Beauty for Ashes
Love in the Balance by Regina Jennings is the second book in the Ladies of Caldwell County series. The first was Sixty Acres and A Bride although it isn’t necessary to read this book first, because they both do well as stand-alones. Molly Lovelace and Bailey Garner take the stage in Love in the Balance. You may also recognize many of the secondary characters, and be able to get caught up with them.
I enjoyed getting to know Molly and Bailey better. In Sixty Acres and A Bride Molly wasn't very likeable because she behaved childishly and selfishly. As I read the first chapters of Love in the Balance and saw the expectations placed on her I understood her better. As she gave into the pressures put on her by her family, she made decisions that put her into a bad situation. A situation that she would regret and only God’s forgiveness, love and grace can heal. As she gives her hurt and pain to God and starts following His ways, Molly begins to change.
Bailey struggles with being the person God made him to be. He wants to please his Savior, but he keeps finding himself falling short of the mark. He loves Molly and knows that the only way her parents will allow them to marry is if he can find a job were he can support her in the ways she is accustomed to.
I felt compassion for these characters as I continued to read their story. The circumstances that they went through made them to feel unloved, used, and heartbroken. But just like us, Molly and Bailey discovered, that when we turn to God with a contrite spirit He is able to give beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
*Although I liked this book, I would caution that if you have a teen that is interested in reading Love in the Balance; please read it yourself first, because there are some issues that are discussed that you may not want your teen to be exposed to yet.
About the Book:
Handsome Cowboy or Debonair Tycoon.
How’s a Girl to Choose?
Molly Lovelace dreams of a life without cares in Lockhart, Texas. She also dreams of handsome wrangler Bailey Garner, her ardent but inconsistent beau. The problem is, with Bailey’s poor prospects, she just can’t fit the two dreams together.
Then mysterious stranger Edward Pierrepont sweeps into town–and her life–and for the first time Molly wonders if she’s met the man who can give her everything. But he won’t be in Lockhart long and while it certainly seems like he talks about their glorious future together, she can’t quite get Bailey out of her mind.
What’s a girl to do with all these decisions when love is in the balance?
Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her husband and four children.
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