Thursday, June 16, 2016

Book Review of When Dawn Breaks by Jennifer Slattery

A Book About Love—Romantic Love, Parental Love, and God’s Love


Missional Romance is a term I’d never heard until Jennifer Slattery used in her bio on her first Wednesday Writers’ post, and I wondered what it was. After reading When Dawn Breaks I know just what this term means, at least to me. This book embodies a story that shows characters with a heart for others who have allowed themselves to be prompted by God to become servants to those less fortunate than they are. They are fulfilling God’s mission for Christians.


Lest you think this sounds preachy, let me assure you that, even though there was a lot of scripture in this book and quite a few prayers thrown up to heaven, I never felt like I was being preached at. Instead, it felt more like I was seeing into the angst of the flawed hero and heroine as they picked their way through broken lives to listen to the Holy Spirit’s urging. The many Christian elements in this story felt organic and right for the tale the author was spinning.


The book starts slow as the author spends a lot of time setting up the ordinary worlds of the three main characters, but hang in there. When things started to gel I wanted to know more about how the lives of the three flawed, desperately in need of love, characters would intersect.


The ending of this book made me cry, which is something many Christian fiction books don’t do for me.

This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.


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  1. Thank you for this review. Jennifer is an excellent author!

  2. I've never read anything by this author. Thanks for sharing your review.

    1. You're welcome. I think you'll like this book.

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    1. I really enjoyed the book. Hope you will, too.