April 9, 2017

Finding Hope in Savannah Celebrate Lit Blog Tour + Giveway link

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About the Book

Book: Finding Hope in Savannah  
Author: Melissa Wardwell  
Genre: Christian Suspense/Romance  
Release Date: September 15, 2016

Elizabeth “Liz” Thompson liked her quiet, predictable life with her son. When she witnesses something horrifying and dangerous, they are forced into hiding. She seeks refuge in the small community of Isle of Hope, Georgia only to find that her life and her heart are still hanging in the balance. Officer Jake Andrews, dedicated his life to protect and serve the people of Savannah. In the back of his mind always wondering “what if?”. The arrival of a young woman from his past forces him to face a long-buried secret, that will change how he sees his future. As danger comes to Georgia, Liz & Jake must learn to trust God and each other, to see their way out of the situation.

My Review:

This was a fast moving sweet story with just a hint of suspense. I really liked Liz and Jake and appreciated how much relationship with God, reading the Bible, and prayer was included in this book. I also appreciated the fact that the author wrote a story about characters who had sinned in the past but were able to receive forgiveness from God. Often I feel like Christian Fiction prefers perfect characters to more realistic ones and if you feel the same way then I think you’ll love this book.

One think I would have liked a little more of in this book was insight into the son. I wish I could have gotten to know him a little better and that the author would have explored his teenage angst a little more. But the times I did get to know him I really liked him. He had great insight for a young man.   

I really liked Jake a lot. I was very impressed with his dedication and commitment both to his job and his friends and family. But most of all I was thrilled to find a man that showed restraint but willingly admitted how hard it was. I love characters that are realistic.

I liked Liz too but I didn’t fall in love with her like I did Jake’s character. There were quite a few times I was annoyed with her and how she processed things. And I felt like a lot of her conflict both internal and external was resolved way too easily for the situations she was in. I wish there had been just a little more character development with her.

This was a super sweet story and I loved the twist toward the beginning that came through for a fun ending to the story. I can’t tell you what it was because it will ruin it for you but it was probably my favorite part in the beginning.

If you love books that end with a happily ever after I really think you’ll enjoy this one. It doesn’t get there easily but it wraps up nicely in the end.
CelebrateLit and the author provided me a copy of this book.  All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Melissa resides in a small mid-Michigan farm community with her husband and three children, all of whom they home school. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, taking photos, and motorcycle rides with her husband. Her hope is that each story touches your heart, gives you hope, or just gives you a moment away from the chaos of life

Guest Post from Melissa Wardwell

Finding myself though “Finding Hope in Savannah” Writing this book opened my eyes to quite a few things about myself. It opened a door to a need to discover new places and try new things. To step outside of my shell and not be afraid to discover what I am capable of as a wife, mother, and a Christian Woman. In one scene, I have “Liz” talking about how she wishes she could be brave enough to face things without being so fearful of the outcome. I was reminded that when we are moving in Christ’s will for our lives, there is nothing to fear. When I came up with the idea for “Finding Hope in Savannah” I wanted a location that was unlike any place I have ever been. All my other books take place in my area. So, I set out to find images of some place warm and southern. I came across images of this little community on the outskirts of Savannah Georgia called Isle of Hope. I loved the looks of this little haven so much, I made it the location of this book. Writing the descriptions on the location was a bit of a stretch of my imagination. I hadn’t seen it, smelled it, or touched it in any way. The writing of this book just so happened to be the same year as when our family would be driving to Florida for a family vacation. After expressing my frustration in not getting the feel of the place right, my darling husband suggested leaving a bit earlier and spending some time in Savannah on the way down. I am so glad we did and I discovered for myself why it is considered the most beautiful city in the United States. This book isn’t just a love story or a story about a woman in hiding, but about a single mother of a tween boy who is trying her best to find her way in this world. Having two teen boys of my own I know how fun, as well as gross, boys can be but to get the right mind set for “Liz” I had to do some homework. It took watching and talking to my friends who are single mothers, hear their concerns about life and managing their time. I admire those who have to play both roles every day and still have a smile on their faces. With my husband’s job, I am on my own with the kids part of the time, but it is only part time. I couldn’t imagine raising my three all by myself. My hats off to all the single mommies of the world.

Blog Stops

April 11: A Greater Yes
April 12: Bigreadersite
April 14: Carpe Diem
April 16: Quiet Quilter


To celebrate her tour, Melissa is giving away one print copy of “Finding Hope in Savannah” as well as a $10 Amazon gift card!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b2b9

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