Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)
She was only twenty-eight, but she was tired. Tired of struggling. Tired of failing. And tired of being a one-woman show.
Yes, Sam Koo is tired–but there comes a bend in the road for her in Drawn to You by author Liwen Y. Ho. Sam is an outgoing and eccentric art teacher with a studio on the brink of bankruptcy, and she’s got no romantic prospects on the horizon, but then this goody-two-shoes of an officer, Lucas Choi, pulls Sam over one day…
This romance novella is much about the “courage to show grace,” and Sam and Lucas’s path there is what I love most about this story. Both characters’ strengths and flaws are natural, not overdone, allowing for the right amount of chemistry, friction, and tension–not only romantic tension but the unsettled pull between two human beings who wish to get along but are unsure about what to do with their legitimate complaints and concerns about one another.
As Sam and Lucas knew each other years ago in high school, there’s understandably a lot here that’s based on that time they had together, but I wasn’t able to fully connect with all of it, since I as the reader wasn’t there. It’s as if they had to keep saying to each other, in essence, “And remember this other thing that happened in our past that makes what we’re doing now significant?” That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but in this case, I had some trouble engaging with the history that is so important to and for the characters when all of it happened “off stage,” so to speak. Perhaps some fully developed flashback scenes would’ve helped, albeit that’s just a matter of preference.
Still, with such well-realized characters and splashes of humor in this delightful story of grace, I’d not only recommend this book to Christian Fiction fans but also to lovers of sweet romance.
I’ve also read the second book in the Taking Chances series, True to You.