All of You – Book Review

I was given this book for an honest review.

All of You is the second book in Sarah Monzon’s Carrington Family series. I have not read the first one, Finders Keepers. I did not feel like I had missed anything by not having read the first book.

Let me start this review off by saying I absolutely loved this book. When I started reading it I was afraid I wouldn’t like it. The author used dual storylines from different points in time, modern day and 1944. I was afraid I would get lost in the transitions or find one story appealing and the other not so much.

I was wrong. The author did an excellent job of dancing between storylines and keeping the reader’s attention.

Both stories had strong female leads. The author didn’t just use two random time periods and storylines. The stories were connected and absolutely so.

I highly recommend this book. Go buy it now!

Here’s the blurb for the book:

Maryland, Present Day

Jacqueline 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, 1942

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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But God, that’s not the answer I wanted.

Tonight’s church service was about prayer.

1 John 5:14 “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”

The Pastor talked about sometimes God answers prayers. Yes. No. Wait.

He brought up Paul and the thorn in his flesh. It reminds me of something that happened to me a few years ago.

I was diagnosed with OCD and anxiety as a teenager. So, I check things a lot and worry needlessly.

I was at work one day. The electrical socket that my computer plugged into was on the floor. I had a box under my desk and kicked it with my foot. Cue sparks and the smell of something burning. I looked down and the box had a scorch mark and so did the socket.

I got down under the desk and discovered that when I kicked the box I knocked a paper clip into the socket.

Take that and add to it my OCD and anxiety. What happened? Everyday when it was time to go home, I’d crawl under my desk, using what little light I could get from my cell phone I would check that socket and make sure nothing could fall in while I was gone.

Sure, I knew logically that it wouldn’t happen while I was gone. But that didn’t stop me from checking. Yes, I did it and hoped no one saw me and asked what I was doing. Yes, I was embarrassed but it was something I HAD to do.

One day after checking, not once but several times, I prayed that God would help me.

Let me take a moment to let you know that I was responsible for ordering the company ink pens. The ones that have the company name on them and we give them out as advertising. My name was the contact person for our company. Sometimes they would send me things. My name was on the package so generally my boss would just put it on my desk.

Back to the story. I prayed for help. I finished checking. Forced myself to leave, knowing that I had checked and there was no possible way something could happen.

The next day my boss walks by my desk and drops a small package that came in the mail with my name on it.

I open it and find one of these

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Not only was the package addressed to me but my name was actually imprinted on it.

Do you know what that is? That’s a pen. Not just a plain pen, but a pen with a flashlight. Yes, a flashlight.

God has a sense of humor. He really does. That wasn’t exactly what I wanted but that’s what I needed. He was telling me the same thing he told Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9. “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

Speaks to me

Our pastor has started a series called Chase the Lion. He’s using the book of the same name by Mark Batterson. The sermons have been wonderful. I recently discovered a Bible plan based on it on my Bible app. Here’s part of the devotion content from one day.

“God is working his good, pleasing, and perfect plan for your life in a thousand ways you aren’t even aware of. Everything in your past is preparation for something in your future. God wastes nothing. Even when you have a setback, God has already prepared your comeback. The God who works all things together for good will leverage every experience, every skill, every mistake, and every bit of knowledge you have acquired.”

I can relate to this in so many ways. Not only can God use a setback for something in your future but in the future of someone else.

Several years ago I was working at a job that I’d had for almost 4 years. Things started going downhill. I found myself the target of a scheme. The scheme would eventually lead to my termination. I thought it was the worst thing ever. The termination had a dire effect on my life and the life of my family. We had to move in with my mother, etc. But God had used that to uproot me. He knew that I would never follow my true potential. I was happy where I was. Afraid to branch out. 

He forced me out. 

I look back at it now and it’s one of the best things to have ever happened to me. I could list the ways but it’s not important. What’s important is now a very dear friend is experiencing the same thing. I can now walk beside her and help her. Sure, if I hadn’t experienced it I could still pray for her but my prayers are much deeper because I know what she needs and I know that there’s something much better waiting on the other side. I can say “I know how it feels. I’ve been there. It’s tough. But it’s going to get better.”

I heard a quote or maybe it was a meme I saw but it said, “The storm you’re going through may not be for you.” You may not see it at the time but there will come a day that you say. “I understand now.”