by Hallee Bridgeman
Series: The Dixon Brothers #2
Published by Inc.
Publication Date October 22, 2019
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Georgia Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
VALERIE FLYNN grew up with the Dixon brothers, never differentiating one more than the other. When she leaves for college, she puts Atlanta and her childhood behind her, ready to make a life for herself somewhere else. An abusive relationship almost destroys her physically and emotionally, and manages to wipe out her relationship with God.
Since boyhood days, BRAD DIXON has always carried a flame for VALERIE. Her engagement to another man shattered his dreams. When she comes home, battered and bruised, recovering from a nearly fatal relationship, he prays God will use him to help her heal.
VALERIE returns to Atlanta seeking a fresh start, but she finds herself in a strange place. Not only is BRAD now her boss, she starts to develop feelings for him. Is it possible she can overcome the past and open herself up to another relationship, or did the damage done to her body and soul permanently take away any chance of happiness and love?
I would like to thank Hallee Bridgeman for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
It’s hard to know where to start in putting my thoughts down regarding this story. There are so many facets to it!
First, let me say that it is a deeply spiritual story, as Valerie struggles with the idea that God cares about her at all. And both she and Brad had intense anger towards Tyrone that needed to be dealt with. The author filled the story with scripture and sage advice for the characters to help them align their hearts and minds with God.
I loved Brad’s parents. They had such wisdom and depth. The way they loved and cared for their sons was a great picture of God’s love.
I’m a pushover for stories where the man has been in love with the woman since he was a boy. So Brad’s deep, abiding love for Valerie was so sweet and heartwarming. Though it was also sad that neither he nor Valerie had felt like they could tell the other of the way they felt.
While many elements I enjoy were combined in the story, I didn’t feel as emotionally connected to the characters as I often do. I’m not sure if it was due to the shell Valerie had built around her heart to protect it from being broken again which made her hard to love, or if it was the writing style. I have greatly enjoyed other books by this author so I am going to assume I am just not the ideal reader for this story and will watch for the next one to come out.
Valerie’s Verdict deals with heavy heart issues and abuse. Though the author used tact and was careful not to include too many details, there were still parts that were difficult for me to read.
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