I must admit I found myself pleasantly surprised by Love on Assignment by Cara Lynn James. I was expecting your typical, run-of-the-mill “girl gets guy” kind of fare, and instead found myself enjoying a story of “God gets girl”, and she gets the guy as well!
Set in the early 1900’s, this inspirational love story brought the sights and sounds of Newport, Rhode Island to life. The quest of Charlotte Hale to make it in a man’s world takes her to places that she never thought she would go. Her desire to become a real journalist for the Rhode Island Reporter, not just a mere secretary, finds her jumping into an undercover assignment designed to bring down Daniel Wilmont. The young widowed Wilmont, a professor of religion, writes a controversial column for a rival newspaper, and Charlotte’s boss is willing to go to great lengths to see that Wilmont’s writings are stopped.
Along the way, Charlotte learns about love, but NOT just the love between a man and a woman, but about the love of the Lord for his children. She learns that the Lord will love us and forgive us, even when we can’t love or forgive ourselves. She also learned to trust her life and its path to the Lord, going to Him more and more in prayer. Many of the characters in the book found themselves learning to wait upon the Lord, a lesson that is so valuable to each of us. One of my favorite statements in the book says it best, “praying is important, but sometimes the Lord is slow in answering.” I think we’ve all been there.
I truly enjoyed this book, the second in the A Ladies of Summerhill series. How I wish I had read the first, Love on a Dime. James has a way of describing her characters and their surroundings that makes one feel as if they are there. Her characters are well “fleshed out”, allowing the reader to feel what they feel.
If you are looking for a book to snuggle up with on a cold evening that will leave you inspired and filled with hope that God’s love can, and will, win out, then I suggest you pick up a copy of Love on Assignment. You won’t be sorry you did!!
I give this book 5 stars!!!
Have a Blessed Day!
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