About the Book
Book: Made in Hollywood
Author: Michelle Keener
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 10, 2020
When a pastor’s son saves her life, can a prodigal daughter dare to believe in second chances?
Noah Shaw is almost thirty and he still doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up. Torn between running his business as a limo driver for Hollywood’s elite, and feeling called to ministry, he prays for direction. But he never expects that direction to include finding a woman near-death on the front steps of his father’s church.
Hannah left her family and her faith when she moved to Hollywood looking for adventure. Instead of finding fame in the movies, she was lured into the life of an exotic dancer. Hopeless and ashamed, suicide seems like her only escape. Until the night Noah saves her life.
The Shaw family welcomes her into their home and gives her a chance to start over. When the shadows of her former life threaten to expose her past, she must choose between running away or fighting for the new life she’s built and the man she’s grown to love.
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With an emotional heart I write this review. It amazes me how a book can teach you so many lessons. The author has woven a story much like the Prodigal Son but with more intensity. The emotions run deep in this unforgettable story of redemption. I loved reading about Hannah and her quest to find unconditional love. There is no need to retell the story in my review. That is waiting for readers to experience. I want to express just how powerful this story is. Hannah could be anybody who has been running from their past. Many of us think we have done so many unforgivable things, that God would never welcome us home.
What I found in this story was compassion that helped a young woman feel important. Being tossed on a deserted parking lot of a church was definitely a divine appointment for Hannah that night. Noah is so forgiving and is the hands and feet of God. He reached out and showed grace to someone who had given up. Noah’s family not only takes a stranger in but welcomes her with open arms. To witness her surrender to God is a very heart wrenching scene. I remember when I felt ready to give up. In that moment I could feel arms wrapped around me as I cried out to God. Hannah experiences much the same as she cries tears of healing at the altar of forgiveness.
No matter where we are , not matter what we have done, God is waiting with open arms. Hannah faces danger as her past catches up with her. The author does a great job of letting Hannah face her enemy surrounded by those who love her. The ending will require tissues as the author leads us to the beginning of a new chapter for several characters. I am hoping the author will continue the series with a story filled with redemption, forgiveness and letting go of the chains that keep us from God.
“The mistakes of our past can become our greatest testimony if we surrender them to God and let Him redeem them.”
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
About the Author
Michelle Keener is a wife, mom, and the author of five books. She lives in Southern California with her retired Marine husband, their two children, and one spoiled dog. When she isn’t writing, she is busy homeschooling, teaching creative writing workshops, or baking something involving chocolate.
More from Michelle
The Story of a Prodigal Daughter
Made in Hollywood is the sequel to my first Christian romance novel Mission Hollywood. It’s the story of Lily’s brother Noah and his search for love and direction. In the book, Noah meets a young girl who has been through some truly dark and terrible places. She’s been wounded, abused, and she’s lost hope. She’s worried that her past is too much for God to forgive, and that she’s fallen too far and doesn’t deserve God’s grace. She is a prodigal daughter lost on the streets of Hollywood.
One of the reasons I wrote Made in Hollywood (aside from the fact that I just adore Noah) is to be a reminder that God never gives up on us. Just like the story of the Prodigal Son, if we turn back to God, He will run to us and bring us home.
There is no place so dark that God light can’t reach.
There is no sin, no mistake, no circumstance that can separate us from the love of God. His arms are always open to us. His love is unchanging, unending, and unfailing. His amazing grace reaches the lost and restores what was broken. His love binds our wounds and heals our past. What the enemy intended for evil, God will turn to good. It’s a truth Hannah had to learn. It’s a truth I had to learn. And it’s a truth God wants His people to share. God’s love never fails.
I hope you enjoy Made in Hollywood!
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