Author: JoAnn Durgin
Publisher: Torn Veil Books
Length: 262 pages
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Lexa Clarke has a deep desire to make a difference in the world so she signs up for an eight week summer assignment with TeamWork Missions. Originally when she signed up, she hoped to venture off into another country but she gets assigned to serve on a team rebuilding homes destroyed by a flood, in San Antonio, TX.
She is seeking the Lord and experiences many interesting events and meets friendly, Christian people at this mission. Lexa did not go to this summer mission looking for love, but God had other plans—will she give her heart to the handsome cowboy, Sam Lewis and turn back to the Lord…
Just a quick note—everything about Awakening was great, but the problem was me getting out of my comfort zone and reading a romance novel that was not the norm.
In this instance, not the norm is good. Ms. Durgin has succeeded in writing a romance novel that stands out among the crowd and breathes new life into the genre of romance. Sure, boy meets girl, they have issues and you probably can guess the ending, but this novel reads like a real life drama. This true to life relationship that Lexa and Sam develop shows real characters with emotional outbursts, believable dialogue, and fiery romantic chemistry.
There’s something for everyone in Awakening—romance, drama, interesting plot, dynamic character relations, strong faith-filled foundations, and some suspense woven into the end of the story.
Ms. Durgin’s debut novel certainly makes a great splash in the voluminous sea of the current romance market. Lexa and Sam’s characters made a deep impact on me and I related very well to their fiery and loving, budding relationship. I like the cover with the yellow rose. This flower plays a role in their relationship and it’s great that the characters were not part of the cover art. There was no need. Ms. Durgin successfully described the characters and painted such a wonderful picture in the reader’s mind of what the characters looked like and brought you right into every scene.
I look forward to reading Ms. Durgin’s next novel. Awakening is definitely a keeper on my bookshelf.