Song in the Dark by Jessica White

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 complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.

Song in the Dark by Jessica White

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Jenna, a gifted harpist, wants to start making her own decisions about her life. But her threatening ex-boyfriend refuses to leave her alone, and her mother is controlling and manipulative. Dean, a homicide detective with three Dobermans and two current murder cases on his hands, is drawn to Jenna from the first time he sees her play her harp, but shadowed areas in Dean’s life discourage him from getting involved with Jenna in Song in the Dark by author Jessica White.

The awesome cover of this ChristFic romantic suspense novel intrigued me to no end. Without spoiling the art’s dark theme, the dynamic sunset casts its heat and last burst of intensity between the silhouettes of the dogs and the harp, and the strong typography plays on darkness and light. The whole scene radiates with atmosphere.

What intrigued me next is the fact that this story is inspired by a romance in Greek mythology. I waited until after I finished the novel to go back to the list of which characters the author based on which mythological figures. Ah—the creativity!

The events in the characters’ personal lives and the haunting glimpses of their backstories are what gripped me most during this read. The novel is unafraid to go to some dark places, while other moments in the story are rather adorable, without schmaltz. The drama is understated and effective, and there’s not only attraction and affection but also wisdom, sense, and respect in the unfolding of the romance.

Now, the plot development became a bit choppy for me between the climax and resolution, with some points that felt rushed over and narrated answers that tied up some hard questions a little too suddenly and easily. There were also a few more errors and inconsistencies in grammar and punctuation than I would have expected, but they weren’t frequent or major enough to detract from the story for me.

I’d recommend this novel to fellow ChristFic readers who can appreciate suspense that tackles tough issues while making way for light and redemption.

 

“Take Me” by Darrick V. Keels

While my bibliophilic, writerly self mostly talks books, I’ve gotta share this song for anyone else who loves love. ❤
“Take Me” ~an original from my songwriter brother,
Darrick V. Keels

And, yeah, because I love love, I write stories about it. ❤

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War of Hearts by Annette Lyon

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.

War of Hearts by Annette Lyon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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In December 1939, Anna’s career in journalism gives her the opportunity to cover the Winter War in Finland. The last thing she expects is to find that Pete, the man who recently broke her heart, is also in Finland, assigned to be her photographer. And the non-combat area they’ve been sent to soon becomes a dangerous battle zone in War of Hearts by author Annette Lyon.

Yes, it was the cover of this novella that drew me to it, what with its soft but striking, creamy glow of frosty winter light in the snowy woods, and the appearance of the woman giving it its historical feel. The typography and gently faded flourishes around the title are lovely, too.

The war-related parts are what I liked best about the read. In contrast to its soft-looking cover, the story contains descriptions of some of the ugly, violent, tragic aspects of war. The romance wasn’t my favorite, feeling a little clichéd, redundant, and not the most natural. Also, while the romantic side of the story gets its conclusion, the aspects of the war and the hero’s and heroine’s careers rather seem to be left hanging in the end.

Still, the brief snapshots of history in this story were worthwhile for this historical fiction enthusiast.

 

Kiss and ’Telle? Release Day!

If only this type of thing were as easy as it looks in chick flicks.


“This book has so many uplifting and funny moments!” ~The Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife
“…a fun and enchanting read focused on the theme of longtime friendship and love.” ~RAIN’N’BOOKS

It’s officially Release Day!
My new contemporary romance, Kiss and ’Telle?, is now available.

Pick up an ebook copy for a limited-time launch price!

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Also available in paperback.

This book features characters who first appeared in Hope Unashamed, the sequel to Love Unfeigned. Enjoy a bonus excerpt at the end of the story.

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