Ah, it’s always a pleasure to review a book for a friend! (That being said, this is, of course, an honest review.) I love Julie’s books, and His Steadfast Love is no exception. Cat and Chase’s story wraps up this charming contemporary series set in Isle of Hope, Georgia, and my, my, my, the sparks do fly!
Cat’s the rebel of her family, with a mountain of past heartache driving her away from her faith. Chase is a former SEAL-turned-local pastor. They’re competitive, they’re falling for one another, and boy do they both try to fight it. Neither wants to admit to their mutual feelings, but time and circumstances gradually change Chase and Cat’s minds.
The previous book features Cat’s twin sister Shannon, so it was intriguing to compare how each twin is portrayed when they’re physically identical and are even both teachers. Their identical traits and features are described differently, framed by their unique personalities and seen through the eyes of the other characters. Even when her name isn’t included in the commentary, it’s so clear which twin it is. (That’s just amazing, Julie!)
Cat’s determination to reject her childhood faith and anything that could hurt her, mixed with her fierce protective streak toward her sister and her tumultuous emotions, makes for a fascinating character. Her changing perspective and growing love for Chase, in turn, make for a fascinating story line.
If you love redemption stories combined with family sagas, you’ll love the Isle of Hope series and especially His Steadfast Love from inspirational fiction veteran Julie Lessman. It’s on shelves now, so go check it out!
My rating: 4/5 stars
Recommended for: fans of Julie Lessman and her Isle of Hope series; readers who favor contemporary inspirational fiction and family sagas; those who enjoy stories of family healing and challenging characters
Note: I received a copy of this novel via the author. All opinions are my own.