The Isaac Project

The Isaac ProjectThe Isaac Project by Sarah Monzon
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Radiant Publications on September 1, 2015
Pages: 286

 

Becky Sawyer’s day isn’t going so well. She had intended to celebrate her grandfather’s birthday with him and a few other friends, including her boyfriend whom she fully plans to marry. In the course of a few hours, all of her wonderful plans lay around her like a pile of horse manure. Not only does she catch her boyfriend cheating on her, she also gets the devastating news that her beloved grandfather – the man who raised her – is dying. His last wish is to see Becky happily married, but she has no earthly idea how to make that happen. Heartbroken, she seeks answers in the Bible…and finds them in the wildly romantic (and slightly insane) story of Isaac and Rebekah. She engages the services of her best friend and gives her a mission: find Becky a husband. Stat!

Enter Luke Masterson, who doesn’t have any idea what will make a marriage last, especially given his parents’ less-than-stellar example. When he meets Becky’s friend and hears her story, he knows Becky must be crazy. But when God begins to nudge his spirit in Becky’s direction, he soon finds himself moving across the country on no other basis than faith in God and a choice to love. When this choice is thwarted at every turn, his decision and Becky’s hopes are challenged beyond what either of them ever expected.

An incredibly charming contemporary romance between a woman at the end of her rope and a man who makes a life-changing decision, Sarah Monzon’s plot is so unique and drew me in right away!

An incredibly charming contemporary romance between a woman at the end of her rope and a man who makes a life-changing decision, Sarah Monzon’s plot is so unique and drew me in right away! As an ESL teacher, I spend a lot of time with people from cultures where an arrangement like this is commonplace. In fact, I’m still haunted by a question that was asked of me one day while sitting around a kitchen table talking about weddings and marriages with several girlfriends from another part of the world, another religion. Their marriages were arranged for them by their parents and there was no dating beforehand. One young woman, in the midst of our giggles and exclamations at the wedding photos we were passing around, looked up and asked me, “Do you love your husband?” Well, of course I do… I wouldn’t have married him otherwise. But to these girls – love doesn’t really factor into the marriage equation right away – it’s something that grows over time because they’ve made a conscious choice to love. An attitude that could benefit more marriages. An attitude that sings so poignantly in The Isaac Project.

His exquisite yet manly tenderness with her is palpable and brought tears to my eyes more than once.

Luke… I must confess, I have a bit of a book crush on Luke. Once he sets his mind to something, he doesn’t let anything get in his way! Even before he realizes his feelings for Becky, he is determined to woo her. His exquisite yet manly tenderness with her is palpable and brought tears to my eyes more than once. I thought that the times he was working things out with God, especially before he agreed to the marriage, were very realistic. Sarah also does a fantastic job of channeling a “guy voice” for his thoughts and perspective. Cracked me up several times at how much like a guy he sounded, something that’s missing sometimes in chick books 😉

And Becky. My heart ached for Becky. I’ve been her, emotionally, and even though I wanted to reach into the book and shake some sense into her more than a couple of times… I got it. It was a privilege to watch her character blossom and blush and flourish under Luke’s care while still maintaining the strong qualities that made her “her”. The strength in her spirit serves her well in the end, and I was so thankful that Sarah didn’t take that away from Becky as the character matured throughout the book.

These characters got to me and this book touched my heart.

These characters got to me and this book touched my heart. The dual first person narrative adds a wonderful depth of personality and makes for a delightful perspective to the character’s thoughts. Especially Luke’s. In addition, a unique premise, a solid plot, and a charming writing voice combined with a dash of suspense to ensure a truly enjoyable experience for readers. Sarah Monzon is a fun new voice in contemporary Christian fiction, and I for one look forward to more from her in the future. If you love reading books by Katie Ganshert, Varina Denman, and Becky Wade… you will love The Isaac Project too!

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