I enjoyed this story set in Australia, a place I would love to visit someday! As a reporter, Bethany has a passion to find the cause of the diminishing number of Quokkas and meets Navy Chaplain Lachlan Peters on the way to the Rottnest Island. A friendship bond forms, but romance is put on hold since Lachlan signed up for two more years of service in the military. He doesn't want to give false hope of a future relationship to Bethany. As much as it breaks both of their hearts, I thought that was a smart move on his part.
I really admire his sense of duty to his career and strong moral values to Bethany. In my mind, everything he says and does is for the good of them both. He's the epiphany of 1 Corinthians 13, or the love chapter. A true gentleman through and through even when he struggles with his humanity. It's not easy to not give in to temptation or do the right thing to honor a beautiful woman such as her. I love the respect he shows.
Bethany was a strong female character. She's all gun-ho for a cause that's near and dear to her heart. Finding why the Quokka—Australian marsupials—are dying at a rapid rate is her passion in life. I also admire her strong spirit and faith; she's definitely no wilting flower in the story. I like how she stood up for herself at times!
I enjoyed watching this whole story unfold. Lisa Renee also touched on mental issues such as PTSD and Bipolar disorder in the book. Lachlan is a certified counselor in both areas and was a greatly helped many soldiers who deal with this daily. He was full of compassion and understanding, which made him a wonderful Chaplain. I like how the author dealt with these gently, and with enough detail to understand what someone would go through. She brought realism to the story for me.
God is the very center in this book! The author shows how each character naturally lives out His leading in their everyday life with both actions and words. This is what Christian fiction should be in my mind! I read not only for the enjoyment of a story, but more importantly, for the spiritual impact it will have. I like seeing how characters deal with different situations because it helps me in my own walk with God. Lisa Renee delivers in plenty of spades. I so appreciate when an author does this, it keeps me coming back for more! This one is for contemporary readers who also enjoy stories set in a foreign country and plenty of God in the pages.
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Polarized Love begins with a fun, romantic encounter on the shores of Rottnest Island. An American Navy chaplain meets a feisty Australian journalist investigating the Quokka mystery.
Why are the rare marsupials dying on the Island? Will the handsome American, Lachlan Peters, help Bethany Michaels with her cause or distract her from her mission?
Beth has served her family and father’s church faithfully, and now it’s her turn to leave the nest and spread her wings. But does her dad push her into the arms of the right man to launch his daughter into her God-given destiny?
When an American sailor, Nick DeHann, arrives on the shores of the West Coast of Australia, Beth is swept away with the promise of high aspirations. As the rushed relationship unfolds, Beth finds herself torn between following someone else’s dream or settling for the comfort of home and all she’s ever known.
Lachlan Peters returns to San Diego from his time in the Navy and tries to gain his footing in a life that has passed him by. Will Lachlan realize what he’s missing out on before Beth commits to another man?
Chock-full of romantic comedy, fast-paced action, and inspirational romance, Polarized Love offers a life lesson you won’t soon forget.