Monday, February 21, 2011
Save The Date
When the funding for Lucy’s non-profit job is pulled, she is determined to find out why. Enter Alex Sinclair, former professional football star and heir of Sinclair Enterprises—the primary donor to Lucy’s Saving Grace organization. Alex Sinclair has it all . . . except for the votes he needs to win his bid for Congress. Both Lucy and Alex have something the other wants. Despite their mutual dislike, Alex makes Lucy a proposition: pose as his fiancée in return for the money she desperately needs. Bound to a man who isn’t quite what he seems, Lucy finds her heart – and her future – on the line.
Save the Date is a spunky romance that will have readers laughing out loud as this dubious pair try to save their careers, their dreams . . . and maybe even a date.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Save The Date, go HERE
The week I was reading this book I was simultaneously studying a Sunday School lesson for my middle school students on temptation. Coincidence? Definitely not.
On one side of this story is Lucy Wiltshire, a young woman whose ministry and life's work is a non-profit mission for girls who have aged out of the foster system. Lucy is desperate because her mission is almost depleted of its funds which means that they will have to close. Making things even more desperate are a group of people who think that the property on which the mission sits would make great commercial property.
On the other side of this story is Alex Sinclair. He is used to getting his way as a professional football player and local "hero". However, now he is running for a seat in Congress. It is not out of desire, but out of a feeling of responsibility. He has hit a snag that he has never hit before... he needs help with his popularity votes.
When a chance encounter in public sees a drastic rise in his popularity polls, Alex proposes a mutually beneficial situation to Lucy. He asks her to pose as his fiance and wife and he will guarantee the safety of her girl's home.
Is this a great premise for a story? Yes. Is Jenny Jones an incredible author and easy to read? Yes. Was it frustrating to me to read something that is supposed published in the genre of Christian fiction that I couldn't feel good about handing to one of my students to read? YES!
Lying. Deception. Heartbreak. Loss. Pain. All handled so poorly by Alex and Lucy. These characters were portrayed as Christians, but really? No Christian is perfect and shouldn't be portrayed as such, but these were just portrayed so far from what I would have expected. Lucy has Christian friends, one among them is a pastor, but yet none of them give her the wise godly counsel that is needed.
When you watch television it seems that a gay person is required in every show. I don't appreciate that being the case in my books and especially not in my Christian fiction genre. Especially if there is no redeeming quality in the character being there. Julian was the gay character in this book and I am not sure why his sexual orientation had to be a factor.
Jenny Jones is talented writer in every sense of the word, but misses the mark in so many ways when it comes to writing something that fits in the Christian fiction genre.