Courage Johnathan

Romance - Contemporary
252 Pages
Reviewed on 04/14/2021
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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

Courage Johnathan by Heather Nadine Lenz is an explosive contemporary romance with well-developed characters and a plot that is tightly written and twisty. When his family makes it clear that he either chooses between his fiancée and his trust fund and business, Jonathan is faced with the biggest challenge of his life. Luxury and wealth are the fruits of hard work and he deserves every bit of it. But continuing with his marriage to the woman who made it feel like electricity when he embraced her the first time they met also means living without that wealth. He knows well that, “Money can’t buy love and love can’t make money.” It is the moment to choose between Caroline, the woman from California, or the trust fund and business. How will he choose?

There is one thing that is unmistakable about Heather Nadine Lenz’s writing: she knows how to plot and execute a great story. The writing pulled me in from the very first page and I adored the fact that the author wasted no time in introducing the premise. It is the eve of Johnathan’s wedding and he is contemplating calling it off. Caroline is a complex character with her own rules and standards. The stream of consciousness is impeccably written and it fills in the blanks when it comes to backstory, allowing a full understanding of character background and traits. The writing is gorgeous. No word is wasted; no punctuation misplaced. The inner conflict is written to absolute perfection. Courage Johnathan is an all-night reading affair — the story forces you to read on. The author executes her premise with skill and plumbs its depths for every ounce of emotion.

Jennifer Ibiam

Courage Johnathan by Heather Nadine Lenz is a contemporary romance novel that will appeal to romance-loving audiences. It follows the life of Johnathan, a renowned architect, and his choices. John was satisfied with his life until Caroline waltzed in and knocked his socks off. She was neither from their world nor did she fit into the supermodel frame Johnathan favored, yet he was smitten. This didn’t sit well with his family, and they vehemently kicked against it. With no other card to play, his family threatened to cut his trust fund and disinherit him. His elder brother, Daniel, was also eager to take over the company in which John had a controlling share. Johnathan will have to choose between love and the power that comes with wealth.

Courage Johnathan by Heather Nadine Lenz is a beautiful book that speaks to everyone. Sometimes in our lives, we face hard decisions, leading us to weigh our options. Do we go along with settling for the greater good or choose ourselves? Can we live with the consequences? This book explored themes like deceit, selfishness, resilience, manipulation, and more. Heather did a fantastic job with the plot and development of the story. I loved the witty and sarcastic nature of John’s character. The book was also laced with humor that I laughed so much. I appreciate that the novel included a dimension of John’s family and its secrets. It gave the storyline depth and something to look forward to. I would love to read other works by Heather.

Pikasho Deka

Courage Johnathan is a romance novel revolving around the rise and fall of a billionaire architect who must put everything on the line to gain the respect and love of the woman he loves. Written by author Heather Nadine Lenz, the book follows Johnathan Arrozzini as he is on the cusp of getting married to Caroline. Feeling misunderstood and quite often ridiculed by Jonathan's family, Caroline reluctantly reveals to Johnathan that she is pregnant, causing pandemonium during the ceremony. After an eventful wedding, Johnathan gives up his business interests shared with his family and ventures out on his own. But a year of recurring losses force him to declare bankruptcy, leading him into a downward spiral, causing him to lose both Caroline and their newborn son Leo. Johnathan must now pull himself up and start from scratch to win Caroline back.

A heartwarming tale of love, sacrifice, and finding one's self-worth, Courage Johnathan is riveting to read from start to finish. Johnathan and Caroline seem well fleshed-out and that makes them easy to relate to. Having read Heather Nadine Lenz's previous book Courage Caroline, I appreciated the character of Johnathan Arrozzini getting further explored and delving deep into his complicated relationship with his family. I also enjoyed the character of Mark, who shines in every single scene he is in. The narrative flowed in an organic fashion that made it smooth to read and the dialogue felt crisp and concise. I thoroughly enjoyed Courage Johnathan, and I would recommend it to readers who crave well-written slice-of-life romance stories.

Edith Wairimu

The main character Johnathan Arrozzini is forced to choose between his soulmate and his high profile lifestyle in Heather Nadine Lenz’s suspenseful contemporary romance novel, Courage Johnathan. Johnathan and Caroline’s relationship is off to a rocky start. Despite Johnathan’s excitement to marry her, Caroline appears nonchalant about her upcoming wedding. Johnathan later learns of the reason behind her reserve. Despite relentless objection from Johnathan’s family and his parents’ threat to cut him off financially if he decides to move to California with Caroline, the two go ahead with their plans, but not without sacrifices. Without the financial backing of his wealthy parents, Johnathan struggles to establish himself. As he strives to build his identity separate from his former glamorous life and as new revelations are uncovered, Johnathan learns profound lessons.

Courage Johnathan follows Johnathan and Caroline’s tumultuous relationship and marriage. It includes important lessons about courage and authenticity. Despite his initial hesitation to make changes in his life and his later financial strain, Johnathan works to build a decent life for himself and his new family. The novel contains many interesting turns. From the onset, Caroline and Johnathan’s relationship encounters many challenges. Both are flawed characters which makes their story convincing. The plot skips the mundane bits of their lives, focusing on more thrilling events which hasten the novel’s pace and make it captivating. I liked that the supporting characters are also well developed. Some surprises occur in the end as Johnathan learns dark secrets about his family and a close friend of the family. Courage Johnathan is a moving novel with many exciting revelations.

Lesley Jones

In Courage Johnathan by Heather Nadine Lenz, Johnathan believes his decision to marry Caroline is a huge mistake. He has been forced to choose between money and love and the choice seems simple to someone like Johnathan. He believes that giving up all his material wealth just to spite his overbearing parents would be the most irresponsible action he could take. Johnathan has grown used to the lavish lifestyle, power, and privilege that wealth brings. Deep down he is afraid he could never make it without the financial support of his parents. But Caroline is not like anyone he has ever dated in the past. She is 'not up to his usual standards' but he loves her deeply. Caroline requires nothing from Johnathan but his love and loyalty towards her and their unborn child. When Johnathan's brother Daniel serves Caroline with a harsh reality check just before the wedding, it seems the marriage will never take place. However, Johnathan takes a leap of faith and turns his back on the trappings of wealth to make a life with Caroline and chase his passion for architecture. Even though the couple has to face some turbulent events, their relationship strengthens and success follows. However, news from his mother results in Johnathan and Caroline having to face old family secrets, deception, and lies. Will Johnathan be able to make peace with the past and forgive those who have abused his trust?

Courage Johnathan by Heather Nadine Lenz is an endearing story that just flows so beautifully. The characters are very realistic and their personality traits reminded me of people I have met. I absolutely adored Caroline, she was extremely level-headed and her outlook on life was inspirational. She never passed judgment on anyone's bad behavior and was always full of golden pearls of wisdom. I loved this advice she gave to Johnathan: "We have more than enough of everything we could possibly want, and if we lose it all, well, we could just start over. Together.” Johnathan was materialistic but his upbringing conditioned him to believe only wealthy people deserved his attention. As the story progressed, he experienced such a shift in how he viewed the world and the goodness in people's souls. I really enjoyed witnessing his transformation into a man filled with good, honest intentions. There are so many life lessons weaved throughout the plot that you definitely feel the weight being lifted from your shoulders of not wanting to be tied down by materialism. By the end of the story, you learn what is important in life and if you follow your passion and goals, you will reach them eventually. The relationships between Johnathan and his family were developed perfectly as their true feelings about each other were revealed. There are some superb twists and turns which made this such a compelling read. The ending is so liberating and brings more important life lessons.