Molly knows she loves Bailey, but when her parents start to push her off on rich gentlemen, Molly wavers—should she wait for Bailey to make a name for himself, or should she marry Edward Pierrepont, a rich man who sweeps into town and wants to sweep Molly off her feet?
My take: I'm going to be completely honest here—for the first 10 chapters, I loathed Molly. She was snobbish, manipulative, and eager to blame her problems on others. Had I not agreed to review this book, I would not have finished it. After all, who wants to read about a heroine they can't stand?
But then something changed. Actually, Molly changed. Her story is a redemption story, showing how Christ can completely change someone's life. No, she didn't become perfect, but she certainly became relatable. I went from hoping Bailey would wash his hands of Molly and fall for someone sweet (like her friend Prue) to longing to shake some sense into the two of them as they clearly belonged together!
Jennings' first book, Sixty Acres and a Bride, was loosely based on the story of Ruth and Boaz. As I read Love in the Balance, I tried to come up with a story it might be based on, and I think it's The Scarlet Letter. It's not a direct retelling, though; it's more that some of the themes are similar (though you could definitely find versions of Hester, Rev. Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth in the pages of this novel). Love in the Balance deals with unconfessed sin, judging others, and forgiveness ... and it does so in a very entertaining way! 4 stars.
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About the giveaway:
Regina Jennings is celebrating the release of Love in the Balance with a Kindle Fire Giveaway and a Facebook Author Chat Party on 4/4!
One "lovely" winner will receive:
- A Kindle Fire
- A copy of Regina's Sixty Acres and a Bride and Love in the Balance
So grab your copy of Love in the Balance and join Regina on the evening of April 4th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)