Happy Fall Romantics!!!
I took a long hiatus during the Spring and Summer Months and now I’m back with a great book by Hannah Alexander.
The book is Hallowed Halls, a wonderful Contemporary Christian Romance, which follows the story of Dr. Joy Gilbert. In some ways, this story is a slight departure from what I normally review on here. This is a great thing because I love to show some variety in the stories I suggest to you, my dear Romantics.
Dr. Joy Gilbert has experienced a huge heart break up almost a year ago and to help herself heal she accepted a job with the handsome, rich, and powerful Weston Cline. Weston Cline is a broken man. He’s lost his son, his marriage ended soon after that tragedy and he has a strained relationship with his surviving teenage daughter. For him, Joy is the woman that can make his life better. If, only he could get her to see that.
Dr. Joy Gilbert was attracted to Winston, at first, but his very wounded soul has turned him into a manipulative and closed person. The only thing she feels for him is sadness and pity. Oh yeah, and anger for his trying to control her decisions and actions concerning the clinic she runs for him. The one bright spot in her situation is Winston’s daughter Tressa.
Joy has just had another fight with Weston when she receives a phone call from her ex-fiance Dr. Zachary Travis requesting that she come home and check on her mother who was just admitted for severe chest pains. Even though her relationship isn’t the best between her and her mother, Joy leaves that night to go and check on Molly. Before Joy can be on her way, Winston shows up at her house trying to seduce her. When she refuses to sleep with him, Winston decides to fire her from the clinic and Tressa, who has sneaked out of her mother’s home, stows away in her car.
All of that happens in the first five chapters of the book!!! So what will Joy do now that she no longer works for Winston? Will Joy and her mother Molly be able to repair their relationship? Does Dr. Travis still have feelings for Joy?
All good questions but, you’ll have to read the book to find the answers!
4 out of 5 stars
A good clean read, a great story line, and just enough suspense to keep you guessing what could happen next.
3 out of 5 stars
Not a traditional romance story. More along the lines of Women’s Fiction but some very nice romantic scenes and the story of families healing and coming together makes the book for me.