Monday, October 27, 2014

REVIEW: With The Father by Jenni Moen

I had a choice, and I chose wrong.

I thought I lost everything. But when the smoke finally cleared, I discovered that I wasn’t alone.

Father Sullivan was a force – a living and breathing force, a forbidden desire I couldn’t resist. I didn’t want to resist. But I wasn’t the only one who wanted him, and by all accounts neither of us should have him.

I had decisions to make, secrets to uncover. Both would tear my heart, my life, and what was left of my family apart.

I wasn’t going to take any chances this time around. If I’d learned one thing during my life, it’s that death is the only certainty. It’s a matter of when, not if.

For every action, there is a reaction. For every choice, a consequence. If I hadn’t chosen to live again, I would have never known what life could be like …

With the Father

4 HEARTS out of 5
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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This book did things to me and I took it personal. You know what. I see what you did there Jenni Moen annnnnd I just don’t know how I feel about it. I don’t even know how to review this book…or how to rate it.

How can a twist be so epically wrong? I’ll tell you how….
It alllll depends on the reader; how receptive they are to…changes. *smirks* So you see to some the major plot twist is epically wrong and to others it’s epically right. If anyone is stuck in between, I feel your pain because that is where I am. *sighs heavily*

With the Father is about decisions big ones-small ones, either way those choices will shape and/or change your life FOREVER.

I had a choice, and I chose wrong.

 GAH, I don’t even know what to say. How do I NOT spoil this??? Seriously this book was flowing for me the author managed to pull me in. She provided a certain intimacy between her main characters that radiated off the pages and then….

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I had an extremely hard time moving on from one particular twist. Crazy thing is… I guessed every twist and turn EXCEPT this one. I’m actually angry about it. I won’t lie. I went through so much Grace, her character really called out to me.
In With the Father Grace experiences a heartbreaking tragedy. While trying to piece her life back together she starts to realize that not everything is as it seems with her life prior to the tragedy. Sounds like something you may have read before right? Well let me tell you that this is not the case.

I was a priest, not a saint.

Father Paul is lusted after by all of the women at the church. He is a true gentleman and upholds his vows. *raises eyebrows* As far as we know… Grace is his game changer; it is very apparent that he has feelings for her once we get his pov. Grace and Father Paul, become very close during this sensitive time in her life. As he helps to guide her through the multiple stages of grief a budding romance forms. It’s slow building, very sweet and intimate. These two just connect almost…and I really do mean almost like two missing pieces to a puzzle.

‘I fooled myself into believing that my interest in her wasn’t inappropriate and that I was content just to observe her, knowing it would never be anything more. After all, she was a married woman and my life had never been my own.’

Grace seems to be oblivious to Father Paul’s attraction towards her. Her sister however sees it clear as day. After alerting Grace to Father Paul’s crush her eyes is open to something that was never really hidden. He loves her.

My Thoughts
What I expected this book to be was a forbidden romance but it turned into something else entirely. With the Father is NOT an easy read. Father Paul is somewhat of a mystery. Grace has no real background info on him and he is not as forthcoming on his own. He even manages to evade direct questions that are asked about his past. I found that interesting. I really wish that the author provided more than what was eventually given about his past. I wanted more. Aside from that the only other issue I had was that twister that hit me. The writing was good; it flowed easily, with slow story building. Plus, readers are eased in to the romance which I enjoyed. 

My Rating and Why
All I kept saying to myself is don’t you dare rate this out of anger. That would be unfair. The way I went about rating this was to literally break everything down. So I rate the first 90% 4 STARS, the last 10% 3 STARS, I also rate the characters and writing each 4 STARS.  I know what you are thinking, that my reasoning is weird. I know this. I don’t care. *shrugs* The last 10% did not have a change in writing style there was a twist in the plot line that I personally did not like. Can’t rate a book solely on disliking the twist now can I?

My Ratings
Characters- Lovable, Endearing and Sweet
Writing Style- Good
Plot/Storyline- A woman experiences a tragedy, she becomes close to a priest and they fall for each other
Steam Factor- Lo/Very very light on a scale of 1-10 I say 2 the book did not need it and it did just fine without it
Entertainment Level- Lo-Med-Hi I say High, the book held my rapt attention. I not once became bored. I would get upset if I had to stop reading.
Overall- I loved then liked it. Am I confusing you? Sorry this book did things to me.

Now go forth and read. Then come tell us about it!

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