About the Book:
Title: The Certain Hope
Author: E.C. Jackson
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance
Love at first sight. It’s every girl’s dream. But Tara Simpkins is finding out it’s not as easy as it seems. Is this truly the man God sent to be her husband, or is she just desperate to escape her loneliness? The recent loss of both parents has left her reeling, and close friends don’t think she’s in any position to make major life decisions. She and her new-found love are convinced they can live happily ever after in the home of their dreams. His family thinks he’s moving way too fast and might disappoint the kind-hearted woman he’s fallen head over heels for. And then there’s Leah. Leah is supposed to be part of his past, but what if she decides she’s his future? Tara’s match made in Heaven may be over before it truly begins.
There is a different aspect to The Certain Hope that I could appreciate. Sometimes, when you know, you know. That’s what has happened between Tara and Luke. The initial meeting between them was rather comical and Tara’s internal monologue kept things moving.
There were times when I didn’t care much for Luke’s character. He often felt forceful and coercive. His actions and the fact Tara has just lost her parents made me cautious of their romance, as it was meant to, so the author did well on that aspect.
From the spiritual side, it read well. Tara and Luke believe they are meant to be together, with God’s approval. I can’t argue with that.
The writing was fun and engaging, with plenty of detail and dialogue to keep the story moving toward a solid conclusion. All in all, a different kind of whirlwind romance that I wouldn’t mind reading again.
E. C. Jackson began her writing career with the full-length play Pajama Party. For three and a half years she published the Confidence in Life newsletter for Alpha Production Ministries, in addition to writing tracts and devotionals. Teaching a women’s Bible study at her church for eleven years naturally led to her current endeavor of writing inspirational romance novels and teen and young adult fiction. Her mission: spiritual maturity in the body of Christ through fiction.
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