Review: Love in the Balance by Regina Jennings
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Molly Lovelace dreams of a life without cares in Lockhart, Texas. She also dreams of handsome wrangler Bailey Garner, her ardent but inconsistent beau. The problem is, with Bailey’s poor prospects, she just can’t fit the two dreams together.
Then mysterious stranger Edward Pierrepont sweeps into town-and her life-and for the first time Molly wonders if she’s met the man who can give her everything. But he won’t be in Lockhart long and while it certainly seems like he talks about their glorious future together, she can’t quite get Bailey out of her mind.
My first impression of Molly was that she is such an immature girl. It was difficult to empathize with her and I couldn’t see how such a person could be a heroine in the story. It didn’t help that her money-loving parents were characters you just wish you could… throttle. As I read on, I could see the gradual change in Molly’s character and attitude brought on by the circumstances and problems in her life. From an “annoying” personality, she became a responsible, godly woman.
Bailey has plenty of faults, but he has intention and determination, albeit somewhat misguided, to do what he thinks is right. He is a very real character. We are shown his struggles between his want to do right and his want for Molly. You can’t help but like him, especially when he shows forgiveness (no spoilers here!).
The storyline is a mix of seriousness and humor. The dialogue between the characters, especially between Bailey and Molly, is often humorous even though their discussions are supposed to be serious. Love in the Balance was no doubt interesting and I liked the humor very much. However, I thought that the story was predictable. There weren’t many surprises. After all, it’s not difficult judging the good and bad characters based on the description in the synopsis. Nevertheless, I had an enjoyable time reading Love in the Balance and might even reread it in the future.
About the author
Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and four children. Visit her website at www.reginajennings.com.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author through Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”