Saturday, December 24, 2011

Bittersweet Surrender



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.

 I received a complimentary eBook of Bittersweet Surrender by Diann Hunt through the Thomas Nelson Publishing Booksneeze blogger program in exchange for a review. I was not required to provide a positive review and all opinions are my own. 

Bittersweet Surrender started out a bit slow for me. However, the buildup was needed to provide enough information about the characters and situations to make the ending as worthwhile as it is. This book is a perfect example of the tangled web that lies create, and also of the grace that God provides. Carly feels like she is broken both physically because of breast cancer and emotionally because of her husband leaving her when she needed him most. Another character in the book sees her as beautiful inside and out, and reminds her that Jesus sees her that way too. The book is set in a town that neighbors Smitten, a town that Hunt co-wrote a book about with three other authors. It was fun to read references to the other book too.

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