Friday, November 18, 2016
"Married 'Til Monday" by Denise Hunter - sweet story of restoration
Difficulties with her dad has culminated in a distant relationship between Abby and her parents, but she’s finally succumbed to her mom’s pressure to come out for their 35th-anniversary party. Ryan McKinley has tried to move on from his ex-wife, Abby, but he only misses her more. When her parents call him out of the blue about their anniversary party in Summer Harbor, Maine, Ryan discovers Abby never told them about the divorce, and he believes God has given him an opportunity to win her back. He shows up at her door, and she gets trapped into taking him with her. With just a one-week trip, will Ryan be able to overcome all the reasons they divorced in the first place? Or will their hearts be broken all over again?
It's not often one reads about divorces in Christian fiction, and it becomes pretty obvious why Abby and Ryan had divorced in the first place. But it's also clear that they didn't fight for their marriage enough--that both parties could have made changes to save their marriage. They potentially can still change, but God has to be part of the process. I don't think everything will be easy for them in the future, with all the baggage they carry, but with self-revelation and God's help, I think they can restore their marriage.
Married 'Til Monday and The Goodbye Bride are at the top for moving contemporary romances. Denise Hunter clearly knows how to write romance, and she clearly can do stories of restoration as well! What a tear-jerker! And yet there's some definite humor in it too, along with pain and joy. Marvelous.
1. Barefoot Summer
2. Dancing with Fireflies
3. The Wishing Season
4. Married 'Til Monday
Summer Harbor (connected to Married 'Til Monday)
1. Falling like Snowflakes
2. The Goodbye Bride
3. Just a Kiss