2017, 272p, LDS Contemporary Romance
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way
Jane Reeves and Sean O'Callaghan seem to be a match made in heaven—but the timing is all wrong. Jane has her heart set on serving a mission, and she can't delay telling Sean the news any longer: not only has she quietly submitted her mission papers, but she's also leaving in a month ... for Alaska. Shocked and devastated, Sean struggles to come to terms with Jane's decision. Unable to deny the depth of their feelings for one another, Sean makes a promise to wait for her.
Life unfolds for both Jane and Sean, with communications limited to weekly e-mails. But with just a few months left in Jane's mission, Sean's messages stop. When she receives the dreaded "Dear Jane" breakup along with the news that she has been replaced by Sean's former flame, Jane knows the future she envisioned now belongs to another woman. But upon her return home, Jane quickly realizes some things are worth fighting for—perhaps, most of all, a shot at true love.
Jane and Sean are dating and it's pretty serious for Sean. Jane does love Sean but she is also determined to serve a mission and doesn't know how to tell him. When she gets up the nerve, it doesn't go over well, especially since by then she had her call and would be leaving soon. They communicate through email while she's gone, but then he gets sidetracked by Victoria, a girl he used to hang out with but never dated and now has a chance with her. He becomes torn between two very different women and needs to figure out the best choice for him.
I had a hard time connecting with Jane at first and her communication skills were frustrating. I wondered why she even started dating Sean if she was that determined to serve a mission. Anyway, it made for some drama and she definitely grew throughout the book. I liked her more and more as she was able to start communicating better and found some backbone.
Sean was understandably hurt with the way Jane handled the mission thing, but there were some things that bugged me about him, too. Ha! He promised to wait for Jane, then flaked on her with Victoria, but then felt more of a need to keep his promise to Victoria (what about his original promise to Jane?). There's more but I'll keep it at that. There were some complications in this story and I did wonder how it would resolve.
That said, I did enjoy the drama and Jane's mission experiences! And I have to mention that I love the cover! There are characters from two of the author's previous books who are mentioned so we learn a little bit about what's going on with them. I hope there are more stories from this group of football players. This is a clean romance with some religious elements.
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