Cherished

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Title: Cherished
Author: Kim Cash Tate
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 320
Released: August 30, 2011

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Kelli London always dreamed of becoming a singer/songwriter and she hoped that Brian would be a part of her dreams, with kids and a house together. Until a mistake changed their lives forever. Now Kelli is back in contact with Brian collaborating on an album with him. Now she needs to learn and apply a hefty amount of forgiveness.

Heather Anderson’s life has spiraled out of control, leaving her reeling. When he finally hits rock bottom she cries out to the only One who can save her. Now, she’s trying to trust Him and completely change the views that she’s been taught and the lifestyle she’s created.

Kelli and Heather create an unlikely friendship where encouragement and faith is prevalent. They both try and get through the hardships that they’ve been with a little help from each other and from a few other friends as well.
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This book is beautifully written and magically delves into the problems that a lot of people face today. The after affects of an abortion, trying I move on after infidelity, and realizing your mistake in being the other woman are just some of the issues this author addresses in the story. The issues are also solved by the author by showing that God is the only One who can save you and fully forgive and forget what you’ve done.

Though this book is written so well with realistic problems, reactions, and characters, I found myself struggling to really get into this book. I was never drawn into the storyline and I didn’t find it hard to put the book down. Though I do wonder if it’s because of me and not the author. I didn’t hate it but I didn’t like it either.

There’s no real light side to this story and it can’t in any sense of the word be considered a “light read”. This book is filled to the brim with drama, heartache, and redemption. The theme of the book is forgiveness, with both forgiving others and yourself a solid theme in this book.

The author did a glorious job of making every fear and pain from the past realistic and understandable. The pain of abortion, the pain of a cheating spouse, the pain of being the other woman; they’re all discussed and delved into making you feel the pain of each character.

There was a ton of healing though not a ton of romances. The major being between Kelli and Brian, but it was a small part and didn’t up not even five pages of the story. Their relationship grows from exes to friends and I guess that’s the romance period. Though, with as much drama as there was in this book the romance would have been in the way instead of a plus. But I still missed it in this story.

With this story’s theme what it is, you can expect that God is a very prevalent factor in this book. The faith of the characters is the most important factor in the author’s mind. In my opinion, it’s very important that it’s there in a Christian book. This author did not disappoint. God’s everywhere in this book. The characters lean on Him in trouble and pray constantly to Him. It’s very refreshing to read a Christian with mention of God throughout.

Though this book wasn’t my cup of tea, it was beautifully written and realistic, I think middle-aged women or anyone who has experienced the issues addressed in this book. I give this book a two out of five.

This book was given to me by Booksneeze for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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