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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
Avra's God is the first book in the New Smyrna Beach series by Ann Lee Miller. Revolving around the lives of a handful of college students, this book explores the complexities of love and family, of school and one's future, all while maintaining the complex web of religion, life, and romantic entanglements! The characters are real and palpable, with honest emotions and tough issues that they've got to work through in order to make the best of their lives and grow up, and grow stronger in their faith: both in God and each other.
I think I liked Avra and Cisco's romance and subsequent entanglements the best of all in this book. Avra had some quirks and seemed to have a good head on her shoulders, although that sometimes slipped when it came to Cisco and if he liked her or not! Cisco had a lot of issues and baggage following him around. It was sweet to see the way that he related to Avra's family and her brothers in particular. Kallie was another interesting character, and although her struggles weren't something I was familiar with, I really enjoyed her growth as a character.
I liked that Avra's God was able to showcase a sweet, realistic, and still romantic romance without any vulgarity or crudeness. This was a fun story about self-exploration, romance, love, and growing up. I hope the rest of the books in the New Smyrna Beach series live up to number one, but I trust that Ann Lee Miller has it well in hand!