Review by Christine Dillon @ACWriters
This author is a new one for me and I’ve been impressed by her writing. She writes both women’s fiction and romance. This particular books is part of the new ‘Potter House’ series with a book each from different authors.
Can she forgive the man who once bullied her,
and learn that love keeps no record of wrongs?
Having overcome the crippling insecurities of childhood bullying, Lauren Bauman is eager to start her new job 1,000 miles away, and road-tripping across the country with her brother Nate and his new friend seems to be the perfect way to celebrate the move. But her confidence is shaken when she meets Nate’s friend—the kid who’d bullied her years before, trapping her in a decade-long shell of self-doubt.
For Jet Wurm, losing his job and getting kicked out of his apartment were the best things that ever happened to him. Thanks to the friend who rescued him, he’s finally shedding the loser label he’d worn for years. Nate even invited him along on a cross-country road trip with his sister, and Jet couldn’t be more excited. But then he meets Lauren, and her fearful reaction tells him they must have met before. Where, he can’t recall, but he has no doubt he’d somehow hurt her—like he’d hurt so many others in his past. And now he’s stuck on a six-day road trip with a woman who obviously deplores him.
Though Jet is clearly not the same person who’d bullied her years before, Lauren still struggles to forgive him. But if she doesn’t find the courage to forgive, will that convince Ryan he’s as worthless as he’d always been taught to believe? Or will they learn that real love keeps no record of wrongs?
I've found myself a new favourite author. Brenda writes ordinary stories about real people and she writes them really, really well. No slips up, no being jerked out of the story. Stories of struggle, stories about imperfect people and stories of hope in our perfect God. The One who can change any heart. Loved too the looking at bullying from the side of the bully. For lovers of Francine Rivers, Deborah Raney. This story would also be great for mid-late teens. Even a book for a youth group to read and discuss.
About Christine Dillon
Christine never intended to become an author. The only kind of writing she wondered if she might do was biography. However, it was a surprise to her to write poetry, non-fiction and now fiction (Grace in Strange Disguise, 2017; Grace in the Shadows, 2018).
Christine was a physiotherapist but now she writes ‘storyteller’ on any airport forms. She can legitimately claim to be this as she has written a book on storytelling and spends much of her time either telling Bible stories or training others to do so from her base in southern Taiwan.
In her spare time Christine loves all things active – hiking, cycling, swimming, snorkeling. But she also likes reading and genealogical research, as that satisfies her desire to be an historical detective.
You can find Christine online at:
www.storytellerchristine.com (for fiction)
www.storyingthescriptures.com (for Bible storytelling)