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Review: Worth the Time

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Review: Worth the Time

Worth the Time by Laura Jacksonworththetime
Reviewed by: Meagan Williford
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary
Publisher: HopeSpring Books
Publication Date: January 6, 2015

“Worth the Time” is the second book in the Waltham Academy series. In this book, we learn more about Lindsey Hamilton, who we were introduced to in the first book of the series, “Worth the Wait.”

To the outside world, it may seem like Lindsey has it all. She is popular, beautiful, and never without a boyfriend. But, things are never as they seem. Lindsey’s life is actually quite lonely. Her single mom regularly ignores her, and despite her popularity, Lindsey only has one true friend.

One day, Lindsey learns that her mom has been keeping an important secret from her. Lindsey’s father, the man she thought abandoned them long ago, wants to meet her. In fact, he didn’t even know of Lindsey’s existence until recently. Lindsey is excited and nervous about finally meeting her father, and he turns out to be a wonderful person and a strong Christian. He is determined to be a part of her life, and they start to build a relationship. However, his sudden appearance in her life strains the already tense relationship she has with her mother. Can Lindsey look towards the future and forgive the pain and the lies of the past?

Along with her family drama, Lindsey struggles to complete volunteer hours so she can graduate. When her school counselor sends her to Covington House, Lindsey is immediately drawn to Sutton, another volunteer. When he first meets her, all Sutton can see is Lindsey’s snobby, popular girl exterior. Lindsey is baffled by the one guy in the world who seems immune to her charms. He is unlike any other guy Lindsey has ever met. He loves God, is dedicated to mentoring the kids he works with at the community center, and he works hard at school and taking care of his family. Will Lindsey and Sutton be able to trust that perhaps God brought them together for a reason?

As Lindsey balances volunteering, school, and her family life, she begins to question the person she has allowed herself to become. After so many people have hurt her, will she be able to finally trust that God loves her, completely and without strings?

I really loved this book! I read the first book in the series, and I enjoyed it, as well. In the first book, Lindsey is not likable at all. She is mean to the other characters and it’s really a struggle to relate to her. When I found out that “Worth the Time” would be about Lindsey, I wasn’t sure how I felt about that. However, Ms. Jackson did an excellent job of showing us the “real” Lindsey. It was a good lesson to remember that everyone struggles with something, and we should give people a chance and not judge. I loved watching the transformation that Lindsey went through during the course of the book. Her emotions were so genuine. I really felt like I was struggling along with her as she grappled with her feelings of loneliness, belonging, and figuring out who she was in Christ. The other characters were amazing, as well. Sutton was an awesome hero- handsome, sweet, and godly. I also really liked Lindsey’s father. He was so kind and he really stepped up and became the father Lindsey needed when he found out about her. I can’t think of anything about this book I didn’t like, and I highly recommend it!

Rated G: This book is suitable for all audiences.

Review copy provided by the author. Thanks!

 

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