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Sunday, April 28, 2019


Twenty-one-year-old Neka is a bit of an introvert, she also happens to be stunningly beautiful. When she discovers her friend James is about to be dumped, she sees the perfect opportunity to escape from her quiet life. Can she summon the courage to leave it all behind? James Copley comes from a ruthless family. It's rubbed off. Years ago, he disengaged from his brother's smear campaign, but now his father has offered him an ultimatum, "Get married or lose your seat at the table." Plotting to stamp his design on the family business, he proposes to a woman, even though he doesn't love her. But his carefully laid plans start to unravel when she leaves him on the day she's due to meet his family. Could years of planning his comeback vanish with her departure? A possible solution comes in an unexpected form: Neka. She's not only a friend, but the daughter of his benefactor. And she's right there, offering to support him. But will her support stretch to marriage? He attempts to win her over to his plan but collides with her powerful father who wants to leverage the situation for his own gain. In their fight for survival and love, they are forced to face some uncomfortable truths. Can they overcome thwarted dreams and missed chances to find true love, or does forcing destiny's hand only lead to misery?

E. C. Jackson began her writing career with the full-length play Pajama Party. For three and a half years she published the Confidence in Life newsletter for Alpha Production Ministries, in addition to writing tracts and devotionals. Teaching a women’s Bible study at her church for eleven years naturally led to her current endeavor of writing inspirational romance novels and teen and young adult fiction. Her mission: spiritual maturity in the body of Christ through fiction.

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This is the first book from  this author and I am impressed with the writing. The story is one where a person asks themselves." Am I willing to do anything for a friend?"  Neka steps up to help her friend James in a very unselfish way. She decides to marry him so he can benefit in the  his family business. It was quite a big step for Neka to just pick up and leave everything to follow James to announce their engagement to his family. There is a twist in the story that will present some problems. Let's just say someone may have second thoughts.

James was not my favorite character at the beginning. I was beginning to wonder if maybe Neka had lost her mind.  James is very selfish, needs approval and wants to always be right. With Neka's strong belief in God, there is bound to be some disagreements along the way. James bugged me when he kept calling Neka , "sweets." I thought it was almost like he was trying to convince himself that she was the right one for him after his fiasco of a relationship he just broke off.

The story is one that examines marriage in a Godly way and how Neka doesn't shy away from what God says about marriage. It's  a great story that shares wisdom, patience and communication between two people. At first their marriage was to be a business deal, but searching her heart, Neka knows she must do the right thing.  I loved how the author gives readers a story that shows how a simple argument allows the enemy to come in and cause doubt. James and Neka are wonderful characters and I loved seeing them grow and prefer one another. Marriage isn't always easy especially when we let pride come in.. When we invite God in to our marriage, " a three cord strand is not easily broken."

I received  a digital copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

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