I'll start by saying Romance is not usually my thing. I am a Sci-Fi / Fantasy type of guy. But a well told story is always worth reading.
Chasing Happy follows two childhood friends: Ash and Samma. They haven't seen each other in some time, and when they meet up again things are very different. Ash is trying to explore his homosexuality to determine if he really is gay. Samma is a successful musician who is in a relationship with a senator. She questions if she really loves this man that her father has set her up with. Throw into this how each is trying to reconcile their problems with God, and you get a story that really makes you think.
Ann brought the story to life. To some, the misunderstandings and problems that occur might seem contrived and just simple plot devices. But I identified with them. I've experienced misunderstandings that have derailed plans. Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.
The struggles that the characters go through are not just contrived situations, either. They are things that people deal with today. "Am I really gay?" "Is this marriage a good thing?" Ann gives a Christian perspective on them, not that everyone will agree with the themes that are present.
This story will be controversial, and I have no doubt that Ann knows this. But she doesn't shy away from the issues, instead diving head on. I really appreciate that. It is also not a whitewashed telling of the issues, or beating around the bush. The way the women in the story talk is frank and is the way I've heard my female friends speak about such things. There are situations that push the boundary of the Christian Romance genre, but in a way that makes sense and challenges the characters of the story. (Yes, I don't read romance, let alone Christian Romance. I do know that certain situations would never occur in a normal Christian Romance story.)
Chasing Happy is an enjoyable story, with relatable characters and relevant situations of our culture.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)