Back Cover Copy:
Marriage . . . it s more than a happily ever after. Eternally more. Ainsley Meadows, raised by a hedonist mother, who cycles through jobs and relationships like wrapping paper on Christmas morning, falls into a predictable and safe relationship with Richard, a self-absorbed socialite psychiatrist. But as her wedding nears, a battered woman and her child spark a long-forgotten dream and ignites a hidden passion. One that threatens to change everything, including her fiance. To embrace God s best and find true love, this security-seeking bride must follow God with reckless abandon and realize that marriage goes Beyond I Do.”
We’re told from a young age as readers that we should not judge a book by its cover. While a true statement both literally and figuratively, publishing professionals know that book covers are the first images to catch a reader’s eye. The colors, font, actors, and images that comprise a book cover tell just as much a story as does the novel itself. The beautiful cover for Beyond I Do fulfills expectations in every way, from the gorgeous red roses symbolizing love to the attractive actors immediately recognizable as author Jennifer Slattery’s main characters in the novel. But Beyond I Do is much more than just a book with a beautiful cover—it is a fulfilling story of the significance of faith in relationships, a topic that all readers can benefit from reading over.
Jennifer Slattery, author and blogger, is passionate about a variety of topics that stem from her faith in Jesus Christ and her love for her Heavenly Father. This passion comes alive in Beyond I Do through her female protagonist’s desire to marry a husband with a faith as strong and deep as her own. Through Scripture verses, conversations with secondary characters, and internal dialog in which Ainsley analyzes her situations with two leading men, readers will become familiar with the Bible’s directions for married life. Slattery conveys her messages with grace and ease, making it easy for readers to become invested in Ainsley’s situation and simple for them to understand Scripture and apply it to their own relationships.
Serving the less fortunate, Slattery’s other chosen thematic topic in Beyond I Do, is addressed heavily in the novel as a way for Ainsley to rediscover her own values in life. Aside from helping to move the plot along, Slattery’s choice to have her characters directly involved with the homeless was an excellent way to bring the topic to light for readers who may not be familiar with this growing problem. The love that Ainsley and the other characters show for the homeless women and children who fill their hearts is heart-wrenching and heart-filling at the same time.
Beyond I Do is a feel-good novel with sweet characters who share subtle reminders of how to live the Scripture in everyday life and show Jesus’s love to every person one comes across.
Rating: 3/5 stars