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Reviewed by Deborah Stone for Readers' Favorite
Promises of Love by Juliette Duncan is a turbulent Christian romance. Zoe and Harrison have just gotten engaged and Zoe is already having second thoughts. While attending church services with Harrison’s family at Christmas, Zoe feels the drawing of the Holy Spirit to recommit her life to Christ. Harrison is not interested in spiritual matters and a serious dilemma is developing. Zoe loves Harrison and wants to marry him, but she won’t set a date until she is sure that marrying Harrison is the right thing to do. Is it what God wants? While visiting Zoe’s family, a series of serious and life altering events take place and Zoe must learn to trust God as her mother and grandmother have taught her. Grandma becomes seriously ill, her parents are in danger of losing everything, and nature gets involved when wildfires threaten to burn the family farm. Amidst all of this, Spencer, Zoe’s first love, reappears and Zoe has to sort out old feelings and hurts. Harrison doesn’t like Spencer spending time with Zoe, even if they are old friends. Through the trials and upheaval, Zoe has to find God’s will in all of it. God’s will and God’s timing. Will Harrison change his attitude towards God or will Zoe have to move on? Does God really care about all that is happening in their lives and will He help them in time?
Juliette Duncan tells a riveting and detailed story of romance and faith. Zoe’s struggle is between her will and God’s will, her perception of when things need to get done and God’s timing. Juliette Duncan reminds us to strive to leave it all in God’s hands, to trust in His faithfulness and to rely on His will to bring us the happiness we seek. Juliette Duncan’s characters and settings are vivid and realistic, they are people we know, they are us. Scenes, scenarios, emotions and human reactions are all written with skill and allow the reader to visualize what they are reading. Juliette Duncan recommends that you read True Love at Christmas, the short prequel, which is free on Amazon, before reading Promises of Love. Although I agree, Promises of Love can also be read as a stand alone book without losing anything.