Restoration is the act of taking something back to its original form or making it better. We restore houses, cars, old furniture, and even relationships. Like anything else that is restored, the likelihood of returning a relationship to the exact original state is unlikely, but let’s be honest, if a relationship was perfect to begin with it wouldn’t need to be restored. And we lovers of contemporary Christian romance enjoy seeing restored relationships in the characters of the books we read.
One trope in particular that deals with restored relationships is Second Chances. Many of the authors here on the blog have written second chance novels. I have one in the In Love and War anthology titled Designed with Love, not to be confused with Designing Love. LOL
In Designed with Love the heroine is a landscaper with a passion for design. To save her fledgling landscape business, Jessie Morgan is determined to win an important design competition–even though her major competitors are ex-fiancé Brendon Jacobs and one-time best friend Scott Meyers. Tensions are high in the quaint town of Silver Spring, Oregon as neighbors and friends take sides. Will Brendon drive Jessie and Scott farther apart, or will they join forces…and find love in the process?
As you can see, there is going to be some kind of relationship restoration. I love how there are so many different ways to show restoration in fiction.
In Merrillee Wren’s book Second Chance Love God’s forgiveness and grace make Sam and Jillian realize they need to do the same for each other.
Toni Shilo’s book Grace Restored tells the power of grace and forgiveness for oneself and others.
In Julie Ardui’s book Match Made in Heaven we see the power of starting over and finding forgiveness as only God can orchestrate.
Valerie Comer’s book Dancing at Daybreak deals with doing things out of order and then finding Jesus. The ultimate restoration!
In Tara Grace Ericson book Summer to Remember Danielle finds the power of forgiveness and redeemed relationships.
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