About the Book
Book: All of You
Series: Carrington Family #2
Author: Sarah Monzon
Publisher: Radiant Publications
Genre: Time Slip — Christian Contemporary and Historical Fiction
Maryland, Present Day
Jacqueline Rogers can rebuild anything…except the shambles of her past. A restorer of vintage planes, she’s worked hard to earn the reputation of being one of the guys. The last thing she needs is a former Navy pilot fighting his own inner demons stepping in to defend her from dangers she thought she’d outrun long ago. Some battles must be fought alone.
After a freak accident severs Lieutenant Michael “Finch” Carrington’s dreams, as well as two limbs, he’s left with nothing but a fragile faith and a duty-bound promise to watch out for his friend’s baby sister. A promise she insists is as unnecessary as it is unappreciated. But when she turns the tables and begins to weld together the broken parts of his life, it may be his heart that is in need of protection.
With the world at war yet again, Alice Galloway rejects her father’s traditional expectations and offers her piloting expertise to the Air Transport Auxiliary. She may be a woman in a man’s world, but when she overhears key intelligence, she must find the strength to transcend boundaries and her own fears. Or countless people may die.
Sometimes the past reaches forward to bring hope to the future.
All of You is one of the most brilliant Christian novels I’ve ever read. Why?! Because of Michael Carrington. Michael is an exceptional hero. He’s handsome, disciplined, and so, so honorable. He’s a strong man with uber-confident faith in God. And, he’s cool. Like Maverick from Top Gun cool. At the start of this novel, Michael looks like he is the perfect man with the perfect life — the all-American Golden Boy! And then EVERYTHING changes in the blink of an eye.
The best part of All of You is watching as a strong Christian acts out his true faith during a life-altering experience. It has been my experience that often in Christian novels, a non-beliving or struggling-with-his-faith hero goes through a rough moment in his life then turns to God. But in All of You, Michael already loves God when trauma strikes. Does his faith fall by the wayside in light of his traumatic moment? No. Does Michael act like everything is OK when it clearly isn’t? No. What Michael does is go to God time and time again asking God to help him understand his next steps. He’s often in prayer throughout this story, and his prayer life is a genuine example of a solid relationship between man and God. Michael never hesitates to bring God his shock, confusion, anger, pain, or fear. As Hezekiah laid out a really scary letter from his enemies to the Lord in the Temple in 2 Kings 19:14 so they could have a chat, Michael lays out his soul to God day by day. Michael begs God to give him an answer. For a little while, his frustrating, overwhelming feelings remain and it looks like God will remain silent. But Michael never gives up. He just keeps on keeping on and tries to follow God’s will even when His path isn’t very clear. Michael is my favorite aspect of this novel because I value his example as a strong Christian. It’s so refreshing to read a story with a protagonist who is not afraid to lean into his relationship with God and share his whole soul. This aspect of Michael’s personality truly blessed and encouraged me.
All of You is a beautiful novel filled with endearing and relatable characters, a time-slip plot that is so well executed I equally loved both time periods, and a fabulous reminder to go to God through thick and thin. I love this book, and I am so sad my time with Michael and Jack is over. If you love well-written, beautiful stories then I highly recommend reading All of You. It is totally worth the read!
I purchased an eBook copy of this book from Amazon.com on September 3, 2017, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.