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But Scott Hutchins, in A Working Theory of Love turns this potentially .

But Scott Hutchins, in A Working Theory of Love turns this potentially sterile technological world into an emotionally moving force that helps propel the narrative as it grapples with the stuff of real life. In quick, artful strokes, the various characters in a wide cast are memorably drawn and entwined in Neill's personal saga. In this terrific debut novel, A Working Theory of Love, emotionally adrift divorcé Neill Bassett Jr. is trying to build the world's first sentient computer program.

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Kathleen Scott told CA: "As a Christian, I longed to read novels that addressed the difficult issues I had faced in my life. Back in 1995, when I began writing A Test of Love, books like these were hard to find. I hope to write novels that will entertain readers while encouraging them to make choices in their lives that will honor God. "I was inspired to set my series of books in the lovely Christian retreat center at Mount Hermon, California, since I lived there with my family from 1987 until 1992.

Reading a romance novel these days was like rubbing salt into a wound.

Juliet and Michael have it all-two beautiful girls, a dream house, luxury cars-the perfect life. Reading a romance novel these days was like rubbing salt into a wound. There it was, in front of my face for a couple of years, in a pile of books I call my ad" books. I mean, it's sort of Christian and I was newly married at the time (not my first marriage), I didn't need this book or the fiction.

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Juliet and Michael have it all—two beautiful girls, a dream house, luxury cars—the perfect life. So how could Juliet be so discontent? Can God heal the crushing pain of rejection? Can He really restore a doomed marriage? This powerful fiction story portrays a seemingly doomed marriage and the miraculous restoration possible through God's intervention. Guaranteed fiction!
I myself am not a huge book reader, my brother is in a location where he as limited access to books, and has request for me to send books to him. As I have not personally read any of the books, its not very fair for me to comment on plot and story line. I do know he has not complained yet about any of the books so they must be good!

"Love always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails?"

A Test of Love was given to me as a birthday gift. This good (guilty shall remain nameless) friend, who knew I never read fiction and especially not romance, even had the nerve to have the actual author sign it for me--as if the author knew me herself (spelled my name correctly, too... which intrigued, but only slightly)!

I took a lot of Tums those year. I was scared I'd have to admit I still had not read past the title page every single time we saw each other. She never did mention it. I'll bet she thought I sold it on eBay in order to purchase a true crime book.

"Reading a romance novel these days was like rubbing salt into a wound."

There it was, in front of my face for a couple of years, in a pile of books I call my "if-I-have-absolutely-nothing-else-to-read" books. I mean, it's sort of Christian and I was newly married at the time (not my first marriage), I didn't need this book or the fiction. But one day, it fell from my pile and I put it in my other pile--the one that goes in the bathroom (I call that one the "okay-if-I-have-to-sit-here-anyway-I-may-as-well-read).

I am a bit embarrassed 'cause I read it in only three sittings (all in a day's work! I know, I know, please, don't bother commenting on it.

Author Kathleen Scott had me at "hello." No, really, she did.

"Juliet Nelson looked at herself in the dressing room mirror at Victoria's Secret and felt like a fool."

Juliet doesn't see the fit woman in the store mirror (she teaches dancercise), she stares at a depressed and lonely woman. Though married, she's alone. Even with kids, she's unfulfilled.

And that's how I got hooked. She was not only writing about me from the very first sentence, but I think she was standing next to me and could mind-read, as well.

Chapter one introduces Juliet, married eleven years with children, to the same man. She's on the road to destruction: she is about to learn about herself. Perhaps it's the almost-middle-age roller coaster whipping her around.

She and her husband, Michael, try surprise trips, candle-light dinners and flowers to rekindle the flame, but still, all she sees is a puff of smoke.

Soon after the stare-down with herself, we're taken back in time to the innocent first meeting and those wonderful butterfly pangs of love. It feels good, too, because Scott's writing is so... so real.

We learn through an innocent conversation with her dad, that Juliet has been brought up believing in God, but Scott refuses to let Juliet shove this in our face (and I liked that).

First comes marriage, then the carriage... yada, yada, yada, move up the financial ladder... you know the story. In the beginning, like any normal family, the routine of it all is okay. People need money, kids need their parents, and everybody stays busy. It's just a part of life.

"...days will go by and I'll realize that we haven't even kissed each other goodnight. I'll tell him that we haven't hugged or kissed for a long time, and he'll give me a nice little brotherly peck..."

I realize I--I mean, Juliet--is bored with her way of living in a marriage she believes could be one-sided and works on taking the superficiality out of their marriage. Somehow, Michael simply doesn't respond.

She drags him to counseling, but the hopelessness continues. Again, I hear myself as Juliet as she talks intimately to a friend. After all, you can't hold it in. When her friend suggests she talk to Michael open and honestly, she says she can't ever ask him such questions--she was nothing more than an intimate stranger to this man she calls her husband.

"How could he explain to his wife that his only real passion these days was making money?"

By chapter eight, we eagerly hear Michael's point of view. He knows Juliet is unhappy and in fact, has been for years. She's needy--needing to talk, needing to be reassured, needing this, needing that--but he's drained trying to stay afloat on finances, he could not afford to make her (and thus their marriage) the priority. Scott has Michael making the reader nod in understanding. He is under pressure, even if it's self-inflicted.

Lake Tahoe. A vacation to the most beautiful lake in the world, with friends, with their kids, and especially with each other--is just what they need.

But Michael can't stay for long. Juliet's depressed, but endures the rest of the vacation with the kids. Anger seeps through her as she faces her fear she's a single parent, only she isn't single.

The drive home from Lake Tahoe, alone with the kids in tow, only served to gather strength in her anger--she tries to fight it, but by the time she gets home, she convinces herself to remain civil.

Time (and chapters) pass. Through prayful meditation, it dawns on Juliet: she has to depend on herself to be happy (good advice from Susan B. Anthony, coincidently) and needs God to take care of Michael. Things are great, but they're tolerable--until...

"...grief over losing her dearest companion was matched by her fury at Michael for letting her down once again."

By the next chapter, Juliet is barely speaking to Michael for being such a selfish person in her eyes. One event changed her from needing a real kiss to turning the other cheek when the peck is even offered. Simple statements turn into defense mechanisms between the two.

Okay, so you get the story so far? Juliet and Michael could be us. The characters force you to know you are not crazy. You are normal. The more you read, the more you see the couples you envy are probably envying you. And seeing as you do get it, let's just skip to the end and then leave you dangling. Okay?

Out of town needy clients for Michael and a babysitter for the kids, make it easier for Juliet to book a convention--solo. No hubby, no kids. She meets Mr. Tall Dark and Handsome. She feels like a woman again. She likes what she's hearing, since she's hearing someone talk withher about things that really matter to her.

Because I told you I would divulge most everything in the book, I won't spoil the suspense, but I'll leave you with these two last quotes:

" long it had been since the thought of eating dinner out with a man had made her heart race..."

"He's the one who never wants to talk. I think it'd be a waste of time for us to meet with the pastor..."

My generation (me, Teraisa)--we peaked in the eighties--grew up being in love with love. This caused confusion when it came to relationships, marriages, and divorces. We weren't taught or worried about AIDS or abstinence as much as we were about not getting pregnant. Due to this, where I once enjoyed fiction, I now rarely read any at all (save for Stephen King). I mean, it's all fake, right?

For instance, how about the one where the "knight in shining armour" rides up just in time to save the heroine and they live "happily ever after?" Why do we never read about after? What happens when you don't feel that special tingle in the pit of your stomach any longer? How do you live with someone you know as well as you knew your parents (whom you grew out of and left)?

By nature, I am a rambling fool. I proved it above, but only because I want you to leave this review knowing the most important thing you gain when you read A Test of Love: If you've ever been married and in a love rut--you WILL identify with the characters and you will learn to distinguish and make decisions made by the heart, the mind, and the soul--according to God's plans.
I thought the the subject matter of this book would not be helpful to me after having been married for over 3 decades since it addresses the conflicts found early on in marriage. I was delightfully proven wrong. The humility demonstrated in the protagonist Juliet and her husband Michael were something of which we can all use a reminder. I will recommend this book to young married couples with children. It's insightful and moved me to examine my own marriage and attitudes in a way I hadn't expected. Kudos to Kathleen Scott for a story well told! There were a few inconsistencies in the story line, but they were easily overlooked to find the gold nugget waiting beneath. I only wish that there were more books to read by this author.
Read this book within 3 hours, could not put it down. This happens every day - a marriage where two is no longer two, but one/one, each is living their own life. And only when there is nothing left, they change. Sometimes it is too late for a change. In this story there is no third party (there nearly was one) but a husband who focus so much on work and forget to give any attention to his wife and a wife desperately need the attention of her husband. Later there is a change in Juliet's life and then she refuse to allow Michael into her life again. Then comes God and forgiveness and only then can a change become real and permanently. When you realize the hard work, the struggle to get together again then it is not worth it not to give attention to each other and rather work daily on your marriage. There is a lesson to learn in this story. I enjoyed it very much and will read this book again.
This book is full of valuable lessons. Even if you're a newlywed or not married yet, it shows you what can happen when couples don't communicate. The lessons learned from Juliet & Michaels experiences may help some couples to work through difficult times- other couples may learn how to PREVENT some of the problems outlined in this great novel. God has really given Mrs. Scott a gift- she is able to tell a tale that most people can relate to, and she illustrates it such a way that you truly feel the emotions the characters are feeling. I highly recommend this novel!
Just because you are a Christian doesn't mean you won't have problems in life. Juliet and Michael appear to have a perfect marriage, but looks are deceiving. Their struggles are all too familiar, and how they solve them in a Christ-like fashion makes "A Test of Love" stand out in the romance-fiction crowd. Kathleen Scott's passion for family and the sanctity of marriage are certainly refreshing in today's world. I am looking forward to the next story in the Mount Hermon series.
"A test of love" was a wonderful novel that brought me to tears. I could identify with Juliet's emotions, and loved her great strength through her trials. It is one of those books you curl up with and can't put down. I bought this book for my daughter and know she will love it too.
A Test of Love: A Novel ebook
Kathleen Scott
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Kregel Publications (January 14, 2002)
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