This review is based on a complimentary book I received from LibraryThing Early Reviewers. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Name I Call Myself by Beth Moran
Genres: Womens Fiction
Release Date: September 27, 2016
Publisher: Lion Fiction
Source: LibraryThing Early Reviewers
Purchase at: Amazon
All Faith Harp wants is a quiet life--to take care of her troubled brother, Sam, earn enough money to stop the poverty wolves snapping at her heels, and to keep her past buried as deep as possible. And after years of upheaval, she might have just about managed it: Sam's latest treatment seems to actually be working, Faith is holding down a job, and she's engaged to the gorgeous and successful Perry. But, for Faith, things never seem to stay simple for long. Her domineering mother-in-law-to-be is planning a nightmare wedding, including the wedding dress from hell. And the man who killed her mother is released from prison, sending her brother tumbling back into mental illness.
When secretly planning the wedding she really wants, Faith stumbles across a church choir that challenges far more than her ability to hold a tune. She ends up joining the choir, led by the fierce choir-mistress Hester, who is determined to do whatever it takes to turn the group of ragtag women into something spectacular. She also meets Dylan, the church's vicar, who is different than any man she has ever met before . . .
Charming, heartbreaking and yet utterly lovely! This was an endearing novel with elements of friendship, humor, darkness, danger, heartbreak, love and healing. The author was able to tie many subplots together in such a smooth way that it made for a realistic story that had me all misty-eyed by the end.
Faith Harp’s character, hmmmm, ok I liked her character and understood the choices she made and why but at the same time I felt like saying “really??” She very clearly understood where she stood emotionally with Perry from the beginning but she kept trying? Yeah, not the biggest fan of that weakness. Then the other part of me was like she is doing everything for her brother Sam and then the other part…you can see where this is going. Faith’s character is pulled in many different directions within herself that she cannot see the path that she should choose for her happiness. She is so wrapped up in duty that it is really unhealthy. Which is also the beauty of this story. We are able to follow the story of Faith’s journey to finding herself.
I loved, loved, loved the Grace Choir ladies. A choir that was brought together in a run-down part of town made up of women who were broken and unaware that they needed mending. Hester the choir conductor is really fantastic! Her character would just not allow the women to do anything but move forward. Now that was a perfect storyline to keep me entertained. Every character in this choir were written perfectly and what they added to the story was entertainment and a feeling of togetherness. Loved it!
In what world is a pastor written as a swoon worthy hunk? Ha ha ha, the world that the Author of this novel created. I just adored Dylan’s character. Such a sweet character and how he was there for Faith and tried so hard to deny his attraction to her and just be her friend. Amazing!
I found parts of this book regarding the on-goings with Faith to be confusing at times. I wondered at one point what the time period was of the storyline because it felt very old-fashioned to be in a modern setting? I also felt that although there was meant to be a love triangle it never amounted to much because her feeling towards one party was pretty clear from the beginning of the story. I did find the story to be a really sweet story with some edginess thrown in. I highly recommend for fans of Women’s fiction.
*Thank you to LibraryThing and Lion Hudson/Kregel Publications for this complimentary copy of The Name I Call Myself*