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Free-spirited Elizabeth Foster turned her back on her father's photography business to pursue musical theater, but a career on the stage remains second to a career behind the camera. The possibility of a one-show contract means she's a few weeks from unemployment forcing her home, and her dreams of pursuing professional photography reemerge. With photography and theater opFree-spirited Elizabeth Foster turned her back on her father's photography business to pursue musical theater, but a career on the stage remains second to a career behind the camera. The possibility of a one-show contract means she's a few weeks from unemployment forcing her home, and her dreams of pursuing professional photography reemerge. With photography and theater opportunities unfolding before her, Elizabeth faces her biggest challenge yet—listening to her heart. Meanwhile, sought-after photographer Ryan Callahan has put his career on hold to help his sister's family, but the promise of a bigger assignment could lure him away so he can begin building a family of his own. With professional opportunities and personal obligations pulling at him, Ryan faces his toughest challenge—balancing family, relationships, and work. If given the choice, what dreams would develop for Elizabeth and Ryan? And will they learn to trust each other enough to focus on love?...

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Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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Focus On Love Reviews

  • Amanda
    2018-08-05 06:05

    What a perfectly titled story! Candee Fick gives her fans more than the sweet romance they’ve grown to expect from her by crafting a story of love in all its aspects. Readers will rejoice as they watch the heroine discover the true meaning of love – the love a family shares, the love friends provide, the love between a man and a woman, and – most of all – the love that God offers us, if only we’ll accept it. If you enjoy Christian romance, you won’t want to miss Focus on Love.

  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    2018-08-08 14:19

    “Love didn’t abandon or shame or condemn or disinherit. Love rocked her, grieved with her, and then helped pick up the pieces.”Focus on Love by Candee Fick picks up right at the end of her previous book, Dance Over Me, with a little overlap. But never fear – if you haven’t yet read the first book set at the dinner theater, this one is easily read as a standalone. However, readers of Dance Over Me will enjoy visiting with old friends and picking up the story from Liz’s perspective.I really enjoyed Liz’s journey toward God and His everlasting love for her. See, Liz has a skewed view of love, particularly God’s love, thanks to her severely legalistic father and a couple of ex-boyfriends who basically used her for their own gain. Ryan on the other hand is a walking picture of sacrificial love – giving up a booming photography career to help his sister with her two kids while her husband is deployed overseas. As Liz spends time with Ryan and his sister’s family, she begins to form a different understanding of love and find healing from the wounds her father inflicted on her heart.Along those lines, I appreciated how not everything was tied up with a pretty bow at the end. Of course there is a very satisfying ending that will make you smile and cheer for Liz & Ryan & their dreams. But life is very rarely tied up nice and neat, and Fick’s choices to leave some of Liz’s story open-ended gives readers a reminder that Jesus is still good even when He doesn’t fix all of our pain. Because, let’s face it. Life hurts sometimes. A lot of the time. But Jesus holds us close and whispers love over us. Our circumstances may not change the way we wish they would, but it’s still possible to have deep joy and beyond-understanding peace.Bottom Line: Another sweet romance from Candee Fick! The warm characters move right into your heart, and the dinner theater atmosphere (with its delightful nod to C.S. Lewis’ Narnia) is vivid and unique. In fact, the photography and theater elements in Focus on Love give readers a fascinating picture into each of these creative worlds. Ryan and Liz are very relatable characters, and their attraction is palpable. (Some great kisses too!) Overall this is a heartwarming story of love and grace in various forms, and a great choice any time of the year!(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower

  • Suzie
    2018-08-09 08:11

    This book does exactly what the title suggests. It focuses on love. God’s love, the love of family as wella s friends, God’s love, and a healthy helping of God’s love are all represented within its pages.With the help of a new acquaintance, Liz Foster rediscovers her love for photography while also enjoying her life in the theater. As Ryan Callahan builds her confidence behind a camera, she helps him build a better business.Liz’s family is not what she wishes it could be, and spending time with Ryan helps her build trust (in him, in God, and in family). The differences between Liz’s family and Ryan’s build a perfect contrast between legalist Christians and those filled with grace and…you guessed it…love.I was a bit disappointed when I reached the end of this book. Liz and Ryan are people I could have hung out with for another hundred pages. But I will take comfort in the hop of another excellent read from Candee Fick in the future.Disclosure statement:I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  • Erika Absher
    2018-08-06 12:05

    Was given this book by the publisher for a review, but for no payment. These are my true feelings. I didn't know this book was a sequel to Dance Over Me when I started it and when I realized it was I was thrilled. I loved Liz's story almost more than Dani's....maybe because my dad is a photographer and both my dad and my husband are/were in the military. I hope Mrs Fick writes more in this series of characters...maybe the upcoming weddings and maybe dive into to Gloria's story....does Gloria ever find Jesus? I didn't want to put this book down! If you love christian romance you will love Candee Fick....

  • Dawn Pearson
    2018-08-12 08:27

    Focus on Love picks up with a slight overlap to the ending of Dance Over Me. The reader is reintroduced to Dani and the other girls from the dinner theater while focusing on Liz. Liz has spent the last few years dedicated to musical theater and dance while maintaining her love for all things photography as only a hobby. She knows she's in a precarious position financially, but dreads the thought of being forced to go back home to the restrictive rules and expectations of her father. When a handsome photographer shows up at the theater one day pitching a deal, she realizes that her interest in photography is just as strong as ever. Ryan has temporarily set aside his lucrative photography career to step in for his sister and her family while is brother in law is away in Afghanistan on a mission. In the meantime, he needs to fill in the financial gaps by doing what he can with his camera around town. When he approaches the local theater with an idea, he never expects to meet competition amongst the dancers. At first, this seems just like any other romance on the market. But, as the characters and plot develop, the reader quickly realizes that this is a story that has enough depth that it would be a good fit for a Christian reading club. Character wise, even though the perspective is only from Liz, I felt like I knew and understood Ryan. And, as the plot develops, the reader is taken on a spiritual journey along with Liz who realizes that her upbringing does not match what she's learning from other Christians and her personal Bible reading. It's a tender journey of discovery, but not without its challenges both from her past as well as personal struggles and tragedies she observes in others. I'd love to give more details, but I don't want to ruin the suspense and delight of reading it for the first time.Themes include - what is a true Christian vs following legalistic rules, healthy family relationships vs dysfunctional ones, what defines love, and maintaining a healthy dating relationship. This is about as wholesome as it gets and is appropriate for all ages. Romance - includes kissingLanguage - cleanMy rating - 5 stars, I loved it.

  • Kristi
    2018-07-21 07:22

    Reading this book was like catching up with old friends and making new ones. Catching up with the gang at the Wardrobe Dinner Theater was a lot of fun and so was meeting Ryan, Cheryl, and the kids. This book was a quick and easy read for me.It was easy to like the characters in this book. Except for Liz's dad. I didn't care for him at all. As an avid reader, I get tired of two characters meeting and instantly disliking each other. I am so glad that the author has Liz and Ryan liking each other from the beginning and the friendship that forms between the two is very genuine and realistic. This made their stories enjoyable and easy to keep an interest in.I really enjoyed all the photography detail that was added to the story. This made the story even more authentic and as someone who likes photography, it was an added bonus. It made me want to pick up a camera and start clicking away.I like Candee Fick's writing style. She has a way of telling a story with a message that doesn't seem overly preachy or overdone. She works the message into the story in a way that fits in naturally. I also like the way that she describes scenes. She creates images that make me feel as if I am there in the story.One tiny thing I was a bit disappointed in was the story just seemed to end abruptly. Yes, there is an ending and it's good but I just wasn't ready to say goodbye to these characters and wasn't prepared that the story was about to end. I would have liked a bit more time with these characters and a bit more resolution to some aspects of the story.This book is good for teenage readers and up. While the book could be classified as young adult there is definitely enough maturity to the storyline for older readers. While this book isn't listed as part of a series, Dance Over Me introduces readers to the theater group and the characters. It isn't necessary to read it before Focus On Love but I definitely recommend both. I'm also anxiously awaiting the next book about Gloria, another dancer at the theater.I received a free copy of this book from the author and wasn't required to write a review. All opinions are mine.

  • Becky Claxon
    2018-08-16 13:18

    This book is a wonderful Christian book that made me think a lot about the scripture and the Lord. Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Foster has a father that borders on taking Christianity to an unhealthy extreme. Liz wants to workin the family photography business, but her father doesn’t think she is good enough to be a photographer and her place is doing grunt work. He tells her if she doesn’t do what he wants her to do, then she can just leave his house—which she does. She finishes her college degree, leaves behind her photography, and dances which her grandmother had taught her. She becomes close with her roommate who follows the Lord. She has conversations with Liz about her faith which gets Liz thinking more about her relationship with the Lord. She meets Ryan Callahan when he comes to the theatre with an idea about his photography to help him earn money. The two end up working together.Ryan was such a great example of how a man who follows the Lord should act. He was a international photographer who gave up his jobs for awhile to help his older sister take care of her two children and with the bills while her husband was over In Afghanistan. He had such a godly influence on Liz which helped her accept how badly her father was treating her. I loved seeing how the scripture and people around her that loved the Lord helped her to see and feel the Lord’s love too. This story made feel good and look at the Lord’s love differently. If you like beautiful written Christian stories, then I strongly encourage you to read the book. I voluntarily read an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book.

  • Perrianne
    2018-08-07 08:17

    If you enjoyed reading Dance Over Me, join us on a second stop to the Wardrobe Dinner Theatre where we spotlight on Liz. It’s a warm and wonderful story about both the drama of the dinner theatre interspersed with the creative aspects of photography. It’s also about second chances both in life and in love, even after the pain of stinging rejection. It was hard to read about the utterly complete rejection of her own family. I liked that the love of family and faith comes to focus for her as she steps in to fill some very large shoes in a family that is not even her own. I was proud of her that she was strong enough to take that leap of faith. But I love that her reawakened faith helps guide her to make the right decisions while gradually learning that it’s not rules in life but love that should take center stage. It doesn’t hurt that a hunky photographer with a dream job of a lifetime is part of the picture. Note: I received an advance reader e-copy of the book in exchange for a review of the book. A positive review was not required and my opinion on the book is completely my own.

  • Patty
    2018-07-28 14:13

    A great Christian read about finding love and following your dreams through your faith in God.  A sweet romance of a girl named Elizabeth "Liz" who has been shunned by her family and pushed from her home.  She struggles with her faith and has pushed her photography talent to the side, because she has been told it is not her place to do so.  Working as an actress she meets a famous photographer named Ryan.  As a beautiful friendship blooms between the two, Ryan helps her to discover who she really is and how God can be there for her and just have faith that he will provide the way.  An emotional and wonderful story.  With Ryan's help she will discover herself and learn about the true meaning of loving God and what it is like to really have a family.  To fall in love with someone who is willing to help you discover your own dreams and not steal them from you.  An excellent Christian romance.*ARC provided by Candee Fick

  • Diana
    2018-08-03 12:18

    Sometimes our dreams change midstream, sometimes life takes us one place to get to another. Elizabeth loves dancing and she loves photography. After going off to college, her father expects her to come home and help out in the family business- but only in a secretary role. Her parents beat her over the head with their strict form of religion and honoring her parents along with their expectation of her marrying a man that she doesn't even like as a person. Between rough roommates and parents demands, life seems to get overwhelming, but God has a plan. Ryan gives up a wonderful career traveling and taking photos to help his sister out while his brother-in-law is deployed. He finds local gigs to help out financially but misses the adventure. But God has plans for him too- one of which is showing Elizabeth the side of God that she hasn't heard about- the love He has for us and the relationship He wants with us.Read this book to see how God moves in the lives of those He loves and how He works things out for good. I would love to see a sequel to this book to continue the story and maybe see Elizabeth carry that side of God back to her parents.

  • Lee
    2018-08-10 11:15

    Beautiful story! I loved the romance focused on God's love and family. Liz is trying to find her place in life, trying to find her passion, whether it's theater or photography. Since being forced out of the family photography business, she's been trying out the theater, but something is missing. Then along comes Ryan a freelance photographer who's home helping his sister and her family as her husband is deployed. When Ryan looks for extra studio work at the theater, he meets Liz, and they hit it off. Soon they are working together doing photo shoots. And they quickly fall in love. It's a sweet story, with a great look at families and God's love in the midst. I recommend this book, Focus On Love.

  • Beth Erin
    2018-07-16 08:09

    Full review on Faithfully BookishLiz Foster is a savvy lady and her confidence has obviously grown in the few years she has been working onstage. I admire her bravery, independence, and willingness to grow, mature, and adapt. Ryan Callahan thrives within his nomadic career as a professional photographer yet he willingly puts his dreams on hold when his family needs him to stand in the gap. This author has been recommended to me by a couple of my dearest bookish friends so I had high expectations for this story yet Focus on Love did not disappoint! I'm so happy with this experience and I look forward to reading the author's backlist and future works.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.

  • Sherri
    2018-07-31 13:23

    One way to know a book is really good is when you don’t want the story to end. That’s how I felt about Focus on Love. I enjoyed the main characters and thought the author brought them to life in such a way that I would like to know them as friends “in real life“. It’s definitely a Christian novel and there was a good discussion about the difference between following rules and knowing God’s love. This was a sequel to Dance Over Me” but I was not aware of it until I had finished it. It didn’t seem to hinder my enjoyment of it but I do want to read Dance Over Me now. Note: I received an Advance Review Copy of this book. This review is my own opinion.

  • Julie Barrett
    2018-07-29 12:25

    Focus on Love By Candee FickLike the cover because of all the knitting on the front.Free egift at the beginning. This story starts out with Liz and she's opening gifts.The family is into the phtoography business and she's a great addition.Jerry had been stealing her ideas for the company and coming off as they were his...Her grandfather had wanted her but things didn't work out...She prays often to God and knows she needs to go after new dreams: acting and forget about photography... til she gets paid for her photos...She gets a call asking when she returns home, for good...after 3 years she has yet another job ad won't be coming home. Her father cuts her off from the family til she apologizes and comes home to work as a secretary for the photography business.Not familiar with the areas so it's fascinating to me to learn about them and the very detailed descriptions make me want to go, along with the various acitivities available, outside.Ryan and his family, priceless! Love hearing of the time they spend with his family, fills the void she has in her life. Love the church setting and how welcome it is with what others are wearing.Love the synch they have with photography, I share the same with my husband.Hate how the parents treat her but love her new life.Like hearing of the military interjections and how God helps them get through all the turmoil.More misunderstandings lead them apart... Can't wait to read more from this author. Lots of scriptures quotes. Excerpt from the next book is included.Free from the author and this is my honest review.

  • Judy
    2018-07-18 10:22

    Love this Christian story. I thought it was interesting that 2 sets of people reading the same Bible would have such different thoughts on what it was telling them. I loved the story line and was very happy with the ending. Family is very important to me and I loved the way Liz’s “new family” cared for each other. It was fun to watch Liz grow in her love. While this is a fiction story, it made some very good points.I received this book from Lighthouse Publishing. Thank y’all so much for offering this ARC. My opinion of the story is my own.

  • Sherry Westendorf
    2018-08-12 12:22

    She has forgone something for her dream. It is not working out but in steps a handsome photographer but there are a lot of problems for both that have to be overcome. It is exciting, sweet, emotional, problematic, suspenseful and so much more. I recommend it. I was given a review copy and voluntarily review it.

  • Georgiann Hennelly
    2018-07-24 11:25

    A sweet Christian romance story. Features Liz who was pursuing a dream of a musical career when the show folded she returned home. Her family is in the photography business and she is considering doing that as a career once again. She falls in love with Ryan a popular sought after photographer. He ha s put his career on hold to help his family. The differences in the two families is unique . There is lots of drama and decisions they must make about their future.

  • Tiffany M
    2018-07-25 08:30

    What a sweet story! This book is about a young woman discovering her place in life. She is taught as a child just about the judgment of God and not His love. She realizes the love of God was missing in her life. Along the way, she also finds her calling and with whom she is supposed to spend her life. The storyline is set amongst the backdrop of dinner theater and photography. I like the dinner theater background. It’s fun to learn about and to picture while reading. Plus, I absolutely adore the shows(White Christmas and Seven Brides For Seven Brothers). It was a bit of a transition to go from the theater to the photography background. Although, the author weaves both throughout the story pretty well. I didn’t realize it was going to continue part of the storyline from Dance Over Me. It’s always a fun surprise when you get to catch up with past characters from other stories. I do recommend this story. It’s a sweet, clean romance that points the reader to Christ. Get it-you’ll enjoy it.Although, I was given an advanced copy to read and review all of the thoughts are my own.

  • Carol
    2018-08-10 13:30

    Focus On Love by Candee Fick is a sweet romance and the sequel to Dance Over Me. While connecting with Elizabeth in this book you can also catch up with Danielle and Alex and other characters. Elizabeth gave up photography to become an actress after leaving home because of family issues. She is given an opportunity to do some photos when she meets Ryan. Ryan is a professional photographer who is taking some time off for his family. Can she discover what real love is? Join them as they learn. I can't wait to read the next book in this series.I received this ebook from the author for my review and wasn't required to give a positive one. All opinions are my own.

  • Alannamoses
    2018-08-16 14:26

    For a heartwarming Valentine Day's read, pick up Candee Fick's latest novel FOCUS ON LOVE, a delicate blending of romance and faith. You won't be disappointed.

  • BP34
    2018-08-01 11:28

    This is a sweet Christian romance featuring Liz who has been pursuing her dream of a musical career when the show folded and she returned home. Her family is in the photography business and she considers going back with them. She finds love with Ryan who is a sought after photographer. He puts his career on hold to help his family. The difference in the families is amazing. Lots of drama and decisions as they follow their love journey. No spoiler, but this is a heartwarming read. I read an advance copy and voluntarily chose to write a review.

  • Melissa
    2018-08-01 09:32

    Once again I loved a book written by Candee Fick. Great story of a girl who learns that the most important relationship is the one with her Heavenly Father and finds much more as a result.

  • Marvy Herrera
    2018-07-24 13:27

    What not to like about this book? A good Christian(and clean) story beautiful from beggining to end. A recive this book as and advance copy and well i can say recomend it.

  • Christine Woinich
    2018-07-26 10:31

    This is a sweet read with a base in faith. Liz had a lot to overcome, decisions to make in her young life, and had no real family support. Ryan entered her life and showed her how to have faith in her abilities. His honest praise and belief in Liz made him a great guy. There were tears of joy and sadness as they found their places in life, work and personal. I enjoyed this story.This was a free story, and this is my unsolicited review.

  • Brandy Bruce
    2018-07-28 06:13

    I loved this story! Sweet, relatable characters and a great message of hope!

  • Jeanie
    2018-08-01 07:09

    Focus on Love is the first book I’ve read by Candee Fick, but it won’t be the last! It is one of the best Christian contemporary romances I’ve read. She not only describes the legalism some churches hold over their members, but also shares the love of God in a very real, exciting way.Liz Foster leaves home and a very legalistic belief system that drove her from the church, rejecting the Lord, her passion for photography, and pursuing her infatuation with dance and theater. Her heart injured from the separation from her parents, she changed her college major and after graduation, joined the Wardrobe Dinner Theater, where she hoped to one day have a contract that would last for more than one play at a time.During a brief down time, Ryan, a tall man walked in who was dressed like a cowboy, seems like a genuinely happy man, and since the owners were busy at the time, Liz would take a message for them. He is in town to help his sister and her children while her husband was deployed. He usually worked as a freelance photographer, and set aside offers of new contracts to help his family, yet hoped to pick up some side jobs to help out financially.Imagine that. Someone living out her original dream as a photographer, but she was busy with her new dream. She did talk with the owner the following day, and they talked about possibilities that might help the theater and Ryan. Dani, Liz’ roommate, told the owner what kind of photos Liz took also. The owner agreed to see what Ryan could do, and at the same time, have Liz take photos and see how he felt about both. The results were amazing. The author writes so beautifully about the joy of capturing images, light, and moisture, I would anticipate learning that she is a talented photographer as well as author.Ryan and Liz worked together, with Liz giving up shifts of waitressing at the theater to help with photos. He also asked her help with other local events. As someone who had won many awards for his work, Liz hoped to learn from him; the freedom to take photos again was a joy. As the days flew by, they got to know each other. As their attraction for each other grew, Ryan shared about a different kind of love – the love of God for His children, a love that was freely given and unconditional, as is His grace and forgiveness.Ryan, Liz, and Liz’ friend Dani are well-defined, and other characters as well defined as their roles require. They each have a depth that goes beyond the work they do; Liz, however, has much pain to work through from her family and the church her father chose after her grandparents died.I very much enjoyed this novel, and not just because it is centered around one of my favorite scriptures. The love of God is shared easily by Ryan, but it is not simply spouting the words. As Liz and Ryan grow closer, Liz realizes what elements were missing from her prior relationships. No matter what else happens, for her, she cannot settle for any man. Yet when Ryan was offered a contract that would, in two weeks, make a huge financial difference for himself and his sister’s family, Liz realized…he is looking forward to returning to his freelance life. At least if he leaves for good, Liz is now focused on the true lover of her soul, Jesus. I highly recommend this Christian women’s fiction/ romance novel; it can be enjoyed by older teens and women of all ages.From a grateful heart: I received an ebook copy of this novel and was not obligated to post a review.

  • Phyllis
    2018-07-20 13:17

    I simply loved Focus on Love! It is such a lovely story of faith, love and learning the incredible love that God has for us.Liz’s dad was a very hard man who wielded his religion as a whip to drive those around him to obedience. His interpretation allowed for rules and more rules and no grace or kindness or mercy. When Liz felt that she couldn’t obey him, he kicked her out of their house (on Christmas day, nonetheless) and out of his life.Needless to say, Liz had a very skewed view of God and didn’t know anything about His love. Enter Dani, her dear friend from Dance Over Me, and Ryan, the photographer who captures beautiful images and also captures her heart. Through the influence of these two, she begins to see that God takes delight in her and rejoices over her with singing (Zephaniah 3:17 – the theme verse of the book.)Ryan, as you can see below in the post from the author, is a man who loves God and has sacrificially given himself to help his sister when her husband has been deployed to Afghanistan. He exhibits such Godly traits and you can’t help but admire him.With a photography theme of the story, I was so impressed with the knowledge of photography and the business of photography that the author showed. From lighting to things to look at when shooting to how to shoot an event or a wedding to post-processing pictures, the details were great (I have done photography professionally to a small degree, so I am aware of these details and the accuracy). The information was not force-fed, it came naturally through the story and enhanced it tremendously.You can read Candee's guest post at AmongTheReads.netThis review was originally posted on AmongTheReads.netI am grateful to Prism Book Tours for giving me a copy of this book. The fact I received this book for free does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  • Kathleen Short-Ridge
    2018-08-07 09:07

    This is a story that although has the Christmas Season in it. Is not really a huge Christmas book.It is the story of a girl who only wants to be a great actress and dancer and yet still feels the love of photography. She meets and works with a man that beings out the best in her as she does in him. This story is so well written and really makes you cheer for the characters. It is the next book after “Dance over me” but I did not read them in order. I read “Focus on Love” first and then “Dance over me.” You can do the same and not be really left out although reading them together really adds to the story too. I am eager to see if there is more from this dance troupe. Even the “Prima” needs her sotry too.I rate books differently than others. I use my stars a:(*****5) can’t stop talking about it will do all of #4.(****4) Will keep, reread, buy and pass on another copy and promote the author as best as I can.(***3) Will pass on and share with others it was a great book keep as a reread as well when I get it back.(**2) Will donate it to thrift store. Glad I read it but not worth reading again.(*1) Not worth reading, great for a fire starter though.For me this was not only a 5***** but a I hope there is much more!

  • Cathy Cermele
    2018-08-05 12:29

    Focus on Love is the heartwarming and sweet story of Elizabeth Foster and her love of theater and photography. I loved how the author takes us back to the dinner theater where we're reunited with several characters that we met in, Dance Over Me.I have been a long time fan of dinner theater and loved that Ms. Fick added photography to the storyline. I also loved the addition of Ryan and his sister's family. Liz and Ryan have different family dynamics, which lent depth to their story. I didn't like that Liz's father would marginalize her talent and ability with a camera, but I did like that Ryan encouraged her.Not only do we get to see what goes on behind the scenes at the dinner theatre, we also have a front row seat as Liz and Ryan form a loving relationship. One that is based on respect, trust and faith which I believe are the best kind.I'm excited to see what the future holds for the characters that I've become so fond of. Hopefully, there will be weddings and perhaps Gloria will have her story told.This is a delightful and clean contemporary novel for both younger and mature readers.I received a complimentary copy from the author and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  • Pernette
    2018-07-30 13:11

    Candee Fick's Christian novel, Focus on Love tells the story of a college student, Liz Foster. Liz has dreams of being a photographer in the family business but soon finds out this will never be. Her father issues her an ultimatum. She leaves her home immediately and returns to college. Fast forward 3 years and Liz is an actress at a dinner theater. She has mainly played supporting roles but is given the opportunity to play the lead in an upcoming production. Meanwhile, her friend Dani is trying to encourage her to have a closer relationship with God and seek him and trust him. Liz is confused. She likes the relationship Dani and her grandfather has/had with God but doesn't understand how her dad can worship the same God. Liz meets Ryan, a photographer, who not only encourages her to do more photography but to seek God's will for her own life. This is a good book because it illustrates different Christian behaviors and tries to reconcile them to the true meaning of being a Christian.