Love, Lies, and Fireflies by Jan Elder (review by Kristi)

Love,Lies and Fireflies

About the book:  Didi O’Brien is engaged—at least she was an hour ago. Now she’s not so sure. Her fiancé, the suave Kevin Cabot, has just revealed that he’s been unfaithful, and he’s not the least bit sorry. Reeling from the betrayal, with her plans for a happily-ever-after life in doubt, she prays for direction. The answer comes as a complete surprise. God has someone better in mind.

Middle school teacher, Jake Montgomery, is struggling with some issues of his own. Sadly, a year previously his fiancée had been killed in a car crash. Battling anger and despair, in a mountain-top experience, Jake wrestles with the Almighty, and is ready to live again. In his youth, he’d felt an unmistakable call to the ministry but, like the prophet Jonah, since then, he’s been running hard in the wrong direction.

Through a crisis of faith, and glimpses of mercy, Didi and Jake find each other. But can they find the strength to resolve the many obstacles that conspire to keep them apart?

Kindle Edition, 311 pages                 Published September 1, 2016, by Prism Book Group

 

My review:  I like reading about characters who are so realistic that you soon begin to think of them as neighbors and friends. I also like storylines that are believable and authentic. Loves, Lies, and Fireflies fit the bill for these characteristics and this book was one I couldn’t put down.

From the beginning, I liked the two main characters in this book. It was so easy to sympathize with Didi when her jerk of a fiance admitted that he had cheated and it was really no big deal. I think every woman who reads this book will be able to sympathize with Didi whether this has happened to them or not. Jake is equally as easy to like and sympathize with as he is dealing with moving on after the death of his fiance. Both of these characters were genuine and complex and I just found it impossible not to like them. Just as impossible to like was Kevin, Didi’s former fiance. He was a jerk and was creepy. Not a bad thing though as this shows the author’s ability to create characters we can love and hate.

I thought this book was just going to be a typical romance novel but it is so much more. There is a lot going on in the story and there are many themes throughout such as betrayal, abuse, and grieving. Some of the subject matter in the book is very serious but the author lightened up the story with the antics of a couple of felines and found a great balance between all of the themes.

This is a well-written book and it made me think of the early works of Debbie Macomber. Fans of hers are sure to love the writing style of Jan Elder as they are very similar. These are everyday characters living their everyday lives and we are just along for the ride. This is definitely one of those hard-to-put-down books so grab your favorite beverage and find a comfy reading spot and dig into this great read.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.

 

About the author:  Jan Elder is a Christian romance writer with a zeal for telling relatable stories. She strives to write the kind of book that will strengthen the reader’s faith, while also providing an entertaining and engrossing love story.

Besides writing romance, she enjoys the occasional hazelnut cappuccino while watching Turner Classic Movies. Always an avid reader, she devours books voraciously, both Christian and secular. She was born a cat-lover and all books will, no doubt, feature a feline in some way or another.

Happily married for thirteen years to loving (and supportive) husband, Steve, the two live in central Maryland along with Jamie (a chubby tuxedo cat), and Shu-Shu (a svelte tortoiseshell cat who likes to lord her slender physique over the chubby one.) On the weekends, Jan and Steve comb the nearby countryside in search of the perfect ice cream flavor.

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