Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Review: When Hearts Collide by Sara Beth Williams

Title: When Hearts Collide
Author: Sara Beth Williams
Release Date: September 2018
Length: 279 pages

About the Book

"A reckless mistake landed Jacob “Jay” Mathews behind bars, but it was his inescapable guilt that led him to God. Upon his release, with the help of a spiritual mentor and friend, he strives to move forward with his life. Determined to graduate college, get a job, and follow God’s word, the last thing Jay needs or wants is a girlfriend. Until he meets Lacey Bennett. 

When fervent prayers for reconciliation between her divorced parents go unanswered, and her older sister tragically dies, Lacey questions how God could allow such tragedies to befall her family. Turning her back on her past and God, she focuses on her future. College and theater are her ultimate goals; falling for the one type of guy she swore to avoid—a Christian—is not. No matter how much she wants to resist, Jay is irresistible. 

As their relationship deepens, Jay struggles with Lacey’s unresolved anger and her unwillingness to even discuss faith. All he wants to do is reveal how God changed his life, but doing so would mean revealing his status as an ex convict. Finally, as she begins to rekindle her faith, past secrets collide, threatening to destroy everything they’ve built. Now, Jay must rely on his faith more than he ever has before. Can they learn to forgive—or is their relationship fractured beyond repair?"

My Thoughts

When Hearts Collide is a very well done debut novel by Sara Beth Williams! I was drawn into this story from the very first page. This book was a little heavier than what I tend to read, however I could barely put it down.

Lacey and Jay's relationship was extremely realistic. I thought the emotions each portrayed were very authentic. Their emotions and actions at the beginning of their relationship were spot-on and they reflected struggles that people in a relationship face due to being at different points in their spiritual walks. I felt like I was reading about a real couple, rather than a couple in a novel.

This book is full of spiritual content. We watch both characters grow and there is a strong theme of forgiveness. The characters deal with some serious issues and we witness God's healing power.

If you like contemporary Christian fiction, I recommend this book. 

I received a complimentary advanced reader copy. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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