Caleb + Kate

24 Sep

Caleb + KateCindy Martinusen Coloma

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: 2010

Paperback: 288 pages, though this was one of my e-reads

Book Blurb:

As the popular darling of the junior class and heiress to the five-star Monrovi Inn empire, Kate has both everything and nothing. She’s bored with school and life…until she locks eyes with Caleb at a school dance.

Caleb is new to Kate’s exclusive prep school, and it’s clear he doesn’t fit in. In fact, he and his dad work in maintenance for Kate’s father. And while Caleb knows better than to spend time with the boss’s daughter, it seems that every time he tries to back away, something pulls him right back in.

When their parents demand that they are to stay away from each other, they learn of a fight between their families that occurred more than fifty years ago. It’s a mystery Kate doesn’t understand…but a legacy Caleb has endured his entire life.

With the world stacked against them, Caleb and Kate will have to walk by faith to find the path that God has planned for them.

Stand alone or series: Alone and oh so lonely… Okay, so my sister has played me one too many cheesy country songs.

Why I read this book: It was in my library and for teens. Teen Christian fiction, though easier than it was to come by is still not the easiest genre to find so I snap up every chance I can get. Especially if it’s free!

Review:

This book surpassed my expectations. I had only read one book by this author before and while it was decent, it was not one of my favs. This time she went for an all out romance and man was it good. Caleb Kalani and Kate Monrovi meet each other after forced together by the school principal as part of Kate’s “charity work”. Instantly sparks fly. Caleb is all too aware of the generations-long feud between the two families, his grandfather has ground it into his head. However, despite his attempts to stay away from this prissy rich girl, she’s not all he first thought of her and he can’t seem to keep away. No matter how badly it could damage his family relations.

This book packs a surprising amount of heat and I have to say I enjoyed it. I still wish a little more could be said about drawing boundaries and what those boundaries could be, but I think the author paints a fairly accurate depiction of the desire that can bloom in a fresh relationship. I think she also handles their ages well. I tend to be a little wary of high schoolers finding their one true love at the ripe age of 16 or 17, but it is well handled in this book. I found their love and how they handle thoughts of the future to be very convincing.

The book draws interesting conclusions about God and love. I would have preferred the characters’ faith journey to have a bit more of an arch within the story. Caleb and Kate’s romantic journey was far more prominent. As it is a love story that’s not unusual but I would’ve liked to see a little more balance.

I tore through this book in all of two days. Then again, I haven’t done much else since yesterday afternoon. I’m often afraid of getting sucked into a new book because I know I won’t want to do anything else until I’ve finished. And this was certainly one of those. I loved the electricity flying between Kate and Caleb and was interested to see where this fire would take them. Now the publishers market this for age 12 and up but I would say a little bit older, probably fourteen or fifteen. It’s not that the reading level is too hard, but the slightly steamy thoughts swirling around in their heads is a little more than I’d want my 12 year old reading. However, for high schoolers and up I would say this would be one to put on your to-read list.

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