Worlds Collide

10 Dec

Worlds CollideAlison Strobel

Publisher: Waterbrook Press

Publication Date: 2005

Paperback: 384 pages

Book Blurb:

Some Decisions Change Your Day. Some Will Change Your Life.

While the headlines screamed “Hollywood Heartthrob Marries Girl Next Door,” the public relationship of Jack Harrington and Grace Winslowe never revealed the private struggles that threatened to pull them apart–and when celebrity biographer Jada Eastman starts digging, she discovers that there’s more to this couple than anyone could guess.

Their relationship began like a scene from one of Jack’s movies. Leaving behind a dead-end relationship and the bitter Chicago winter, Grace had moved to Southern California to start a new life. Meanwhile, Jack had established himself as an up-and-comer with considerable acting talent, and a private heartache. When a fateful accident pulled the two of them together, they couldn’t avoid their initial attraction or the vast differences in their values and lifestyles.

Now, against the backdrop of Beverly Hills and the 24/7 nature of the entertainment world, Jada grapples with her own beliefs as she encounters the spiritual chasm of this famous couple. Can Grace and Jack face the consequences of their own personal histories–and can the biographer avoid being affected? As the three of them examine the couple’s bittersweet story, it becomes clear that everyday decisions can carry lifetime consequences when individual worlds collide.

Stand alone or series: Stand alone. I love a good stand alone.

Why I read this book: Sounded good. Nothing more than that. It captured my attention from book flap to book’s end.

Review:

The novel begins several years into Jack and Grace’s marriage. They had managed to keep the press at bay when it came to their private lives, but now they are ready to reveal all to Jada Eastman for a book that they hope can change lives as their lives were changed.

You see, at the beginning of their stories neither of them were Christians. They begin in heartbreaking and heartbroken situations with little hope, only will power. They tell their stories through a frame tale, interspersed with Jada’s musings in the present. Jada is also a non-believer and is determined to stay so in spite of the couple’s warm suggestions otherwise. These are stories of hope, love and conversion. They are powerful tales and each start in dark places. But grow even stronger because of the adversities they face.

The novel deals with tough issues like sex, drugs, alcohol and AIDS. While it handles them well, this is not a novel for young ones. It is a powerful and an emotionally difficult read, but in my opinion well worth it.

The stories are woven seamlessly together  and the story they tell is excellent. I was pleasantly surprised by this new author (to me). And look forward to reading some of her other books… Though I’m not sure how they’ll compete with this one. It really was just that good.

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