Sins of Sevin by Penelope Ward
What happens when the one you want is the only one you can’t have?
My name is Sevin.
Homeschooled and sheltered by my ultra-religious family, I was always taught that lust was a sin.
Elle was the girl who’d been carefully chosen for me.
After a long-distance courtship, I’d be moving into her family’s guesthouse so that we could get to know each other in the months before the wedding.
Boundaries were set: no inappropriate touching, no kissing, no sex before marriage.
I’d accepted those rules and my fate.
Until I met the one I wanted to sin with.
That was when restraint became a problem…especially since THE ONE wasn’t Elle.
It was her sister, Evangeline.
You know what they say about best laid plans.
My name is Sevin, and I have sinned.
This book is about choices….like most of Penelope Ward’s books are. You want to dislike the characters and the choices they’ve made, but they’re just normal people put into impossible situations making the best of the options they have at the time…
I’m going to get shit for this, but the hardest part of this book for me was the religious undertone that almost buried the story. Please don’t send hate mail, I’m not saying having a religious undertone is bad, I’m just saying that it’s not for me. I think a lot of the story could have been told without it. I mean I get why it’s there, just felt it was unnecessary to tell Sevin and Evangeline’s story. Plus, Sevin and Evangeline aren’t ignorant of how the world works. They weren’t kept separate from society, movies, cell phones, computers or other modern conveniences so their acceptance of parental and community expectations just didn’t work for me.
To be honest, I did not like Sevin for about the first third to half of the book… There was a lot of vacillating between what he should do and what he wanted to do and a high moral ground he seemed to be stuck on when his past shows that he’s not adverse to giving morality the high and hearty fuck you… Why choose to follow some arbitrary right and wrong now when the decision you make has the potential for fucking up more than one life? I can’t even really say I LIKED him by the end, but I did understand his feelings of betrayal and I couldn’t really blame him for finding it hard to forgive Evangeline.
As for Evangeline, I liked her. She has a lot of guilt she’s working through, but with her you felt that she was truly trying to make the best of a terrible situation. Any choice she made was no win and she’s the one who really paid the price of Sevin’s choices. Not saying she made great choices, but she made the best she could with what she had. She really works to win Sevin’s forgiveness and of anyone in the book she’s the one I wanted to see have a HEA.
Like all Penelope Ward books, you’re going to cry. Just accept it, grab your tissues or your sleeve or throw pillow or whatever and get on with it. You’ll feel better once you do…. I love how every single one of her books crush you with the situation that her characters find themselves in but have you smiling by the end…even if it is through tears.