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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Aimee's Restoration by Audrey Marr is a beautiful story with strong Christian themes and a thoughtfully written romance that can be read as a Christmas story. Aimee McCormack is a broken widow, haunted by nightmares, who has decided never to trust men again. When she moves to the city of Chamberlain with her son, Jeremy, she befriends the Ross family and enjoys the company of Jane while her son spends time with Seth. The Ross family is a Christian family and when they invite Aimee to their picnic, she eventually starts going back to church. Introduced to Jane’s cousin, Rob Dalton, she is not sure if she wants a relationship. Rob is a wonderful man who is as understanding as he is patient. When things look good between the two, Aimee makes a careless decision that has her involved in an accident. The fragile link between them is severed. Aimee is plunged back into gloom, but the action and words of Rob’s mother will change the outcome of their relationship. Can Aimee resist when Rob comes knocking at the door saying he is sorry?
This is a heartwarming story with a delightful ending. Aimee is a character that I adored. I enjoyed the way the author develops her, keeping her real; a broken woman whose emotional problems are aggravated by her dire financial situation. She has to take two jobs to survive. But Rob is also an exceptionally developed character whose patience will help Aimee along the way. The theme of romance is well developed and the gradual development builds suspense in the story. Aimee's Restoration by Audrey Marr is a story that highlights the power of God in liberating us from our inner demons and giving us the freedom to love. It is a poignant story that can be read as Christian romance and one woman’s journey towards a second chance in love. The prose is crisp, the characters fleshed out, and the plot written with intriguing angles.