This is my stop during the book blitz for Love, Defined by Leila Tualla. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 4 till 10 August, you can view the complete blitz schedule on the website of Lolaâ€™s Blog Tours.
by Leila Tualla
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: August 4, 2015
In their final summer before graduating college, three childhood friends expect an uncomplicated transition to adulthood…but learn they all still have some growing up to do.
Alex Makapulo is facing a crisis of faith.
Raised a Catholic, Alex is considering becoming a member of her best friend Jack Page’s church—against her family’s wishes—but she can’t quite take the final step of baptism. Jack loves Alex and doesn’t understand her hesitation, and Alex wonders if Jack’s love is a blessing or a distraction to test her religious conviction.
Lori Hanson embarks on the trip of a lifetime.
For her twenty-second birthday, Lori’s grandfather presents her with a summer vacation in England. While preparing for her adventure, she meets British musician Colin Watson online and quickly falls for him. They plan to hook up when she lands in London, but her grandfather forbids it. Due to complicated family dynamics, Lori must regretfully comply with his wishes, though she vows never to forgive him.
Andy Taylor is looking for love in all the wrong places.
When Andy runs into an old crush, she decides she wants a more meaningful relationship with sexy Miles Webber. But when she confides in Alex, her friend warns her Miles only wants her for sex. Andy becomes angry and devises a reckless plan to distract Alex’s attention from her relationship. Things don’t go quite as she expected, though, and Andy is left facing a crushing moral dilemma.
As the summer unfolds, three young women learn love and faith go hand in hand, not everything is black and white, and sometimes in a fast-paced world you have to slow down, breathe a little, and find your own definition of love.
This story is a real inspiration to all. I loved the characters and felt that the author had written them well. Alex trying to decide about her faith In God. Lori and her trip abroad with her paternal grandfather, and Andy, looking for love in all the wrong places and ends pregnant, this is the year before their senior year of college and they have their lives all planned out.
I loved how the moral issues were brought into this story, and seemed like very real issues that many young adults go through, their questions about their lives and also how Faith in God can play out in their lives, rather they believe or not. I think the friend’s in this story are so lucky to have each other and made this story really interesting to read. To me this isn’t the typical cliché type of book. These characters were all different and yet they have been friends for a long time and did encourage each other and tried to be there for each other.
I love reading books that make you think and feel you have gotten something out of the story, which I did. This will be a book that I will reread and there are some parts in this book that I want to remember. Especially that last quarter of the book. I also love that it is a clean, Christian book.
About the Author:
Leila Tualla is a Christian blogger and writer. She blogs at www.tuallaleila.blogspot.com and writes about her misadventures in faith, in motherhood, and whatever else inspires her. She holds a membership to the American Christian Fiction Writer. Her current project is a YA Christian Romance.