Wednesday, January 24, 2018

"Left to Die" by Ivy Rose

About this book:

  “Lindy Greene’s life is perfect. Too perfect. But living as a missionary nurse, serving in a small hospital in China, soon brings the disaster she fearfully anticipates. All of her well-thought-out plans for the future disintegrate after pulling a fatally ill, disfigured, abandoned child from a pile of trash. She doesn’t even like babies.
  Nathan Thomas can’t find balance. College suited him just fine until his cash ran out, forcing him to the Chinese mission field with his parents. The chaotic atmosphere in China does little to relax his agitated mind, and the pretty blonde nurse at the hospital does nothing to help him focus.
  The Chinese mission field isn’t for the faint of heart. Nathan wonders how he can survive his remaining time there, while Lindy struggles to help everyone she can. With different ideals pulling them in separate directions, there is one thing drawing them together: a tiny, sickly, crippled orphan who relies on them to stay alive.”

Series: As of now, no.

Spiritual Content- Hebrews 13:5 at the beginning; A couple Scriptures are mentioned & read; Many Prayers, Praising, & Thanking God; Many talks about God & His plans; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Both Lindy’s and Nathan’s families are missionaries; Mentions of God, Jesus, His will, & callings; Mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of churches, underground churches, pastors, & going to a seminary school; Mentions of missionaries & mission fields; Mentions of Christians & faiths; A few mentions of miracles; A few mentions of blessings & being blessed;
             *Note: Mentions of those who believe in curses, misfortune, & bad luck.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘stupid’; Having to do nurse/doctor activities (IVs, treating illnesses, etc., up to semi-detailed); Many mentions of abandoned babies (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of dying babies, an infant’s death, & holding the baby (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of prisons & prison-like places; A few mentions of an accident & injuries; A few mentions of nightmares; A few mentions of vomiting; A few mentions of gossip;
             *Note: Going to & a few mentions of Starbucks.

Sexual Content- a cheek kiss, a not-detailed kiss, and two barely-above-not-detailed kisses; Touches, Embraces, & Warmth (barely-above-not-detailed); Blushes; Some noticing; Mentions of dating, relationships, & girlfriends; Some love, falling in love, & the emotions;
             *Note: Mentions of a mother who fought for her life after giving birth; A couple mentions of nursing.

-Londyn “Lindy” Greene, age 21
-Nathan Thomas
                                P.O.V. switches between them
                                                        ??? pages

Pre Teens-
New Teens-
Early High School Teens-
Older High School Teens-
My personal Rating-
{Add ½ star for those interested in orphan care or whose families have adopted.}
As many of y’all know, China is a country near and so dear to my heart. I was able to visit Maria’s Big House of Hope in the summer of 2016, which is truly a place that has the presence of the Lord.
When the sweet author (whose family has adopted from China) contacted me about reviewing “Left to Die”, I knew it would be a hard read, but such an important topic. Personally, I found one thing was no longer actuate (the mention of China’s one-child policy) and also that it’s very rare to seeing someone as young as Lindy who is single and adopting (when the age minimum is 30), it happens, but it very, very rare. 
I loved Lindy’s character and understood her thoughts on a personal level. Nathan was very sweet, and I enjoyed seeing their light romance in this novella. That epilogue was precious and so exciting for them. The writing style was very relaxed and I’m curious to see what this author writes next! :)

See y’all on Friday 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.
*I received this book for free from the Author for this honest review.

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