This ranks with some of my favorite books. I had the book format, not the ebook. I couldn't stop reading, but I didn't want it to end.
The only downside was that the couple got a bit heavy with their kissing. I think if they were a real couple, things could have gotten out of hand. It wasn't a good example of how an unmarried, Christian, couple should behave. There wasn't any disappointing behavior beyond all of the kisses, however. This was the only reason I gave it a 4 on "meets expectations."
After reading Bookends, I knew that most other books would be a disappointment. Few could measure up.
The characters in the book are a delight except for Nate. He provided a balance to show how different children of the same family can turn out. He showed the struggles of one without a Savior.
The Spiritual teaching was solid and illustrated the differences between Christians and those who are religious and following traditions and rituals. I think there was a lot there to cause most of us to stop and look at our own hearts.
The highpoint of the book was the humor. It helped keep the characters from taking themselves too seriously and showed how we can get so wrapped up in our ideas of fun that we forget not everyone has the same "likes." Of course, that can apply to books, as well, but I can't imagine anyone not enjoying Bookends--even if it doesn't make it to their favorites list.
Though I did not personally read this book, several ladies from my church could not put it down and loved it. We used this great book and the huge discount to purchase enough to give to each woman in the church on Mother's Day...and have had nothing but appreciation expressed since!
Liz Curtis Higgs is an excellent writer, but this wasn't my favorite book of hers. It was good, though and worth reading. The main characters didn't seem to have any chemistry at first and it was a little unbelievable (for me)that they could so drastically change. I'm still glad I read it. I enjoyed her book "Mixed Signals" a lot! I think that's why my expectations were so high for this book.