Title: Not By Might
Series: Angel Of Mercy
Author: Al Lacy
Publisher: Waterbrook Multnomah
Published: September 14, 1999
Nurse Natalie Fallon has accepted a new job in a hospital in a completely new town in a different state. She moved to help her mother with her illness but also to get away from the memories of her broken relationship. She finds herself in love with her new job and the people she works with, until the relationship she has been running from catches up with her.
She finds herself caring for her former boyfriend Rex Rawlins who is staying in the hospital’s emergency room, paralyzed from the waist down. She finds that the feelings that she thought that she lost for him weren’t gone at all. They were just buried waiting for him to appear again. Now they must find whether they are both willing to risk having a life together.
Meanwhile, her friend Breanna Baylor Brockman finds out her husband, John Brockman, is riding into a dangerous trap while trying to capture a notorious criminal. She now has to try and stop her husband before she loses him forever. Even if it means she has to put her life in danger to save his. Breanna just prays that if she gets to her husband in time he’ll heed her warning and turn back.
Will Natalie and Rex be able to have a life together or will their past and present keep them apart? Will Rex be able to see that being paralyzed doesn’t matter to Natalie or will he push her away? Will Natalie be able to love the man who hurt her or will she refuse to be hurt again? Will Breanna be able to get to her husband before the ambush or will she lose her husband forever?
This is the first time this has ever happened to me and I hope this doesn’t happen again. I didn’t actually finish this book. I couldn’t. I’ve always forced myself to finish books before, but this one was so much not my preference that I just couldn’t bring myself to finish it. This book might be good for some people but for me it jus wasn’t even worth trying to finish.
This book is so preachy. I never really understood this term until now. Prayer and God is mentioned on almost every page. Also, the characters like each other instantly because of the fact that they’re Christian. Not only is the entire hospital, minus one or two people, Christian, but the entire hospital knows whether or not you are one within an hour. Now don’t get me wrong, I love it when the author puts their faith into the book, but this book was just overboard and I feel like that can do more harm than good in converting someone.
I can’t really judge the romance part of this book properly because even though I’m a third of the way through it, there was none. Natalie and Rex haven’t reconnected yet and the only intimate moments are between the married couples, which are surprisingly sterile and stiff for married couples. There was even an argument between the men about who’s wife is prettiest. It was kind of cute but also kind of ridiculous as well.
The storyline was kind of boring. The most interesting parts of this book was the shoot-outs and only then I read with mild interest and nothing more. Maybe I couldn’t get into the story because of the fact that I started at book eight and not book one. But I felt that this book was trying way to hard to be something that it wasn’t. The storyline wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great either.
Like I said, I maybe didn’t like this book because I started one book eight instead of book one. I didn’t have any opportunity to like the characters. Maybe people who have the read the first seven in the series might like this book but I just couldn’t finish it. Maybe later I will finish this book but I know that it won’t be for a while. Maybe if it were a different series, I might read a book by this author but I’m not promising anything. I hope this isn’t the best this author can do.
Overall, I couldn’t even finish this book. Maybe those of you who have read books by this author previously or read books in the series will like this book but I couldn’t. This book is perfect for those who want a book filled with faith. I give this book a one out of five. The worst score ever given by me and hopefully the last time I will give it.
*I received a complimentary copy of this ebook by Waterbrook Multnomah through their Blogging For Books Program in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*