BOOK REVIEW: UNHOLY GROUND BY DAYO BENSON.

Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction Romance

Series: Book 3 of 6: Saints and Sinners

Publication date: January 14, 2019

Publisher: Gracetide Press

Book Description

Saints and Sinners is a reality TV show like none other…

Chloe:

What happens when you take a sheltered Christian girl and lock her in a house with a random mix of self-professing sinners?

Especially when one of those sinners is Colby Carter, a man whose soulful brown eyes have tripped me up before.

The whole aim of the show is to turn good girls bad and make nice boys nasty. But I’m determined to stand strong and do Christians everywhere proud. Any kind of failure will not only get me evicted but will lock me in a personal prison of shame.

That cannot happen.

Colby:

They think I’m just a dirty sinner. They don’t know I’m simply trying to survive.

Saints and Sinners is supposed to be my ticket to freedom. But the danger I’m trying to escape follows me into the competition.

It seems I’ll never get free.

I never used to care so much about freedom, or cleaning up my life. But now I have an incentive. She has an electric smile and a penchant for inserting ‘Jesus’ into every other sentence.

But my enemies are close.

Maybe, for me, freedom will only ever be an illusion.

A captivating Christian romance series from Amazon Bestselling author Dayo Benson.

My Review

The series got deeper and more interesting. Chloe and Colby are battling with their inner minds over themselves. I promise not to give out spoilers but the Saints and Sinners series are the best books I have read so far in 2021.

I can’t wait to find out more in book 4. The books in the  series are 6 in numbers and I am about to start book 4. What a way to go for me!

I highly recommend these series if you are looking for a book rich in suspense, drama, action, faith, romance and all the goodness of a well written novel.

I received an ARC of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine and honest.

About the Author

Dayo Benson is passionate about using fiction to convey powerful messages about redemption and God’s love. She is the author of over forty Christian novels. From sweet contemporary fiction and gritty romantic thrillers, to paranormal Christian romance, Dayo writes in a wide variety of niches. A message of hope is common to all her books regardless of genre. When she is not writing, Dayo enjoys music, reading and going for long walks. She lives in North West England with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. Learn more about Dayo and her upcoming books at https://www.dayobenson.com.

BOOK REVIEW: CITY OF ANGELS BY DAYO BENSON.

Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

Series: Book 2 of 6: Saints and Sinners

Publication date: November 30, 2018

Publisher: Gracetide Press

Book Description

How do you choose between dangerous freedom and peaceful slavery?

Chloe: Imagine the worst thing that could happen to you. And then multiply it by ten!

Somehow, my family has found out about Colby, and the shame of what I did is unbearable.

Mom orders me to return home and she puts me through bootcamp: all-night prayer meetings, bible lectures from Nana, the works.

Now, I no longer trust myself.

Can the girl who made such a horrendous mistake just last week really be hearing from God this week?

And would God really tell her to go to LA to participate in a reality TV show?

Mom and Nana think not.

Colby will be in the show. We’ll be locked in a mansion for a month with a bunch of other people. I’ll be out in the world all on my own with nobody to keep me in check.

I should stick to the safety of what I’ve always known. Maybe I should even marry the pastor dude that my family wants me to marry. But I think I’m going to listen to these stirrings in my soul.

I risk embarrassing myself and angering the people who love me.

But it’s possible that this could be the beginning of an exciting adventure with God.

Colby: What I fear most is exactly what I need.

I didn’t expect that one week with Chloe to mean so much. Neither did I expect her rejection to hurt this bad.

What she discovered about me is just the tip of the iceberg. She has no idea just how crazy things really are.

But things are going to change.

The dread of my family finding out what I do has kept me in captivity this long.

I’m done hiding.

It’s time to break free.

If Chloe and Colby can just make it to LA, everything might change.

A captivating Christian romance series from Amazon Bestselling author Dayo Benson.

My Review

I am so hyper excited at reading this book. I read it within two days and I can’t wait to read book 3.

The suspense and intrigue in this book was so much, I couldn’t help reading word for word. The plot was playing like an action movie in my mind.

Chloe and Colby are my two favorite characters. I love seeing their scenes and I wanted to shake Chloe to grow up.

Dayo, you have won my heart with this series.

I received an ARC of this book. Opinions in this review are honest and mine.

About the Author

Dayo Benson is passionate about using fiction to convey powerful messages about redemption and God’s love. She is the author of over forty Christian novels. From sweet contemporary fiction and gritty romantic thrillers, to paranormal Christian romance, Dayo writes in a wide variety of niches. A message of hope is common to all her books regardless of genre. When she is not writing, Dayo enjoys music, reading and going for long walks. She lives in North West England with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. Learn more about Dayo and her upcoming books at http://www.dayobenson.com.

BOOK REVIEW: HUSBAND AUDITIONS BY ANGELA RUTH STRONG.

Genre: Christian Fiction Romance

Publication date: 17 August, 2021

Publisher: Kregel Publications

Book Description

How far would you go to find the perfect husband? All the way back to the 1950s?

In a world full of happily-ever-after love, Meri Newberg feels like the last young woman on the planet to be single, at least in her Christian friend group. So when she’s handed a strange present at the latest wedding–a 1950s magazine article of “ways to get a husband”–she decides there’s nothing to lose by trying out its advice. After all, she can’t get any more single, can she?

Her brother’s roommate sees the whole thing as a great opportunity. Not to fall in love–Kai Kamaka has no interest in the effort a serious relationship takes. No, this is a career jump start. He talks Meri into letting him film every silly husband-catching attempt for a new online show. If it goes viral, his career as a cameraman will be made.

When Meri Me debuts, it’s an instant hit. People love watching her lasso men on street corners, drop handkerchiefs for unsuspecting potential beaus, and otherwise embarrass herself in pursuit of true love. But the longer this game goes on, the less sure Kai is that he wants Meri to snag anyone but him. The only problem is that he may not be the kind of husband material she’s looking for . . .

With droll comic timing, unbeatable chemistry, and a zany but relatable cast of characters, Angela Ruth Strong has created a heartfelt look at the reality of modern Christian dating that readers will both resonate with and fall for.

My Review

The book cover and title are eye catching.

Reading through this book, you will find yourself wrapped in emotions ranging from laughter, suspense, interest etc.

I love how this book carried Christian themes without being preachy.

Meri and Kai are two absolute characters you would love to watch out off.

This is the first time of reading Angela Ruth Strong books and her writing prowess is great.

The 101 ways to get a husband that was included at the back of this book was so cute. I am sure somebody will find it useful.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the Author

Angela Ruth Strong is an expert on Write that Book, blogs on Inspyromance.com and How to Write a Novel, and is the founder of IDAhope Writers. She is the author of the Resort to Love series and the CafFUNated mysteries. Angela lives in Meridian, Idaho, and can be found online at angelaruthstrong.com.

BOOK REVIEW: A WINTER BABY FOR GIN BARREL LANE BY LINDSEY HUTCHINSON.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publication date: 24th August, 2021

Publisher: Boldwood Books

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/3wWp5Qa

Book Description

Dolly Perkins and Jack Larkin have grown up in the notorious gin palaces of Birmingham.
It’s a world of happiness and friendship, but also violence and poverty. Now that Dolly runs the Daydream Gin Palace on Gin Barrel Lane she can finally control her own destiny, but sometimes fate still plays its hand. 

Keen to expand her empire, Dolly and Jack take on a new pub, but they are in for a shock when a foul smell in one of the bedrooms turns out to come from a body hidden in the wall. 

As the police hunt for their suspect, rumours abound, spread by the local urchins – happy to be used as runners for a little bit of food and a coin or two. 

But rumours can be dangerous, and as one of the worst winters on record covers everything in snow, Dolly and Jack have to fight for the lives they have made for themselves, and for the urchins that they have come to think of as family.  Will the arrival of a new baby on Gin Barrel Lane bring the promise of new hope, or will the long-awaited thaw uncover new secrets and new tragedies…

The Queen of Black Country sagas is back on Gin Barrel Lane with a rip-roaring, heart-warming, page-turning story of family, friendship and beating the odds. Perfect for fans of Val Wood and Lyn Andrews.

My Review

What an interesting book.

At first, I thought Dolly was too free with the way she was spending money but that is fiction.

I like Dolly beautiful heart and Jack, what a character.

The plot was okay with the right amount of suspense and action.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the Author

Lindsey Hutchinson is a bestselling saga author whose novels include The Workhouse Children. She was born and raised in Wednesbury, and was always destined to follow in the footsteps of her mother, the multi-million selling Meg Hutchinson. Lindsey’s first title for Boldwood was published in February 2020.


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BOOK REVIEW: BROKEN HALO BY DAYO BENSON.

Genre: Contemporary Christian Fiction Romance

Series: Book 1 of 6

Publication date: October 15, 2018

Publisher:Gracetide Press

Book Description

What do you call a knight in shining armor if the knight is a woman?

Colby:

I’m trying not to stare at this blonde knockout when I get robbed.

I don’t expect the blonde to chase the thief, blast him with pepper spray, and retrieve my money.

And that’s how I met Chloe Campbell.

The last thing I need is my lady knight thinking she can save me in other ways. I certainly don’t want to start believing that she can.

She’s everything I want in a woman, but she must be missing some vital self-preservation instincts because she thinks she’s in love with me.

I’m a stark sinner whose future is a big, fat black hole.

If she was like many girls her age, she would have heard of me. I’m pretty famous among that demographic.

But she has no idea who I am.

Chloe:

Colby is a bundle of secrets packaged as a drop-dead gorgeous, ‘he belongs on movie screens’ man.

I have every reason to walk away and forget that we ever met:

1. He’s out of my league.
2. He doesn’t seem to want anything to do with me.
3. I’m engaged. To a pastor, no less.

This feels like a disaster waiting to happen.

But it might be just what I need.

Falling from grace was never Chloe’s plan. Finding his way back to God was never Colby’s.

Could God be trying to get their attention?


A captivating Christian romance series from Amazon Bestselling author Dayo Benson.

My Review

Dayo has done it again. I thought Crystal series was the best but this one totally blew my mind.

How Dayo Benson can weave Christian themes in this novel without sounding so preachy is a talent on its own.

Her descriptive prowess is unbeatable. I am yet to meet an author like her, this is not an exaggeration.

Reading Broken Halo, the first book in the Saints and Sinners series is so addictive. I am currently about to read the second book and I will be sure to drop my reviews.

Colby and Chloe are the principal main characters in this plot. Their stories are so interesting, I always look forward to reading them page after page.

I am not going to give spoilers but this book deserves 20 bright stars from me.

The book cover is so beautiful. I could imagine Chloe better through the cover.

I received an ARC of this book. This review is voluntary and is my honest opinion.

About the author

Dayo Benson is passionate about using fiction to convey powerful messages about redemption and God’s love. She is the author of over forty Christian novels. From sweet contemporary fiction and gritty romantic thrillers, to paranormal Christian romance, Dayo writes in a wide variety of niches. A message of hope is common to all her books regardless of genre. When she is not writing, Dayo enjoys music, reading and going for long walks. She lives in North West England with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. Learn more about Dayo and her upcoming books at http://www.dayobenson.com.

BOOK REVIEW: THE MERSEY ANGELS BY SHELIA RILEY.

Genre: Historical Fiction Saga

Publication date: 10th August, 2021

Publisher: Boldwood Books

Book Blurb

The Mersey Angels


1916 LIVERPOOL


Following the death of her father, Ruby Swift, and husband Archie finally move back into Ashland Hall.


As the Great War rages, fathers and sons take the King’s Shilling and head off to fight the unknown enemy, not knowing what horrors lie ahead.


With Ned Kincaid in the Navy, Archie signs up to the volunteer constabulary and nurses Anna Cassidy and Ellie Harrington enlist to do their bit for King and Country.


Soon the true casualties of war are being brought home in droves, Ruby converts Ashland Hall into an auxiliary hospital for wounded servicemen.


It’s not long before the true cost of war is brought closer to home and Anna and Ellie enlist in the British Military Nursing Corp and soon find themselves in the battlefields of France in search of the truth.
But they soon discover more than they bargained for…

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/3cfGsUl

My Review

The book “Mersey Angels” by Sheila Riley is a book full of adventures, courage, war, determination with a little touch of romance.

The characters in this book were fun to read with. I admire Ruby, Ellie and Anna.

Going further in this book, I personally felt the war was dragging for too long and I got bored at some pages.

The book cover is captivating enough and the title was well explained in the plot.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the Author

Sheila Riley wrote four #1 bestselling novels under the pseudonym Annie Groves and is now writing a new saga trilogy for Boldwood under her own name. She has set it around the River Mersey and its docklands near to where she spent her early years. She still lives in Liverpool.

Her new trilogy began with The Mersey Orphan in September 2019.


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BOOK REVIEW: SHADOW BY KARA SWANSON.

About the Book

Book:  Shadow

Author: Kara Swanson

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Release date: July 13, 2021

Swanson - Shadow

Peter Pan has crash-landed back on Neverland. But this is not the island he remembers.

Desperate to rescue Claire and the fractured Lost Boys, Peter must unravel what truly tore his dreamland apart. But with each step, he is haunted by more of his own broken memories. Not even Pan himself is what he seems.

Claire Kenton is chained to a pirate ship, watching the wreckage of Neverland rocked by tempests. When she finally finds her brother, Connor is every bit as shattered as the island. Claire may have pixie dust flowing in her veins—but the light of Neverland is flickering dangerously close to going out forever.

To rescue Neverland from the inescapable shadow, the boy who never grew up and the girl who grew up too fast will have to sacrifice the only thing they have left: each other.

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My Review

Phew!

I read Shadow in just two days and I truly felt like I went on an adventure to Neverland.

Growing up, I watched the Disney animation Peter Pan and I loved it. The characters, the magic, the suspense, the thrill and even the anticipation while reading this book were top notch.

This is the first work of the author I have read and I am so impressed by her writeup.

I haven’t read Dust, the first book in the series but I perfectly understood the plots in Shadow.

This is an amazing book with lots of themes to learn.

We all need to fight our shadows and let the light shine.

I learnt from this book that no matter how thick the darkness is, light will always prevail.

I am rating it 5 stars.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the Author

Kara Swason _ Floral Headshot

As the daughter of missionaries, Kara Swanson spent her childhood running barefoot through the lush jungles of Papua New Guinea. Able to relate with characters dropped into a unique new world, she quickly fell in love with the fantasy genre. The award-winning author of The Girl Who Could See, Kara is passionate about crafting stories of light shattering darkness, connecting with readers, and becoming best friends with a mermaid—though not necessarily in that order. Kara chats about coffee, fairytales and bookish things online (@karaswansonauthor) and at karaswanson.com.

More from Kara

One of my favorite CS Lewis quotes is this:

“Some day you’ll be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”

There’s something subtly profound about the idea that the very stories which captivate our imagination and shape our perspective on good and evil as children, will reveal more gems when we return to them later. When we’ve conquered some dragons of our own.

This was especially true when I write my Peter Pan retelling duology Dust and Shadow. These YA novels literally return to a fairy tale. I took a familiar story and dug even deeper, pushing Peter himself to grow a little more and see what new bits of pixie dust and hope there may be in a familiar story.

But there is another reason why our hearts gravitate toward fairy tales.

I think GK Chesterton put it brilliantly in a quote that is actually at the very front of Shadow:

Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”

Because maybe even more than being reminded of the whimsy of a fairy, we need the reminder that even in a world filled with dragons – they can be killed.

We can conquer.

And that simple truth, told a hundred different ways, will always lift our hearts and our chins.

Shadow was not an easy book to write – and it is not a particularly lighthearted tale. It is raw and vulnerable and at times lives up to it’s title in some darker moments. But there is always a sense of courage there too. A reminder that even in the shadowed places, the valleys, the instances that steal our breath and twist our hearts and make us wonder if all is lost –

There is another page to turn. Another step to take.

We are not finished.

No matter how young we are, we can strap on our armor, lift our swords, and fight for the light.

We are not overcome because our strength does not come from us.

It comes from our King.

And in the end, He will make all wrongs right, and there will be a happy ending to our tale, even if it may not be the ending we expect.

Because it may not be easy to slay the dragon, but as the fairy tales do remind us –

The important thing is that they can be slain.

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Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 2

Connect in Fiction, August 2

Blossoms and Blessings, August 2

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, August 3

Texas Book-aholic, August 3

Where Faith and Books Meet, August 4

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For the Love of Literature, August 4

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Wishful Endings, August 5

Inklings and notions, August 6

Mia Reads, August 6

For Him and My Family, August 7

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deb’s Book Review, August 8

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Tell Tale Book Reviews, August 9

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Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, August 11

Cats in the Cradle Blog, August 11

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, August 12

Simple Harvest Reads, August 12 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

The Book Chic Blog, August 12

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, August 13

Labor Not in Vain, August 13

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Kara Swanson is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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BOOK REVIEW: THE MOTHERS OF VICTORY STREET BY PAM HOWES.

Genre: Historical Fiction/ Women’s Fiction

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 23 July, 2021

Series: The Bryant Sisters Book 3

Buy Link:Amazon: https://amzn.to/3wAzvED

Book Blurb

From Amazon charts bestseller Pam Howes comes a heartbreaking and uplifting historical novel about a young woman trying to snatch her chance at happiness amongst the ruins of World War Two.

1946, LiverpoolBella Harrison cannot believe the devastating war that stole the lives of her father and sister is truly over at last. She wonders how they will ever rebuild Victory Street with the city in ruins, and half their neighbours gone. But for now, she and her childhood sweetheart Bobby are happy newlyweds, doting on Bella’s little son, her child with black American pilot, Earl Franklin Junior.

With the other members of Bella’s wartime singing trio, The Bryant Sisters, busy starting families of their own, Bella focuses on recording and writing songs with her husband. Everything seems to be falling into place until they get a surprising letter: Earl is moving to England and wants to see them.

Earl arrives and is delighted to see that his son is well and happy. He joins them as a singer and together, they start recording songs. But one night as Earl leaves the recording studio, a racist gang brutally attacks him and sets the place alight, leaving Bobby trapped inside. Meanwhile, Bella is at home, waiting to tell Bobby a devastating secret…

With peace in Liverpool at last, Bella had hoped for a brighter future. But as she faces her life being ripped apart once again, can she rediscover the strength that carried her through the war?

A totally unputdownable, heart-wrenching historical novel, packed with family secrets, perfect for fans of Dilly Court, Diney Costeloe and Nancy Revell.

My Review

I have read the first book in this series and I was unable to read book two. This is the third and final book in the series and believe me, I was very lost.

I think it was because I missed book two and I read book one last year. Partly my fault, maybe. I was not aware of when the ARC of book two was released.

I had a hard time familiarizing myself with the characters. Luckily for me, brief references were made in the plot from book 1.

I will suggest you get the three books complete before you start reading so you don’t struggle to enjoy this book.

While reading this book, the food mentioned there got me hungry. I love the love and friendship existing between the characters in the book.

The book cover is beautiful and I am looking forward to reading other books by the same author.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

Author Bio

Pam Howes is a retired interior designer, mum to three daughters, grandma to seven assorted grandchildren and roadie to her musician partner.

The inspiration for Pam’s first novel came from her teenage years, working in a record store, and hanging around with musicians who frequented the business. The first novel evolved into a series about a fictional band, The Raiders. She is a fan of sixties music and it’s this love that compelled her to begin writing.

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BOOK REVIEW: THE WARTIME SINGERS BY LESLEY EAMES.

Genre: Historical Fiction Saga

Publisher: Aria

Publication date: July 8, 2021

Book Blurb

With war looming, can they lift the spirits of the troops?

It’s 1914 and the effects of war are reaching London. Sick and injured servicemen are returning home and Lizzie Kellaway and her godmother Margaret Penrose are determined to do their bit to help them. With Lizzie’s beautiful singing voice and Margaret’s talent for the piano, concerts in hospitals and convalescent homes offer the perfect opportunity to lift the spirits of men who have suffered so much.

When Polly Meadows‘s fiancé rejects her and leaves for the war, she doesn’t hesitate before travelling to London to be with her childhood friend, Lizzie. It isn’t long before she’s persuaded to join their efforts to entertain the troops. At least while performing Polly can forget her troubles and open her soul to the joy of singing.

But the ongoing war brings even more heartache. With all three women facing struggles, one thing is certain: these wartime singers will need each other more than ever before…

A heartwarming and gritty wartime saga, perfect for fans of Nancy Revell, Molly Green and Elaine Everest.

My Review

Having read one of Lesley Eames books, The Orphan Twins, I was very sure that this particular book of hers will be interesting.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Lizzie, Polly, Margaret, Harry and Matt were characters I was always looking out for while reading the book.

I love how the title came about and it is so perfect for the plot.

I could empathize with some characters and I was pleased at some scenes. I am not going to give out spoilers but you need to check out this book.

Lesley Eames writes well. I am looking forward to any other books she is going to write by God’s grace.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About Lesley

I’ve always loved writing and spent my schooldays sitting by classroom windows staring at the sky and dreaming up stories. As a result I never mastered simultaneous equations or kinetic theory but enough education filtered through to get me to university and blag my way into a series of careers – firstly as a solicitor, then as an event organiser and, in time, as a Marketing and Fundraising Development Manager for a charity.

Writing was an important part of all of those jobs, from explaining complex legal issues in plain language to composing newsletters, adverts and funding applications. However, much as I enjoyed those creative outlets, my favourite kind of writing is fiction. People are endlessly fascinating to me and I just love creating characters then exploring their challenges and triumphs.

I’ve now written three historical romances set in the years from 1910 to the Roaring 20s when hardship and glamour sat side by side. The first two, The Runaway Women in London and The Brighton Guest House Girls, were shortlisted in the UK’s Romantic Novel Awards. The third, The Orphan Twins, was published in July 2020. All three books feature lively characters and explore friendship, courage, loyalty and love in difficult times.

As well as writing my own stories, I have many years’ experience of mentoring other writers too, so do take a look at my ‘For Writers’ page.

Writing achievements – 90 short story sales to the women’s magazine market, winning the Festival of Romance New Talent Award and the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Elizabeth Goudge Cup, being shortlisted in the Historical Romance category of the UK Romantic Novel Awards and success in competitions as varied as crime writing to writing for children.

Where I live – Originally Manchester but currently in Hertfordshire.

BOOK REVIEW: A SCANDAL OF GRACE BY SHIVON AARIA GUNALAN.

Genre: Christian Fiction Romance

Publication date: April 10, 2021

Book can be purchased on Amazon

Book Blurb

Hannah grew up in foster care. Her mother had passed away, and her father had abandoned her. She had deep self-esteem issues and was always fighting for her survival. When she left the home at 21, she met and fell in love with a rich, young man who showered her with a lot of care and concern.

But things begin to go downhill when she became pregnant with his child. She was abandoned yet again by the man she loved. Hannah vowed to herself that she will do whatever it takes to protect her baby. At the same time, she hardened her heart so she will not be hurt again.

During the lowest period of her life, she met Joshua. He was older than her, established in his career, a godly man who was active in church ministry. From the moment he laid eyes on her, Joshua was drawn to Hannah. He saw an innocent girl who was lost. He wanted to protect and take care of her. Joshua was sincere to her and kept relentless pursuing her. But Hannah was too broken to receive the love and care that she was receiving from him. She kept withdrawing herself away from him but, he never gave up on her.

Will there be a happily ever after for Joshua and Hannah? Can Hannah get past her brokenness to receive love in her heart again?

My Review

A Scandal of Grace. A book about second chances and redeeming love.

What a beautiful and interesting novel.

I love the characters in this book especially Joshua and Hannah. While reading the book, I was touched compassionately with Hannah’s story.

This book has lots of lessons to glean from it. The Christian themes in the book had lots of messages to the reader.

I love the author’s descriptive prowess. The setting is in Singapore and I enjoyed reading the book.

Any marriage we think is picture perfect had its trying time. Reading this book taught me a lot. You don’t give up on a marriage that easily without both couple working hard to make it work.

I love the progression of Hannah’s life in this novel. The balance and reality was perfect.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are mine.

About the Author

Based in Singapore, Shivon Gunalan is passionate about empowering women to find their identity. A visionary by nature, she enjoys connecting people to build community. Her desire is to nurture other women to be bold, and to achieve their full potential of who they are.


Shivon is interested in working with women who have suffered traumatic experiences, abuse or feelings of condemnation. She wants to help these women find their emotional & inner healing, so they can be liberated.


As an author, Shivon found her calling in recreating biblical stories to fit the modern context. Her first book “A Divine Connection (2020)” was based on the story of Issac and Rebecca, while her second book, “A Scandal of Grace (2021)” was based on Hosea and Gomer.

She felt that a woman can only find their true worth and self-esteem when they encounter the love of God. She uses the books as a tool to showcase God’s love to the readers through the lives of her characters. She is currently working on her third book titled “Own Your Crown.”


She is also active in her YouTube Channel “The Living Room” which features the inspiring stories of brave women talking about women empowerment.


Shivon spends most her free time reading, travelling, going for walks, hanging out with her friends. Her favourite authors include AW Tozer, Matt Batterson, Sharon Jaynes, among others.


Shivon Gunalan social media platforms

Website: https://www.shivongunalan.com/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ShivonAaria

Instagram: https://instagram.com/shivongunalan/