Age Range: 13 and up
Reading Level: High School
A ten-day Caribbean cruise might sound like a fabulous way to spend the holidays, but Liz would rather be anywhere than stranded on a ship with her estranged father for his high school reunion.
While an anonymous note, an onboard mystery, and a cute boy help turn the tide on the unwanted trip, Liz and her father drift even further apart. However, when Liz’s reckless actions create a tsunami of unintended consequences, she recognizes that she’s drowning in pent-up hurt and anger. As her carefully created façade begins to ebb away, she turns to her faith and sets off to chart a new course for her life.
I have always enjoyed Leslea Wahl's books, but it has been a while since I read one of her novels. For some reason, I forgot how great they are until I read Charting the Course and was reminded of how well-written and entertaining these novels are. Her books are not cheesy or bad, and I always want to read more. And I never wanted to go on a cruise, but after reading this book, it is now on my bucket list!
Chatting the Course differs from all the other books I've read by this author. The main character is not Catholic and is from a divorced family. She goes on a cruise with her dad for Christmas break and does not want to be there, so she makes it known to the people around her. I feel a connection to Liz and can understand her struggle. I love watching her grow as a person and in her faith throughout the book and all the people who help her along the way (including a cute Catholic guy)!
Something I was not expecting was a mystery and many secrets involving stolen items on board the ship. The reader is kept in the dark until later in the book, so you can never know what will happen next.
Charting the Course is the second book in the Finding Faith Series, but you do not need to read the first to read the second. I have not read Into the Spotlight, and I was able to follow along perfectly. Overall I loved Charting the Course, and it is the perfect book for anyone having a hard time, holding on to anger and pain, and in need of forgiving yourself and/or others.
Special thanks to Leslea Wahl for sending me a complimentary copy of Charting the Course for my unbiased review!
Things to Mention: Liz is sarcastic and negative in the beginning. There is some stealing. Liz mentions how her dad used to date someone close in age to her. A woman publicly humiliates some people and says one person cheated on her. There is one almost kiss. There are a few other minor things.
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