‘If He Only Knew’ by Michelynn Christy & Brandi Gabriel (Giveaway & Review)

About the Book

Greeting on the railway station. Vintage car on the background.Title: If He Only Knew

Author: Michelynn Christy, Brandi Gabriel

Genre: Historical romance

Release Date: August 19, 2017

It’s 1968, and love is in the air in the small coastal town of Cambridge, California.

Donna Peterson, the preacher’s daughter, has her entire life ahead of her and the future looks promising. But things aren’t as they seem in Cambridge. A tangled web of secrets threatens to destroy the lives of each person involved – Donna, her boyfriend Bobby, and Rick, Bobby’s best friend. Will the truth make them free, or will they lose their friendship forever?

About the Authors

81tyygX8oSL._UX250_Author Michelynn Christy resides in the Midwest and enjoys creating romantic stories that point to Jesus. Her faith in God shines through the pages of her writing. Michelynn’s debut novelette A Christmas to Remember launched in late 2015. While this pen name and genre are somewhat new to her, she has penned over twenty titles under another pseudonym, has won awards for her works and has earned best-selling title status. With that said, all glory goes to God!

orphanBrandi Gabriel is a co-author of twelve Christian fiction books, including this one. Her first solo novel, The Orphan Bride, released in 2016 and she has since added a sequel in the same series. Her goal in writing is to touch readers’ hearts in some special way and to glorify Jesus Christ, her Lord and Saviour.

 

 

 

MY THOUGHTS‘Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,  nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revellers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.’                                          ~ 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (NKJV)

Two sisters – Pamela, the wild one … and Donna, the good girl everyone would want to claim as being their own.

It’s frightening isn’t it, how circumstances can change things around and mix them up, in such a relatively short period of time?

‘As I watch the drops of rain weave their weary paths and die. I know that I am like the rain there, but for the grace of You go I.’   ~ Simon And Garfunkel

Indeed, but for the grace of God go I!

I would like to say I loved this book, but alas, I did not. However, I did enjoy reading it. In fact, I was unable to put it down. Sounds like a major contradiction doesn’t it?

The plotline could run so close to the lives of so many of us. How easy it is to judge each other, not knowing the true circumstances. Sometimes the pressures of family expectations can be all too much to bear. We end up doing things to keep the peace, that are an outright abomination to Christ. But time will always catch up with us when there is nowhere else to hide from the truth.

‘But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the Lord, and be sure your sin will find you out.’  ~ Numbers 32:23 (NKJV)

Michelynn and Brandi have crafted a story which is sensitive to human failings, while deeply entrenched in emotions. The plot structure has been thoroughly thought out and the characters are plausible. There is also more than a hint within the book that if we throw away the good that He has given to us, sooner or later we will be punished. However, once we have been forgiven … just watch our lives blossom, as God’s forgiveness is sincere and complete.

‘Bobby wondered if this was what it was like to die of a broken heart. The numberless tears, blurred vision, shaking body. And the internal symptoms: throbbing anguish, ugly helplessness, and a pit of sorrow so deep one could fall in and never be able to climb out.’

09B4D12A-ABA0-439F-A1AF-BE6367DB6C92By the end of this book, I had mixed feelings. The book focused on truth, happiness, sadness, betrayal … and great joy. My curiosity had been satisfied, my heart had been broken, my faith was restored.

PS: I got my happy ending eventually.

If you want to read a book that is honest to the core while keeping you turning the pages, then this is the book for you.

I was provided with an Advanced Readers Copy by the author via CelebrateLit. I have never at any stage been expected to provide a positive review, and have not been financially rewarded. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

Guest Post from Michelynn Christy & Brandi Gabriel

Take a step back in time…

If He Only Knew is a novel set in the late 1960s. The book deals with family relationships, loyalty, friendship, love, and loss. The main topic is somewhat controversial in nature, but we won’t mention what it is lest we spoil the story for readers. A similar book was written in a different genre under another name and the story really resonated with readers. We felt compelled to share this story with others who perhaps wouldn’t pick up that particular genre, and that is how this book came about. It may be set in the sixties, but the message is as relevant today as ever. Our prayer is that God will touch readers’ hearts and draw them closer to Him.

Click here to purchase your copy.

Giveaway

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To celebrate their tour, Michelynn and Brandi are giving away the following:

Grand Prize: ONE themed book box, (this will contain small items that relate to the story
1st Place Prize: ONE $25 Amazon gift card,
2nd Place Prize: ONE signed paperback copy of If He Only Knew
3rd Place Prize: ONE signed paperback copy of If He Only Knew!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c601

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Charlie Franks is A-OK (Coco and Charlie Franks Novels Book 2) by Cecily Anne Patterson

About the Book

412iuD5TtBL._AC_AA218_Unlike her drama-queen twin sister, Charlie Franks is always fine. At least she is until she must start a new school, finds out she can’t ride her new horse, and gets told that her Mum has something totally weird wrong with her.

Charlie’s not A-OK. Not at all.

And she can’t see how things are ever going to get better.

‘Charlie Franks is A-OK’ is the sequel to ‘Love and Muddy Puddles’ and is Australian author Cecily Anne Paterson’s fourth novel.

If you’re a brave-hearted girl who loves family, friends, horses, adventure and the challenge of finding what you’re good at, this is the book for you. Charlie Franks is A-OK is the sequel to Love and Muddy Puddles, the first book in the Coco and Charlie Franks series, and the fourth novel by Australian author, Cecily Anne Paterson. It won the CALEB writing prize in 2017. Cecily’s first teen novel, Invisible, also set in Australia, was a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in 2014 and she has had three other books shortlisted in the CALEB and SparkLit writing prizes.

mythoughtsFIVE STAR WINNER!!

What a lovely follow-on from Cecily’s first book in this series. As the first book ‘Love and Muddy Puddles’ came from the viewpoint of Coco, it was delightful to read this cool story from Charlie’s point of view.

Indeed, what a gentle, thoughtful, and brave-hearted girl Charlie Franks is. And what an example she is to other tweens and teens. I don’t doubt the courage of Coco; however, her attitudes were hopelessly misguided as is the case for many teens today. Peer pressure, bullying, and constantly worrying what others think about us seem to be the norm in society these days. Once again, I thoroughly enjoyed the ‘Australianness’ (think that’s a word) of this book, the use of appropriate teenage lingo, and the gorgeous descriptions of Kangaroo Valley. This book and the previous one have been huge learning curves for me … finally, I sort of get what those young ones are saying 😉

Although this story came from Charlie’s viewpoint, I felt the continual presence and involvement of all other characters. Brilliantly written. Adults will love this book just as much as the children will.

o5_-cv7FAbout the Author

Cecily Paterson grew up as an expat in Pakistan until the age of 16. She went to a British day school and then an international boarding school, so her accent has always been a bit of a mix. 

She studied French, law, and politics at university before getting into editing, where she’s stayed ever since. 

Cecily has wanted to be a bestselling author since the age of 8 when she won the White Essay Cup at her school, beating 10 and 11-year olds to the prize. 

She writes (mostly) contemporary, warm-hearted fiction for girls aged 11-14.

She is the mother of four children and lives in a beautiful little tourist town in New South Wales, Australia.