Published by Olivia Kimbrell Press
Publication Date September 29, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Georgia Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Stripped of everything, Alex comes to Jon for help, and only then does she learn her true value.
Alexandra “Alex” Fisher has very little say in her choices for life. With a narcissistic, controlling father who holds her in contempt, she has learned to comply with any request just to keep the peace, including agreeing to marry his ideal candidate for her husband. They share the same faith, the same socioeconomic status, and have all the same friends. When her father sends her from her home in Connecticut to babysit her troublesome cousin, Alex feels powerless to say no despite having other plans and priorities. Her cousin takes off within the first week and Alex finds her in a local honky-tonk. When they go to fetch her, Jonathan “Jon” Dixon steps in and protects Alex from an unwelcome advance from a drunk cowboy.
Jon took the mall project in Nashville as a way to spend two years healing away from the family he loves so much. Very much the prodigal, about six months from completion of the project, he realizes how far off the path he's fallen and works to repair his relationship with God before he goes home to repair his relationship with his family. A news story sends him back into a tailspin, and before long, he finds himself in a honky-tonk with instructions for the barmaid to keep the pitcher full.
Jon and Alex share a mutual attraction. She decides to take control of her life at the same time he seeks something to help him forget a trauma in his past. They both end up making bad decisions that come with permanent consequences that night.
Back in New York when Alex stands up to her father about protecting her unborn child, he retracts her trust fund, closes her bank accounts, applies influence to her employers, and evicts her from her apartment. Alone, pregnant, and cut off, Alex can do nothing more than go to Atlanta and hope that Jon can help her.
Upon her arrival, Alex discovers Jon is not the poor blue-collar construction worker she assumed. She feels betrayed. However, his family's zest for life, love for Christ, and deep respect for each other soon show her how much was missing from her life before. She soon finds herself falling in love with Jon, but doesn't think he'll believe her feelings are genuine. Jon knows he's fallen in love with Alex but doesn't know how to convey it to her in a way that will resonate with her.
Can these two broken people cling to each other and learn to connect with Christ, or will all their individual baggage destroy their marriage before it even has a chance to get off the ground?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Alexandra’s Appeal is a faith-filled story as it shows Jon’s struggles with understanding God when he looks at tragedy in the world. And as Alexandra accidentally attends a Messianic service thinking it was a Jewish Shabbat service and hears a message making a correlation between the prophecies about the Messiah and showing how Jesus fulfilled them. I’ve seen many different ways the Christian faith is shown in the books I’ve read over the years but this is the first time Messianic Christians are shown in this way. Which made me happy.
Both Jon and Alex have deep compassion for those who are hurting, which made me care for them. The quick connection they had from the very start was believable and it made me smile to see how Jon couldn’t stop thinking about her.
One of my favorite things about this story was the gracious way Jon’s parents accepted the news that the son they had raised to know better had fathered a child out of wedlock. Instead of raining condemnation down on him and Alex, they showed love and kindness. Not condoning the sin but not rejecting the sinners either.
The plot was strong and packed with heavy situations that were handled well. A controlling father, the unplanned pregnancy, Alex’s sense of not being valuable outside of being her father’s daughter are only a few of them.
As a warning, Alex’s father was abusive. Not usually in a physical way, though there was a time when he did strike her. Please be aware of this if it is a sensitive topic for you.
If you enjoy Christian romance, Alexandra’s Appeal is a book you might want to consider reading.