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Circle of Friends Book IV: Mike by L. Diane Wolfe

October 6th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Thanks to L. Diane Wolfe for having this book sent to me!

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Description from Dancing Lemur Press:  Mike Taylor is the epitome of stability. His family is proud of his academic and athletic achievements at Georgia Tech, and despite the temptations of college life, he has maintained his moral standards.

Yet beneath the peaceful surface, Mike is consumed with guilt, fearing condemnation and rejection. A former girlfriend’s abortion and the intense love he feels for his roommate’s wife constantly remind Mike of his failures. Unable to forget and full of shame, he refuses to forgive himself.

When Danielle enters his life, he realizes he can no longer hide the past. Will she be able to reach him or is Mike past the point of redemption?

This is probably my favorite of the 3 Circle of Friends books I’ve read.  Mike was my favorite character since I read Sarah’s book and I was so excited to find out he was getting his own book.  The story did live up to my expectations except for the end.  The beginning was a lot of the same as in Sarah’s book just from Mike’s point of view.  We finally get to see how he met his girlfriend Danielle and see their relationship progress.  The story moved along at a great pace, not too slow and not too rushed.  The main thing I did not care for was the ending.  I actually found myself seriously disliking Mike and even though he changed his attitude at the very end I still found it hard to forgive him.  I’m sure Mike’s reactions to the situation are realistic for some but it just rubbed me the wrong way.  Overall, still a great book though.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Christian Fiction, Young Adult

9 Responses

  1. L. Diane Wolfe

    Thank you, Debbie! I’d had a lot of requests for Mike’s story once readers discovered him in Book II. And you’re not the first to voice frustrations with Mike’s reaction toward the end. He doesn’t handle the situation well! However, I felt it was realistic. When my husband read the book, he asked if I’d based Mike on him, as he would’ve reacted in a simliar fashion if we’d ended up in that situation. (LOL – glad we didn’t!)

    Thanks again for reviewing Book IV!

  2. dsuzuki

    Yes, it seems very realistic but still doesn’t keep me from wanting to strangle him at times :)
    Wonderful book!

  3. L. Diane Wolfe

    Giggle! But that’s good! Means I got an emotional response from you.

    Hopefully no one wants to strangle Heather by the end of Book V.

  4. Crystal Clear Proofing

    Interesting review…both you and Diane have me very curious now! I’ve read two of the COF books, and I just love them! It’s so great to get to know a character you’ve met in one the books, AND to catch a glimpse at old friends you’ve already read about!

    I’m really looking forward to reading Mike’s story!

  5. dsuzuki

    Crystal Clear Proofing-I hope you enjoy it! Mike was one of my favorite characters since book 2

  6. April

    Great review! I am so behind and need to get this finished up and my review posted. Diane is so awesome and such a great talent! I am glad that you enjoyed this!!!

  7. L. Diane Wolfe

    Can’t wait to read your thoughts, April!

  8. J. Kaye

    Fantastic review! L. Diane Wolfe is a really neat author.

  9. L. Diane Wolfe

    And you are a really neat book blogger, J. Kaye!

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