K. Dawn Byrd masterfully stirs frustration in her readers as they partake of the romantic journey of Dee and Gabe.
Constructed as a modern day telling of Hosea and Gomer this story seems almost doomed from the start.
Gabe, a small town Pastor, follows God's direction and jumps into a marriage with a high priced call girl. If that isn't risky I don't know what is.
Dee is an exceptionally relatable and horribly flawed character. The reader is sure to root for her, and certain to slap their heads in frustration as she breaks Gabe's heart again and again.
This story has a very confusing element to me. It was pleasant and yet disturbing at the same time. I wanted Dee to get her head on straight, to appreciate the deep unyielding love of Gabe and accept his offer for a fresh start. It was almost exhausting to read further when she falls for the lies of fear, shame and doubt over and over again.
It's like a twisted soap opera. You find yourself actually asking out loud "Gabe! Really couldn't you do better?"
Then it dawns on you that Gabe (as a modern day Hosea) is a picture of God and Dee, with all her shortcomings is exactly like you. Ouch!
In that way Amazing Love is a story that is painful and depressing, but all too real. The happy ending is completely up to us.
I found K. Dawn Byrd's writing to be exceptional. I will be checking out other books by her in the future.
Amazing Love is a wonderful witnessing tool. Share it with a romance reader who needs a grasp on how much God loves us (even when we are a miserable lover who stomps on his heart).
Don't be God's unrequited love. Fall for his Amazing Love.
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As a member of The CWA Review Crew, I received this book free in exchange for my fair and honest review.