Author: Krista McGee
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Published: December 11, 2012
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Summary:Natalia s about to discover her place in the world . . . and it s not in following her father s footsteps.
After watching her father jump from one marriage to the next, Natalia has completely written off love. And when her father divorces his third wife the only one who has been a mother to her Natalia is ready to write him off too.
Needing a change of scenery, Natalia leaves her home in Spain and relocates with her stepmother to sun-soaked Florida. But she didn t realize just how far a new school, a new culture, and a new lifestyle would push her out of her comfort zone.
One of her biggest surprises comes from Brian, a pastor s son with an adorable smile and who serves God with a sincerity that astounds Natalia. She doesn t want to fall for him, but she can t seem to avoid him long enough to get him out of her mind.
Love is the last thing Natalia wants. Even so, God has her right where she belongs.
My Thoughts:Right Where I Belong has been in my tbr pile for some time. In truth, I forgot about it. Mostly because it's an ebook and it got shuffled to the back. However, I like to think it's because I wasn't ready to read the book yet, and when I was, the book reappeared on my virtual shelf.
The book is a modern-day retelling of the story of Ruth. The story surrounds Natalia. Her father is what you would called a player. He falls in love constantly and has been married numerous times. After his latest divorce, Natalia wants to move with her ex-stepmother from Spain to Florida. Natalia hopes she can be a comfort to her ex-stepmother and help her get over the grief of divorce.
Once they get to Florida, her ex-stepmother starts to fall into a depression, and Natalia doesn't know how to help her. Plus Natalia has sworn off boys, but she is severely tempted by one boy in particular. Is this what God wants of her?
I liked Natalia a lot. My dad was in the military so we moved around a lot while I was growing up. I know how hard it is to start over in a new place where you only know your family. Also I could relate to how helpless you feel when someone you love is going through depression. These experiences helped me understand what she was going through.
While I liked the story line and characters, the only thing I didn't like was how contrived and unrealistic the dialog was. It just seemed really corny, forced, and super cheesy at times. I have quite a few teenagers in my life, and I've never heard them speak as these teens do. I don't like religious messages to be browbeaten into my head. And the author tended to do this at certain points in the book.
Right Where I Belong is an okay book. I like the story line and the characters, especially Natalia, but I could do without all the cheese.