Saturday, November 7, 2015

"intertwined" by jennifer slattery

Intertwined deals with a topic that I haven't much encountered in Christian fiction: two divorced leads dealing with custody issues. I think it's a welcome addition to the genre, as so many people face similar problems.

Abandoned by her husband for another woman, Tammy Kuhn, an organ procurement coordinator often finds herself in tense and bitter moments. After an altercation with a doctor, she is fighting to keep her job and her sanity when one late night she encounters her old flame Nick. She walks right into his moment of facing an unthinkable tragedy. Because they both have learned to find eternal purposes in every event and encounter, it doesn’t take long to discover that their lives are intertwined but the ICU is no place for romance….or is it? Could this be where life begins again?

Intertwined, part of New Hope Publisher’s contemporary fiction line, is a great reminder of how God can turn our greatest tragedies and failures into beautiful acts of love and grace. Readers will fall in love with the realistic characters and enjoy the combination of depth, heart-felt emotion and humor that makes Jennifer’s novels so appealing. Readers will be inspired to find God in every moment and encounter in their own lives!

I have conflicting feelings when it comes to Intertwined. First of all, I'm glad it was written, as I'm sure many women who read the book (or men, though this book is clearly geared toward women) will be able to identify with Tammy's feelings of abandonment and the bitterness that creeps in or with Nick's desperation to do what's best for his son despite an ex who is poisoning his son against him.

My favorite parts of the novel involved the mystery behind Nick's father and Tammy's search for childcare, which resolved in an unexpected (yet very realistic) way. Notice that I didn't mention the romance? That's because it's not really there. Much is said about Tammy's and Nick's feelings for one another, but no relationship materializes until very late in the book. Had they had undeniable chemistry, I think the wait would have been fine, but as it was, I cared much more about Tammy and Nick individually than I did about them as a couple.

That said, Intertwined is a good read, as long as you don't go into it with high romance expectations (which I had because of the cover). If you look at it as a story about two people trying to rebuild their lives after divorce and unthinkable tragedy who just happen to wind up together, it's a pretty good book. 3 stars.

Buy the book.
Read my review of Slattery's When Dawn Breaks (4 stars).

Jennifer Slattery writes missional romance novels for New Hope Publishers. Her debut, Beyond I Do, released in August 2014. She also writes Christian Living articles for and devotions for her personal blog, JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud; Internet Cafe Devotions; and Takin' it to the Streets', a ministry serving Omaha Metro's working poor and homeless.

When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, hanging out at the mall with her teenage daughter, enjoying her real-life hero husband, or serving in her church or community.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free for review from the author and publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase an item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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