Thursday, September 5, 2019

New Review: An Informal Affair by Heather Gray

Title: An Informal Affair
Author: Heather Gray
Series: Informal Romance Book 5
Publication Date: 2017
Length: 195

From the Back of the Book

Online dating was supposed to make life easier.

Lia Promise is a nurse who enjoys the fast pace of the ER. Why, then, is her love life moving at a snail’s pace? She decides to take matters into her own hands with online dating. That ought to speed things up, right?

Maverick Hoyt is the hospital’s IT guru and all-around ordinary guy…for the most part. When his long-time friend Lia asks for moral support – which means joining her in the world of online dating - he agrees. What could possibly go wrong?

Lia and Maverick meet regularly to tell each other about their horrible dates. After all, misery loves company. As their impressive bad-date streak grows, Lia struggles with her self-image while Maverick questions why he’s even dating. How will God show these two — both set on doing things their way —that He’s had a perfect plan all along?

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed this book! It was comical, realistic, and had a good spiritual message.

I so enjoyed reading about Lia and Maverick's on-line dating escapades. I laughed out loud several times while reading this book. If you've never done on-line dating, this is a realistic portrayal of things that happen. I tried this method of meeting someone for a while and most of the men I met were pleasant, just not for me. I did have some comical things happen such as the time I had just finished having dinner with a nice gentleman in a family restaurant when he pulled some balloons out of his pocket and proceeded to blow them up and twist them into a flower. The key here is that we were in a family restaurant and we ended up with a little audience of children who were enthralled with the creation of this balloon flower. I wasn't sure if it was creatively romantic or if I wanted to hide under the table.

Back to the book review...

I also enjoyed watching Maverick and then Lia realize that they were right for each other. I wanted to point this out to them the first time there was a scene of them having lunch. There was also a small bit of suspense woven into the story which was a nice subplot.

Lia was struggling with some self-image issues and had battled anorexia in her past. During the story, she came to the realization that who she is in Christ is enough.

Even though this is part of a series, it can easily be read as a standalone. I have not read any of the other books in the series and had no trouble following along.

If you like contemporary Christian fiction, especially rom com, I highly recommend this book!

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