Friday, September 20, 2019

WITH YOU HERE by Sarah Monzon, Reviewed by Nicole Cook

"His lips pulled back in a smile. Innocence and sass. A combination he very well could fall in love with.”

“These Carrington men… You can’t help but love them.” Over the past few years, fans of Sarah Monzon’s Carrington Family series have fallen in love with the Carrington brothers (Trent, Michael, and Adam) and have been eagerly awaiting younger sister Amber’s story. The wait is finally over! With You Here captivates readers with a heartwarming story that demonstrates the power of true love through faith and determination. With You Here can be read as a stand-alone novel since each book in the series has its own storyline, but readers will be so captivated with the Carrington family that they will want to go back and read the first three books of the series.

Two women, almost five hundred years apart; both strong in their beliefs and faithfulness to God. The gift of true love finds them when they least expect it. With You Here is the perfect blend of the past and present, and author Sarah Monzon is at her very best.

“As a scholar, he touched her mind. As a man, he touched her heart.”

In the historical storyline, readers are taken back to the Holy Roman Empire in 1527 where citizens are required by law to remain loyal to the Roman Catholic Church. People who believe in freedom of religion, even differing beliefs within Christianity itself, are persecuted. The rich historical details of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther, and other important individuals are fascinating. After saving the life of a man injured by heretic hunters, Princess Christyne von Heidelbraum’s public declaration of her religious beliefs is decision that will change her life forever.

“You’re worth waiting for, Amber Carrington.” He paused a moment and seemed to be wrestling with himself. His lashes brushed hers as he closed his eyes and whispered, “And I’m in love with you.”

In the contemporary storyline, Amber Carrington’s volunteer work with refugee children in Germany introduces her to another volunteer, professional athlete Seth Marshall. Seth and Amber both feel an immediate attraction to each other and find themselves falling in love, but outside interferences could destroy their chance at happiness. Through Amber and Seth’s work with refugee children who suffered immensely in their homelands, Sarah Monzon shares the plight of immigrants and asylum-seekers, and the need for peace and love in our society.

With You Here provides readers with a fabulous new book boyfriend to add to their collections. Seth Marshall is a handsome, flirtatious, professional athlete who has recently become a Christian and gave up his partying lifestyle. He only has eyes for the one special woman in his life.e The chemistry and banter between Seth and Amber will have readers breathless and swooning. The ending is an extremely satisfying conclusion to Carrington Family series, but readers will not want to say goodbye to this incredible family.

With You Here is highly recommended for fans of contemporary romance novels by authors such as Becky Wade, Denise Hunter, Courtney Walsh, and Susan May Warren, and readers who enjoy time-slip novels by authors such as Heidi Chiavaroli, Rachel Hauck, and Melanie Dobson. For readers who have never read a novel by Sarah Monzon, this is the perfect opportunity! You will not be disappointed!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.

Additional Quotes:
- “Someone told me flirting wasn’t a sin and just a part of my God-given personality. Plus, I found some pick-up lines from this bloke named Solomon. If guys in the Bible can charm lovely ladies, why can’t I?”

- “She wasn’t sure she’d ever get over the sense of wonderment at the thought that the man beside her loved her. It was everything she’d ever read in books or heard from other girls. Butterflies in the stomach. Weak in the knees. And when they kissed? More fireworks than the Fourth of July.”

Back Cover Blurb:
Holy Roman Empire, 1527

In the wake of Martin Luther’s religious reforms, Princess Christyne von Heidelbraum is compelled by her sense of duty to help ease the burden of her people. When she stumbles upon a dying man in the woods, she vows to aid him—even when she discovers the arrow shot in his leg was put there by a heretic hunter. With both her physical and spiritual well-being in danger, she must choose between conscience or adhering to the laws of the Empire.

Present Day
Doubting her calling to become a hospital chaplain, Amber Carrington takes time off from her theology studies to volunteer with refugees in Germany. Working with children, making a difference, reconnecting with the conviction that once drove her—these were her expectations. An instant attraction to a professional soccer player wasn’t a part of the plan…and she can’t let him distract her from her purpose.

As a new Christian, Seth Marshall is determined to put his popularity as a world-renowned footballer to good use. Unfortunately, old habits and public opinions are hard to overcome. When he falls hard and fast for Amber Carrington, his former life—and her no-dating policy—may block his perfect shot for the woman he loves.

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Author Bio:
A Carol award finalist and Selah award winner, Sarah Monzon is a stay-at-home mom who makes up imaginary friends to have adult conversations with (otherwise known as writing novels). As a navy chaplain's wife, she resides wherever the military happens to station her family and enjoys exploring the beauty of the world around her.

Sarah loves connecting with readers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


  1. I love everything about this book and you used some of my favorite quotes!

  2. I'm looking forward to a Carrington Binge one of these days! Thanks Nicole!

  3. This book sounds very good, I love the cover, it is Beautiful. I would love to read this book series, they all sound like very good reads . Have a Great weekend. God bless you.


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