Book Review: CHASING CHARITY by Marcia Gruver

I rarely have to buy books these days, between Swaptree, Bookmooch, and different blogs I've got books coming out the wazoo! One of these books I was lucky enough to get from an author's blog, arrived yesterday via the UPS guy and it didn't leave my hands until I finished it at 1 AM this morning! This book is Chasing Charity by Marcia Gruver.

Chasing Charity is book 2 of a 3 book series, the first book Diamond Duo was released late last year with the third book, Emmy's Equal to be released in the fall of this year. I haven't had the chance to read the first book, Diamond Duo but I am DEFINITELY going to pick it up at some point and if it's anything like Chasing Charity it will be worth reading!

Charity and her mama, Bertha live alone in the oil boom town of Humble, Texas. Charity, all set to marry is left at the altar by her groom, Daniel Clark and betrayed by her best friend, Emily "Emmy" Dane who chases after him. A few days later Charity happens upon charming, handsome, roughneck Buddy Pierce, who discovers oil on their land. He wants to help them rise above the poverty in which they are living, but where oil is concerned things are never that easy! With the return of her ex-fiance, Daniel, things gets even more complicated! Who will Charity choose?

When I started this book I was looking forward to reading the "typical" romance but was pleasantly surprised! Instead of just boy meets girl, falls in love, something bad happens but is resolved, they get married, the end... it was so much more! The main female characters were terrific and such an important part to the story. The dialogue back and forth between Bertha and Magda (the 2 mothers) was hilarious, especially when it came to talk about Bertha's lack there of! The relationship between Emmy and Charity was equally as interesting although you don't really see that until the latter parts of the book. I really loved this story because it focused on the importance of friends and it dealt with issues that can come between them: men, money, etc. This book is also Christian fiction so it deals with the characters re-evaluating their relationships with God and what is truly important when living a Christian life. So if you like stories about the strong bonds of friendship as well as a cute romance, and some inspiration this book is definitely one you should go pick up!

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  1. Nice reviews. I read Diamond Duo and it was one of those books I just couldn't get into--and yet really can't tell you what was wrong with it. In other words, I just didn't like it. I enjoy Debbie Macomber's books. As you noted in your review, they don't meet the standards of Christian fiction, yet they are pretty clean compared to many published today. She has several series out that are pretty good--and most are available on Bookmooch.


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