Book Review: Readers will relate to the cast of this Boise-based story

Book AddictsDecember 1, 2013 

  • ‘LIGHTEN UP’ by Angela Ruth Strong; Endurance Press ($15)

Publisher’s synopsis: Bethany Light is the daughter of a minister who can’t forgive her father for running off with the church secretary. She goes to her own pastor for counsel, never expecting to fall in love with him. To make matters worse, she’s his fiance’s personal trainer in preparation for the big day and somehow ends up in their wedding.

Refusing to make the same mistake her dad made, Bethany tries to focus on fixing her family rather than face her own issues. How could a household that used to have it all together have fallen so far from grace? And how can she keep from following in her father’s footsteps when it feels so right?

My take: It’s obvious that Angela Strong understands the struggle between being a Christian and making Christ-like choices. Her book jumps right into the day-by-day reality of imperfect people following Christ. Her characters are depicted in an honest and open manner in which I could relate.

My enjoyment of the book was increased because it is set in Boise, and local readers will have fun recognizing the places Bethany visits.

The only detraction is it is first and foremost a romance, yet the author appears to want to cram in all the “sins” Christians routinely commit, leaving the reader feeling rushed as she tries to keep the stories of the sins and sinners straight.

My rating: 4 out of 5.

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