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Before I called you Mine: Book Review

Before I called you Mine: By Nicole Deese

Contemporary Christian romance

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Lauren Bailey may be a romantic at heart, but after a decade of matchmaking schemes gone wrong, there’s only one match she’s committed to now–the one that will make her a mother. Lauren is a dedicated first-grade teacher in Idaho, and her love for children has led her to the path of international adoption. To satisfy her adoption agency’s requirements, she gladly agreed to remain single for the foreseeable future; however, just as her long wait comes to an end, Lauren is blindsided by a complication she never saw coming: Joshua Avery.

Joshua may be a substitute teacher by day, but Lauren finds his passion for creating educational technology as fascinating as his antics in the classroom. Though she does her best to downplay the undeniable connection between them, his relentless pursuit of her heart puts her commitment to stay unattached to the test and causes her once-firm conviction to waver.

With an impossible decision looming, Lauren might very well find herself choosing between the two deepest desires of her heart . . . even if saying yes to one means letting go of the other.

My thoughts

Every book I’ve read by Nicole Deese has blown me away and this one was no different. Everything I love about Nicole Deese’s writing – the beautiful, realistic, effortless dialogue that reads like a conversation you’re having with your best friend, the deep and authentic characters who come alive on the page, heartwarming, intense tension and romance – all of it was back.

This was a beautiful tale of more than just the journey of finding and holding onto romance. This was a tale of finding and holding onto a dream – but also knowing when to let dreams go, out of your hands, and into the One who holds all things in His. I loved this whole story. So heartwarming and romantic, yet achingly sad and serious.

I fell in love with Josh Avery as much as Lauren did – for his personality quirks, for his confidence and spunk – for his sheer determination and Godly maturity. Such a fantastically crafted hero.

Lauren was also beautiful in her own right. Just the right kind of independent, given equal flaws and redeeming qualities. 

If you’ve not read Nicole Deese, I encourage you to check out my reviews of some of her other books below. And I implore you, go and pick up this story. You won’t regret it.

Other books bY Nicole Deese I’ve reviewed

A New Shade of Summer:  This book made my top 10 books of 2018

A Cliche Christmas One of the best Christmas novels I’ve read