Review: For the Love of Joy by Janet W. Ferguson

What a lively and enjoyable addition to the Coastal Hearts series. I believe that For the Love of Joy could also be enjoyed even if you haven’t read the other books in the series.

Davis has been such a neat character in the earlier novels. I was really looking forward to learning his backstory. What a tragic background he had to overcome! Davis had a lot of pain and loss in his past, including the break up of his marriage.

Joy was such a complicated character. In the beginning, she and Hankie, her son, really frustrated me. He was a very unruly toddler and Joy carried a lot of anger. However, the way Davis and Joy grew throughout this story, as well as seeing Joy come to an understanding of a God of grace and forgiveness ended up being wonderful to read about. I also liked seeing how Hank’s behavior improved a lot once he was surrounded by people who spent time playing with him.

This was a deep story that dealt with some very painful and complicated issues for both Davis and Joy. I appreciated that forgiveness took time for both of them and that they needed to rely on a lot of prayer and even some counseling to help them get through things.

(4.5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


Years ago, a Dear John letter and then an IED explosion overseas rocked Davis Donnelly’s world and left him unclear about his marital status. He’d signed divorce papers, but broken mentally and physically, he’d never bothered to find out if his marriage actually ended. Now that he’s about to start a new position as an outreach minister, it’s time to settle things once and for all. At the moment he tracks down his wife—or former wife?—she takes a tumble while chasing a little boy. Her son. And that’s when life flips upside down.

Joy Jennings Donnelly made her share of mistakes. But one thing she never considered a mistake was her child, and she’ll do anything to protect him. Even keep his paternity a secret.

When she’s suddenly injured with not a soul to help her or her son, Joy is forced to rely on the man who has the most reasons to hate her.

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Janet Ferguson

Janet W. Ferguson is a Grace Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She  grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served as a children’s minister and a church youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. She writes humorous inspirational fiction for people with real lives and real problems. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a cat that allows them to share the space.

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About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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2 Responses to Review: For the Love of Joy by Janet W. Ferguson

  1. Janet W. Ferguson says:

    Thank you so much!! I’m so glad you enjoyed Davis’s story!!

  2. Pingback: Audio Book Review: For the Love of Joy by Janet W. Ferguson | Britt Reads Fiction

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