Title: Never Saw You Coming
Author: Erin Hahn
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Published: September 7, 2021
Format: e-ARC through Netgalley- Thank you, Wednesday Books!
Blurb from Goodreads:
“Raised by conservative parents, 18-year-old Meg Hennessey just found out her entire childhood was a lie. Instead of taking a gap year before college to find herself, she ends up traveling north to meet what’s left of the family she never knew existed.
While there, she meets Micah Allen, a former pastor’s kid whose dad ended up in prison, leaving Micah with his own complicated relationship about the church. The clock is ticking on Pastor Allen’s probation hearing and Micah, now 19, feels the pressure to forgive – even when he can’t possibly forget.
As Meg and Micah grow closer, they are confronted with the heavy flutterings of first love and all the complications it brings. Together, they must navigate the sometimes-painful process of cutting ties with childhood beliefs as they build toward something truer and straight from the heart.
In Erin Hahn’s Never Saw You Coming, sometimes it takes a leap of faith to find yourself.”
I was surprised to start reading this book and instantly realize it was about God and Christianity. My fault for wanting to go into books blind all the time! I was a bit nervous because I will be honest and say I’ve been struggling with “Christians” and what they represent presently. I, myself, am a Christian but my version of faith and what I’m seeing in the world today are not the same. I ended up loving the message this book represents. It comes down to one thing: God loves everyone and he doesn’t care who you are or what you’ve done. Like Erin says, we are messy.
Meg’s whole world has been turned upside down and everything she knows is a lie. She’s grown up in a very conservative Christian church. She’s been homeschooled and quite sheltered. She decides to take a gap year and when she finds out she has more family, decides to visit them. She ends up learning a lot about herself and questioning her beliefs. I love that Meg is aware of her battles and is constantly trying to find out what is true to her. Her faith has never wavered but her faith in the church has, rightfully so. She’s one of those characters that you can just feel the light and sunshine come through the pages.
Micah is another great character, who is going through a rough time. His father is in prison and Micah is still living with the consequences of his father. He’s struggling and feels broken. Another thing that Erin focuses on is how the church can ostracize you when something doesn’t go “their way.” His father is the one who committed these felonies but the family suffers greatly. Instead of being there for them and helping them in their time of need, they turn their backs on them.
Meg and Micah’s relationship was so sweet and so inspirational. They are both going through so much but end up helping each other find their way out of the dark. They are both trying to find their footing on their path and their beliefs. I really enjoyed watching them grow in and outside of their relationship. I found myself laughing at a lot of their conversations. It was just a very beautiful romance.
One thing that I didn’t like about this book was how it just glossed over some of the major “talks.” For example, all the stuff with her mom and we don’t really get a conversation about that. We just get a paragraph with her saying they had to work on it. I needed a deep discussion on what happened and how her mom felt. We get more from her stepdad than her own mom.
I read this book in one day! I flew through it because it was just such a wonderful read. Even though, there’s a lot of intense topics it read very light. I think that Erin Hahn did a fabulous job toeing the line between a romance and Christian alternative fiction. I never thought it felt too preachy to me either.
This will not be a book for everyone. There’s a lot of religious discussions and there’s going to be people who don’t agree with the message. It does hit the nail on the head for present day issues with teens and even adults. It’s plain and simple.. love thy neighbor means EVERYONE, no exceptions. There’s a quote in the book that says, “Please enlighten me. Just what did God look like when he came down from heaven and asked you to be his judge and jury?” I will forever use that! Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I flew through it and I was just so in love with Meg and Micah! A very sweet romance about finding who you are in the world.
I want to thank Wednesday Books and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this ebook for review!