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Christian Romance Review: SAILING IN STYLE by Dana Mentink

Sailing in StyleI’ve relished Dana Mentink’s romantic suspense novels, but I’ve found that my love for them has as much to do with the author’s writing style as it has to do with their genre. Well, maybe not as much, but close!

I’ve just finished a pure romance of hers, her newest and recently released, Sailing In Style.

Here’s the short version:

Danger: Heartbreak ahead! 

Piper Brindle has spent her entire adult life trying to live down the stigma of her family’s checkered history. The one bright spot was Cy Franco, the talented California designer with the surfer-boy looks. She ended up only breaking his heart. Now an acting gig on the historic River King reunites her with the guy she pushed away. She knows she doesn’t deserve him, but how can she pretend she’s immune to Cy’s charms? As her past explodes into her present, Piper knows they can never have a future together. But with their irresistible chemistry drawing them even closer than before, how will she be able to walk away a second time?

My take:

Oh, this is blissful!

I confess, the laid back hero took a little getting used to, as did the hyper-ambitious heroine. But it didn’t take too long for me to embrace the trials of their backgrounds and enjoy this journey with Piper and Cy.

Piper, with an extreme artistic personality, battles intense esteem issues. True to life for many on stage and screen. And Piper has good reason. At the beginning, I considered her a lost cause.

Cy deals with the same type of esteem issues, yet his stem as much from interaction with her as they do from anything else. He comes across as humble and loyal. Excellent qualities until they’re taken advantage of.

And throughout the plot, his kind nature is constantly relied upon. Ticked me off more than once when some new expectation was laid on him. I kept wishing he’d turn his back and walk away.

But that would have shortened the book somewhat. LOL!

Besides the characters and plot, this story took place in a breath-taking old paddle boat. The author’s attention to detail in her descriptions made me feel like I was there. I could practically draw a map of the place!

With the charm of the setting, the twists in this romance, and the growth of the characters, this book deserves high praise. Though not a novel with a faith-driven element, the clean love story will satisfy any romantic at heart.

Your turn: Have you ever read a book that made you feel you’d visited the setting yourself?

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

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