Review: Devotion by Marianne Evans
Kellen and Juliet are a happily married couple. Kellen works at Associated Talent as an agent for up and coming talented stars. Juliet volunteers at a facility that provides food for the homeless. They both spend their Sundays together. Going to church together, eating brunch together, and having long, meaningful, reflective discussions together. Their lives seem perfect. But things aren’t as perfect as they seem to be. Complacency sets in and they drift apart from each other. When their marriage is tested, will the foundation they have built upon last? Kellen is overcome by genuine remorse and guilt, while Juliet struggles with pain and anger. Can a marriage built upon God last? Or will divorce become the result of the betrayal?
I could almost feel Juliet’s agony and Kellen’s wretchedness. There is nothing ‘fun’ about the story. Instead it speaks about mistakes, devastation, forgiveness, and redemption. I loved every page of the book. Rebuilding something so important but tainted by betrayal is a painful journey and the story chronicles the lessons learned during that process. The story is beautiful and the lessons that can be gleaned from it, important.
Many times, I heard and read about a spouse forgiving a cheating partner. I’ve known people who walked through that journey. I always wonder “how do they do it?”. How do you forgive someone for something so hurtful and painful? In Devotion, we follow Kellen and Juliet throughout their journey. We are given glimpses of the struggles faced. Even though the story is fictional, it feels almost real.
One thing I learned is that the breakdown of a marriage isn’t the doing of one person alone and it doesn’t happen overnight by a single spontaneous decision. It can be easy to slip into a routine life together that could lead to neglect, demise of the relationship, and finally the ultimate betrayal. Kellen and Juliet’s marriage disintegrated because they became too complacent. While it was Kellen who fell, Juliet’s ‘treatment’ of their marriage also contributed to its disintegration.
Conclusion: Devotion quickly became a favorite. The story was riveting and touching. So far, I’ve read it twice and it is still as interesting as ever. The story is very well-written. There are only about five or six characters, so the story isn’t complicated. Also, the message in it is clearly brought out without being too preachy.
Marianne Evans is an award-winning author of Christian romance and fiction. Her hope is to spread the faith-affirming message of God’s love through the stories He prompts her to create. Readers laud her work as: ‘Riveting.’ ‘Realistic and true to heart.’ ‘Compelling.’
Evans’s novel, Hearts Communion, earned Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year honors in the Romance category as well as Inspirational Romance of the Year from the Ancient City Romance chapter of RWA. Evans has also won acclaim in such RWA contests as The Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence where she has been a finalist twice, and the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence.
A lifelong resident of Michigan, Evans is active in a number of a number of Romance Writers of Aneruca chapters, most notably the Greater Detroit Chapter where she served two terms as President. She’s also active in American Christian Fiction Writers and the Michigan Literary Network. Visit her website at www.marianneevans.com.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. 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.”