Book #: N/A
Author: Cindy Martinusen-Coloma
Source: Thomas Nelson Inc.
As the popular darling of the junior class and heiress to the five-star Monrovi Inn empire, Kate has both everything and nothing. She's bored with school and life...until she locks eyes with Caleb at a school dance.
Caleb is new to Kate's exclusive prep school, and it's clear he doesn't fit in. In fact, he and his dad work in maintenance for Kate's father. And while Caleb knows better than to spend time with the boss's daughter, it seems that every time he tries to back away, something pulls him right back in.
When their parents demand that they are to stay away from each other, they learn of a fight between their families that occurred more than fifty years ago. It's a mystery Kate doesn't understand...but a legacy Caleb has endured his entire life.
With the world stacked against them, Caleb and Kate will have to walk by faith to find the path that God has planned for them. (taken from back cover of book)
Beautiful. That is the one word I would use to describe this romantic and heart-wrenching story. I loved everything about Caleb + Kate. The spellbinding story had me captivated from the first page.
I started the book before I went to bed one night and I was finished with it by the next afternoon. I spent every spare second I could devouring the story.
Christianity is a major part of the novel. It's an underlying theme throughout the story, and it helps to define the characters as they get to know one another and themselves. Even in the most angst-ridden and emotional situations, both Caleb and Kate turn to their steadfast faith. Despite the role Christianity plays, I believe this is a book that can be read and enjoyed by a wide variety of people, no matter their faith. As a Christian, I thought their religion made both Caleb and Kate more relatable.
I usually don't like it when an author switches points of view often. Both Caleb and Kate have a chance to tell their side of the story. This is one of the rare cases when I appreciated the insight into both of the characters' minds. Not once was it confusing or annoying. I enjoyed both views immensely.
The family feud between the two lovers' families added that hint of forbidden love that most teenage girls love. At least, I know I do. While some say that this book is a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet, it does follow its own unique plot. Parts of the story seem to draw on Shakespeare's work, but much of it is original and fresh.
Overall, I give this book two thumbs up.
Martinusen-Coloma's writing simply brings the story to life before your eyes.
Beautiful and sweet, this tale of first love captured my heart and refused to let go. I hope it does the same for you.