Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Not Quickly Broken, by L.N. Cronk

Earlier books in the Chop Chop series have touched upon the relationship between Jordan and Charlotte, now we get to hear their fully story.  Friends since childhood, in high school Jordan and Charlotte fall in love, but a pregnancy from her previous relationship drives Charlotte away from Jordan.  They are given a chance to reconnect, and start a life together.  But it turns out life is never exactly as one expects it to be.

We all know how much I love this series, and each time I read another book from it, I am convinced that book is the best of them all.  This one is no exception.  I love that this series has delivered an entire cast of characters, all of whom we as readers have come to care about, quite deeply.  For many of the books in the series, we followed the same few characters closely, with a supporting cast.  Now, we get to know some of the members of this supporting cast a little better.

I loved getting to hear Jordan and Charlotte's respective stories.  I feel like they more fully developed as characters through this book.  No one likes to see people they care about go through hardships, so reading about the struggles of these characters is difficult, but worthwhile in the end.  Jordan and Charlotte grow through those struggles, and so do we as readers.

Cronk consistently provides us with examples of real relationships, going through real struggles, and using faith to weather those storms.  It is no surprise these books touch so many lives.  Who among us is without these kinds of struggles?  In the characters and stories Cronk has created, we see ourselves.  While the story touches quite heavily on faith, the message is subtle.  Like the other books in this series, this book will appeal not only to fans of Christian fiction, but mainstream fiction lovers as well.  I personally will be sad to see this series come to an end.

I received a review copy courtesy of the author.

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