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  • Moving on with life

    I received an ARC from BooksGoSocial through Net Galley for an honest review. Rebecca was abused by her husband and when he died, she led a quiet life. When her younger sister Hannah became engaged, Hannah asked Rebecca to plan her wedding. Rebecca would have time because she didn't have a husband or kids, and had no life. Rebecca reluctantly agreed and she thought about what her family said. She decided to try salsa lessons. When she got to the first class, she met the instructor Gabriel. They enjoyed each other's company and as Rebecca started to open her heart, she discovers Gabriel lied by omission. As I was reading, the title kept popping into my head, The Calm I Seek, and I kept hoping that Rebecca would find that. After all that her husband had done to her, it would be hard to let someone else in but as she slowly let Gabriel in, she began to change, and slowly she started to begin to be happy. When she discovers Gabriel's lie she has a choice, does she close herself back up or will she realize who she was becoming since she met Gabriel? I am not going to lie to you, so I will tell you, it was hard reading what her husband had done to her because even though I know it happens in real life, I just don't understand how someone could do it. It was a wonderful book and very realistic, and it was nice to see Rebecca finally taking steps to continue on with life.

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  • Interesting and complex

    I really enjoyed this book and thought that it had a complexity and depth not always found in debut novels. It was a story about love, forgiveness and redemption. I liked that the characters were flawed and relatable, and that it dealt with some heavy subjects such as death and abuse but in such a way as to provide hope. Widowed Rebecca had a lot of pain and guilt and she had effectively shut herself out from life. She was jaded and it took a while for her to learn to trust again and to open up her heart to love. I appreciated that Rebecca was confused and a little broken and I liked seeing her find healing and restoration. There was a good Christian message and it was nice seeing the characters work out there faith's to find redemption and peace. However some things didn't quite add up such as would she really wear an open back dress given her scarring? Yet overall it was a wonderful book and I look forward to hopefully reading more from this new author. I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

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  • Emotional page turner

    The Calm I Seek is an unforgettable story of heartache, relationships, pain and redeeming love. Author, Christina Lorens, writes in a way where you feel one with the character. Each emotion and relationship are written in a way as I’ve never read before. Main character, Rebecca, is a young widow in a small town in England. A painful past, a controlling older sister, and her anger at God all keep her from embracing the life around her. She is content on lonely nights and overworking herself in her business, but a surprise gift for salsa lessons pushes her to live a little. Surprisingly, she finds herself crushing on the teacher, which reluctantly finds the two dating. Rebecca constantly fights the painful feeling of something going wrong and that God wants to punish her. Soon, a deceitful matter and then a heartbreaking loss take over her life. Will she come to trust God and let Him show her the way through or will she continue to fight Him and distrust His love for her? This book was a definite page turner for me. I fell in love, pained and angered with the characters. This is a story I’ll always remember and reflect on. (I received an ARC of this book from the publisher for my honest opinion.) #netgalley #TheCalmISeek

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