James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause. Clark Gable in Gone With the Wind (and most other movies he was in!) Harrison Ford in Star Wars. John Travolta in Grease. Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate About You. Bad boys all. The list goes on and on and on.
For some reason, many women are drawn to these men like a moth to a flame. Maybe it is a hope of redeeming them. Being the one female to cause them to change for the better. Perhaps it is the danger.
Regardless, Scripture is very clear. “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers.” 2 Corinthians 6:14 This is not a mere suggestion, it is a warning. No matter the attraction, no matter the “connection”, marriage is hard enough already. Without a common faith and desire to please God on the part of both spouses it is even harder.
If you are already married, don’t think this means you should leave your husband, but single women, please take this verse seriously. If you don’t, like the moth, you are bound to get burned.
Dangerous to Know
by Megan Whitson Lee
Publication Date May 17, 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: England Regency Era – UK – 1795 – 1837
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: Adults
“Don’t look at him, dear. He’s dangerous.”
Isabella Bankmill seeks a husband whose character matches her list of requirements. The man must share her faith, but he must also possess a certain je ne sais quoi. The enigmatical Lord Gregory Gordon Bromby—London’s newest literary sensation—certainly possesses the latter. Despite a deformed foot and alarming views on politics and religion, he attracts the ladies in droves.Haunted by his past and overwhelmed by his newfound celebrity status, Lord
Bromby’s obsession with his own doom leads to reckless behavior. When he is stalked by an obsessive aristocrat seeking an elopement, Bromby’s friends urge him to marry a suitable lady as soon as possible. Intrigued by Isabella’s convictions, and hoping to avoid further scandal, Bromby proposes to Isabella.Isabella also receives an offer of marriage from kind-hearted philanthropist, David Beringer—a man equally devoted to his faith—but she only has eyes for Lord Bromby. Blinded by his talent and good looks, Isabella convinces herself that he’s not as dangerous as everyone claims. But when Bromby’s world violently collides with hers, Isabella must decide once and for all who is lord of her life. God or Bromby?
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Isabella knew well the cautions in Scripture to not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. She also knew that Lord Bromley was not a believer. Despite that, she was drawn to him with a pull she should have resisted. But she didn’t.
Dangerous to Know is a well-written book with a strong warning message to believers. The characters are well developed and have lots of depth. This story, however, is dark. In some ways it made me think of Gone with the Wind in the way the characters kept making destructive choices. Though there is hope at the end of the book, it is not a happy ending per se.
Sometimes I find that the star rating definitions are inadequate due to the fact they describe my liking of the book versus the quality of the writing. It does make sense, but I feel bad not giving this story a higher rating. Even so, the reality is, it was a bad fit for me. The poor choices made and ensuing consequences caused my stomach to churn. I know that I am very sensitive to this kind of thing, so if you like stories that deal with the darker side of human nature, you will probably enjoy this one.