It was the beautiful cover of With You I Am by Cleopatra Margot that got my attention. After reading the storyline, I wanted to read this book. Cleopatra Margot is a writer whose work is new to me.
Noelle Carter is the CEO and events coordinator of Carter, Inc., a business started by her grandparents. Her curiosity is peaked when the Mayor of Balsam Falls, Nebraska, contacts her about planning the town’s spring event. Perhaps some time away will help reignite her creativity and allow her to connect to the place where her grandmother had come from. She will be working with Wynn and Marshall from Bryant Brother’s Construction to make the venue ready for the Spring Fling. Noelle’s life will be impacted by the town and its people, the Bryant family, and one special man.
With You I Am is a charming and romantic story. The reader will fall in love with the small town of Balsam Falls and the Bryant family. It’s the kind of place you wish really existed and filled with people you would like to know. Not perfect people, but people who are kind, caring, and giving. People who have had hard times, but by God’s grace and through faith they have persevered. As much as this book is about a love story, more than that, it is about relationships. The Christian faith is an important element in the story.
I really loved this book. With You I Am is long and goes at a slower pace, which is kind of nice. You get to know people as the characters are developed. I loved the Bryant family, their friends, and would love to visit a town like Balsam Falls. You won’t want to hurry through this book, but instead, enjoy the journey.
Faith was an integral part of the characters’ lives. Some of the theology was sound, and some of it was more motivational rather than doctrinal.
I really loved this book, and then I got towards the end, and there was a turn of events I wasn’t expecting. Honestly, that change in the story made me mad. The character was irrational, wasn’t thinking, was selfish, and overly dramatic. At no time did this character pray about the circumstances or seek wisdom from the Lord. I hated this part of the book, and thankfully that wasn’t the end of the story. But I felt manipulated by the writer for dramatic purposes. The emotions that the character was working through could have been handled in a much different scenario which would have better fit the story.
Also, the physical attraction between the two main characters was focused on too much, with the repeated references throughout the book.
Would I recommend this book? Yes…I loved the relationships in With You I Am, the family interaction, and their friendships. Even though the romance was a huge part of the story, the other relationships were the meat and backbone of the story.
I would like to thank Faith to Love Publishing and JustRead Tours for the opportunity to read a complimentary copy of With You I Am by Cleopatra Margot. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.