Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Right Click by Susan Aylworth

Ok, I promise this will be the last book (for a while!) that I review that isn't middle grade!  Honest!  (I think!)  Anyway, I commented on another post that I had gone to the library, skimming the shelves for a new book to read.  I picked up five random books.  And all five were LDS fiction books.  Strange.  I can't decide if there is something subliminal about the covers or the size of the books that speak to me, but it was the strangest thing!

Anyway, on to the book.  I decided to review Right Click by Susan Aylworth today.  Because I really, really liked it!  I picked it up on Monday because I had a few minutes before I had to pick my girls up from school.  (Not enough time to go home or do anything really except go to the library...honest!)  Anyway, I started reading the book while I was waiting in the carpool line.  (45 minutes a day!  Seriously?!?)  I couldn't put it down.  I got my girls home (I didn't read while I was driving...honest!  Well, at least not much!)  and let them entertain themselves while I finished.  I got done right before it was time to make dinner.  Whew!

From the back of the book:  On the day Sarah Kimball planned to mail out wedding invitations, her fiancé, Kyle, trampled her heart with this confession: his supposedly ex-girlfriend is pregnant, and he’s the father. Talk about shock!

Six months later, Sarah is moving forward as a successful teacher with her own home and a fabulous roommate. Her exasperating yet adoring family members are setting her up with every eligible man within reach—even virtually. Sarah thinks she has everything under control—until a few wrong clicks prove otherwise.

Searching her soul, Sarah confronts deep humiliation and anger over Kyle’s betrayal. As fierce pride claws her from within, she seeks healing through the Savior’s tender mercy. When Sarah meets Craig, who was also badly wounded by love, she finds another chance at happiness—but can both of them leave their painful pasts behind and fully embrace the freeing power of forgiveness?

From Heather:  There were so many things that I loved about this book.  Yes, it is pretty typical LDS fiction and had quite a few LDS references.  Yes, it was a little preachy at times, which I generally don't like.  (Show me what you believe...don't tell me!)   But it was a wonderful book!  I loved Sarah and the journey she made and the changes that she made in her life.  I like that she doesn't always do things right.  She is still pretty hurt over her ex-fiance and because of that she has a hard time letting people in.  Not just romantically, but everyone: her family, her coworkers, her roommate.  But as the story progresses, she realizes what needs to be done and does it.

I love her chance encounter with Craig Emory and the relationship that evolves.  I love that the focus isn't so much on finding a man as being happy with who she is - the husband is just icing on the cake.  I love that Sarah has a chance to see things from possibly Kyle's perspective and she chats with a young mother while doing her laundry.  I love the workings of fate as you can see things happen to her that seemed hard, but then wonderful things came out of the trials.  I loved that!  Because sometimes in the middle of trials, it's hard to realize that there is a purpose and a plan.

The only thing I didn't like were the names of her roommate Shari and her daughter Kerry.  It was so confusing to have a Sarah and a Shari and a Kerry.  (In fact, in one place at the end of the book Shari was spelled Sherry...)  But if that's my only complaint, it's not too bad.  I'll give the book 4 1/2 stars and hope to read more from Susan Aylworth in the future!


Misty Moncur said...

I've never heard of this one. Sounds cute!

Jillian said...

Thanks for the review.