Reviewer: Lori Graham
Title: A Promise of Forever Love - 3rd in the Second Chance at Love series
Author: Vanessa Miller
Publisher: Whitaker House
Release Date: April 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Fiction
Overall Rating: 3.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Vanessa's Website/Blog: www.vanessamiller.com
Yvonne Milner has lost her husband—her best friend, the love of her life, and the man she worked beside. Together, they have co-pastored Christ-Life Sanctuary. In the few years since his death, Yvonne has just been able to keep things afloat—but just barely. Now the board is questioning her as the leader of the church. Not to mention there is an investor working with the city to take over the land.
Her husband made her promise to contact Thomas Reed if she needed help and she certainly does now. Thomas, a fellow pastor, has been on the road speaking and wants to return to a simpler life so the call came at the right time. Part of his offer to help is to infuse the church with some financial help as well as working alongside Yvonne.
At the same time, Yvonne’s youngest daughter announces that she is pregnant. In addition, it turns out that her other daughter is dating the investor who is determined to bring Yvonne and Christ-Life Sanctuary down.
She is feeling a bit confused too by the emotions that working with Thomas is causing within her. All of this, though, brings Yvonne even closer to the Lord.
I enjoyed the plotline that Vanessa Miller depicts in A Promise of Forever Love. I also found her reliance on scripture and Christ’s involvement with daily lives very refreshing. The characters were real and ones the readers can easily relate to and be inspired by. Even the suspense that develops is well thought out and reality based.
What I struggled with a bit was the writing structure itself. I would like to see a bit more depth to the storyline and more emotional structures built in. I believe this author has a lot of potential and this story is definitely worth reading, but I hope the next writing is bit better fleshed out. This one felt a bit rushed. Again, very worth reading though.
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