Right Where I Belong
After watching her father jump from one marriage to the next, Natalia has completely written off love. And when her father divorces his third wife—the only one who has been a mother to her—Natalia is ready to write him off too.
Needing a change of scenery, Natalia leaves her home in Spain and relocates with her stepmother to sun-soaked Florida. But she didn’t realize just how far a new school, a new culture, and a new lifestyle would push her out of her comfort zone.
One of her biggest surprises comes from Brian, a pastor’s son with an adorable smile and who serves God with a sincerity that astounds Natalia. She doesn’t want to fall for him, but she can’t seem to avoid him long enough to get him out of her mind.
Love is the last thing Natalia wants. Even so, God has her right where she belongs.
Figuring out what you want to do with your life can be hard, especially when your parents seem to have your future all mapped out for you. Knowing where you fit in can be even harder when you're starting over in a new country with language and culture barriers that seem too complicated to master all while helping your latest step-mother get through her divorce from your Dad.
Natalia's dad goes through wives faster than you can say, "I do." and it does a real number on her heart and skewes her view of love. She's spent years watching him mishandle all of his relationships, and as a result has sworn off boys and love - forever. When her latest step-mother cast-off, Maureen, decides to move back to Florida, Natalia follows her in the hopes of finding a fresh start and God's calling on her life. She meets new friends and has heart rending adventures and discovers that sometimes what we want and what others deem best for us aren't the same thing.
I liked Natalia. She's kind, compassionate and her willingness to do what she feels is right is both brave and admiral. She also doesn't focus a lot on what others think which is refreshing but while Natalia makes herself available to others, she has a hard time letting her own guard down. This is a companion novel to McGee's other books, so we get to hang out with Addy from First Date. (Love this girl!) Addy, along with her BFF Lexie, become friends with Natalia and help her navigate through her new surroundings. Addy and Lexie are kind and patient and Lexi is HILARIOUS! I love her sense of humor and outlook on life.
"Me and Jesus need some more of those little meatballs, though. Catch you later." ~ Lexi
One of the first people Natalia meets is Brian, the pastor's son. He's the tallest, palest person she has ever known but there's something about those kind blue eyes and that hair...Natalia isn't sure she's ever seen hair so red. Brian is cute, funny and has a heart for God but he's no Spencer, the school's "it" guy. With his stunning good looks, athletic skills and big bucks, Spence is used to having any girl he wants and he wants Natalia. This creates a bit of a problem for the girl with the "no dating" rule but it won't be long before she learns that God gives beautiful gifts and those gifts can look an awful lot like true love sometimes.
A discussion guide is included in the back making this perfect for small groups.