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Reviewed by Deborah Stone for Readers' Favorite
Navy Blues (Love Is Book 7) by Julie B Cosgrove is a spontaneous love story that develops in spite of heartache and confusion. Ema West, Em, is flying home to Texas from Hawaii, where she flew to surprise her boyfriend, Trey, but found him in the arms of another woman. Sitting next to her on the flight is Navy doctor, Lt. Ryan MacKenzie. Ryan is friendly and has a sympathetic ear, which Em discovers as she finds herself telling this stranger the whole sordid story. Ryan is also headed to Texas to begin work as a civilian doctor. After making their connecting flight, events go from bad to worse when their plane is forced to make an emergency landing. With no flights available to take them on to Dallas-Fort Worth that night, they decide to rent a car and drive the rest of the way. During the trip, Em injures her ankle and is unable to help drive, as was planned. When they finally arrive in Fort Worth, their story is just beginning. Is this merely a rebound infatuation or is this the real thing? Is Em ready to trust any man so soon after Trey's betrayal and, if not, will Ryan wait until she can? More importantly, what does God want in all of this?
Julie B Cosgrove's characters are damaged and resilient. As Ryan and Em navigate betrayal, trust, attraction and God's love, their journey strikes a chord in all of us. Julie B Cosgrove's story is familiar yet fresh, predictable in some ways yet surprising in others. This is a well written, well balanced, and well developed love story that will encourage faith, help us to trust in God's faithfulness, and teach us to find the patience to wait on His plan. Thoroughly enjoyable story.