My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Clean Romance with a humorous bite!
Ever since her high school boyfriend's death from a car accident three years earlier, Jessica Mason and her hometown of Snow Valley, Montana with all its awful memories have NOT been compatible. Running away to New Orleans on a ballet scholarship, Jessica cringes when she thinks about confronting Pastor John and the community church--she doesn't want to talk about God, not after He took Michael, the boy she was going to marry ever since third grade.
In the local scene of funky New Orleans, Jessica seeks out Madame LaBlanc, hoping Michael will absolve her of her guilt the night of the car accident in a seance, but the spirit world is silent and she fears the grief will drown her.
Finally succumbing to family pressure, Jessica reluctantly returns for Christmas - and the little town of Snow Valley does Christmas BIG. When she visits Michael’s grave in the church yard, Jessica is shocked to meet handsome James Douglas, Pastor John’s nephew, who’s studying for the ministry. No, she is NOT going to be attracted to someone who wants to be a preacher! Definitely not compatible! But James Douglas is unlike any minister-in-training she's ever met. James can not only dish back Jessica’s finely-tuned sarcasm but understands grief all too well, turning Jessica’s world upside down.
Can Jessica forgive herself for that terrible, fateful night? Can she take another risk on love?
A fast-paced romance with humor, family dynamics, Christmas, and kissing.
I liked Risking It All For Love. It had witty banter between Jessica and James, yet the tone of this book was more serious. There was a lot of pain, loss, and a lack of forgiveness.
Jessica ran away from her pain, problems, and the ones who loved her. She couldn't stand the guilt and couldn't face her family or any of the Snow Valley residents. Surrendering to her dance career, she puts everything she has into dance. Three years later she returns to Snow Valley for Christmas.
I really liked how Jessica's relationships with her family (especially her brother) were portrayed. The moments with James were great, and I wish there could have been more of them - they were so witty together, dishing it back and forth. Jessica's journey to self discovery, forgiveness, and faith was well portrayed and believable. This was a beautiful novel of dance, redemption, renewal, and learning to love again.