Friday, November 12, 2010

CFBA: Amy Inspired by Bethany Pierce

Song Stuck on the Brain: Oh, Where Is My Hairbrush by Veggie Tales

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing:

Amy Inspired
Bethany House; Original edition (October 1, 2010)


Bethany Pierce


Bethany Pierce, you took my breath and a little of my sanity away. Amy was so relate-able to me, despite the many differences between us. I actually felt melancholy every time I had to put the book down to go to work or bed. And that's a good thing! I was so emotionally involved in her journey, that it just stuck with me in the between times.

Bethany's style has a very literary feel to it, without being pretentious. She has some really beautiful phrasing and her plot is so well formed. Her characters are complete individuals too. I wanted to know Eli's whole story, and while she shares a great deal of it, he was fascinating enough, I wanted more. The same holds true for Amy's best friend and roommate. I loved the quirkiness. Unique with purpose, not just quirky as a gimmick.

I really loved this book, and I'm recommending it to everyone. My mom has it now and it will make it's way around my circle.


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.


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.

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