Monday, August 16, 2010

Only Uni

Only Uni by Camy Tang

Senior biologist Trish Sakai is ready for a change from her wild, flirtatious behavior. So Trish creates three simple rules from First and Second Corinthians and plans to follow them to the letter. No more looking at men as possible dates, especially non-Christians. Second, tell others about Christ. And third, she will persevere in hardship by relying on God. And just to make sure she behaves, she enlists the help of her three cousins—Lex, Venus and Jennifer—the only Christians in their large extended family.

But Trish’s dangerously tempting ex-boyfriend, Kazuo the artist, keeps popping up at all the wrong moments, and her grandmother, who has her eye on his family money, keeps trying to push the two of them back together again. Then there’s Spencer, the hunky colleague at work who keeps turning Trish’s thoughts in the wrong direction.

It just isn’t fair! She’s trying so hard, but instead of being God’s virtuous woman, she’s going nuts trying to stand firm against two hunky guys. Trish thought following her three rules would be a cinch, but suddenly those simply rules don’t seem so simple at all.
--Only Uni by Camy Tang, Copyright ©2008 by Camy Tang, published by Zondervan Books

My Review

Some books easily land in a genre while others sit nicely on a fence between two. This book, a Chick-Lit Asian Christian Romance, manages to straddle four and does so very nicely.

The story is set in San Jose, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley and picks up shortly after Sushi for One? left off. Trish Sakai is in a world of trouble. She’s broken up with her obsession/boyfriend Kazuo (only she forgot to tell him), her grandmother—who lovesKazuo—is pushing to keep them together, she catches her father kissing another woman, who just happens to be her mother’s best friend from college and when she tells her mother what she saw, her mother collapses from a heart attack.

Out of control, she turns to God and finds the answers she needs in First and Second Corinthians. She draws up a short, three-item list to help her stay in control of her life: stop obsessing about men, tell others about Christ, and rely in God in all things. She even decides to pursue a Master’s degree in Divinity.

Perfect, right?

Yes, until God throws Trish a curve ball and her boss partners her with Spenser Wong, one of the cutest guys at work. Too bad he’s not a Christian. Oh, and her roommate sets fire to their apartment, causing her to be evicted right when there seems to be a shortage of available housing in the area. And that darn Kazuo keeps showing up everywhere she goes.

In spite of the huge obstacles, Trish perseveres in her commitment to her rules and continues to seek God’s guidance, even when nothing seems to be going right. Slowly, her luck starts to turn. She finds a place to live, her parents are working out their issues, she holds fast to her “no Kazuo” rule and—wonders of wonders—she discovers Spencer is a member of her new church. And they’re starting to fall in love.

Then the worst possible thing happens. Will Spencer, not to mention the rest of her family members and her new-found church family, still stand by her when she breaks the news?

No, I’m not going to tell you. You’ll have to read the book for yourself.

Camy Tang is a wonderful author with several titles under Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense line as well as the Sushi Series. I’ve already reviewed Sushi for One? and I’m looking forward to reading the last of the Sushi series, Single Sashimi.

I give this story THREE STARS.


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