About the Book
Piper Redding is a loner, but lonely. Everyone she loves has abandoned her and opening her heart to others is just asking for more pain. She can’t help but blame herself for her brother’s tragic death six years ago, and in her guilt, she shuts herself off from the world. No one could love her-not even the God who promised to be there for her but wasn’t. For paramedic Ezra Bryant, failure is not an option. He’s had enough of it, and only by God’s grace is he able to put it behind him. But when a traumatic event brings Piper’s greatest fear and Ezra’s failures to light, can they use that event to allow God to mend their broken pieces? Can love triumph over fear, and grace over guilt?
In My Opinion
One of the things I love most about novellas is the introduction I get to some authors I may have otherwise not known about. That, and the fact they can be read in one evening. Yet, there are a few pet peeves I have regarding novellas too (instalove being the biggest of those). In Live Without You, Sarah Grace Grzy avoids all my hot button issues and delivers a moving, believable romance.
Even though they haven’t seen each other in six years, there’s a built-in history between Ezra and Piper. And the timeline of this story fits well for the friends-to-more novella while allowing Grzy to dig deep into the fears of both her main characters.
I couldn’t help but feel bad for Piper, she’s not had an easy life and it seems the hits just keep on coming for her. No wonder she’s afraid to care. But when people care about her, she can’t help herself.
The story is emotional with some hard realities, injuries that require hospital stays, and a broken hero and heroine. Tyler, a secondary character, is a great catalyst to the heavy, oppressive moods with his big, boisterous humor. I also enjoyed the way Piper dug into Scripture and relied on Ezra to help her with the things she didn’t understand (even if her actual conversion felt extremely abrupt).
Over all, this is a sweet story about finding the courage to heal and the grace to forgive oneself.
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