Where There’s Smoke: A Review


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Synopsis (from Amazon):

Pastor Henry Collins is hailed as a hero after rescuing a teenage girl from a burning church. But the real reason he was at the right place at the right time is known only to him and Hannah Mercer, the teenage girl he rescued: a girl whose faith has more to do with keeping up appearances than anything to do with God.

Lia Anders is a classmate of Hannah’s: a girl whose coming out as a lesbian resulted in immediate expulsion from the church. As an unlikely friendship develops between the two, Hannah begins to realize the error of her hypocritical ways, and encourages Henry to make a decision that will forever alter the course of their lives. But for Henry, the price of living a lie is easier than owning up to the truth.

Where There’s Smoke is a story that asks: who are we really? Are we the sum of all our actions? And is the note we finish our lives on the most defining of them all?

 About Sarahbeth Caplin (from Amazon):
Beth holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Kent State University. It was during college that she first saw her name in print as a columnist for her campus newspaper, The Daily Kent Stater. Now living in Colorado, she can be found in various microbreweries when not chained to her laptop working on future books.
You can follow Sarahbeth on her website and Twitter.
My Review:
I give Where There’s Smoke by Sarahbeth Caplin 4/5 stars.
I really enjoyed “Where There’s Smoke” by Sarahbeth Caplin. I like how the story illustrated each character’s need for grace, how they missed that need, and the catalyst for understanding it. I also appreciate the exploration of how the church often treats sin and sinners less than graciously…as if some people need less grace than others. I would have liked to see more of other characters besides Hannah and Henry a little earlier on. Compelling!