Monday, February 9, 2015

Devotion by Marianne Evans

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Harbourlight Books (September 19, 2012)
Marianne Evans


A Word from the author:
My career began at Kensington Publishing, then Wild Rose Press released what will likely be my last secular novel, With This Kiss. This book is very dear to my heart, because, in a way, it memorializes the life of my grandmother, Rachel Alfano. She was a feisty, loving Italian. Back in the day, folks came to her deli in East Rutherford "from the City" (New York, of course!) to get her pepperoni, or purchase her hand-made sausage and pastas. Life and times at 82 Mozart Street are engraved upon my heart, and precious to me. What better place to set a romance?

Now, I'm called to write 'Faith-affirming fiction' (TM). Christian inspirational romance, and Christian themed fiction, is something that both as a reader, and writer, I feel called upon by God to enjoy and create.

This segment of my journey began when I was lucky enough to win a writing contest sponsored by White Rose Publishing that led to the publication of my Christian inspy debut, Hearts Crossing. This humble, heart-felt novella went on to become a series...and an Amazon best seller! A Face in the Clouds, a short story spin-off of Woodland, is also part of my 'best seller' portfolio. What a blessing!


Christian Music agent Kellen Rossiter has everything he ever wanted: A-list clients from coast to coast, a loving wife who honors and respects him, and a faith life that’s never wavered—until now. Juliet Rossiter has the perfect life: a rewarding schedule serving the underprivileged, a husband who loves her as Christ loved the church, and a blessed future as a mother—at least that's what she thinks.

For Better or Worse

But what happens when their rock-solid marriage begins to crumble under the weight of an unexpected and powerful temptation?  How does love survive when its foundation is shaken?

'Til Death Do Us Part

When human frailty and the allure of sin deal a harsh blow to their relationship, it will take more than love to mend the shattered trust and heartbreak. It will take a lifetime of devotion.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Devotion, go HERE.

My review:
  I rarely read a book that is just romance, but occasionally a book that is romance sounds worth reading, and such was the case with this one. The author was new to me, and I had never heard of the publishing company, but decided to give it a try and review it. And I found it to be well worth the time I spent reading the book.

  I liked the characters, and felt the author in no way excused the actions of the husband, Kellen. I have read books before where there was infidelity in the marriage, and senses a bit of that, but not the case with this book. There are no excuses, and it is clearly shown where Kellen went wrong before he even met temptation face on.

  The book really spoke to me. It is more than a great story - and it is that for sure - but it is a warning that we can all fall, not necessarily in that area, but generally speaking if we neglect our spiritual life - church, prayer, Bible reading. To me, the book is a picture of our relationship with God. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and was challenged and convicted to be more devoted to God. I highly recommend the book.

  I also blogged about devotion, based on the book:


Marianne Evans said...

Mark, this review means a great deal to me, as does your heart for fighting temptation and turning to God - you're a blessing. Thanks for the encouragement, the spotlight and review!