World of the Innocent Release Day!

Love, enduring belief, and the meaning of innocence—based on a true story…

“Beautifully written… It’s a novel for anyone who loves.” ~Christian Bookaholic

It’s Release Day!
The Kindle Edition of my literary love story, World of the Innocent, is now available at Amazon.
You can pick up a copy for a special new release price, or read it free with Kindle Unlimited.

World of the Innocent at Amazon

The paperback edition is also available at my eStore, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

World of the Innocent: A Love Story

World of the Innocent
A Novella

“Beautifully written. It spoke to my soul… It’s a novel for anyone who loves.” ~Christian Bookaholic
“Keels has written a lovely, blossoming romantic story… Packed with emotions, this was a heartfelt read.” ~Brice’s Mice Christian Book Reviews

“I went in with an open mind and I was not disappointed.” ~The Kansan Reader

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“Are you ready to love this young man?”

Jhoi: she’s poetic. She’s guarded. And she couldn’t imagine having much to do with a guy like Marcas. Sure, Marcas is a brilliant fellow artist, admired by plenty of fans. But he’s so remarkably…strange.

Still, Marcas touches Jhoi’s soul. And through the counsel of a shrewd old neighbor, Jhoi will discover a link between intimate friendship and becoming a steward of an era.

A tale of love, enduring belief, and the meaning of innocence—based on a true story.

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Find World of the Innocent in print at the following eStore, at Amazon, and at Barnes and Noble.
Also available in the Kindle Store at Amazon for purchase, or free with Kindle Unlimited.

A Long Way Home by Becky Doughty

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Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Four Silver Stars

A Long Way HomeA Long Way Home by Becky Doughty

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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It wasn’t typical “preacher’s kid” rebellion that once led Savannah Clark to run away from home to join a traveling dance troupe, Marek and the Gypsies. But in A Long Way Home by author Becky Doughty, a serious accident brings Savannah to a crossroads: she can either endure the danger of staying, or face the danger of returning to her family–and to her first love, Jordan Ransome.

My journey with this series started with All the Way to Heaven, a rich and alluring trip to Tuscany, then went on to A Light in the Dark, a book I could barely finish for weeping so hard, and finally here to Savannah’s difficult dilemma.

This novel deals with some heavy issues, from manipulation and domestic violence to rape, without glossing over them to paint an unrealistically sanitized picture but also without plunging the reader hopelessly deep into darkness. Savannah’s story gave me pause in several places, exploring the difference between performing through life and being real, and also showing what it’s like to be so accustomed to abuse that the idea of safety scares you.

I understood Savannah and Jordan’s romance, though I couldn’t get into it fully, partly because, in the midst of her trouble, Savannah hasn’t much time to shine or reflect who she is, or may be, in her own right. And it could just be a hitch in my understanding, but a pivotal resolution in the story didn’t resolve the matter for me as much as it gave me more questions.

Still, I think it’s a worthy continuation of the Fallout series. And, no, you don’t have to read the preceding novels to appreciate this one, but, my goodness, you won’t be sorry if you read them anyway.

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Note for my blog readers: this novel is a clean read but does contain some innuendo and content for mature minds.

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Here’s my review of All the Way to Heaven.

All the Way to Heaven  A Light in the Dark

A Light in the Dark by Becky Doughty

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Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Five Gold Stars

A Light in the DarkA Light in the Dark by Becky Doughty

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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O…kay. I’d like to stick to my usual nice and organizational system to review A Light in the Dark by author Becky Doughty, but I’m not going to be able to do that. The novel had me sobbing so hard toward the end of it that a bunch of my previous notes on the book don’t seem like they matter much now.

Tish and Sebastian’s story drew me in and entertained me at various levels, particularly as an artist and as a romantic. But then, beyond the characters’ initial family and friendship threads, beyond the romance and humor, and even beyond the art, the journey got real to me on a whole different plane, venturing to a place both excruciating and exquisite to convey the significance of darkness and light.

I’d recommend this novel to fans of new adult fiction who wouldn’t mind getting more than just an angsty romance out of a romantic read. It’s passionate and compassionate, and though its ultimate richness varies in flavor from the first novel in the Fallout series, it’s a rich story all the same.

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Note for my blog readers: this novel is a clean read but does contain some innuendo and content for mature minds.

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Here’s my review of the next book in the series, A Long Way Home.

All the Way to Heaven  A Long Way Home