Monday, January 10, 2011
Cara Lynn James' Ladies of Summerhill series leans more toward the frivolous side of fiction, but makes for a great read. In fact, I also took the opportunity to read the other book in the series Love On A Dime. Each book is set in turn of the century Victorian New England and follows the typical romance set up: man meets woman, man and woman fall in love, obstacles arise, love triumphs in the end.
I can't lie, there are some cheesey lines in the series. A few even had my eyes rolling. But some parts made me question my beliefs about what constitutes cheesey and what doesn't. There's a moment in Love On Assignment when a character prays and is describes as talking to the Lord as if to a friend. My first reaction was to eye roll. But I reread the paragraph and it hit me that it really fit for that character. It also hit me that in this situation the character was praying for a friend. And although I felt it was really cheesey at first, it made me think of how maybe instead of trying to offer my friends advice when they're going through hard times, it might be better to offer to pray with them. I always say "I'll pray for you" but I wonder how my friends would react if I offered to pray with them instead. Deep thoughts, I know, and it all came from a "cheesey" little line.
Very enjoyable. As a pre-teen and later as a teen, I had very bad insomnia. Up all night insomnia. Which, let me just tell you, is really stressful. And to keep myself calm I'd stop looking at the clock and pick up a Christian romance novel (obviously the only kind of romance novel allowed in the Clark home). Reading Love On Assignment and Love On A Dime really reminded me of those nights. And I ended up reading both books in two days - and staying up way into the night to do so! While it's not a book I recommend to my readers who are into literary fiction or the classics or more hearty fare, it's definitely one I recommend as a light diversion. And who knows, it may make you think a little bit harder about your faith? I was surprised to find myself considering some of the aspects of faith brought up by the books in a deeper light than I did as a teen.