Sunday, December 23, 2012
REVIEW: Perfect On Paper by Patty Froese
Author: Patty Froese
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Publication Date: April, 2012
Genre: Inspirational Romance
Description: Anne Stanborough, a well known mystery writer, inherits her maiden aunt's book store, Perfect on Paper. The lawyer handling her aunt's estate is none other than the handsome Jake Harrison, but despite his attraction to the beautiful author, his painful divorce has made him wary of a marriage between two driven professionals. Anne can't let go of the career she's worked her entire life towards, and he isn't willing to make a second mistake in marriage.
It looks like they should call the whole thing off until Anne discovers that her late maiden aunt might not have been so "maiden" after all… A love story from the past tugs this couple back together again, but will it be enough to prove that a love founded in God really can overcome anything?
My Thoughts: Perfect on Paper was a giant departure for me in the romance genre. There are no scary monsters, zombies, werewolves or vampires lurking in the dark shadows. No serial killers hiding in the basement waiting for the moment to attack. I was able to relax and enjoy Perfect on Paper without wondering who the killer was because there was no killer. Just a sweet romance between two characters I enjoyed meeting and getting to know.
Anne is a mystery writer who moves to Charity Falls when she inherits her deceased Aunt's book store. Jake is the attorney handling the details of the estate. Immediately there is an attraction that they both feel but it appears to be futile. Jake is divorced and wants a wife who is happy to take care of the home, him and children. Anne is definitely not your barefoot and pregnant type of gal. She has enjoyed some moderate success with her writing career and, having lived in New York City, is quite independent. She does not want to give that up.
The story gets really interesting when Anne is asked by the mayor to write a book about the history of Charity Falls. Anne has been struggling with writer's block on her mystery novels, so she happily accepts. This assignment brings her into more contact with Jake as a resource for historical facts and anecdotes. During her research, Anne discovers some secrets hidden away by her Aunt. The mystery novelist in her prods her to investigate, which then ignites a fire in Anne to write a romance novel based on what she learns.
Perfect on Paper is an inspirational romance that explores the choices and struggles normal everyday Christian people face and how their faith in God gives them the strength and courage to widen their horizons and take a leap of faith in each other.
If you are looking for something that is sweet and heartwarming without any gore, violence or sex, I recommend Perfect on Paper. Jake and Anne are characters that will work their way into your heart and put a smile on your face.
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