Y’all know I love to read, and that I occasionally review books here. I was enthusiastic about an earlier Amanda Hamm novel, because not only did I enjoy the story but I had always wondered why among the plethora of Christian romance novels there were none by or about Catholics.
So, if you are familiar with the Christian romance genre, you will know that series are very popular. Usually the books are set in a quaint little town, and different couples find love (and God’s love too!) in each episode. Often the seeds for the next novel are apparent in the preceding one. Everything Old follows this clever formula, leaving me wanting to read the next one so that I could learn more about the supporting characters.
But the heart of this volume is the sweet love story of Gabriel and Ruth, former friends separated by a misunderstanding, who are reunited by–of all things–being pressured by a lady in the parish (I’ll bet you have a lady like this at your parish!) to start a young adult faith group.
Amanda’s characters are believable, awkward, endearing, and real. Their dialogue sounds natural, and so do their internal monologues. It’s easy to like them and easy to care about them and their problems. Relatable is an over-used word, but it really applies here.
Of course I love that the characters are Catholic, which makes them even more relatable for me! And that while their faith is important, it comes across in a natural, believable way. Like all of us, the characters hope to be saints in the making, but they are not there yet!
If you are a Catholic who likes romances, you will like this book–and if you read it, you may even learn about a saint or two!
You can read more about Amanda and her writing here.