuses on most—hope. We see hope in what the Lord can redeem, hope in where He will guide us, and hope to someday understand what we can’t today.
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Book: The Certain Hope
Author: E. C. Jackson
Love at first sight. It’s every girl’s dream. But Tara Simpkins is finding out it’s not as easy as it seems. Is this truly the man God sent to be her husband, or is she just desperate to escape her loneliness?
The recent loss of both parents has left her reeling, and close friends don’t think she’s in any position to make major life decisions. She and her new-found love are convinced they can live happily ever after in the home of their dreams. His family thinks he’s moving way too fast and might disappoint the kind-hearted woman he’s fallen head over heels for.
And then there’s Leah.
Leah is supposed to be part of his past, but what if she decides she’s his future? Tara’s match made in Heaven may be over before it truly begins.
About the author:
E.C.Jackson began her writing career with the full-length play Pajama Party. For three and a half years she published the Confidence in Life newsletter for Alpha Production Ministries, in addition to writing tracts and devotionals.
Teaching a women’s Bible study at her church for eleven years naturally led to her current endeavor of writing inspirational romance novels and teen and young adult fiction. Her mission: spiritual maturity in the body of Christ through fiction.
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