Monday, June 22, 2015

"Love Me Tender" by Janice Hanna

About this book:

  “As "Love Me Tender" plays in the background, Debbie Carmichael determines to salvage her family's restaurant, Sweet Sal's Soda Shoppe, when her father's health fails. Teen heartthrob Bobby Conrad agrees to perform at a fundraiser concert. But just two weeks before the highly publicized event, Bobby backs out of the benefit. Enter Johnny Hartman, a young, unknown singer to take Conrad's place. Debbie soon realizes the twists and turns leading up to the concert are divinely orchestrated. And it isn't dreamy Bobby Conrad who has stolen her heart - but the tender love of Johnny Hartman.”

Series: Part of the “When I Fall in Love” series. (Six books written by six different authors.)

Spiritual Content- Revelation 3:8 at the beginning; Prayers; Many Scriptures are quoted & mentioned; Many, many, many talks about God; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Church going; Mentions of those in the Bible; Mentions of Church going & Hymns; Johnny is a Pastor’s kid.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘stupid’, a ‘wimpy’ and three forms of ‘dumb’; A script has swear words which Johnny won’t read them.

Sexual Content- two barely-above-not-detailed kisses and three semi-detailed kisses; A couple forehead & cheek kisses; (Married couples kiss as well); Wanting to kiss & embrace; Noticing; Touches (semi-detailed); Embraces (barely-above-not-detailed); Hand Holding; Heartthrobs, crushes & swooning; Boys are called ‘yummy’, ‘dreamy’, and ‘cute’; Love songs; Love, falling in love, & the emotions. 

-Debbie Carmichael, age 19-20
-Johnny Hartman, age 21
                                        P.O.V. switches between them
                                              Set in 1957
                                                        316 pages

Pre Teens-
(and a half)
New Teens-
(and a half)
Early High School Teens- 
Older High School Teens-
My personal Rating-
Oh. My. Goodness. I love it. I absolutely love it. I can’t even think where to start with this review. Ahhh! Okay, how ‘bout: Very, very, very rarely do I give a book five stars on My Personal Rating (Goodreads actually tells me that I’ve given more 1-star than 5-stars). “Love Me Tender” is getting five stars from me plus a recommendation to every teen girl who has ever fangirled/swooned over a famous boy. I did cringe a few times remembering a wasted year of my life over all that. But, truly, that’s what makes this novel so great…it makes the teen who’s reading it, notice how silly and how not waiting on the Lord it is to fawn over a guy like that...“While she had been chasing Mr. Wrong, her heavenly Father had placed Mr. Right directly in her path.” .  (pg. 279)
Every time after I finish a book by this author (Janice Hanna is also Janice Thompson, for those who don’t know) I pray that she keeps writing! She is just so good!  

See y’all on Wednesday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.


  1. Ooo I will have to read this one! Happy Birthday btw!!!!! :D I hope your day is awesome.

  2. Great review! I *swooned* over this book, too! I let my 14-yo dd read it and she enjoyed it as well.

    One thing I liked about this book is how Janice portrayed the relationship of Debbie's parents - it left me misty-eyed at times. There were so many great secondary characters in the story and I would love for Janice to have written books for them. Who knows, maybe she will someday.