Title: A Dash of Daring (Taste of Romance #3)
Author: Elizabeth Maddrey
Publisher: Janotima Books
My rating is 5 stars.
In the final novel, we enjoy the growing friendship and blooming romance of Zack and Amy. What makes this book unique is the ethnicity differences that keep Amy wondering If Zack could really love her as she has seen some bad examples of ethnic marriages in her extended family. Through the other prior novels, A Splash of Substance and A Pinch of Promise, hints have been dropped about Amy and Zack’s friendship.
Amy’s parents are really some special people in the tale, but I will leave you to discover that for yourselves. One truth that really comes across more than once is that no matter who one marries, marriage is hard work and both have to be committed totally for it to be successful. The setting is in the inner city of Washington D. C. Another theme is how the teachers wonder at times if they are making a difference in their students’ lives. Why? Some of the struggles inner city students face are different than suburban students. While there are, of course, some struggles all teens wrestle with such as growing up.
I applaud the author for handling a sensitive issue and how the Bible doesn’t speak against interracial marriages, but instead marriages that aren’t of the same faith in Jesus Christ. While the Christian divorce rate isn’t smaller than other divorce rates in our society, novels like this can help encourage working to stay true to the vows both made before God.
I liked to how Amy would go to her parents for advice and how they knew her so well as to speak truth to her even though it wouldn’t feel good at that moment. The tough part for teachers is being able to be vocal about their Christian faith in schools today and thankfully many live lives that are sparkling examples of Christ before their students. Plus I liked how the characters prayed before meals, holding hands and actually talking to each other and not having their faces in their phones or other electronic gadgets! Bravo Elizabeth for a well written series!
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