I’m delighted to share my review of With You Here by Sarah Monzon, the fourth action-packed romantic split-time novel of the Carrington Family series!
about the book
With You Here by Sarah Monzon
Holy Roman Empire, 1527
In the wake of Martin Luther’s religious reforms, Princess Christyne von Heidelbraum is compelled by her sense of duty to help ease the burden of her people. When she stumbles upon a dying man in the woods, she vows to aid him—even when she discovers the arrow shot in his leg was put there by a heretic hunter. With both her physical and spiritual well-being in danger, she must choose between conscience or adhering to the laws of the Empire.
Doubting her calling to become a hospital chaplain, Amber Carrington takes time off from her theology studies to volunteer with refugees in Germany. Working with children, making a difference, reconnecting with the conviction that once drove her—these were her expectations. An instant attraction to a professional soccer player wasn’t a part of the plan…and she can’t let him distract her from her purpose.
As a new Christian, Seth Marshall is determined to put his popularity as a world-renowned footballer to good use. Unfortunately, old habits and public opinions are hard to overcome. When he falls hard and fast for Amber Carrington, his former life—and her no-dating policy—may block his perfect shot for the woman he loves.
Sarah Monzon has a knack for writing stories that explore potentially controversial issues in a respectful and graceful manner. Whether or not I share a particular character’s worldview, I can gain empathy and a better understanding of people by reading stories like this (and obviously, reading enjoyment). Another example of Sarah Monzon’s thought-provoking fiction is The Esther Paradigm.
Both likable yet conflicted, Seth and Amber pose a striking combination of opposites and commonalities. Amber is a home-grown believer, protected on the straight and narrow. Seth’s reformed lifestyle is evidence of his genuine, fledgling faith. Yet they both have insecurities and a fierce love for their families and the downtrodden. Readers are sure to relate to one or both of Monzon’s main characters.
One of the best things about reading a series is revisiting characters from previous installments and the Carrington brothers do not disappoint! Overall, I would imagine this story will be especially therapeutic to readers who struggle with insecurity or have the daunting task of stepping outside their expected societal or familial roles. I highly recommend the Carrington Family series and I’m delighted to add all four to my all-time favorites.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
about the author
Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters.
When she isn’t in the world of make believe, she can be found in a small desert town in central Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.
Carrington Family series
I’m so delighted to finally have this entire series on my bookshelf!
Let me know if you’ve read or plan to read With You Here by Sarah Monzon!