Monday, February 23, 2015

Old Fashioned

Author: Rene Gutteridge
Screenplay writer: Ric Swartzwelder
Publisher: Tyndale Books
December 2014
ISBN:   978-1414379333
Genre: Novelization / Contemporary romance

Former frat boy Clay Walsh has given up his reckless lifestyle and settled down to run an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town. Determined to put his partying ways behind him, Clay has become notorious for his lofty and outdated theories on love and romance. But when Amber Hewson, a free-spirited woman with a gypsy soul, rents the apartment above his shop, Clay can’t help being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life.

New to the area, Amber finds herself surprisingly drawn to Clay and his noble ideas, but her own fears and deep wounds are difficult to overcome. Can they move beyond their differences and their pasts to attempt an “old-fashioned” courtship?

My thoughts:  This is a difficult review to write. I enjoyed one of Ms. Gutteridge’s earlier novelizations, but this one didn’t read quite so well to me. I applaud the message of the book, chastity, and waiting until marriage, but Clay seems more obstinate “My rules, my way” than chivalrous. I understand he has quite a past, but he responds in the extreme which rather turned me off from his character.

Amber is alive and vibrant, and a character I was drawn to. I liked her confidence, her zest for life despite the hardships she faces.

Over all, the book was okay. Not great. Not one I’d care to reread. But it does have a good message, and it would probably appeal to some ultra-conservatives.

 Available in ebook, audio, and paperback.  320 pages.

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