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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Amy Inspired by Bethany Pierce (Review and Giveaway)

From the cover:  Amy Gallagher, aspiring writer, has an unabashed obsession with words. She gave up a steady, albeit unexciting, job to pursue a life of writing. However, two years and one master's degree later, she finds herself almost exactly right back where she started.  Discouraged by the growing pile of rejections from publishers and afraid that she has settled, Amy knows something has to change.
 
Then she meets the mysterious, attractive, and unavailable Eli. Amy finds herself struggling to walk the fine line between friendship and something more with Eli, even as she tries to cope with the feeling that her friends and family are moving on without her. When the unexpected begins pouring in, Amy doubts the love and fulfillment she seeks will ever come her way. Forced to take a close look at who she has become, the state of her faith, and her aspirations for her life, she must make a choice: play it safe yet again or finally find the courage to follow her dreams.
About the author: After completing a master's in Creative Writing and working as a visiting instructor at Miami University in Ohio, Bethany Pierce now lives with her husband in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she is a member of the McGuffey art Center and continues to write. Her first book, Feeling for Bones, was one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2007.

My opinion: I have to confess that I have struggled more with this book review than any other I have written thus far and, consequently, have dragged my feet about posting my review. I have read many glowing reviews of Amy Inspired, but I have to say that I just don't feel the same way.  I really struggled to read and become engrossed in the story line. The characters just didn't seem to come alive to me and the interaction between them seemed artificial.

There were elements in this book that just don't coincide with my perception of right and wrong.  Unmarried, unrelated, young men and women living in the same apartment goes against my sense of propriety. The Bible admonishes us, in 1 Thessalonians 5:22,  to "abstain from all appearance of evil." (KJV)   We are also cautioned, in Romans 14:16, to "let not then your good be evil spoken of."  In light of these two scriptures, I felt conflict over some elements of the story and that detracted from my overall enjoyment of the book.  Perhaps I must chalk it up to my advanced age and the fact that I am extremely conservative in my views.

I am vastly outnumbered in my opinion of Amy Inspired and that is fine because we all know that a book that one person loves, another will detest, and vice versa. Having given my honest opinion of the book, I am now offering you the opportunity to decide for yourself.  I am running a giveaway of Amy Inspired that will expire on March 5th.  Please leave a comment which includes your email address in spam-proof format; for example: name[at]emailprovider[dot]com.  Don't forget to mention if you are a follower for an extra chance to win.

A copy of this book was provided to me for review purposes by Bethany House Publishers. I was in no way obligated to provide a positive review and all statements contained herein are my honest opinion. I received no compensation in any form for providing my review.


21 comments:

  1. This sounds like a book that might strike some good conversation with the youth of our church. Thanks for entering me in the drawing. I am a subscriber.

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  2. I would like to read it myself to see what I think of it. I appreciate your candor.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  3. I want to read this book because my name is "Amy" and I'm a writer chasing the dream. Thank you so much for the chance to win.

    Amy // artsyrockerchick at aim dot com

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  4. I would love to have a chance to read this book, I am a new reader and have a passion for reading great christian fiction stories! Thank you for a chance to win.

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  5. Please enter me in this giveaway!
    I appreciated your open and honest review!
    Charlotte Kay
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  6. I too appreciate such an honest review. I'd love to try this book out for myself.

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  7. I would love to be entered into this giveaway. I am a follower of this blog. My email address is writer.chicka[at]gmail.com
    Carman sent me

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  8. Interesting cover..I'd like to read this to form an opinion myself.
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  9. I am a follower
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  10. would love to read this fabulous novel...thanks for the chance :)

    karenk
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  11. Please enter me to win this giveaway

    wynter@wynteradelle.com

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  12. Thanks for the honest review. I think I'd like to read it!

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  13. Thanks for the chance to win!!!

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  14. I'm a follower!

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  16. I'VE TRYING TO READ THIS ONE FOR A LONG TIME.

    PLEASE ENTER ME!


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  17. This sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    ***Carman sent me! :)

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  18. I am a follower

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net


    ***Carman sent me! :)

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  19. Hi there...I am a follower. Thanks for the opportunity. I am a librarian and it's tough to find good Christian fiction. Like to give it a try. joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

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  20. Book sound great. Carmen sent me.

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