Friday, January 22, 2010

Right Click by Susan Aylworth

On the day Sarah Kimball planned to mail out wedding invitations, her fiancé, Kyle, trampled her heart with this confession: his supposedly ex-girlfriend is pregnant, and he’s the father. Talk about shock! Six months later, Sarah is moving forward as a successful teacher with her own home and a fabulous roommate. Her exasperating yet adoring family members are setting her up with every eligible man within reach — even virtually. Sarah thinks she has everything under control — until a few wrong clicks prove otherwise.

Searching her soul, Sarah confronts deep humiliation and anger over Kyle’s betrayal. As fierce pride claws her from within, she seeks healing through the Savior’s tender mercy. When Sarah meets Craig, who was also badly wounded by love, she finds another chance at happiness — but can both of them leave their painful pasts behind and fully embrace the freeing power of forgiveness?

When I read this backliner, I wasn't really sure what to expect. I'm not necessarily a romance reader, per se - I like my romance mixed in with suspense, or history, or comedy, rather than straight romance. This book had elements of wry humor, which I loved. It showed a lot of very realistic human emotion, and ... the part I liked best ... the conclusion took a twist. Throughout the book, we're pretty sure it's going to turn out one way, but when the ending arrives, and it was all brought together, it was surprising without seeming contrived, and it just felt right. That's a tricky thing for a novelist to accomplish, bringing about a twist that feels right.

I was also impressed by the portrayal of Sarah, the main character. She was badly hurt, and so of course, she's feeling defensive. She wants to let down her guard and open herself back up to love, but it's hard for her. This was all portrayed very well. Her reactions seemed natural rather than overly dramatic, which is also a tricky balance to maintain in fiction. Hats off to the author for finding that balance.

"Right Click" by Susan Aylworth is a delightful, different LDS romance novel that exceeded my expectations while thoroughly entertaining me.

*This book was provided to me free of charge. My opinions, as always, are my own.


Rebecca Talley said...

Sounds like a great read.

Jennie said...

This was was a pleasant surprise for me too. I've a hunch Susan is a writer we're going to hear a lot of good things about in the future.

M. Gray said...

Good review. I love a twist ending that works.

L.T. Elliot said...

I love this review and the twist ending idea has me seven kinds of intrigued. I'll have to pick it up. =]

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