Overview Told in alternating voices, this debut novel tells the tumultuous story of a Latina woman and an African-American man whose search for true romance takes a detour through the perfect love of God.
Publishers Description Told in alternating voices, the debut novel CHOOSE ME is the tumultuous story of a Latina woman and an African American man whose search for true romance takes a detour through the perfect love of God. Eva has no desire for romance. She's a self-reliant, celibate Christian who, despite a truly bad marriage, has successfully raised two college-aged sons. Adam wouldn't mind being in love, but women seem to be too much trouble-they just have too many expectations. As a recent cancer survivor, he just wants time to heal, write his books and poetry, and work on his spirituality. But when Eva and Adam unexpectedly meet, their attraction to each other is immediate and undeniable. Struggling with their doubts and seemingly insurmountable pain, they will start to let down their guard-and share a love that only God would understand.
Citations And Professional Reviews Choose Me by Xenia Ruiz has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Black Issues Book Review - 11/01/2005 page 37
Library Journal - 06/01/2005 page 110
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Studio: Walk Worthy Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.24" Width: 6.24" Height: 1.24" Weight: 1.59 lbs.
Release Date Jun 20, 2005
Publisher HACHETTE BOOK GROUP
ISBN 0446576700 ISBN13 9780446576703
Reviews - What do customers think about Choose Me?
So GREAT! Aug 13, 2008
I can not tell you how awesome this book is. It is such an inspiration for single Christian women to stay faithful and righteous as you wait for the right man to find you. It took me no time to read this book because I could not put it down. I liked it so much I bought 3 more copies and passed them out.
Awesome May 24, 2007
I can not tell you how awesome this book is. Its such an inspiration for single Christian women waiting for their "Boaz". It took me no time to read it - its a wonderful story. Im definitely encouraged!
Questions for Xenia Jan 14, 2006
I agree with previous reviewers this book is worth reading, and I also read it fast! Engaging characters? Yes! The author did a good job creating a multitude of special worlds: Chicago (for those of us who don't live there); saved Christianity (for those of us who don't attend that type of church) an interracial church (rare outside of fiction) and even an interracial set of friends. Nicely done.
I was taken aback by comments from one reader who thought Eva's hip liberal lifestyle was a contradiction to her Christian values. Oh dear, that never occurred to me! Jesus was no conservative in his time, now that I think about it. Thanks, Ms. Ruiz, for highlighting this issue, even if it never crossed your mind that anyone would question whether God loves hip liberals too.
Oh well, I can't help it, there are some things I wish were just a little different. I was fascinated when we learned that Jade's suiter, Achille (can't remember how you spelled it)anyway he was a celibate Christian too. I was frustrated that Adam would not discuss this in more detail with Jade. Yes, they were brother and sister who don't talk about sexual details, but they seemed close and this could have been a chance to learn more about Achille and also a great discussion between Adam and Jade. For example, in Adam's POV he notices he thinks it's a great idea for his sister's suitor to be celibate, (as opposed to his girlfriend) but he doesn't explore this thought or seem to learn from it. A lot left on the table there.
The sexual encounter between Adam and Eva didn't need to be SUCH a bummer, after all that buildup. By that time they knew they both cared deeply for each other, much more than either had experienced in previous relationships, and they were too smart not to realize it, also too smart not to realize how precious it should have been. We all could have used a break from Eva's relentless determination not to enjoy anything, ever. She stopped having a good time way too soon.
By the end, I was starting to think she was so mean to Adam that maybe they would break up for good, after all. She made him wait nine days before she said "yes" to his proposal! I was mad at her by that time, and stopped being on her side. Or at least when she finally said yes, I wanted some indication that she had learned something about love between a man and a woman -- that God is not absent from their relationship, that God wants them to be happy, that God wants good things for us while we are here under the sun, and that sometimes it's our job to recognize something good - in fact I felt she was sinning when she turned away from Adam two or three or four times too many. She never learned this lesson. I hope she learns it in their couple's counseling. And why on earth would she want a long engagement? That was way too harsh!
Ms Ruiz, I enjoyed your writing and I can see you looking at me with a skeptical expression from your photo on the back flap of the book. These are only my comments, and I'm working on a novel myself, for whatever that is worth. Congratulations on your accomplishment and good luck with future projects.
Determined Dec 11, 2005
The story of Eva, a staunch Latina Christian woman, who is celibate and meets Adam, who is recovering from cancer and he is at odds with God. They want to be together; however, they each are struggling with their own issues. Life happens and they try to make the best of it. They must come to grips with their love for each other and with their spirituality. A good mixing of spiritual beliefs and day-to-day issues. I enjoyed the way Ms. Ruiz handled God, spirituality and celibacy.
This Is DEFINITELY The Right Choice! Dec 3, 2005
In Choose Me, Eva Clemente has survived a failed marriage and raised two sons on her own. With her sons away at college, she is not searching for Mr. Right but for a righteous man of God. Eva became celibate 5 years ago to refocus on herself and to prepare for what God wants her to do. Eva was about to give up hope on finding a good Christian man until she meets Adam Black. Adam has a strong Christian faith until he comes down with a serious illness. He's found something wonderful in Eva but can Adam be in a celibate relationship?
Choose Me is a moving debut novel by Xenia Ruiz. One of the things that makes this novel shine is the diverse background of the two main characters. Eva is Afro-Latino and Adam is African-American but it is not the main focus of this story. Ruiz showed great vision by showing how difficult choosing celibacy can be for someone who was once a sexually active adult. Choose Me is not a quick read, but that's what good about this novel. This story is told in a gradual, unhurried fashion that gives you time to appreciate the deep love that develops between Eva and Adam. Choose Me is beautiful and poetic, and Xenia Ruiz has the knack for telling a refreshing, emotional story that will hopefully be the start to a long career.