Love Unfeigned by Nadine C. Keels
Lorraine was pretty good at hand ball when she was younger. Her brother Earl, who was a good brother, invited her to play hand ball with the older kids. One of those kids was Isaiah James. Lorraine kicked his butt at hand ball, but left with a friend. Isaiah began hanging out around Earl and Lorraine quite often. He even went to church with them on Sundays. As their middle school years progressed, Isaiah revealed to Lorraine that he liked her, like-liked her. He asked if she could be his–if they could be a thing. For a while, they were, but home trouble took Isaiah away from Lorraine and she didn’t see very much of Isaiah for a while.
Time passed and each went their way, but both remembered the other. One day, Lorraine heard her name shouted and she was surprised to see a familiar face that she had not seen in a while. It was Isaiah and they had a lot of catching up to do, but Lorraine also needed explanations. What had happened to them?
What I liked
Nadine’s stories are sweet. If you’re the kind of person who likes to read sweet love stories without all the heaving bosoms and Fabios, Nadine’s books are a good choice. I have found the characters in Nadine’s books to be respectful and good examples of how people should treat each other. Of course everyone screws up from time to time, but they do try their best to make it up.
I also like that Nadine has a little religion in this book, but it’s not over powering. I feel like Lorraine has a religious belief, but shows it through action, in her behavior and treatment of other human beings. If you’ve read any Janette Oke or Beverly Lewis, the religion in those sweet romance stories is much more prevalent.
What I didn’t like
Lorraine has suffered from a traumatic experience because someone else thought they had a right to her. They saw themselves as entitled enough to expect Lorraine to do the things they said, but also disregard Lorraine’s ownership over herself. I hate that Lorraine suffered because of this. I also hate that there are still a whole lot of people like that out in the world. Where do people get off being this entitled?
What kind of romance novels do you prefer?
What do you think makes people entitled enough to think they have a right to another human being?