Tuesday, July 14, 2015

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: Worth Waiting For by Sally Johnson


ABOUT THE BOOK

Sophia thought she was over her broken heart, but the news that her roommate has eloped with Sophia's ex-husband hits her like a ton of bricks. She knows she should be fine with the unexpected revelation—after all, her boyfriend, Luke, is incredible, but it would seem her heart is not as resilient as she thought. And as Luke prepares to leave for his European study abroad, Sophia's feelings of fear and inadequacy threaten to overwhelm her. A summer with her family in Las Vegas gives Sophia the time she needs, but she still can't shake the questions haunting her, the questions that continually threaten to put more than physical distance between Luke and her. Is she really ready to jump into a new relationship when the last one ended so painfully? Will her divorce always define her? Is she the one with the problem?

As she wistfully observes others' love stories blossoming around her, Sophia must decide whether she's prepared to take another chance on love. Luke's return from Europe forces Sophia to confront the decision she's not sure she's prepared for—will her troubled past destroy the happy ending of which she's always dreamed?

REVIEW

As a sequel to Johnson's The Skeleton in My Closet Wears a Wedding Dress, this book stands fairly well on its own.  Having not read the previous book, the author included enough information from the previous book that I didn't feel completely lost.  Having said that though I would undoubtedly have understood and appreciated Sophia's and Luke's relationship better if I had read the first book.

Having married young and been divorced soon thereafter, Sophia has a lot of emotional baggage that she struggles with.  While she is strongly attached to her boyfriend, Luke, she's afraid to express her love for fear of getting hurt again.  Underlying it all is her fear that the problem is with her, that she's not good enough to hold on to a guy.  Mixed in with her emotional struggles are the issues with her former roommate eloping with her ex-husband, her brother's upcoming marriage to one of her current roommates, and the return of a friend from her mission.  I sat down and read this book in one sitting being drawn fully into Sophia's life and concerns.  Being an LDS fiction novel there are references to going to church and to LDS beliefs but they are few and don't take away from the story in the slightest.  I did like the emphasis on the fact that relationships take work and that if both parties don't fully invest themselves the relationship isn't likely to survive.  A clean romance with great characters and a thought-provoking plot that felt real to me and that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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