Book Review: All of You by Sarah Monzon

June 14, 2017 Christian, contemporary, historical, romance, Sarah Monzon 35

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Maryland, Present Day

Jacquelyn 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.

England, 1944

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.

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SERIES: Carrington Family #2
GENRE: Inspirational Timeslip Romance
PUBLISHER: Radiant Publications
RELEASE DATE: May 15, 2017
PAGES: 340

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“The whole world had fallen down the rabbit’s hole with her, but no one would call this Wonderland.”

At the risk of sounding completely shallow… hello Carrington brother #2!

For all of Trent’s flirty bad boy yumminess that we enjoyed in Finders Keepers, it’s MICHAEL Carrington’s deep emotion and raspy voice that currently has me swooning. Navy pilot. Double amputee. Willing to become a pirate when needed. Murmurs husky things like “You’re killing me” in the middle of a don’t-dare-breathe romantic moment. Hero. Hunk. Honorable.

Be still my book-boyfriend-collecting heart.

And then there’s Jack, or Jacqueline (but don’t call her that to her face!) – she’s feisty, independent, and on her way to “Cool Aunt of the Year” domination. Her independence plus Michael’s charge (from without and within) to protect her sets up some fireworks, as you might have already guessed. But where there’s fireworks, there’s sparks. And where there’s sparks? You get the kind of chemistry that builds with intensity, every moment bringing them closer to a first kiss that might even make you, the reader, forget your own name 😉

It’s not all sunshine and roses though – in fact, Michael’s insecurities about life without the Navy, life without his arm and leg, keeps him from fully letting Jackie (as he calls her) into his heart. The way Jack handles his fears is perfection – mature and sincere – and more than once I cheered inwardly at her actions. (Ok… not gonna lie … one scene in particular. Remember the “you’re killing me” rasp I mentioned earlier? Keep a fan handy.)

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Woven throughout Michael and Jack’s present-day story is another – perhaps even more compelling – story set a few decades in the past. American Alice Galloway arrives in England to fly with the Air Transport Auxiliary, an organization set up in Britain during WW2 to ferry aircraft from one place to another. Most of its pilots were women and received equal pay with their male counterparts. (You’re welcome for the brief history lesson lol) Anyway, Alice’s story involves great danger, great courage, and great romance (Henry!). You will love watching it unfold and especially how it intersects with Michael and Jack’s timeline.

Bottom Line: Sarah Monzon’s novels just keep getting better, and All of You is my favorite so far! (Although… I’ve had a glimpse of her current work in progress, and I have a feeling that one will ultimately win top billing. So. Good.) Her research and attention to detail is clear, giving life to her characters and to their stories. The message of trusting God with the life you’ve been given, with the bumps in the road and the redirections, is naturally incorporated and authentic. And the romance – tender and fan-inducing all at once – is not to be missed.

(I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book which I purchased for my own collection. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 5 stars / Fabulous!

KissingBook Level: 4+ / Serious about that fan.

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about the author

Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn’t in the world of make believe, she can be found in a small desert town in central Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.

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What about you? Do you prefer a nickname or your given name?

Carrie

35 Responses to “Book Review: All of You by Sarah Monzon”

  1. Connie Scruggs

    My first name is Constance, so I definitely prefer Connie! Constance is just a lot, lol. Although, I do feel like Constance is a good princess name.
    Ultimately, whatever you call me, as long as it’s said with love, is fine.

  2. Paula S.

    My name is Paula. My parents used to call me Polly. My sister’s name was Sarah and they called her Sally– till we moved and there was another Sally in her class . She was Sally Ann and my sister became Sally Lynn. Well she didn’t like that so from then on she was Sarah. And I guess then I was Paula– we had “grown up” at 10 and 9 years old!

  3. Winnie Thomas

    I definitely prefer my nickname, Winnie. I was named after my aunt. She lived a block away when I was growing up, so we were big Winnie and little Winnie or old Winnie/young Winnie. She didn’t like either of those. 😀

  4. Carole

    Carrie, child … I could just sit and read your reviews, one after the other. Honestly. No kidding. You have just pushed Sarah Monzon to the top of my “got to find time to read this author” list. And when I started exploring her books on Amazon, I discovered that I had already bought Finders Keepers last month! Still over committed with a review deadline always looming, but determined to get to this series. It would also surprise you to know what other outstanding authors I haven’t had time to try yet, but we won’t go there. Thanks for all you do, Carrie.

    • Carrie

      I feel your pain, Carole. Truly. (and thank you so much for your sweet words!)

  5. Jennifer Rodewald

    Jen, not Jennifer, even thought that’s what I have printed on my books and on my author page. Jen is only three letters long, so the risk of me misspelling it diminishes quite a bit. (Yes, I’m a writer. I employ a very fine editor. You’re welcome.)
    All of You is my favorite of Sarah’s! That’s saying something, because I adored The Isaac Project. 🙂 I love the depth she wrote into both Michael and Jack, and I can’t wait to read what Sarah’s got going next!

  6. Brittaney B

    I never really had a nickname until recently when my best friend created an easy one for her kids to call me and I love it!

  7. Jocelyn

    I have had a nickname since in high school and nobody could pronounce my name (right). So a nickname stuck, and to this day most people know me by it, and I always respond to the nickname.

  8. Sonnetta Jones

    People close to me call me by my nickname or some variation. At work I like to go by my full name.

  9. Marylin Furumasu

    Good review Carrie.
    I love Sarah’s books and I’ve enjoyed your blogs. For some reason when I changed my email address I don’t get your emails any more. I’ll have to resubscribe. Take Care, Marylin F

  10. Donna B

    I have never had a nickname. But since my sister and I are identical and people don’t know which one we are, we answer to either name. Some people just put both names together and say them when talking to us.

  11. Lori Smanski

    what a wonderful interview. this book sounds compelling. love that there is history in the book also.

  12. Lucy

    Can’t go wrong with Sarah Monzon! And the Carrington Brothers really are incredible. #TeamTrent & #TeamMichael

    And I prefer Lucy to Lucette.
    *Afrikaans speaking people just can’t get my name right😉

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