Title: World of the Innocent
Author: Nadine C. Keels
Published Date: May 23rd 2017
Genre: NA / Contemporary Romance
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“Are you ready to love this young man?”
Jhoi: she’s poetic. She’s guarded. And she couldn’t imagine having much to do with a guy like Marcas. Sure, Marcas is a brilliant fellow artist, admired by plenty of fans. But he’s so remarkably…strange.
Still, Marcas touches Jhoi’s soul. And through the counsel of a shrewd old neighbor, Jhoi will discover a link between intimate friendship and becoming a steward of an era.
A tale of love, enduring belief, and the meaning of innocence—based on a true story.
Note: this book is Adult/New Adult contemporary fiction, though it may also be of interest to a young adult audience.
World of the Innocent by Nadine C. Keels is a chaste, Christian romance novella. I felt the beginning was a bit confusing, but it eventually becomes apparent that the main character, Jhoi, is telling readers the events of a meaningful experience in her recent past.
I loved Jhoi’s involvement with a positive group of performers. Additionally, her friendship with an elderly neighbor, Mr. Elmer, is endearing. She sincerely looks for his sage advice, and she finds that his observations and advice are worth consideration. If her reticence in physically showing affection were due to her beliefs, I would have found it more palatable. However, I didn’t fee; the reason given to be viable/realistic.
Marcas is a very positive guy, and with Jhoi in his life, he is absolutely “Jhoiful”. Even though Jhoi is supposed to be a very charismatic leader amongst her peers, I was drawn more to the magnetic Marcas. Their respective talent and mutual respect makes for an interesting relationship.
World of the Innocent is a nice, clean read. I truly appreciated Ms. Keel’s creation of characters who don’t tightly fit into the mold of the typical young adult. I feel that the writing could have been crisper to allow for more character development, increased story tension, and a less abrupt conclusion.
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