Theo Duval and Caroline Harrison met as children when Caroline’s family was visiting Theo’s hometown in Canada. Even as young as they were, the two had an unusual connection and affection for one another resulting in their first taste of young love. However, when Caroline’s family left town to return home, Theo and Caroline went their separate ways. Fast forward 20 years and Caroline still has fond memories of a pact the two made as children- that if they weren’t married to other people by the time they were 30, they would meet back up and marry each other. On a whim, Caroline tries to track Theo down and astonishingly, she is successful! The two reconnect and find that their childlike fondness of one another not only still remains, but has blossomed into something much deeper as adults. After a whirlwind weekend visit with Caroline’s family, the two decide to begin dating only to have the weekend end in a tragic car wreck where Caroline is seriously injured. Fourteen months later when Caroline re-emerges from her coma and also struggles with memory loss, she has to decide if she wants to contact Theo again to restart their relationship or leave him be so he can go on with his life without her.
My American Angel was one of my favorite stories in this series! Caroline and Theo’s early relationship was adorable, as was their first interaction with each other when reconnecting for the first time as adults in the library! I sighed and smiled at the swell of emotion each experienced and their instant connection with each other when they reunite as adults. The adult Theo is so tender and smitten with Caroline! How romantic that he speaks to her in French and recalls specific details of their childhood encounters in the library! I anxiously wanted to read ahead to see what happened after the accident! I’ll just say I was very pleased!
This has been a very enjoyable series overall to read. Three of the stories are insanely romantic! The other three are mediocre in my opinion. Even though there may have been some impracticality in some of the romance scenarios, the fairy-talesque romantic moments in JFK to Dublin, So Much for Boundaries, and My American Angel won me over and kept me turning pages!
There were a few things in this series, however, that perplexed me. I first started reading this series by St. James because she is described in her biography on Amazon as writing “Christian and inspirational” romances. All six books contained very little in them that would be considered Christian or inspirationally-themed. Yes, there were nods to prayer and mentions of God, but it didn’t really seem like any of the characters were making decisions based on their faith. I think Caroline’s description of Theo’s philosophy in life sums up how the other characters viewed Christianity- “he lived his life by certain Christian principals, not necessarily because he was a religious person, but because he had good results in life simply by abiding by them.” I would not label these books as “Christian romance”; that being said, overall they were mostly very good, clean romance stories featuring moral characters, but were not necessarily “Christian” in nature.
The only other complaint I want to voice is that all six books needed to be edited better. There were multiple misspellings (like in the quote above- should be “principles”, not “principals”), punctuation errors, and grammatical mistakes. Readers notice these things, and they become quite distracting. My hope is in future novels that St. James will take the time to hire a professional editor to present a more polished novel to her readers.
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I have not been compensated in any way by the publisher or the author for my review.
Brooke St. James is a bestselling author of contemporary romance novels with Christian and inspirational themes and happy endings. She was born and raised in south Louisiana but has had the opportunity to travel and live throughout the U.S. An avid reader, writer, audio book addict, and fan of all things artistic, Brooke constantly has her hands in some creative activity. She's currently back home in Louisiana enjoying life with her husband, children, and extremely lazy Basset Hounds. To find out more about Brooke visit her Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/brookesaintjamesauthor.