Book Review: Awakening by JoAnn Durgin
by Joanne Troppello
When I first started reading Awakening by JoAnn Durgin, it threw me for a loop—but in a good way. Let me just say that I had recently finished reviewing a string of romance books, all great, but so unlike Ms. Durgin’s romance.
From the first chapter, I knew something was different about Lexa’s story. As I read, it took me some time to put my finger on what that difference was. Then I figured it out.
Just a quick note—everything about Awakening was great, but the problem was me getting out of my comfort zone and reading a romance novel that was not the norm.
In this instance, not the norm is good. Ms. Durgin has succeeded in writing a romance novel that stands out among the crowd and breathes new life into the genre of romance.
Sure, boy meets girl, they have issues and you probably can guess the ending, but this novel reads like a real-life drama. This true to life relationship that Lexa and Sam develop shows real characters with emotional outbursts, believable dialogue, and fiery romantic chemistry.
There’s something for everyone in Awakening—romance, drama, interesting plot, dynamic character relations, strong faith-filled foundations, and some suspense woven into the end of the story.
Ms. Durgin’s novel certainly makes a great splash in the voluminous sea of the romance market. Lexa and Sam’s characters made a deep impact on me and I related very well to their fiery and loving, budding relationship.
I like the cover with the yellow rose. This flower plays a role in their relationship and it’s great that the characters were not part of the cover art. There was no need. Ms. Durgin successfully described the characters and painted such a wonderful picture in the reader’s mind of what the characters looked like and brought you right into every scene.
I look forward to reading more books by Ms. Durgin. Awakening is definitely a keeper on my bookshelf.
About the Book
Lexa Clarke has a deep desire to make a difference in the world, so she signs up for an eight week summer assignment with Team Work Missions. Originally when she signed up, she hoped to venture off into another country, but she gets assigned to serve on a team rebuilding homes destroyed by a flood, in San Antonio, TX.
She is seeking the Lord and experiences many interesting events and meets friendly, Christian people at this mission. Lexa did not go to this summer mission looking for love, but God had other plans—will she give her heart to the handsome cowboy, Sam Lewis and turn back to the Lord…
About the Author
JoAnn Durgin is a USA Today bestselling author named one of the "35 Essential Christian Romance Authors" in 2018 by Family Fiction Magazine. She is the author of the beloved Lewis Legacy Series of contemporary Christian romantic adventures as well as Prelude, the prequel to the series.
Other novels include the Amazon bestselling Catching Serenity, Heart’s Design and its sequel, Gentle Like the Rain, The Wondrous Love Series, Perchance to Dream, Whisper to My Heart, Echoes of Edinburgh, The Serendipity Christmas Series, The Valentine Verse, The Treasured Vow Series, and the popular Starlight Christmas Series. JoAnn's latest release is Love on Assignment in Millcreek(Millcreek Christmas Series, Book 1) in late December 2019. Her other recent novels include If You Believe, a standalone novel; Portrait, Book One of the new Grantham-Michaels Series; and Let Your Light Shine, a Lewis Legacy Christmas, (Lewis Legacy 10, a full-length novel which sets events in place which impact the remaining two books in the series). After more than 25 published novels, JoAnn released Only A Heartbeat Away under the pen name of Julianna Desmond. The pen name is reserved exclusively for a series of standalone novels with similar titles and covers. They are faith-based and her same signature writing style.
You can find more information about Ms. Durgin and her books on her Amazon Author Page.
About the Reviewer
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, SEO and social media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs. Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter. Read more about Mustard Seed Sentinel here.