Complimentary copy of this series was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
The overall series was just an okay read for me, it was still an enjoyable story and I would recommend. I loved watching Brad and Anne’s journey and this series had a lot of good life messages. If you are looking for a charming and heartwarming read this series delivers on that.
By Design Book 1
In book one we meet Anne Boyd, a young designer working at a high-profile firm in Atlanta, she is charged with designing a medical office where she meets Dr. Brad Young. Anne lives her life based on her mother’s three-part plan for life, which Anne uses to make all major life decisions. However, following her vow to remain celibate until marriage becomes complicated as her relationship with Brad progresses. There were times when I disliked Brad’s character, I felt that he did not respect Anne’s beliefs and the character just turned me off the more he pressured Anne. I will say that the situation is relatable because when two people with conflicting views and values come together things get complicated. The story was kind of slow moving for me, it dragged on, and I felt like there was no cohesive plot. Overall, I didn’t love it, but I really enjoyed it.
By Design Book 2
In Book two Brad and Anne are married and starting a family. Things do not always go smoothly or as they plan, I enjoyed watching their ups and downs as a married couple and as parents. Becoming a mother changes Anne in a big way and starts her off on a journey to help single mothers. I enjoyed Brad’s character more in book two and his dedication to his family. We see Brad and Anne overcame many trials and through it all they trust in God to see them through.
By Design Book 3
Although I enjoyed book 3 it mostly dragged on for me, felt like the author was trying to stretch the story out with a lot of events that just felt thrown together. Again, I felt like there was no cohesive plot. We see Brad and Anne face a lot of ups and downs, in raising their kids and in their personal and professional life, but through it all they continue to rely on God and grow in their faith. Loved the ending and the ending shows me that the author put her heart into this series. Overall enjoyable series with a great message.