Grace Winslowe and Jack Harrington are living completely separate lives, different as night and day. Grace is a schoolteacher, just adapting to life in California and a recent decision to follow Christ, and Jack is a movie star, living the Hollywood life and mourning his past. One night’s near tragic events bring them together, and what follows is a story of what happens when two different worlds collide.
The story follows the work and interview process of a fictional writer, Jada Eastman, who has been entrusted to write the events that followed Jack and Grace’s initial meeting. The text shifts from Jack’s recollections to Grace’s memories, with a few inserted thoughts and observations from Jada. The story centers heavily on redemption, calling, and reconciling past mistakes for God’s glory.
For the most part, the story doesn’t seem too contrived, and it kept my interest the whole time. The writing was entertaining and well done, and even if I grimaced at some parts of the plotline (particularly how it suddenly became okay to marry a guy once he prayed a prayer, even though she’d been dating him for months — and this happened with more than one character), the redemptive message of the story was one that still came through very clearly. Because the plot began with Jack and Grace working on a book together under difficult circumstances, I could guess where the tale was heading, but I was still moved and surprised by how it all played out.
This was a great, entertaining read, and I would definitely recommend it to others.
Many thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing for providing me with a free copy of this book to review. All opinions expressed are mine entirely.