☕ Book Break ☕ | The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers

~The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers~
Artist Roma Velasco is rich, hunky, and famous. Single mom Grace Moore is his new personal assistant, sent by the temp agency. Both of them have a past. This is a Christian romance about two flawed people with plenty of baggage. They meet and a mutual attraction develops.
I listened to this on my kindle, so I didn’t notice what a long book it was! It didn’t feel like it. At the very end, it did seem a tiny bit drawn out, but I was surprised to learn how many pages it actually was.
I keep wanting to compare this romance to Francine River’s historicals, which isn’t really fair since I prefer her historicals. Romance doesn’t always grab me.
This novel follows the expected trajectory of a romance in this genre and delivers on every promise. The writing is superb. Wonderful plot expertly interwoven. It is a notch above many in this genre, I think, with the complexity of the story line. The story doesn’t shy away from tough issues, and the characters have issues that real people would. Strong faith message.
If you like inspirational romance with characters who are flawed yet find grace, you will probably enjoy this book.

☕ Book Break ☕ | The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner

~ The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner~

Warm, witty, and utterly charming, The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck, tells the story of Sarah’s conversion and subsequent falling for the pastor, Ben. And he reciprocates. A bunch. Problem: Sarah writes ultra steamy romance. Ultra. Steamy. Her new found faith is at direct odds with her former lifestyle and persona. Did I mention she has made a ton of money and is famous for those steamy romances?

I laughed out loud more than once. I love Bethany Turner’s writing style. I loved the characters. I love the story idea and the portrayal that, yes, christians do deal with sexual attraction. It’s refreshing to see a novel addressing that reality.

It is a bit heavy on the sexual attraction angle and does not explore the other aspects of Ben and Sarah’s relationship in the way I expected, but I enjoyed the read and will look for more by Bethany Turner. Cute read. Love the cover.