Sunday, May 30, 2010
NEVER WITHOUT HOPE by Michelle Sutton
Do you like Edgy Christian Fiction? The kind that takes you “there” but in a discreet manner? I wasn’t sure if I would like this book or not but decided to give it a try and let me tell you that I absolutely LOVED it! Michelle has written a wonderful story that incorporates temptation, forbidden love, consequences and most of all God’s unfailing love.
Hope meets Tony on the airplane ride home from a writer’s conference. He invites her to lunch after she lands in his lap trying to get by to go to the restroom! She figures she’s married, everyone has to eat, and “we’ll never see each other again after we leave the airport”. She tells him she’s a writer and he wants to read her manuscript. She doesn’t have one with her, it was left with her editor, so she gives him her business card and says she can email him chapters. She tells him she would like to write an Italian man with Tony’s gorgeous eyes into her next book. One thing leads to another and they end up in a passionate affair. Hope feels very guilty but just can’t stop. She is getting what she needs from Tony because her husband doesn’t fulfill her needs.
James is Hope’s husband. He seems to have lost his “drive” and nothing Hope does can make a difference. She suggests help from either counseling or from a visit to his doctor. James refuses to discuss his “problem” with anyone. Hope is left frustrated and feeling like she isn’t wanted. Tony is there making her feel loved and wanted. And at the same time, guilty.
How could she do this to her husband? How could she do this to their 9 year old son? What is her church going to say if they find out? What about her friends?
Hope wants to confess her infidelity to James but the time is just never right. When he finally does find out, what happens? Does he forgive his wife? What about Tony’s wife? How does she react?
You won’t want to pass this book by! It’s not just about infidelity but about God’s amazing grace and His unconditional love. He loves us even at our worst, when we can’t even love ourselves.
This book has no vulgarity in it but does contain adult themes. I would recommend “Never Without Hope” for adults. I was not compensated in any way for this review.