by Allison Wells
As the lackluster youngest daughter of a U.S. Senator, Roxie DePrive spends her life thirsting for one thing: to be loved unconditionally.
So, when her first boyfriend turns into her first marriage, Roxie's life undergoes a drastic change. And when that first marriage doesn't work out, she marries again.
Until Roxie marries five times.
The first marriage is puppy love, then dangerous love, convenient love, wishful love, and one that might possibly be the real deal.
And yet, none of the men she marries can quench the thirst she feels in her heart. It's only when she meets a man who knows her entire life and all her mistakes that Roxie learns the power of something else-the deep and abiding peace of Living Water.
A modern retelling of the Woman at the Well in the New Testament, Living Water shows us that no matter our past, it's God's love that truly quenches the thirst of our souls.
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★★★★★ By Ashley, Amazon
I received an advanced copy for an honest review and Wow!! I could not put it down!! As I read deep into the pages, I saw part of me in Roxie. I have been married three times. Divorced twice. Twice in two years. I always feel that it somehow defines me. And that hurts. I have always resonated with the woman at the well. Allison, you brought this story, her story, to life in a modern day setting. You made her real and relatable. I didn't see a prostitute. I saw myself. And I needed the reminder that God uses our stories to help others. Thank you for breathing life into one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. Thank you for reminding me that God is still intentionally pursuing me. And He is not done with this girl, just yet.
★★★★★ By Laura Beth, Barnes&Noble.com
Beautiful story adaptation of the Bible’s woman at the well. The story is very engaging, and I finished the book quickly because I had to know what happened next to the main character, Roxie.
(I happily received an advanced copy.)
★★★★★ By Cheryl, Amazon
I finished this book in a day and a half. I would have finished it in one sitting but life got in the way and dinner needed to be made.
There was that one moment that I started crying and it was not a pretty picture. It just shows how invested in the story and the characters I was. This is a recommended read!
Roxie really did not aim to marriage as many times as she did. She just found herself being deceived by some of the men. Yet, when she took her blinders off, she realized the truth. Luckily, Roxie has good friends who had her back. Each time Roxie did come out stronger and wiser.
Now, some readers may be discouraged to check out this book due to it being a modern retelling of the Woman at the Well a story form the New Testament but they should not be. This book is not preachy. It is a good, solid read. One that all readers new and old to this author will enjoy.
★★★★★ By Ebos, Goodreads
I didn't know what to expect when I started this book but I was completely floored by it.
The author's narrative style was amazing. The story captivating and the characters real.
This is the first modern retelling of the woman at the well who met with Jesus and it was touching, heartwarming, and very inspiring. Reading how it would have happened in our modern times was simply amazing.
Roxie's story was so heart wrenching but I was so happy to see the redemption that came as a reason of God's redemptive power.
I received a copy of this book and this is my honest opinion
★★★★★ By Marie, Barnes&Noble.com
I loved this story based on the woman who met Jesus at the well. I think a lot of us, not having all the facts, may have misjudged her. So it is with Roxie, the young woman we meet in this book. Longing to be loved for who she is, Roxie meets and marries five different men. The end of each marriage just adds to Roxie's view that there must be something wrong with her. And the lies and judgement of those in her world just keep piling on. But each relationship teaches her a little more about herself and the world, and she grows a little more. It takes meetimg a wise man to help her see that she is loved beyond measure by the One who really counts. I loved Roxie, who continued to love in spite of her heartbreak. The author poignantly show us her gradual growth through the story. The characters are real, not sugar coated. They give us a glimpse into the hearts of people who don't always make the right choices, even when they're following their heart. And how easy it is sometimes to find forgiveness for others while failing to find it for ourselves, until we meet the One who shows us how. I received a copy of this book as part of a launch team. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.
Release date: May 4, 2021
Page count: 276
Genre: Women's fiction
Tropes: Redemptive love, Bible retellings