Sunday, January 22, 2012

Book review: Bittersweet Surrender

Yesterday I was stuck waiting in a long line, and was getting a little antsy, when I remembered that being stuck and having to wait was a good thing, as I had a good book to finish! The book in question is a new one from Thomas Nelson Publishers, written by Diann Hunt, called Bittersweet Surrender. Here's a bit about the book, from the publisher's website:

Carly Westlake is living the dream. She spends her days at a spa (okay, so she owns the place), she's dating a hunk, and she's surrounded by chocolate—milk chocolate, her favorite—that she uses for the chocolate facials that made her spa famous.
But when long buried secrets threaten Carly's business and her friendship with business-partner Scott, she fights like crazy to keep the dream—and the illusions—afloat.
It takes a miracle of grace to get Carly to finally make that bittersweet surrender to love and real life.
Bittersweet Surrender is a good book about starting over and second chances, as the main character, Carly deals with life after divorce and cancer, while supported by her best friend Scott, who is going through some major life transitions of his own.  These two are surrounded by a whole host of secondary characters who are all dealing with issues as well including life after the loss of a spouse, addictions, infertility and more. Although the topics in the book are definitely not light ones, I thought the book was funny, thought-provoking, included discussions of faith and trust, and (as the title implies) was bittersweet as well. And, of course, I enjoyed the love story. All in all, I thought Bittersweet Surrender was well-written with nicely fleshed-out characters. It made for a very enjoyable read.

Disclosure: I received this e-book to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.