About The Book
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A news anchor intern has it all planned out, and love isn't on the agenda.
Brooke Endress is on the cusp of her lifelong dream when her younger sister persuades her to chaperone a mission trip to El Salvador. Packing enough hand sanitizer and bug spray to single-handedly wipe out malaria, she embarks on what she hopes will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
But Brooke is blindsided by the desperation for hope and love she sees in the eyes of the orphans she encounters. And no less by the connection she feels with her handsome translator. As newfound passion blooms, Brooke wrestles with its implications for her career dreams.
Ubaldo Chavez, teacher and translator, knows the struggle that comes with generational poverty. But he found the way out – education – and is determined to help his students rise above.
When he agrees to translate for a mission team from the United States he expects to encounter a bunch of "missional tourists" full of empty promises. Yet an American news anchor defies his expectations, and he finds himself falling in love. But what does he have to offer someone with everything?
About the Author
Editor, Novelist, and speaker Jennifer Slattery has a passion for helping women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, (http://whollyloved.com) she and her team put on events at partnering churches designed to help women rest in their true worth and live with maximum impact. She writes Christian living articles for Crosswalk.com, and is the managing and acquisitions editor of Guiding Light Women’s Fiction, an imprint with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband. Visit with Jennifer online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com.
I haven't found many books that delve into the mission field, which made Healing Love unique. The novel is written from three points-of-view that show different angles of missions, and the effect short-term missions trips have on the people there.
The characters are likable, and the details about El Salvador seemed accurate. I learned quite a bit about the mission field that I didn't know. While I've never been out of the country, my husband lived in Puerto Rico for several years as the son of missionaries, so I've heard stories from his time there. I even asked my husband questions as I read, which opened up dialogue between us.
I enjoyed Brooke and Ubaldo's journey, as they both learned spiritual truths while they worked together. However, there were two aspects of the book I didn't enjoy. First, it seemed a little long in the beginning. I wanted to see Brooke in El Salvador, but there were about eighty pages dedicated to her life in the states and Ubaldo's life in El Salvador. I can understand why the author made that choice, but it kept me from getting completely invested until much later. While the beginning seemed slow, the romance between Brooke and Ubaldo seemed rushed. I loved the initial conflict, but as a die-hard romantic, I was disappointed when the romantic scenes were cut short.
That being said, I do recommend this book. This book has a fantastic message that I think is worth sharing. If you've never been out of the country, this book brings out aspects of the third-world countries, that we wouldn't think about. It gives you perspective on the things we complain about when we feel our lives are substandard.
I give this book 4 stars. I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.