Saturday, November 6, 2010
Bethany House (September 1, 2010) 352 pages
As three friends who grew up in the same orphanage head off to college together, they each harbor a cherished dream. Libby wishes to become a famous journalist, Pete plans to study to become a minister, and Bennett wants to join a fraternity and have as much fun as possible. But as tensions rise around the world on the brink of World War I, the friends' differing aspirations and opinions begin to divide them, as well. And when Libby makes a shocking discovery about Pete's family, will it drive a final wedge between the friends or bond them in ways they never anticipated?
My Rating: Iris/Rose (See details at the bottom of this post).
This was the first book I’ve ever read by Kim Vogel Sawyer, but I’ve heard great things about her books. I wasn’t disappointed at all. In ways, I really connected with Libby, especially at the beginning. I totally understood her getting along with the guys better!! Before I got married, I just didn’t connect with very many girls. Of course, I’m married now, so I'm the opposite. :) But going to college was a great disappointment to me. I spent one year in a community college and one semester at a university in Tennessee. People are so mean, and I’ve always lived a sheltered life, so it broke my heart to see how cruel some of the girls were. And I went to a Christian college!! Needless to say, I quit college, and brought my broken heart home. But reading this story brought back all those memories.
I just cheered inside when a certain person had revenge taken upon them. I know! I shouldn’t be that way. :)
I loved the romance scenes in this book!! They were so sweet! I just wish I could bottle up the “new couple” feeling and keep it forever.
The only thing I didn’t exactly agree with is a certain person accepting God into their life. It doesn’t completely and immediately transform a person. At least I’ve never witnessed that. I’ve been a Christian 17 years, and believe me, I wish it immediately transformed me into a patient person. It didn’t, though. Getting rid of those bad qualities takes tons of practice and even more prayers. It’s HARD!!!!
I also want to say that the book isn’t completely about college. The story actually took a completely different turn than I expected, and touched upon some very serious subjects. And while I was looking at some of the book recommendations in the back, I noticed that one of the characters in this book has a story of her own. Maelle’s story is in My Heart Remembers. I do plan on reading it at some point. Not reading it in no way affected In Every Heartbeat, though.
*A huge thanks to Jim Hart @ Bethany House Publishers for my review copy. This is my honest opinion.
Here's my new rating system:
Blue+ Rose- Permanent place in my library. If anything happens to my copy, I will replace it.
Rose- Loved it! A Must Read(This is the equivalent of 5-star)
Iris- Liked it. Maybe not a keeper, though.
Carnation- It was okay.
Dandelion- “Weed” this one off your reading list.