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About the Book
Author: Sarah Monzon
Book title: All of You
Release date: May 15, 2017
Maryland, Present Day
Jacquelyn Rogers can rebuild anything…except the shambles of her past. A restorer of vintage planes, she’s worked hard to earn the reputation of being one of the guys. The last thing she needs is a former Navy pilot fighting his own inner demons stepping in to defend her from dangers she thought she’d outrun long ago. Some battles must be fought alone.
After a freak accident severs Lieutenant Michael “Finch” Carrington’s dreams, as well as two limbs, he’s left with nothing but a fragile faith and a duty-bound promise to watch out for his friend’s baby sister. A promise she insists is as unnecessary as it is unappreciated. But when she turns the tables and begins to weld together the broken parts of his life, it may be his heart that is in need of protection.
With the world at war yet again, Alice Galloway rejects her father’s traditional expectations and offers her piloting expertise to the Air Transport Auxiliary. She may be a woman in a man’s world, but when she overhears key intelligence, she must find the strength to transcend boundaries and her own fears. Or countless people may die.
Sometimes the past reaches forward to bring hope to the future.
About the Author
Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn’t in the world of make believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.
Her debut novel, The Isaac Project, skyrocketed to Amazon bestseller status while her Sophomore book, Finders Keepers, won the 2017 Selah award for contemporary romance.
This is the first book of Sarah Monzon’s I have read, and I can assure you it won’t be the last!
When I first read the synopsis of “All of You” I thought ‘Hmm, maybe …’ The reason for this was that when I saw that the book would be drifting in and out of two different time lines, I wasn’t certain that my tired old brain could handle it. However, I do love a good historical work of fiction, and lately I have been reading lots of contemporary fiction. Combining two storylines within one book … Wow! As I began reading, I thought ‘this should have been two different books (which it could easily have been), but the way Sarah weaves these two stories together is magical.
“Her heart skipped a beat as if it had decided to play hopscotch right then and there. She should say something, do something. Divert his attention. Because whatever had flashed through his eyes shook her foundation.”
Sarah’s characters are interesting and creditable. Both female characters work within a male dominated profession, which isn’t too surprising in this modern age. I was surprised to find that Alice was in fact a pilot, back in the time of WW2 … but heck, why not? It was delightful to also see the feminine side of both these characters. The male characters were equally intriguing. Henry who initially appeared to be a mindless flirt, turned out to be lovable, funny, and true to his word. Michael Carrington (aka Finch) … well what can I say … he is absolutely delicious!
All four main characters had their demons to wrangle with, but I really loved Michael’s strong, steady faith. The fact that he did question his faith in times of grief and adversity doesn’t score against him; it just makes his character all the more believable. No matter how strong our faith is, there will be times when we question everything we hold to be true.
“Jacquelyn Rogers flashed in his mind. Although why, he wasn’t sure. Florence Nightingale she wasn’t. More like Joan of Arc. A woman with enough spitfire to roast a man.”
I learnt some interesting facts from reading this book. I had no idea prior to reading this that the Air Transport Auxiliary employed many women as pilots during a time in history when women were regarded as best kept in the kitchen, bare-foot and pregnant. I guess in lots of ways, WW2 may have been the beginning, or hint of a change for the status of women. Although it was very many years after the war was over until women were even given the right to vote.
My heart bled at stages throughout the book as each of the characters faced their individual issues, and of course I had a box of tissues on standby. I think however, that most of my tears were tears of joy … not sadness. Now that I have read “All of You” which is the second book in this series, I think I really must get my hands on the first book “Finders Keepers” to find out more about the Carringtons. I am certain that once you’ve read “All of You”, you too will feel the need to take a look at “Finders Keepers’ … however, if you can restrain yourself, why not read “Finders Keepers” first?
Sarah has achieved a gigantic task … putting together two stories into one, with decades between each story, structuring an amazing plot where all characters are bound together in romantic bliss. Thank you Sarah Monzon, you’ve lifted my heart.
I was given a free copy of this book from the author via CelebrateLit. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. I was not paid or under any obligation to give a positive review.
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Guest Post from Sarah Monzon
I’m so excited to be here today and getting this opportunity to hang out with y’all in this virtual world. If you are anything like me, you devour books faster than my son drinks orange juice (and he really loves orange juice!). Because of that, it is sometimes hard to come across a book with a unique premise or a message that you haven’t seen incorporated a thousand times before. As a writer, I always try to bring something fresh to the table.
In the first book of the Carrington Family Series, Finders Keepers, neither of my characters were Christians. What? No Christians in a Christian fiction novel? Most Christian fiction books usually have at least one or both main characters a Christians. Don’t worry, they both found their way to Jesus. With All of You, however, I wanted to take yet an even different approach.
I’ve ready lots of books where the main character is angry or upset with God for such-and-such thing that happened in his/her life (I’ve even written a character like that), but I hadn’t really read a story about a character that, no matter what life threw at him/her, he/she was going to trust in God no matter what. As a life-long Christian, this is a message I can identify with. The “If not, He is still good” resonation that is sometimes harder to hold on to in the midst of pain and struggles.
So, as with all my books, I hope the freshness of the story and the realness of my characters will inspire and uplift you as you travel along with them on their journey.
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