I have loved all of Michelle's books but for some reason this one just really struck a cord with me... maybe it is because I share a name with the main character Tara, my son has the middle name Josiah and there is even an Autistic boy in the story named Aiden (just like my son!).
But honestly it was more than that. I thought the story seemed very natural and flowed so well. The characters were real and dealt with temptation and sin and God without any sugarcoating. Michelle always writes with vivid truth and I love that about her books. I am rather tired of the typical Christian romance where no one does anything wrong and everyone lives happily ever after and you know the ending right from the start... it gets old after awhile. First Love kept my attention right from the start and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the characters.
First Love is the second book in a series but it could easily be read as a stand-alone novel. If you like a good romance than you will enjoy this fabulous book!
I just finished reading "First Love" by Michelle Sutton. Unlike Christian romances I have read in the past, "First Love" deals with sexual passion in dating without skirting around the issue or pretending that because someone is a Christian that they will never fall.
A young couple once intimate during their high school years-- now Christians-- are once again living in the same small town and tempted to resume the relationship they once had even though they now know it was wrong. Dealing with temptation, sin, repentance, and renewal in Christ, "First Love" is a book young people can definitely connect with and find hope in the message.