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Wednesday, July 13, 2022

BOOK REVIEW: To Begin Again Written by: Emily Conrad


Every dream comes at a price.

Michaela Vandehey’s reality show win transformed her from the girl whose own father ignored her into a pop singer loved by the masses. But fame has proven hard to keep. To bolster her floundering career, she heads to Wisconsin to snag a collaboration with the iconic rock band Awestruck. There, she meets bass guitarist Philip, a dad whose devotion challenges her skepticism about love and family.

Whatever faith Philip Miller had died with his wife. Now, “Amazing Grace” is nothing but a lullaby to sing to his children in her memory. Thanks to Awestruck, he can provide privileged lives for his kids, but he has no intention of finding love again. If only he weren’t so drawn to Michaela.

When he falls for her despite himself, Michaela learns the dark secret that threatens his family’s future. The grace they’ve heard so much about might grant them the fresh start they need, but to begin again, they’ll first have to sacrifice what they hold most dear.

A meaningful Christian romance with a side of fame and fortune for readers who enjoy faith-filled escapes and happily-ever-afters where no one is beyond hope of redemption. Start reading today!


Emily Conrad writes contemporary Christian romance that explores life’s relevant questions. Though she likes to think some of her characters are pretty great, the ultimate hero of her stories (including the one she’s living) is Jesus. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and their energetic coonhound rescue. Learn more about her and her books at


To Begin Again is written by Emily Conrad. This is book three in the Rhythms of Redemption series. The series is one that you will not want to miss. One of the things that I really like about this author is how she writes flawed characters. They have issues, baggage, hurt. I always appreciate reading stories that contain real feeling people, 

In this story Michaela Vandehey has become an overnight success with her reality show win. She has some baggage dealing with her father who never seemed to notice her. Overnight, she becomes a pop star and suddenly she is noticed by everyone. However, she does not want her 15 minutes of fame to end so she goes to Wisconsin to record with Awestruck. 

Philip Miller who is the bass guitarist  for the band has lost his faith. He lost it all when his wife died. When he sings "Amazing Grace" to his children, it's nothing more then a song to him. He does not feel the power behind it anymore. 

These two broken people are drawn to each other. They seem content with decisions that they have made. Both of our characters are not faith believing and it was good to see how God worked on them throughout the book. The author reminds us that God does all things in his timing, and that timing is perfect. The author also reminds us that we cannot love another fully without loving God first. 

This book is so well written. I love how it captured the heartache that goes along with fame. I recently got to know this author through a previous book tour, so I was happy to read another story in her series. 

Thank you to the author, for allowing me to read a copy of this book. All thoughts are my own. 

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