Friday, April 26, 2013

Litfuse Publicity Tour: Love In the Balance by Regina Jennings

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Handsome Cowboy or Debonair Tycoon.
How’s a Girl to Choose?
Molly Lovelace dreams of a life without cares in Lockhart, Texas. She also dreams of handsome wrangler Bailey Garner, her ardent but inconsistent beau. The problem is, with Bailey’s poor prospects, she just can’t fit the two dreams together.
Then mysterious stranger Edward Pierrepont sweeps into town–and her life–and for the first time Molly wonders if she’s met the man who can give her everything. But he won’t be in Lockhart long and while it certainly seems like he talks about their glorious future together, she can’t quite get Bailey out of her mind.
What’s a girl to do with all these decisions when love is in the balance?
Regina has created your normal historical romance yet with an unexpected twist. The writing was engaging, the characters memorable, and the plot unique. Of all the characters, Bailey was my favorite. His godliness was his most charming trait-- not to mention his passion and kindness. He recognized his faults and even confessed his sins to his pastor. His commitment to remain in God's will and resist temptation endeared him to me all the more. And when he failed and succumbed to the desires of his his flesh, he displayed true repentance.

Unfortunently, I didn't like Molly all that much. She depended too much on Bailey and not on God. She was spolied, manipulative, and petty. And the circumstances involving her and Pierrepont seemed forced and unbelievable. Truly, I only tried to like her for Bailey's sake-- as a character she wasn't horrible, I just couldn't relate to her in any way and couldn't understand her actions. I must say that she managed to redeem herself at the end... slighty.

I enjoyed the attentiveness Regina gave to historical detail-- mainly on the fashions of the day-- and the humor balanced in between the serious issues handled in the book. The romance, overall, was deep and portrayed a beautiful lesson of enduring love, at least, in Bailey's case. Regina managed to deliver a satisfying ending albeit bitter-sweet. Now, despite its short-comings, I managed to read Love In the Balance in two-three days because the plot kept my interest enough that I wanted to see how the character's problems resolved themselves. I give Love In the Balance three stars. It can be bought at Amazon.

** Thanks to the Litfuse Publicity Group for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for the honest review that I have given**

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