Reviewed by Deborah Stone for Readers' Favorite
Tender Love: A Christian Romance (The True Love Series Book 1) by Juliette Duncan is a tender romance story while being a powerful story of faith as well. Tessa Scott has recently ended a five-year relationship with Michael and is struggling to move on. Ben Williams is a divorced father of a thirteen-year-old, and is still struggling with bitterness, hurt and confusion after his wife unexpectedly left them both for another man. A year later, she divorced him and left him to raise their son, Jayden, alone. When Tessa and Ben meet at a puppy training class, they are both attracted to one another, surprising them both. Over the next few months, they reluctantly take the steps to trust again and begin spending more time together. The most important thing for both of these wounded people is to make sure that God is in whatever they do. Neither wants to endure more heartache. After a few bumps along the way, a lot of praying and seeking God, they both agree to pursue a relationship that, if all goes well, will lead to marriage.
Juliette Duncan has developed a charming romance with well defined and detailed characters that take us on a journey from broken hearts, to seeking God's peace and direction, to finding their way through their respective heartaches. God's strength, guidance, and healing are of paramount importance to the characters and the story. Juliette Duncan reminds us of truths that we often overlook or ignore, and inspires us all to be more committed in our own walk with the Lord. Juliette Duncan has a beautiful way of telling her story, drawing you into the characters' plights and allowing you to learn along with them as they find their way through. This is a delightful and inspiring first book in the True Love Series and you will definitely want to read the books that follow. The second book in the series is Tested Love and continues the story of Tessa and Ben.