Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Review: Worth Waiting For (Skeleton in My Closet Book 2) by Sally Johnson + Giveaway

Worth Waiting For by Sally Johnson
279 pages, July 1st 2015
Source: I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
My Rating: 4 Stars


Sophia thought she was over her broken heart, but the news that her roommate has eloped with Sophia's ex-husband hits the nineteen-year-old like a ton of bricks. She knows she should be fine with the unexpected revelation--after all, her boyfriend, Luke, is incredible, but it would seem her heart is not as resilient as she thought. And as Luke prepares to leave for his European study abroad, Sophia's feelings of fear and inadequacy threaten to overwhelm her.

A summer with her family in Las Vegas gives Sophia the time she needs but she still can't shake the questions haunting her, the questions that continually threaten to put more than physical distance between Luke and her. Is she really ready to jump into a new relationship when the last one ended so painfully? Will her divorce always define her? Is she the one with the problem?

As she wistfully observes others' love stories blossoming around her, Sophia must decide whether she's prepared to take another chance on love. Luke's return from Europe forces Sophia to confront the decision she's not sure she's prepared for--will her troubled past destroy the happy ending she's always dreamed of?

My Review: 

I remember reading the first book last year and I really enjoyed it, feeling both sorry for and hopeful for Sophia. This book seems to pick up right where the first one left off and you definitely need to read The Skeleton in My Closet Wears a Wedding Dress first to get the full story. You can see my review here.

Sophia is young--19 and divorced--and is at BYU, trying to get on with her life. She has a new love interest, but just can't seem to get over her past. Love is blooming all around her and she really has to turn inward to figure out what she wants and what she deserves.

I did enjoy Sophia, but at times I just wanted her to get over it already. As a more "mature" adult, meaning more experienced and older than 19, it's easy for me to say that, but to be hurt so young isn't much fun, I'm sure. That said, I can understand the length of time it takes for her to process things, but it dragged on in places. The more I think about it, the more I realize that the story took a natural course, instead of being rushed or forced, which is good. Luke is a keeper, if only Sophia can wake up and realize it.

There were many humorous moments that had me smiling and almost blushing with embarrassment. I'm prone to awkward situations and klutziness, so it was fun to laugh at someone other than myself.

The journey to self-awareness and growth is painful at times, but I loved the lessons learned and overall, I really enjoyed the storyline.

Content: no language or violence; mild romance (kissing); moderate/heavy religious elements, LDS, (churchy moments, mild preaching, etc). Clean!

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