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Tessa, the female protagonist, is a lady after my own heart. More than anything she wants to be the "Jesus Example" to those around her, and
to live in a way that He would be proud. Like me, she battles with her temper, of putting her foot in her mouth, and she is tormented by the poor
decisions of her life. However, she moves on, determination and faith pressing her onward.rnrnThen Gunnar strides into her life and pushes every hot
little button he can get his hands on.rnrnNot-so-figuratively speaking.rnrnThe attraction is heady, physical, and enough to cause Tessa more than a
single moment of temptation and confusion. After all, Gunnar isn't a believer. In fact, he makes it blatantly clear he has no desire to become one.
But that doesn't usher away the attraction. Later, when Gunnar begins to show a more tender side to his nature, it definitely does not alleviate
Tessa's inner turmoil.rnrnThis zing and clash of emotions is one of the best aspects of the novel. It injects a powerful feel of realism to the
romance. In fact, Dana has used this tension as a poignant reminder of our own personal challenges, regardless of our belief system, and how we should
and could face them in victory.rnrnTessa learns much about her character because of her willingness to look herself in the face and see her failings
as God sees them: a work in progress. Thus challenged, she attempts to do better at treating Gunnar with respect and understanding, and admitting when
she is out of line. It is this humility which continues to attract Gunnar, and allows God to begin softening his heart until he, too, becomes a
believer.rnrnDana handles the conflicts and romance in The Covering from a common-sense/Christian world view, spinning an edgy and powerful story. I
would recommend this novel to my Christian and non-Christian friends alike.
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