Thursday, January 4, 2018

Review: Finding Grace by Melanie D. Snitker

About the Book
"Single dad Tyler Martin can't be more grateful to the woman who finds his missing daughter. Even though he feels a spark between them, falling in love is a risk he shouldn't take. Too bad chance encounters and his stubborn heart keep trying to convince him otherwise. 

After escaping a nightmarish relationship, Beth Davenport is content with her safe and blessedly normal life. Yet something about Tyler and his adorable daughter makes her wish for more. With the walls around her heart finally starting to crumble, she's afraid of a future she can't predict. 

Can they let go of their fear and trust God to lead them to the love they desperately need?"
My Thoughts
I really enjoyed Finding Grace by Melanie D. Snitker. I was anxious to get back to it when I wasn't reading it which is always a good sign.
I was drawn in right away when six-year-old Meg went missing at the zoo. I knew Tyler, her dad, was going to be a character I liked when he prayed immediately upon realizing his daughter was missing. Tyler has sole custody of Meg who he had out of wedlock when he was in college. Meg's mother didn't want to be a mom and has been out of Meg's life since her birth. Tyler lives with his dad and lost his mom when he was young. He is concerned about Meg not having a mother figure in her life. Tyler's just a good guy.
Beth had previously been in an abusive relationship (which is described but handled well in the book) and is hesitant to get in another relationship and even thinks she might be single her entire life. Beth works at the zoo and meets Meg on the day she went missing.  I thought that Beth was a great character. I liked that she was working at the zoo, but was pursuing her passion for writing children's books. Tyler pursues Beth like a gentleman and a sweet romance ensues. I appreciated that Beth prayed for wisdom about entering a relationship with Tyler.
I loved both Beth's and Tyler's families! I felt like they made the setting a place I wanted to be. Tyler is an only child and his dad is really helpful in raising Meg. Beth has a large family to whom she's close. I'm an only child so I could appreciate how much Tyler enjoyed Beth's family.
This is the sixth book in Melanie D. Snitker's Love's Compass series (yay, there are five more!). This can easily be read as a stand alone book.
I received an advance reader copy and was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I Was Inspired
I love being inspired by fiction. Beth's encouragement of her brother in his adoption pursuit reminded me of Romans 12:15 "Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn." I'm certain that the author wasn't after this angle and it's not a pervasive theme of the book, but I thought Beth did this well and it reminded me of this verse.