I have this book in paperback vs ebook format. I read it straight through in a few hours. Enjoyed it tremendously. It is so REAL - how we believers sometimes really struggle with the desires of our flesh vs what we know God desires of us. I felt so bad for poor Jimmy at times as a result of his struggle, not to mention his confusion over some of the things Sammie said and did. My heart also ached for Sammie's struggle with believing God could love her. I think we've all been there at one time or another (or multiple times!). The ending left me smiling big. :-)
If you are looking for straight up romance from a Christian worldview, Michelle Sutton is the author for you. First Impressions is the first in the Tombstone Treasures Trilogy, a series of romance novels whose main characters work in the historic town of Tombstone, many as part time actors that help bring a sense of authenticity to this tourist attraction. This lends a sprinkling of old west flavor to the modern sensibility of the book. First Impression is a romance - there is no doubt about that. The central conflict is the emotional struggle the two main characters have as their passion for one another is ignited. Jimmy is a Christian, and wants to do â€˜what's right', meaning staying sexually pure until marriage. But his attraction for Sammie is so strong, he often finds himself in compromising situations. Sammie, on the other hand, is not a believer and struggles with self esteem, compounded by the fact that they knew one another as children - something Jimmy seems to have forgotten. There are lots of fairly steamy scenes in the book, which makes it rather unusual in the context of a â€˜Christian' romance. However, this is probably the thing that makes the novel stand out. Sutton does not try to pretend that Christian couples don't struggle when it comes to pre-marital sex. She is honest about the emotional turmoil, feelings of guilt and physical desire that can easily come into play. The hero in her book is not portrayed as a saint - nor should he be. He is a normal red blooded male who is struggling with an issue that is probably becoming more and more difficult for people to contend with in today's culture. Although the treatment of the topic is frank and honest, Sutton is also able to maintain a tasteful balance. The book is in no way pornographic. It is simply a story of two people in love and the struggles they face as they come to terms with their own desires and obeying God's word. I would recommend this book to those that are looking for an unapologetic romance. There is enough â€˜steam' to satisfy without becoming erotic, while maintaining a solid redemptive story.
Michelle Sutton does it again in this edgy romance set in Tombstone, AZ. The first book in a 3 book series and I cannot wait to read the rest! Who doesn't enjoy a good love story with a handsome cowboy? The story is more enjoyable because handsome cowboy, Jimmy actually has some morals even if he is severely tempted by Sammie.
This book was very shallow. There was no depth to the characters other than they were weak and driven by their hormones. I don't call it Christian fiction. I think the author has a very skewed view of what being a Christian really is. There was no holiness or purity or true change. This book wasn't about love, its about lust. Wish I hadn't wasted my money on it and won't on anything this author writes again!
Tombstone Treasures Book One by Michelle Sutton is the first inspirational romance novel in a series of three set in Tombstone, Arizona. Sammie Carpenter decides to switch her army uniforms for an actor's costume as a saloon girl and strut through the streets. She is eager to practice flirting when she meets Jimmy, a handsome cowboy from her past. She remembers him as James, but he doesn't remember her--at least not yet. She's determined to fix that and vows to make him remember her one way or the other.
Jimmy, her James, is a Christian and finds himself in a battle of temptation when Sammie entices him, but he vows to maintain his self-control and hopes Sammie and his friend, Chet, will discover the joy of knowing a personal relationship with God. Wounds from the past make it hard for Sammie and Jimmy to find each other and just when they're beginning to develop a real relationship, a secret Sammie never found the time or right way to share threatens to rip them apart. Eighteen chapters makes this novel an easy, quick read, and the end takes a spin of its own as Jimmy and Sammie are separated yet again. Will they ever find their way back to each other for good?
If you're looking for romance with a Christian message, you've come to the right place, Michelle Sutton's Tombstone, Arizona.