Thursday, December 30, 2010

Book review: Love on Assignment

My husband is off work this week (hurray!), so I've actually had some time to read books! Totally fabulous! One of the books that I read this week is a new one from Thomas Nelson Publishers called Love on Assignment, by Cara Lynn James.  Here's a bit about the book, from its website:

While Charlotte is focusing on uncovering sordid information on columnist Daniel Wilmot, her heart leads her into uncharted territory.

During the summer of 1900 Charlotte Hale, a native Newporter and secretary for the Rhode Island Reporter, accepts an undercover assignment as temporary governess to Daniel Wilmont's children in order to secretly gather evidence against him. As he helps her rediscover God, Charlotte learns that Daniel is an honorable man. They unexpectedly fall in love despite their different backgrounds and social positions. Charlotte soon realizes she must defend Daniel against the forces set against him—a willful student with a romantic crush and the newspaper editor determined to destroy his reputation.
I thought this book was an easy read and was a good Christian romance novel. The book contains a number of important messages in the romance story, like holding on to faith during hard times, sticking to your convictions and beliefs even when it would be easier to do something else, and forgiveness. The main characters of Charlotte and Daniel were well written and I found myself hoping for things to turn out well for them in the end! I only wish there had been a little bit more development of secondary characters and a few more historical details. Otherwise, I thought this was a fun vacation read.

If you're looking for a nice, happily-ever-after novel with a strong Christian message, this book is worth considering.  The author has another book in this "Ladies of Summerhill" series, called Love on a Dime, and third book, Love by the Book will be coming out in 2011.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book as part of the Booksneeze book review program. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.