Title: Leap of Faith
Author: Jamie Blair
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
Leah Kurtz has finally found a place to call home, a town where she and baby Addy can live in peace, far from the drug-infested place she grew up. Chris is one of the best parts of her new life, the only person who’s ever made her feel safe. And now that she’s found him, there’s no way she can tell the truth:
Her real name is Faith, not Leah. She’s seventeen, not nineteen. And the baby isn’t hers: Faith kidnapped her.
Faith’s history catches up with her when a cop starts asking questions and Chris’s aunt spots her picture in the newspaper. She knows it’s time to run again, but if Faith leaves, she’ll lose Chris. If Chris is in love with a lie, though, did Faith ever really have him in the first place?
Leap of Faith was one of the books on my September Lust List that I wanted the most, and I can happily say my lust has been satisfied.
This book was just as good as I thought it would be, with plenty of action, drama, suspense, and discussion of complex issues. I really liked how three-dimensional Faith was, and felt Blair made her perfectly flawed. Faith is a very caring person, but is also someone who’s very damaged and impulsive.
Her decision to kidnap Addy also brought some important questions to the forefront, such as whether kidnapping can ever be justified. For me, it was that discussion that really compelled me as a reader. I liked that at the end, I still didn’t really make a decision about it.
For me, the only thing that was lacking in Jamie Blair’s novel was a satisfying ending. I don’t mean satisfying as in happy, but I felt like the ending was a bit of a cop out on the author’s part. I really wanted to see what happened to Faith, for better or worse, and the ending I was given seemed too abrupt.
Overall though, Leap of Faith is a compelling, romantic read. Blair’s skills as a writer shine brightly through, and I will certainly be reading future works from her.