Alaskan Midnight: Four Romances Quilted from the Pieces of Broken Lives by Joyce Livingston
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I had never heard of Joyce Livingston before I picked up this book. In fact before I picked up this book I had never read a Christian Romance. This made for a completely new experience for me.
First of all, I need to delve into a little personal religion. I am not religious. With that in mind, it might be an idea to take this review with a grain of salt, and please understand that this is my opinion on this book. I will endeavor, as always, to be objective.
Alaskan Midnight is a compilation of four short stories involving four main couples (thought the first story actually follows two couples). All of the characters know each other and become friends by the end of the novel. The romance plot lines are all very, well normal romance plot lines, easy to follow, easy to see where the author is going with it, but still enjoyable.
I couldn’t relate to many of the women in these stories. Victoria was way too overprotective, Glorianna was a bit oversensitive for me, Tina came off as just plain stupid (though I sort of understand why, it still annoyed me). And Jackie…well I guess you could call her the one I understood the most, but I still don’t see why she couldn’t just tell him “Screw you!” and forget him when he did that to her (but hey, we had our happy ending).
The Christian element in this book is that every single one of the characters either comes back to God, finds God, or is already saved by Him. The author writes the act of coming to God as a big factor in whether or not the romantic relationships will work out. Which if you’re a Christian is a very nice touch in this book, however if you’re not Christian, then you’ll probably just think “ok, its probably good that both these people have the same level of religion/have the same religion” and leave it at that.
I must admit this book was a bit of a genre-shock for me, having never read a religious romance. I’m still not entirely sure what I think of this genre and I don’t want to judge the genre on just one book. Though I’m not likely to read this book again, I am interested enough to read more Christian Romance books.
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