HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Love Thine Enemy
Author: Patricia Davids
Publisher: Love Inspired, 2006
Related website(s): http://www.SteepleHill.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Teens and adults
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Davids, Patricia. Love Thine Enemy (Published in 2006 by Love Inspired, an imprint of Steeple Hill Books, 233 Broadway, New York City, NY 10279). Rising ballet star Cheryl Steele from New York comes to Wichita, KS, for her younger sister Angie’s wedding. Angie asks Cheryl to go back to their hometown on the Kansas prairie to make amends with their grandmother and older half-brother, but an unexpected snowstorm, automobile accident, and a broken foot soon land her temporarily in the home of Sam Hardin. Cheryl and Sam begin to have feelings for each other, and Sam’s two little twin girls wrap themselves around her heart while they scheme to make Cheryl not a guest or temporary nanny but their new mom.
However, staying with the Hardin family makes Cheryl uneasy because she is really Cheryl Thatcher who years ago was forced to help her father and half-brother rustle cattle from the Hardins and, after serving time in juvenile detention, fled in disgrace. The more Cheryl stays with Sam, the more it all feels so right, but she fears confessing past secrets to Sam, while he himself is dealing with his own fears of entering a new relationship after his first wife Natalie left him and the girls for another man. Will Cheryl leave? Or can Sam convince her to stay? And how do the twins fit into all this?
Love Thine Enemy is identified as Love Inspired #354. It’s nice to read a story about people who trust in God, or learn to do so, without being hit over the head with “religion.” Since it is a “romance,” the book will appeal more to women and teenage girls, but a guy can enjoy it too. One negative reviewer wrote, “Another predictable outcome; I think we need to see a twist somewhere in these mass market Christian love stories.” Maybe that’s what so many people like about these kinds of novels—the outcome is always predictable to end up with a “happily ever after.” I mean, who is entertained by depressing outcomes?