It has been awhile since I read Always You and I had forgotten exactly how much I loved this story! This time I listened to the audio version of the novel and I am so happy I did. The narrator did a great job of bringing the tale to life. I really enjoyed meeting Matt and Lauren again, cringing at their first meeting, and being impressed with the way Matt treated Lauren in that particular situation. It was so embarrassing for her, yet he treated her so kindly.
These two had some things to overcome before they could find their happiness together. Matt was embarrassed about the way he had wasted five years of his life wanting a woman who was content to string him along and play with his emotions. I was glad that he was able to get his focus off of her and back onto God.
I had compassion for Lauren as she began developing feelings for Matt, yet was convinced that she would only be treated as a rebound girl if she gave into her feelings. I liked that she was able to thrive in the new environment she was in, away from the political circle that her family was involved in.
I, once again, loved this story from start to finish. I highly recommend this book and the entire Murphy Brothers series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK
They made a pact of friendship. Love was not supposed to be part of the deal.
Lauren is desperate to escape the massive shadow of her father’s and sister’s political careers. Matt is running from the biggest disappointment of his life. After a messy meeting in a snowbound airport, they launch a new friendship, founded on a mutual love for the Lord and an agreement of respect. They find themselves working together at the Lake Shore Resort, thankful to have each other as they each carve out a fresh start. But as the winter season wears on, and through a few interesting predicaments, one begins to feel more, and the other…well. Maybe neither knows what they really want.
Already wounded from the things they’ve left behind, Matt and Lauren wrestle with what comes next. Afraid to move forward. Not wanting to go back. Each must face a dilemma that only the hand of the Potter can smooth into a hopeful, promising future. Can they surrender past hurts, as well as their future hopes and plans, and trust the good intentions of the God they both love?
Always You is book one of Jennifer’s Murphy Brothers Stories: seven boys, forging their way through life and love, gripping faith, and learning to walk with God through all things. Theirs are deeply moving, uplifting stories of romance, and redemption.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennifer Rodewald is a Christian author of fiction who is passionate about the Word of God and the power of story. Four kids and her own personal superman make her home in southwestern Nebraska delightfully chaotic.
Born in Colorado, she experienced both the seclusion of rugged mountain living and the busy streets of a Denver suburb during her growing up years. Somewhere in the middle of college, she married a Husker and found her way back to the quiet lifestyle of a rural area, which suits just fine.
Blessed with a robust curiosity, Jen loves to research. Whether she’s investigating the history of a given area, the biography of a Christian icon, or how nature declares the glory of God, her daily goal is to learn something new. Aiming to live with boundless enthusiasm, her creed is vision, pursuit, and excellence, and she incorporates that pursuit as a Christian writer.
Jen lives and writes in a lovely speck of a town where she watches with amazement while her children grow up way too fast, gardens, and marvels at God’s mighty hand in everyday life.