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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

John's Quest by Cecelia Dowdy (Book Review)

Title: John's Quest
Author: Cecelia Dowdy
Publisher: Heartsong Presents
Genre: Christian Fiction/Contemporary Romance

First sentence: The loud banging at Monica Crawford's front door awakened her.

Monica's life changed when her younger sister Gina dropped off her seven-year-old son Scotty in the middle of the night. She claimed she was going on the road with her circus boyfriend and needed Monica to take care of him while she was gone.

Monica didn't have a choice. She was a Christian and had always been the more responsible sibling. She had thought that at her age she would be married with children of her own - but it hadn't worked out that way. Kevin, her last boyfriend, had dumped her 2 years before, and was already married to someone else and had a baby.

Scotty, her nephew, was blind and Gina hadn't made it a priority to see that he attended school regularly. Monica soon found out that he was behind. She promptly hired a tutor.

John was an agnostic, but had spent most of his free time during the last 10 years working with blind children. Scotty immediately took to him and Monica also felt a pull towards him.

As their friendship grows, Monica is torn as she knows she cannot date a non-believer. John is struggling with his beliefs also. His parents had raised him to be an agnostic, but then they had accepted Christ six months before they were killed in an auto accident. He had never gotten to talk with them about why they changed their beliefs.

Can Monica handle raising a blind child? How will she deal with her growing attraction to John? Will John come to understand and accept Christ? And when Gina comes back in the picture, will she take Scotty and run?

I liked this book and it was very quick to read. I wish that it would have dug deeper into John's issues with Christianity and how/why things ended the way they did with him (not going to spoil it for you!) It was fun to read a Christian romance though!


Staci said...

Sounds like a good, solid story!

Cecelia Dowdy said...

Thanks for posting this review, Kristi! I'm glad you enjoyed my story!

Cecelia Dowdy said...

Forgot to add this to my last comment:
Thanks for posting on your blog! Just want to add that my novels, both John's Quest and Milk Money are only $2.97 each. You can buy both for $10.00 and this $10.00 quote for both books includes postage! They're brand new paperback novels for a cheap price. Here are the links to order:
John's Quest:http://www.heartsongpresents.com/book/detail/9781602600065/
Milk Money:http://www.heartsongpresents.com/book/detail/9781602602557/

Teddy Rose said...

Congrats on finishing the first level of the ARC Challenge!

I added the link to the ARC Challenge post.

The Bookworm said...

this does sound interesting, great review.
the only christian romance i've read has been by Ruth Ann Nordin, and she's pretty good.


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