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Saturday, December 5, 2020

Book Review and Giveaway - The Confident Hope Author: E.C. Jackson On Tour with Celebrate Lit



 


About the Book

Book: The Confident Hope

Author: E.C. Jackson

Genre: Inspirational Romance

Release Date: September 15, 2020


Is there hope for this love between friends?

Pamela Hayes is a smart, successful business owner with a supportive family and a thriving bakery. She should be the happiest girl in the world. But she can’t shake the melancholy that accompanies every conversation she has with her best friend, Mark. Pamela doesn’t know how much longer she can hide her true feelings.

Why can’t Mark see how perfect they would be together? She would make a much better girlfriend than the one he currently has. Pamela prays he’ll come to his senses soon and realize he’s with the wrong girl. But when her dream comes true, it isn’t the fantasy she had envisioned.

There is trouble in paradise from the start, and all the red flags she’s been ignoring are starting to threaten her confidence…and her relationship with Mark. She’ll have to rely on family and her faith in God to help her secure the hope she so desperately needs.

 

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About the Author




E.C. Jackson began her writing career with the full-length play Pajama Party. For three and a half years she published the Confidence in Life newsletter for Alpha Production Ministries, in addition to writing tracts and devotionals. Teaching a women’s Bible study at her church for eleven years naturally led to her current endeavor of writing inspirational romance novels and teen and young adult fiction. Her mission: spiritual maturity in the body of Christ through fiction.

“The Write Way: A Real Slice of Life” is the slogan on my website and Facebook author page. If every person reading my book feels connected to the characters, my job is done.

 

More from E.C. Jackson

When I started writing The Confident Hope, I had an idea of the general story and little else. The only thing concrete was the book’s title and the main characters’ names. Which isn’t surprising. I develop my storylines by letting the characters take me where they will.

As I stared at the computer monitor, I suddenly knew how to begin. Once I had that idea, the first chapter came into focus; then, once again, the words trickled onto the page.

I then had to answer the questions that would direct the story. “Who are Pam and Mark?” and “Why is their story important to tell?” Unfortunately, Pam’s and Mark’s lives mimic what happens to us all. Our hopes and dreams either live or die. Each decision the characters made highlighted who they are and how they chose to handle their seeming successes and defeats.

They could rejoice over obvious successes. Become prideful. Or fail to recognize those blessings. The couple could thank God that some of their aspirations failed. Or pray that the ones they self-fulfilled wouldn’t bankrupt their lives.

Writing about Pam and Mark matured me in numerous avenues. That is what I most treasured about these beloved characters. Viewing their lives added substance to my own during the two years I worked on their story.

“Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed.” 

That scripture fed my heart through each trial I faced when penning my fourth book of the standalone hope series. Writing about these cherished characters increased my faith in God’s victorious hand.

My Thoughts

The Confident Hope is book 4 in the Hope Series. I have not read the other books, and I was able to fully understand everything that was going on. This is also the first book that I have read by this author. I really enjoyed her writing style. She has a true gift and the words leapt off the pages. In this story we meet Pamela and Mark. They are best friends. Pamela is a successful business woman. She is struggling with the fact that she has feelings for Mark. As friends, they have great chemistry - could that boil into a serious relationship? 
The first chapter lays everything out - then boom - transport to a year later and they are married. They are thin thrust into real life. Could they have made a mistake by going into marriage? There were a lot of twists and turns as we see them navigate this new life. I love the strong family is everything theme. The author also presents the theme about how we need to keep our faith in God when we face troubles. 
Well written characters, beautiful storyline. You will fall in love with this book. 

I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program - all thoughts are my own.

Blog Stops

Sara Jane Jacobs, December 4

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, December 5

Ashley’s Bookshelf, December 6

Locks, Hooks and Books, December 7

For Him and My Family, December 8

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 9

Texas Book-aholic, December 10

Inklings and notions, December 11

Captive Dreams Window, December 11

deb’s Book Review, December 12

Artistic Nobody, December 13 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, December 14

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 15

Simple Harvest Reads, December 16 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

By The Book, December 17 (Author Interview)

Holly Jo Morris, December 17

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, E.C. is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/10457/the-confident-hope-celebration-tour-giveaway


7 comments:

  1. I enjoyed taking the journey with Pamela and Mark. I recommend reading the entire standalone Hope series. Connie, thank you for giving me an opportunity to discover you blog.

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  3. Connie, thank you for spotlighting The Confident Hope and the encouraging book review.

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  4. Thanks for sharing. This sounds like such a good story!

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  5. Wonderful review, Connie! Sounds like a must read. Thank you for sharing.

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