When Hollywood heartthrob Jack Harrington marries girl-next-door Grace Winslowe, the scene is set for a picture-perfect romance. But as tabloid biographer Jada Eastman investigates the golden couple, painful secrets emerge that threaten to bring down the curtain on their future. Will love survive both Tinseltown and the truth? 352 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.
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Review 1 for Worlds Collide
Dissapointing and Predictable
Date:October 4, 2011
Worlds Collide is the fictional story of Jack Harrington, the famous Hollywood actor, and Grace Winslow, an average Christian girl. They share their memories with Jada Eastman who will be writing their biography of how they met each other and Christ, and how their trials helped shape their life.
This book really didn't grab my attention like I hoped it would and there wasn't any unpredictable twists in the plot. It was just one of those books that didn't bore me, but at the same time, didn't have me dying to turn the pages. Even though later on in the story, it showed the negative results of pre-marital sex, I still didn't like how much it focused on it and how much alcohol references there were. Also, there were a lot of typos that I found very distracting.
I did enjoy the writing style of Alison Strobel though. The way the chapters switched from Jack's and Grace's different views was very interesting and added more depth to the characters.
I can't see myself recommending this book to anyone and only give it two out of five possible stars.
Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review. All expressed opinions are uncensored and uninfluenced by them.
Worlds Collide by Alison Strobel was a pleasant surprise and unlike any novel that I have read in the past. The plot, structure, and characters are intriguing and pull you into the novel and resonate after you finish the last page. It is both heart-rending and triumphant, key ingredients for a worthy read.
Unlike most Christian fiction novels, which are generally "Rated G," I would classify this novel as "Rated PG-13" because of the subject matter and lifestyles portrayed. Ultimately, the themes of faith, redemption, and unconditional love shine through. Strobel formats Worlds Collide like a biography, told from the perspectives of three main characters: biographer, Jada Eastman; Hollywood star, Jack Harrington; and Jack's wife, Grace. Each individual is realistic, flawed, and searching for fulfillment.
Strobel paints a vivid picture of Jack Harrington's loose Hollywood lifestyle and clearly illustrates that money and fame cannot buy contentment. As Jake and Grace reflect on their lives, we watch them become Christians and change not only their lives, but the lives of countless others. Their conversion, struggles, pains, and doubts are tangible and relevant. The glimpses provided into their former, more worldly lifestyles, especially Jack's, make the reformations even more significant and satisfying.
I enjoyed watching the relationship blossom between Jack and Grace. The progression to their first meeting is slow at times, but lays a strong foundation for the challenges and successes they face later in their relationship. Jada's role is much more secondary, offering occasional reactions and insight into the story we are hearing along with her. We don't learn very much about Jada's life, but she provides yet another example of a life changed by the Harrington's faith.
Worlds Collide is a modern-day Cinderella story, and while the ending is not fairy tale perfect it is very real. As I overhear the latest Hollywood scoop, I realize that Hollywood and the world, in general, needs more people like Jack and Grace. More worlds should "collide" with these two fictional characters created by Alison Strobel.
Worlds Collide is available for purchase at the following locations: Christian Book Distributors, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Multnomah/ WaterBrook Press through their book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
I must admit, I took "World's Collide" out of the package, took a quick look at the back of the book, and tossed it on the coffee table. I assumed it was going to be another one of those Cinderella stories. Perfect looking Hollywood actor with pearly white teeth and no interest in a relationship falls for lavender-eyed, disabled, studio cleaning lady, or some such nonsense. When I had exhausted all the other reading material in the house, I reluctantly opened the cover, assuming I'd have to muddle my way through the sappy love story in order to write my blog post.
I was quickly pulled into the story, and pleasantly surprised to find it very unlike what I expected. With down-to-earth characters who fight with temptation and sin, a believable story line, and yes, a few Cinderella elements (but nothing sappy).
The book gets a little earthy at times, as it presents the sometimes raunchy lifestyle of our main man, Jack. If you're not comfortable with talk about him waking up in bed with a different woman every week, or can't tolerate the words "crap" or "damned" in Christian fiction, then this is probably not a good pick for you.
If you're looking for a great story of God's grace, forgiveness, and power to change even the hardest of hearts, then this IS the book for you! When your world collides with that of Grace and Jack, you're sure to be in for an amazing read!
This book was provided to me free of charge by Waterbrook Multnomah for review purposes.
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Review 4 for Worlds Collide
Fun, With a Message
Date:August 29, 2011
While I'm not hard core into following the every move of American celebrities, I do find myself curious about their lives. Mostly I wonder how they could ever be normal. I know they try to be, but they're just not. I find it equally fascinating when people write fictional stories about fictional celebrities. I always wonder if there is an element of truth in these stories, because it makes me feel for a moment that maybe celebrities are normal people.
Worlds Collide is a tale that borders on every girl's fantasy. A schoolteacher, Grace Winslowe, finds herself in a car accident shortly after moving to Southern California with an up-and-comer movie star named Jack Harrington. Their initial attraction to each other was a strong as the difference in their values and lifestyles. Through a celebrity biographer, they reveal aspects of their private struggles that threatened to pull apart their public relationship. It soon becomes clear that everyday decisions can carry a lifetime of consequences.
Good book! The characters are actually quite real, given Jack's profession and Grace's "stumble" into the world of the rich and famous. And the story is really about salvation, and the way God can touch the life of someone who is fully immersed in the world. Alison Strobel is a fantastic storyteller, weaving three perspectives into a seamless story. If you're looking for something fun with a message, look no further.
This book was sent to me by WaterBrook Press in exchange for an honest review, as a part of their Blogging for Books program.
This is a fiction book about a Hollywood movie star (Jack) and a downhome girl (Grace) and there realationship, not only with each other but with God. This book is written in the tense of a Hollywood reporter that wants to have a breaking story of how these two people survive the turmoil of the media and all the flashy Hollywood stories. It is told by the reporter interviewing Jack and then Grace, you get to know both their backgrounds and all the issues that they have in their closets. Each characters has many skeltons in their closets that surprises the reader. The decisions that each of them has to make, makes the reader wonder if they will survive. It covers everyday decisions that change your life and change the course of what you think your life will be. This book makes you realize even christian's have those difficult decisions to make in life.
This book kept me turning pages as it covered very real and current day challenges that come in life. It makes you think about your own past and how you dealt with difficult situations and how the decision you made, changed your course in life.
I would recommend this story to those that like a great fiction story that keeps you turning the pages.
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Review 6 for Worlds Collide
Love this book!
Date:August 25, 2011
I wasn't expecting much when I recieved this book as I had never heard of the author. I realized though, that she is the daughter of Lee Strobel, who's books I have read and thoroughly enjoy. This first book by Allison Strobel suprised be greatly. The main characters are Jack Harrington(a Hollywood film star) and Grace Winslowe(the typical American girl). They meet under less than ideal circumstances and this makes for an interesting story line. By reading the back of the book, it's obvious that the two opposites will eventually fall in love, but not without many bumps along the way. Parts of this book move incredibly slowly, and other, more important parts are just mentioned briefly. All in all though, this book was great. I loved that the whole story was the main characters talking from their point of view for a book about their life. I would recommend this book.
I recieved this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing for free in exchange for my honest opinion.