Love You Truly
Published by Candlelight Romance
Publication Date December 15, 2019
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Michigan, California, Hungary, Austria Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Blake Carlton, the camera-shy son of Hollywood’s Darling, dodges the invasive limelight and scripted relationships that so often accompany fame. But when his mother’s popularity declines and she falls into a depression, he offers himself up as the next bachelor on a reality show, hoping to reignite interest in her career while creating a way for them to finally connect.
After her fiancé dumps her for her best friend, aspiring photographer Harlow Tucker is done with romance—until her beloved, disabled sister requests her aid to start a nonprofit. Harlow agrees to do whatever is needed to raise funds, even reluctantly costarring on a dating show with a notorious womanizer who distrusts anyone behind a lens.
As Blake and Harlow navigate the superficiality of a reality show, their preconceived notions of love are challenged. Deciding to trust each other feels like the ultimate risk, but taking that chance could lead to a love truly picture-perfect, worth both of their hearts.
I would like to thank Just Read Publicity Tours for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Though their backgrounds were completely different, Blake and Harlow both struggled with the same misconception: that they were responsible for another person’s happiness. And, yes, they lived this out in vastly different ways – Blake had no faith in God while Harlow’s faith was strong.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, other than what I remembered of Susan L. Tuttle’s previous book, At First Glance, which I recall dealt with deep heart issues and was handled in a sensitive manner. So, despite my aversion to reality shows and the type of people they seem to attract, I wanted to give this story a try.
I found Love You, Truly to be insightful and tender. Harlow had practically given up her own life so that her sister Mae would not feel left out or because there weren’t funds available due to the expenses related to Mae’s care absorbing all their parent’s income. Harlow had a heart for those in need, those she considered “unseen”, very likely due to feeling unseen herself. Her heart was not bitter and she didn’t even see what she was experiencing to be unreasonable. So when Mae had her heart set on Harlow being on the show, that is exactly what she did.
Blake didn’t know what a healthy relationship looked like. He was a stereotypical playboy, experiencing the emptiness of his lifestyle, and was looking for something more. (Yes, you and I know that a reality show isn’t where you find that!) I loved watching his change of heart and then his change of mind as he began to realize that not only is love real, God is, too. And that God’s love for him supasses any other love and never fails.
There was a good mix of romantic tension, personality clashes, spiritual awakening, and conflict arising from an unexpected place. Love You, Truly is an enjoyable story of learning to trust even when circumstances cause you to doubt, and learning of God’s never ending, unconditional love.