Cherish Me by Autumn Macarthur is a delightful Christian contemporary romance. It is the third book in the Chapel Cove series but can be read as a stand-alone.
Autumn Macarthur always writes novels that wrap themselves around the reader with their warm and welcoming atmosphere. The community seems to reach out from the pages to encompass the reader. Small town living means everyone pulls together. There are no secrets just warm welcomes.
Words spoken over us remain. “The memory of being called ugly, of feeling ugly, and of wanting so badly not to be ugly.” We believe what others say of us when really we should be listening to what God says. His opinion is the only one that matters. There are times when the reader’s heart breaks. “A familiar chorus of put-me-downs echoed in her head.” No matter how old we are, old hurts remain if we do not deal with them. We need to hand our hurts to God and live loved. “Believe Jesus really does love me, even if my mom doesn’t.”
Survivor’s guilt threatens to swamp. “He could not stop blaming himself that he’d lived and she’d died.” Guilt pushes a character to work for love and approval. He is atoning for his sins and forgetting that grace exists and his ‘sin’ is not sin but guilt. The reader is reminded that God loves us unconditionally. We cannot earn His love and we cannot lose it.
No one is too old for love. I love the fact that the leading characters are all forty plus. It is a delight to see match making in action and love blossoming.
Pets complete a home. I loved the inclusion of two whacky dogs, an aloof cat and a vocal parrot in the story.
Cherish Me is a delightful read that is grounded in and covered with the love of God. A feel-good read that will leave you smiling.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.