Hope Harbor police chief Lexie Graham has zero time for romance--but the handsome ex-con she enlists to help her with a wayward teen may convince her to make time for love. Hope Harbor police chief Lexie Graham has plenty on her plate raising her son alone and dealing with a sudden rash of petty theft and vandalism in her coastal Oregon hometown. As a result, she has zero time for extracurricular activities--including romance. Ex-con Adam Stone isn't looking for love either--but how ironic is it that the first woman to catch his eye is a police chief? Yet wishing for things that can never be is foolish. Nevertheless, when Lexie enlists Adam's help to keep a young man from falling into a life of crime, sparks begin to fly. And as they work together, it soon becomes apparent that God may have a different--and better--future planned for them than either could imagine.
- Redemption in a secular society
I recently began reading a mystery novel by a secular author. I put the book down a short way into the reading because I was put off by the bad language, people jumping into bed and other displays of our secular times. I didn’t have my normal Christian novel or non-fiction book available so I decided to try a secular novel.
Sandpiper Cove gave me a fictional love story to enjoy as a break from my non-fiction reading schedule. This book was an excellent depiction of God’s forgiveness of our sins as bad as they may be and His redemptive power. Even with this redemption, there are questions about a person who has come from a prison-interrupted life.
There are many parallels to a scriptural transformation in this book. Adam Stone, though saved through faith, struggles with his self-image and has a hard time accepting that others have come to love and admire him. Lexie, the love interest in the story as a police chief also struggles with the Adam’s of Adam. An example of the transformation of relationships due to the presence of God in Adam’s life is revealed as those in the town gradually change from calling Adam “Stone” to calling him by his first name. After all, when we become the sons and daughters of God, it becomes clear to us that He knows us by our first name, moreover, He knows even the hairs on our head. In like manner, the love that Adam shows to those around him brings him to a close relationship with the townspeople including Lexie.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and at times had a hard time stopping.
The narrator, Therese Plummer did an excellent job of narration and kept the book interesting all the way through. Her change of voice for various characters gave the book impact.
I was given a free audio version of this book for my agreement to review it but this has not influenced my personal impressions of the book.
- Not For Me
This started off quite well for me and I was hoping for an uplifting listen. I liked the story with the theme of second chances which was running through it and I loved all the parts with Clyde the dog. I really enjoyed the brilliant narration by Therese Plummer, as she brought all the characters, male and female, young and old to life.
Unfortunately though I gave up about a third of they way through when the inner dialogue for both main characters were just too repetitive to keep listening. If this had been in a different format, I would’ve skimmed those parts, but I ended up muttering ‘enough’ to both Lexi and Adam whenever they kept talking to themselves about why they shouldn’t be getting serious with each other.
I also found the Christian message was a bit too preachy for me and spoilt the story.
I’m sure if you enjoy romances with a strong Christian message you’d enjoy this. Unfortunately this audiobook just wasn’t for me at this time.
Thanks so much to christianaudio.com Reviewer’s Program for my free copy.
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