Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Counting Stars by Michele Paige Holmes
At the beginning of the summer I read Counting Stars by Michele Paige Holmes. It's billed as an LDS romance, but really it's so much more than that. The main character is Jane, who just turned 30. She's single and has had up-and-down relationships with men. But the story is not just about girl meets boy and falls in love, it's about real life, family, forgiveness, survival, romance . . . well, the back cover says it best:
Jane was hoping for a date---maybe even a boyfriend. What she wasn't expecting was Paul Bryant's completely original and sincere pick-up line: Hi. I'm Paul. I have terminal cancer. My wife was killed in a car accident, and I'm looking for a woman to raise my children.
It was never Jane's plan to fall in love with a dying man and his two infants. But her seemingly simple decision to date someone outside her faith leads to one complication after another. With the stakes this high, is choosing to help Paul a choice to be alone forever?
And how can Paul feel so confident that this woman---who's never managed to keep a checking account for more than six months---should be the one to raise his children?
How can something that seems so unbelievably insane feel so completely right?
Sometimes love is found in the least likely places, and the greatest blessings are discovered while counting stars.
Try out this new author, I know you'll love her book like I did.