Sunday, May 19, 2019

Surrendered by Jennifer Seines

About the Book

Book: Surrendered  

Author:Jennifer Seines  

Release Date: April 30, 2019  

Her father’s will is clear; do what he demands, or lose everything, including guardianship of her younger sister. But there’s a force at work–an evil set on destroying her and her sister. If only she knew whether the enigmatic man helping them is friend–or deadly foe…

After the reading of her father’s will, Tess O’Shay’s panic attacks return. In death, Sean O’Shay is attempting to accomplish what he couldn’t do in life—force Tess to finish her education, a dream she abandoned after being raped on campus. Unless she complies with her father’s wishes, she will lose all claim to the only home she’s ever known as well as to the family business. Worse, she’ll have to give up guardianship of her younger sister to Jake Holland, a secretive man fleeing from his past. Fine! She’ll show Jake and her father. She’ll muster whatever meager energy and strength she has, get her degree, and keep what matters most to her. No matter what. Then the man who assaulted her reappears, shattering what little strength she has left. Now she must dig deep to find the remnants of her mustard-seed faith…because that’s the only way she can face the past and right a wrong in order to secure the future.

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My Review

Surrendered certainly dealt with some weighty topics in our contemporary world, and I thought that was done really well and with great sensitivity. I'm not sure how I feel about the ending, but I can't say more about that without spoilers, so my lips are sealed! I feel like the book dealt with trauma, grieving, and didn't sugarcoat it. However, the book had a lot of pleasantness to it as well. Tess and Jake are both well-developed characters that are very endearing, and I really felt their emotion and enjoyed their interactions. I know that with the current culture, the topics this book covers is very appropriate for contemporary fiction. If you want a thought-provoking, hopeful, emotional, unique read, this one is for you. Also, if you just enjoy contemporary fiction, I think you would like this one.

I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are entirely my own. 

About the Author

Jennifer Sienes holds a degree in both psychology and education but discovered life-experience is the best teacher. She loves Jesus, writing and romance and puts it altogether in inspirational contemporary fiction. California born and raised, she recently took a step of faith with her real-life hero and relocated to Tennessee.

More from Jennifer

Since I was twelve years old, I’ve been writing stories. I even wrote fan-fiction before it was a thing—a Happy Days episode, which I’m sure dates me. I took every creative writing class I could, starting in high school, and even declared journalism as my college major until I realized I like fiction a whole lot more than truth, because I can create the characters any way I like. Tess O’Shay, the main character in Surrendered, came by way of accident. She was a minor character in my first novel (which will be the last published in the series) and my critique group loved her. They wanted to know if she would have more scenes. She did not. In fact, she was deleted with the rewrites. But I couldn’t get her out of my mind—it was like she’d become a real person and refused to be ignored. I loved writing Surrendered because Tess O’Shay and Jake Holland ran away with the story and it was everything I could do to keep up. The first two novels I wrote were inspired by actual events—my brother’s suicide in the first and my daughter’s near-fatal car accident in the second. These are dark themes, yet I wanted to present them with humor and hope—both of which have gotten me through some tough circumstances. I strive to create characters my readers can connect with—three-dimensional and human—but also fall in love with. I think the best books are those that leave us wanting more.

Blog Stops

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  1. Thank you so much for your review. I appreciate your thoroughness.

  2. This book sounds like a very intriguing and fantastic read.

  3. Lookjng forward to reading Surrendered. 💓👏🏼

  4. Oops... should be Chrissy Drew...

  5. Sounds like a great book! Thank you so much!

  6. Sounds like it would be an interesting read. Thank you for the review :)

  7. Thank you for sharing your book with us. I always look forward to finding out about another great read.

  8. Katie, thank you for your review! This books sounds interesting.