The novel Old Fashioned by Rene Gutteridge is based on the screenplay by the same name by Rik Swartzwelder. I usually like reading a novel better than watching the movie; however, this novel left me wanting to see the movie. The first two chapters hooked me. There are some really funny parts and you will find some real “characters” populating this small college town. The story takes a deep look into the two main characters. I like that this is a Christian novel but not perhaps what one would expect. Clay is a Christian but doesn’t know how to really trust God; Amber does not know anything about the Bible or the Christian life; both have a lifetime of hurts to overcome. Eventually they both come to a right relationship with God before they can come into a romantic relationship with each other. I received a copy from the publisher by way of The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for an honest review.
Even for most die-hard romance readers, the way Amber and Clay meet is predictable and convenient. But once all the characters are in place, the story beings to come together and flow. Amber is cute and likable, but it’s Clay’s admirable yet weird stance on dating that will keep the reader interested. Other quirky characters and Twitter-worthy quotes help to make this an enjoyable read. Looking forward to the February release of the movie!
We live in a world where adultery is rampant and lust is exalted. It’s time for a new outlook on romance! Refreshingly quirky with a compelling plot, Old Fashioned is a divinely romantic tale of two hurting souls that discover a not so new but spectacular way of pursuing love.