Book Review: A Worthy Heart by Sara Beth Williams

Joel Bennett has always known Serena Hayes as his sister’s gregarious best friend. In the three years since Lacey began college, Serena became a regular houseguest, but lately, she’s absent more than not. When Joel discovers she’s in an abusive relationship, protectiveness from within roars to life.

With only a part-time job to support her and nowhere to go, Serena fears leaving her current relationship would jeopardize her chances of graduating college. After a brutal attack leaves her no choice, she courageously moves out. On her journey toward regaining confidence, self-worth, and independence, Joel falls in beside her, encouraging her. The way he emulates Godly love and compassion draws her close—not just to him, but to the God who can satisfy her longing for love better than any man,

Attraction sizzles between them, but events from their pasts cast shadows of doubt.
When the unthinkable happens, can Serena open her heart to a second chance at love, or is she destined to be alone?

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My Thoughts:

A Worthy Heart is the second novel written by Sara Beth Williams and shows great potential for this new author. This story is all about second chances. Serena embodies the struggles of abused women. We understand her fear as she would like to escape but has no where to go. It’s a beautiful story of healing, but at least one scene may be triggering to someone who’s gone through abuse themselves.

A Worthy Heart also is a wonderful reminder of God’s great love for us and how he sees us. To him, we are worthy to be loved. He sees us as beautiful.

I found this book to be a contemporary romance trying very hard to be a suspense. I think the trouble lies in the amount of time the story covers, about 8 months. If it had been over a shorter time, I think the story could have held a lot more punch and impact. It’s hard to say you “enjoyed” any story that involves an abuse plot line, but I will say it was an enjoyable read. I hurt for the character, Serena, and longed for her to find her place in Christ.

With some of the characters being college students, I felt like the book would be more classified as a young adult, but with the abuse, it would probably better fit into the new genre of “New Adult.”

I recommend this book for lovers of sweet Christian romance, stories involving college students, and also those who are interested in stories with people of color as Serena is bi-racial.

I received a copy of this book for review. A positive review was not required. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Sara Beth Williams

Sara Beth Williams is a wife, mother of two daughters, and temporary caretaker of a lovable old lady pit and a spunky Pomeranian-Shih Tzu mix. She lives in Northern California. When she’s not held hostage by the keyboard, she enjoys music, teaching, reading and spending time with her family. She is all about connecting with readers! Find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, Bookbub and AllAuthor.

3 thoughts on “Book Review: A Worthy Heart by Sara Beth Williams

  1. Alicia Haney says:

    I enjoyed reading this review. Got to learn a bit about the author and I love what the book is about, I bet it will help a lot of women that are in abusive relationships . God Bless you for writing this book.

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