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With You Here by Sarah Monzon

With You Here by Sarah Monzon: Review Promo Blast

Back cover copy:

Holy Roman Empire, 1527
In the wake of Martin Luther’s religious reforms, Princess Christyne von Heidelbraum is compelled by her sense of duty to help ease the burden of her people. When she stumbles upon a dying man in the woods, she vows to aid him—even when she discovers the arrow shot in his leg was put there by a heretic hunter. With both her physical and spiritual well-being in danger, she must choose between conscience or adhering to the laws of the Empire.

Present Day
Doubting her calling to become a hospital chaplain, Amber Carrington takes time off from her theology studies to volunteer with refugees in Germany. Working with children, making a difference, reconnecting with the conviction that once drove her—these were her expectations. An instant attraction to a professional soccer player wasn’t a part of the plan…and she can’t let him distract her from her purpose.
As a new Christian, Seth Marshall is determined to put his popularity as a world-renowned footballer to good use. Unfortunately, old habits and public opinions are hard to overcome. When he falls hard and fast for Amber Carrington, his former life—and her no-dating policy—may block his perfect shot for the woman he loves. 

Author bio:

A Carol award finalist and Selah award winner, Sarah Monzon is a stay-at-home mom who makes up imaginary friends to have adult conversations with (otherwise known as writing novels). As a navy chaplain’s wife, she resides wherever the military happens to station her family and enjoys exploring the beauty of the world around her.

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Book Review:

First of all, seeing how Sarah Monzon linked the two stories together gave me an aww moment. The parallels between Christyne, Lorenzo, Amber, and Seth built the story into a beautiful kaleidoscope of spiritual wonder.

I connected with Amber on such a level it amazed me. Not because I’m trying to be a chaplain, but because I’ve lived a Christian life for as long as I can remember. And because I have been challenged by others who think I cannot understand their pain because I have not had their experiences. Having Amber reminded of Moses and how God equips His children with the necessary skills brought the story home for me.

Amber and Seth’s romance gives me all the warm, fuzzy feelings. Their instant connection, the feeling of having found the other piece of yourself, the one God provided for you, was heartfelt and emotionally satisfying. It wasn’t love at first sight but something more. Something stronger.

Sarah Monzon has a fabulous way with words. I found myself pausing and rereading several passages because they were so beautiful I could not bear to leave them.

The split timeline gave perspective on how religion has changed throughout the ages and offered a sliver of hope for God’s children.

I requested a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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