Most people think of glitz, glamour and endless partying when Hollywood is mentioned. The world of film and television stars is filled with hard work as well as the glitz and glamour. Religion is not especially synonymous with Hollywood, especially not moderately conservative Christianity, but these two worlds literally and figuratively clash in Worlds Collide by Alison Strobel.
Jack Harrington is a small-town boy that has become the quintessential Hollywood heart throb. He started out on a television show that did well and moved gracefully into film. He worked and played hard, but not as hard as others. It isn't until his lover dies in a car crash that Jack begins to question his life and goals, but he isn't quite sure where to go or how to start over. Enter Grace Winslowe. Grace is from a Chicago suburb but a small town girl at heart. She has moved to Southern California with the hopes of starting over. She becomes a school teacher, finds peace with herself through her friends and new found faith, and is moving on until one eventful night where she literally crashes into Jack on the highway. This accident becomes providential for them both as it brings clarity to Jack's life and love to them both. They begin their life bound not only by love but by faith and begin to introduce their beliefs to others. Fast forward a few years and a celebrity biographer has been hired to tell their story. Jada is hesitant at first because she doesn't want to hear about the faith and nonsense but soon gets pulled into their stories.
Worlds Collide is as much about love, faith and perseverance as it is about two unlikely worlds clashing then meshing. Jack and Grace aren't the typical Hollywood couple and perhaps that brings enough intrigue in and of itself. Their stories about faith and love appear quite realistic if not idealistic. Neither Grace nor Jack have had overly happy lives and they have both dealt with serious issues on many levels, personally, professionally, and spiritually. Readers beware, this does not end with a happily ever after...but it does end filled with hope and a sense of purposefulness gained by love and faith. This may not suit all readers due to the abundance of overt religious themes but it is a well written and enjoyable read about faith and love.
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