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Book review: A Perfect Weakness by Jennifer A. Davids

The blurb for this weeks book review:

The Civil War left its mark on Dr. John Turner. He turns his back on medicine and sees his unexpected inheritance in England as an opportunity to start over. But he never imagines how God intends to use his new role as lord of Ashford Hall — or the beautiful woman he finds there — to ease his troubled soul.

A tragic loss led Penelope Howard to bury her heart and dreams in her work for the Hall and the village of Woodley. But the arrival of the new heir stirs not only her discarded longings but her compassion as well. What burden does he carry that he can’t accept that grace covers the darkest of sins?

A deadly epidemic sweeps through Woodley revealing secrets which threaten everything. The doctor faces a choice: leave or dare to believe what the Lord whispers through the woman John has come to love.

No one is beyond redemption.

Written for the General Market (G) (I): Contains little or no; sexual dialogue or situations, violence, or strong language. May also contain some content of an inspirational/religious nature. Similar romance novels in this genre may be categorized as: Christian romance, inspirational romance, Christian fiction, and clean, wholesome romance.

My thoughts:

There are so many good things to be said about this book, I don’t even know where to begin! I loved the characters, not just Penelope and John, but all of them. In A Perfect Weakness, you find yourself invested in the lives of many characters. You wonder about Penelope’s brother, Thomas. You worry over Arthur, Clara, and Isabella. But, most of all, you wonder if Penelope and Lord Turner will be able to not only forgive themselves but each other as well.

We all make mistakes and God is always there for us when we do. We might think He has forsaken us, we might think we have fallen so far that even God no longer wants us. That is where John Turner finds himself. Unable to accept God’s grace, he runs from anything that resembles forgiveness, that includes running from Miss Penelope Howard.

What John doesn’t know is that Penelope has been through her own fall from grace. She has been forgiven and has forgiven herself, but she cannot allow herself to develop feelings for the enigmatic Lord Turner. She buries herself in her work, but even in that, she cannot escape John’s presence.

When all the secrets finally emerge and the smoke clears, will any thoughts of a relationship have a rock to stand on? Will John repeat his previous mistakes when an epidemic sweeps the land?

We all have the chance to choose where we build our house. We can build it on the sands of this world or we can build it on the solid rock, the rock of God and salvation.

A Perfect Weakness is a great read and I cannot recommend it enough. While it touches on some hard topics, the subjects are discussed with grace and empathy. I won’t disclose any spoilers as to why the characters seek forgiveness, you’ll have to read the book for yourself, and I highly recommend that you do.

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