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The Sunday Book Review – JoAnn Durgin’s Awakening

Posted by Lisa Lickel on April 3, 2011

Awakening

by JoAnn Durgin

c. 2010

TornVeil Books

ISBN: 978-1926712697

$12.99

Christian romance

♦♦♦♦◊ Reflections

JoAnn Durgin’s debut novel, Awakening, is a romance to tickle your fancy, keep your pulse hopping and your hands busy turning pages.

Lexa Clarke wants to satisfy an elusive longing to do the right thing. Sam Lewis tried love once, but it didn’t work very well, so he figures he’s done looking. He might have been done looking, but it found him anyway, and with the most inconvenient timing – right in the middle of his eight-week TeamWork Christian work camp rebuilding houses on the Texas coast after a hurricane.

Lexa, a citified financial professional, takes a big chance with her job when she takes a two-month leave to try to scratch her itchy conscience and make a difference in the world. How better than to help people make a new start after the hurricane? She picks TeamWork and moves to San Antonio for the summer, realizing the organization is Christian, but not undertanding what an impact the people and the experience would have. Sam is also a financial professional, successful in his own right, from a large loving family, and faithful from the crown of his Stetson to the tips of his cowboy boots. From the start, Lexa is a problem child; one who rattles his cage and makes him step back and look at his well-practiced faith from a fresh angle. Lexa learns not only how to wield a hammer and how to be useful in a group setting, she finds that elusive joy through faith she’s been missing her whole life.

Lexa and Sam’s relationship is tested through the camp setting, and through a strange twist of a scary intruder bent on hurting one of the other TeamWork members. As Sam and Lexa work out this problem together, they grow in faith and love. Sam, however, finds a new calling that Lexa can’t share. Will their love withstand a separation?

JoAnn’s story is filled with lots of good kissing and intense moments of danger and high emotion. One area that troubled this reader regarded a very real dangerous situaton in the book that I felt demanded at least a police report. JoAnn was able to explain her reasons for treating it less drastically. She describes her settings so faithfully that you feel like you’re there. Lovers of romantic stories set in wonderful locations like San Antonio will truly enjoy this story.

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4 Responses to “The Sunday Book Review – JoAnn Durgin’s Awakening”

  1. Edwina Cowgill said

    I read JoAnn’s book and loved it! Definitely a great book for spring break reading.

  2. Thank you, Sweet Edwina, thanks for stopping by and for your ongoing encouragement. Couldn’t do it without ALL of you in my life cheering me on from the sidelines! Blessings on this Lord’s day!

  3. Great review of a great book! It read so quickly because it was so fun, yet really helped you understand the struggles of the hero and heroine. Loved how it all resolved. Very sweet! And, in defense of Lisa Lickle’s very well written review, I wondered about the need for a police report after the incident that was described as well. It wasn’t a right or wrong decision either way—just a different take on a real-life scenario. And keep those romances coming, JoAnn!

  4. Thanks so much, Elaine. I’m glad you think Awakening read so quickly since it’s a rather long book at nearly 111,000 words. We all have things in our books where other writers, and readers, might have a different “take” on it, and that’s what makes every book unique. Our writing is a reflection of our personality. And I’m sure you’ll agree that’s part of what makes it so fascinating and fun! Blessings, my friend.

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