Nov 10, 2010

Amy Inspired by Bethany Pierce

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Amy Inspired
Bethany House; Original edition (October 1, 2010)
Bethany Pierce


After completing a master's in Creative Writing and working as a visiting instructor at Miami University in Ohio, Bethany Pierce now lives with her husband in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she is a member of the McGuffey Art Center and continues to write. Her first book, Feeling for Bones, was one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2007.


With rejections piling up, she could use just a little inspiration...

Amy Gallagher is an aspiring writer who, after countless rejections, has settled for a career as an English professor in small-town Ohio just to pay the bills. All her dreams suddenly start to unravel as rejections pile up--both from publishers and her boyfriend.

But just as Amy fears her life is stuck in a holding pattern, she meets the mysterious, attractive, and unavailable Eli. She struggles to walk the fine line between friendship and something more with Eli, even as staying true to her faith becomes unexpectedly complicated.

When secrets, tragedy, and poor decisions cause rifts in Amy's relationships, she must come to terms with who she's become, her unrealized aspirations for her life, and the state of her faith. Can she dare to hope that she will find love and fulfillment despite it all?

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

Amy Inspired can be purchased through Amazon.


A story about an aspiring writer dealing with continuous rejection from publishers somehow intrigued me, and I was eager to read Amy Inspired. Amy's dreams were not being fulfilled, and at times her frustration and disillusionment is almost depressing to read.

When Amy meets Eli, she struggles between playing it safe or following her dreams. The journey to find herself is a very long one, and I honestly felt frustrated at times that things moved so slowly. Perhaps I was hoping for a little more action or excitement, but maybe this slow pace is indicative of the life of some writers?

This book may not be one of my favourites, but it does have a very strong message of faith, love and friendship. I might need to read it again sometime, and maybe I will be able to relate better to the story of Amy and her friends.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Amy Inspired through Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, in exchange for my honest review.

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