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Maryland, Present Day
Jacquelyn Rogers can rebuild anything…except the shambles of her past. A restorer of vintage planes, she’s worked hard to earn the reputation of being one of the guys. The last thing she needs is a former Navy pilot fighting his own inner demons stepping in to defend her from dangers she thought she’d outrun long ago. Some battles must be fought alone.
After a freak accident severs Lieutenant Michael “Finch” Carrington’s dreams, as well as two limbs, he’s left with nothing but a fragile faith and a duty-bound promise to watch out for his friend’s baby sister. A promise she insists is as unnecessary as it is unappreciated. But when she turns the tables and begins to weld together the broken parts of his life, it may be his heart that is in need of protection.
With the world at war yet again, Alice Galloway rejects her father’s traditional expectations and offers her piloting expertise to the Air Transport Auxiliary. She may be a woman in a man’s world, but when she overhears key intelligence, she must find the strength to transcend boundaries and her own fears. Or countless people may die.
Sometimes the past reaches forward to bring hope to the future.
About the Author
Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn’t in the world of make believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.
Her debut novel, The Isaac Project, skyrocketed to Amazon bestseller status while her Sophomore book, Finders Keepers, won the 2017 Selah award for contemporary romance.
I don't normally read dual-timeline books as I'd much rather stay in the contemporary time period, but I'd heard amazing things about Sarah Monzon, and I loved the cover of All of You. The two plots were very well connected, but I'll admit I enjoyed the contemporary story better than the historical.
I loved Sarah's writing style. It didn't take long for me to get immersed in the pages of her book. Jack and Matthew are both multifaceted characters. The challenges they face are immense.
While I enjoyed the book, I do have some reservations. Matthew's a double amputee, but the story picks up with his accident, then him in the hospital. Within a few weeks, he's doing everything on his own, even protecting Jack. To be honest, I found his quick recovery unbelievable. At times, I forget he was even a double amputee. He still faces challenges in the book, but not what I would expect from a recent amputee. I also found Jack's ex to be a flat character.
I liked how both Alice from 1944 and Jack from the present, are working in a predominately male's career. It added more interest to the 1944 time period as I realized how they both faced similar problems. Alice's storyline took place during World War II so it was action-packed.
My favorite part of the book was the romance between Jack and Matthew. I highly recommend this book to those who like dual-timelines, or who enjoy military plots.
I give this book 3.5 stars. I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.
Guest Post from Sarah Monzon
I’m so excited to be here today and getting this opportunity to hang out with y’all in this virtual world. If you are anything like me, you devour books faster than my son drinks orange juice (and he really loves orange juice!). Because of that, it is sometimes hard to come across a book with a unique premise or a message that you haven’t seen incorporated a thousand times before. As a writer, I always try to bring something fresh to the table.
In the first book of the Carrington Family Series, Finders Keepers, neither of my characters were Christians. What? No Christians in a Christian fiction novel? Most Christian fiction books usually have at least one or both main characters a Christians. Don’t worry, they both found their way to Jesus. With All of You, however, I wanted to take yet an even different approach.
I’ve ready lots of books where the main character is angry or upset with God for such-and-such thing that happened in his/her life (I’ve even written a character like that), but I hadn’t really read a story about a character that, no matter what life threw at him/her, he/she was going to trust in God no matter what. As a life-long Christian, this is a message I can identify with. The “If not, He is still good” resonation that is sometimes harder to hold on to in the midst of pain and struggles.
So, as with all my books, I hope the freshness of the story and the realness of my characters will inspire and uplift you as you travel along with them on their journey.
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