Sunday, July 29, 2012

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥: Inheritance by Lisa Barker

Release Date: May 31st, 2011
Publisher: Lulu (self-published)
Page Count: 276
Source: Complimentary copy provided by author, via Romancing the Book, in exchange for an honest review

Alcoholism, sexual addiction, child abuse and the suicide of a parent are the inherited demons plaguing and isolating Joe Taylor even after four years of sobriety and celibacy, trying to drive him back to the wild parties of his youth.

Poverty, abandonment and neglect are Wendy Masten's inheritance. And one night, in a desperate attempt to reunite with her long-lost sister, Wendy and Joe meet unexpectedly and begin a quest toward freedom and long-lasting love.

Grow with them as faith unfolds and unleashes its healing power, transforming Joe and Wendy into the people God intended them to be with the inheritance He planned as they become a couple and prepare to enter the sacrament of marriage.

Rated R: For mature topics, language and some brief sexual depictions.
What Stephanie Thinks: Though this contemporary novel's romance is sweet, its themes are crude, and its characters highly flawed and highly troubled. Inheritance is not a sweet romance in that it is chaste and G-rated; it's sweet in that the relationship is not consummated, sticking with traditional values. However, some of the topics such as alcoholism and sex addiction balance out the innocence of the book. Read the full review at Romancing the Book:

Stephanie Loves: "Faith, like a seedling, was buried deep inside and awakening. There was a battle ahead, a battle that would strip them to the core, but a battle they would meet well-armed nonetheless."

Radical Rating: 8 hearts - An engaging read; highly recommended. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥