April 13, 2015

Monday Rewind: The Next Door Boys by Jolene B. Perry #MondayRewind #Review

Welcome to my very first Monday meme post this year. Everyone is doing the Throwback Thursday, so I thought that I would do my take on it and call it Monday Rewind. Here at Jump Into Books, I will either do one of two things for Monday Rewind. I will either post a "Blast from the Past" book that I previously reviewed and loved or I will post a review of a book that I recently read and is an older release (of 2 years or more). Sometimes I will offer giveaways (if my finances allow it) for books, gift cards or swag. So join me on a trip to the past.

I have my very first review (or very close to it) on Jump Into Books. This review originally posted October 6, 2011. I received this book from Netgalley.

With her body still recovering from last year's cancer treatments, Leigh Tressman is determined to be independent. Despite the interference from her overprotective brother, physical frustrations, and spiritual dilemmas— not to mention the ever expanding line of young men ready to fall in love with her— Leigh discovers what it actually means to stand on her own and learns that love can be found in unexpected but delightful places.

This was an excellent book from start to finish in which I received from netGalley and the publisher. I jumped right into the book and didn't even realize that it was a Christian book right away.

This book has good Christian and family values and touches on those moments very frequently throughout the novel. As for myself, coming from a Christian background, I could relate quite easily with some of the family closeness and traditions. This book made me want to pull out my Bible again and start reading it.

The author did some amazing research into ovarian cancer, touching some of the feelings Leigh was going through and what she had to go through with the cancer and the challenges she could still face.

I loved Leigh. Her self struggles to overcome what she went through and to get to where she was. Her stubbornness and independence very likeable, even the little knowledge she had for guys, made this leading character amazing.

Leigh's brother, Jaron, was simply one of the best brothers someone could ask for. Very understanding and a rock for his little sister, but also very protective.

The story dealt with a lot of social situations from dating to love, marriage and children. It had touched on many good points. Some of the situations had brought me to tears, not at all bawling like a baby tears, just slight tears because of either experiences I went through myself or the sympathy I felt for the character.

This is again, a very excellent book. Even if you aren't a Christian, I still recommend the book. I recommend this book to any young adult 16 and over, Christians and non-Christians alike. I had to give this book 5 of 5 stars for the great writing, research and how this story comes to life with the great emotion put into this wonderful story.


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