Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: Worth Waiting For by Sally Johnson

Worth Waiting For, by Sally Johnson
2015, 279p, Clean LDS Contemporary Romance
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

Sophia thought she was over her broken heart, but the news that her roommate has eloped with Sophia's ex-husband hits the nineteen-year-old like a ton of bricks. She knows she should be fine with the unexpected revelation--after all, her boyfriend, Luke, is incredible, but it would seem her heart is not as resilient as she thought. And as Luke prepares to leave for his European study abroad, Sophia's feelings of fear and inadequacy threaten to overwhelm her.

A summer with her family in Las Vegas gives Sophia the time she needs but she still can't shake the questions haunting her, the questions that continually threaten to put more than physical distance between Luke and her. Is she really ready to jump into a new relationship when the last one ended so painfully? Will her divorce always define her? Is she the one with the problem?

As she wistfully observes others' love stories blossoming around her, Sophia must decide whether she's prepared to take another chance on love. Luke's return from Europe forces Sophia to confront the decision she's not sure she's prepared for--will her troubled past destroy the happy ending she's always dreamed of?

Sophia is 19 years old and has already been married and divorced, which is rare at BYU. Her ex-husband, Travis, is engaged to her former roommate, Claire, and she learns of their elopement at the beginning of the book. Sophia is currently dating Luke who is amazing but she's nervous to give him her heart because she fears he'll break it and she can't handle that right now. 

Sophia is likable. She's really young and has a lot to deal with. I liked the growth she experienced throughout the book as she examined her relationship with Luke and the differences between Luke and Travis. Her mother gave her some great advice while she was separated from Luke and that helped her tons.  

Luke is amazing! He's patient and supportive. Sophia brings up Travis quite a bit and Luke has to be tired of it, but reassures her that he is there for her. It was hard for me to be too frustrated with her because I can't even begin to imagine what she was going through and thought she was smart to make sure she knew what she wanted the second time around so she wouldn't make the same mistake again.

So, I didn't even realize this was the second book in this series until I read a friend's review of the first book and thought it sounded similar to this book. That actually makes sense, though, since there were times that I thought we weren't given enough background information about certain events. I wondered how she handled the news of her ex-husband and former roommate dating (and how they met) and then how she met and started dating Luke. There are quick summaries so I didn't feel completely lost but did feel that I was missing out. I would recommend reading the first book prior to this one so it will feel more complete. 

Having said that, though, this is an enjoyable read and enough information is given that it can be read on its own. There are some great side characters and some humorous events. It is an LDS romance so there are elements of the LDS faith in it but it is a book that anyone that loves a good, clean contemporary romance can enjoy! 

Unlike Sophia, Sally Johnson is not tall, blonde, or divorced. She grew up in Massachusetts and received her bachelor's degree in English from Brigham Young University. She and her husband, Steve, have four children and currently live in Las Vegas (but sadly not in a hotel). She has always had an overactive imagination and has finally found a way to put it to good use.

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Katie W said...

Great review!! It's always interesting to me to see what others think of a book without having read the first one, when in my mind it can't stand alone. It sounds like you still really enjoyed it. :)

Unknown said...

Well know that I know there is a first one I will start with that one. I agree with you...being married and divorced by 19...toooooooo young. I have a 19 year old and I cannot imagine her going through all that! I can't wait to read these! Great review!

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