Sins of Sevin by Penelope Ward — JACQUE’S REVIEW


Penelope Ward is an automatic one-click for me!




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.

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Sins of Sevin is the latest standalone book by Penelope Ward.  This is a story of promises made and broken, true love found and destroyed – only to be found again…and forgiveness.

When Sevin agrees to an arranged marriage with Elle Sutton, he never expects to fall in love with her sister.  Without knowing it, the first person Sevin meets on his way to Dodge City is his fiance’s sister, Evangeline, who he forms an instant connection and attraction to.  Therein lies the problem.  The connection is with the wrong sister.  He is promised to Elle but when he meets Evangeline, everything changes.  They both feel the undeniable power of attraction – a feeling that neither have ever had before.  Even though they try to deny their feelings, once those feelings surface they could not be ignored.  Before they can come clean with everyone about their feelings, tragedy strikes and Evangeline makes decisions that will forever alter her and Sevin’s relationship. She decides to put her sister first before her own happiness, thinking she is doing the right thing.  By doing this, she commits her own unforgivable “sins” and purposely puts herself on a path of self destruction.  Now, five years later, Evangeline needs to go home. Eventually she has to face Sevin and the “sins” she’s committed.  Sevin is forced to make decisions of his own which include his feelings for Evangeline and what she has done.

Early on you will feel the desire and intensity between Evangeline and Sevin.  It is the quintessential forbidden romance.  And we sense their struggle from denying their feelings to acknowledging those feelings.  Their feelings seem so natural, that I found myself thinking that everyone would understand, if only they had gotten the chance to tell them…

Sins of Sevin was another highly anticipated read for me.  Penelope Ward’s books will always sit high on my TBR list.  I really wanted to give this one a 5 star review but decided on 4.5 stars because, as a reader, I would have liked more of Evangeline’s side, her emotions and feelings of her “sins”, added to the ending of the story.  I wanted to see her heal because I could feel the damage it had done to her.  I also have to applaud Sevin because he always loved Evangeline and found forgiveness in his heart for a very unforgiving situation. 

To me, although Sevin had committed many of his own “sins”, this story is about Evangeline’s “sins” and the forgiveness she doesn’t even know she is looking for and needs.  

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