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Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2016
Growing up on an Indiana farm, Sheila Davis has one dream, to become a professional writer. But her farmer father sees no reason for his daughter's fanciful thoughts to pull her away from her duties at home. After winning a scholarship, Sheila convinces her dad to let her attend a summer writing course at a nearby school, where she flourishes, thanks in large part to the encouragement of her high school English teacher. It seems as though fate has smiled on her when a whirlwind romance with upperclassman Dan Gray turns into a proposal of marriage, with a promise to support her educational and professional dreams if she'll delay them and hold a job long enough for him to complete his degree. But Dan's personal agenda sentences Sheila to years of menial work as he climbs the ladder of academia, meanwhile secretly sabotaging her every attempt to become a published author. The longing never dies, however; and when Sheila gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a shot at getting published, she risks everything and dives in, only to encounter some stunning twists and turns she never anticipated, never prepared for, and never even imagined she'd have to confront.
Dennis E. Hensley, affectionately known as "Doc Hensley," has written more than 100 short stories for various publications. Under the pseudonym Leslie Holden, Hensley and coauthor Holly G. Miller (editor of the Saturday Evening Post) wrote a series of mystery-romance novels with Harvest House publishers. And under their real names, they published the novel The Gift with the same company. Hensley's latest book, Jesus in the 9 to 5 (AMG Publishers, 2013) is what Hensley calls a "fact-fella," in that it is a nonfiction book with a novella embedded within the text. The fictional aspects of the book earned it the designation of "Publisher's Choice" in the November 2013 issue of Christian Fiction Online Magazine. Dr. Hensley is chairman of the Department of Professional Writing at Taylor University and currently resides in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Diana Savage has written or contributed to eleven books, including two Chicken Soup for the Soul volumes, and has published hundreds of articles, devotions, blogs, and columns. She directs the annual Northwest Christian Writers Renewal conference near Seattle. As principal of Savage Creative Services, LLC, Diana provides professional writing, editing, and speaking services.
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Mrs ARS3 Stars Out Of 5A Woman Breaks FreeApril 16, 2016Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Pseudonym was a book that I wasnt really sure what I was walking into. At first I thought this was going to be a violent story, so I braced myself for that, but it did not turn out like that. This is a book about a young woman by the name of Shelia Davis who wakes up on her birthday (she is now in her 30s) and realizes that she has not lived the life that she has wanted. She is very depressed, and I would be too considering her life. First off, her father had to raise her and her two brothers alone after his wifes death, and he certainly had some notions as to a womans role in life. Shelia benefited from her English teachers loving hand, especially since she needed a mothers role model. With Mrs. Parks help, Shelia is able to take a writing course over the summer at a local college. While there, she meets her husband Dan Gray. As a reader, we see all the warning signs, but Shelia feels so trapped at home and thinks a marriage to Dan would be an escape. Even her overbearing father sees Dan for who he really is. So that is where we meet Shelia, in a dead end job and in a marriage filled with empty promises with Dan.
Through a series of meetings and some bizarre circumstances, Shelia is able to emerge as a famous author and fulfill her dream of writing. I will not go into detail to how that all happens, though it was interesting and sad at the same time. This was not a favorite read of mine, I really hated reading how the two most important men treated Shelia, all the deception, and as a romance junkie, I was really hoping for more of a resolution in that category. My thanks go to The Book Club Network, Inc. for providing me with a copy for an honest review. The opinions are my own honest ones.
jacquiRIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5PseudonymMarch 20, 2016jacquiRIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Pseudonym by Dennis E. Hensley and Diana Savage is an engaging novel with intriguing plot and complex characters. This novel is very enjoyable and quite addictivehard to put down. Just when you think that you might know where the story is headed, there is a surprise twist or development.
Sheila Davis is a loving, Bible-believing, obedient and submissive daughter who has cared for her father and two brothers since her mothers death. Though she has always wanted to be a writer, her dreams have taken a backseat to the familys needs. Her father does not believe that a girl needs a college education; he only relents when Sheila receives a summer writing scholarship. Her high school English teacher recognized her talent and supported her dream.
The summer writing course is all that Sheila has imagined it to be, and she loves the whole experience. Fate introduces her to Dan Graya manipulative, controlling, wannabewho sweeps her off her feet and convinces her that he will support her educational and professional dreams, if she will first work and support them while he achieves his degree. She spends years supporting her husbands goals of becoming a published author, while she loses sight of her aspiration.
On her thirty-third birthday, feeling depressed and cheated of her life goal, she is reconnected to her high school English teacher and her firm belief in her writing talent. They work together to further her dream of becoming a published author. She is given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to prove her ability, and she risks everything to fulfill her dream. Surprising twists and turns lead to a stunning conclusion.
I highly recommend this book that I received through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
Debbie WilderSalinas, CAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A masterfully written contemporary novel!March 20, 2016Debbie WilderSalinas, CAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The characters were so well developed and presented that I felt like they stepped right out of the book. I loved Sheila Davis Gray. I also detested Dan Gray. I was on an emotional roller coaster throughout this book as I connected with everything that was happening. Be prepared to feel heartbreak, anger, frustration, and joy as you travel with Sheila on the road to follow her dream.
One of the key issues that kept coming up was the topic of forgiveness. There were some absolutely incredible countrified expressions used in these discussions that really appealed to me.
I hope that this team of writers, work together again. I will definitely be interested in any other books they write.
I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
DeannaNEAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Emotionally charged suspense..March 16, 2016DeannaNEAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5So, she had a whirlwind romance, marries and there she is.. in another situation with an overbearing man! This story had me gritting my teeth and encouraging Sheila to get out, get away and make her own life decisions.. There certainly were some twists and turns where real life reactions and consequences eventually caught up with them and events that I hadn't anticipated! This was certainly an emotionally charged suspense that only got better as I turned the pages... If you like emotionally charged suspense, you should like this one. I was gifted a copy from The Book Club Network to review.
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5disappointedMarch 11, 2016lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Sheila Gray longs to be a famous writer someday, but growing up and working on a farm leaves little time or money to pursue her dream. Her high school English teacher enters one of her writing pieces in a contest and Sheila wins a six-week summer study program in writing at a local college. Sheila meets Dan there, who also has a dream of becoming a published author. He is serving as one of the lecturers for the summer writing camp. Soon Sheila has her nave nature taken advantage of and is persuaded to marry him and give up her dream of college, according to Dan just temporarily. As life progresses, Sheila continually gives her all to Dan and their marriage, putting her dreams on hold. Time after time Dan and his dream come first while Sheila works a full-time job to support them as Dan writes and works part-time. When he doesnt get his way or Sheila does something he doesnt like, he manipulates her emotionally, psychologically or physically abuses her.
One day Sheila bumps into her old high school English teacher. As they reconnect, Sheilas dream ignites with her teachers encouragement and mentoring. She keeps everything secret from Dan as she knows he will be angry. Then, Sheila is given the opportunity of her life; she has time and money to write her first novel. With an unexpected twist, she gains her freedom.
For me, there just wasnt the dramatic tension that would keep me quickly turning pages to discover what the main character would do and then what would be the response of the antagonist in a typical suspense story. I didnt like her method of resolving her guilt about taking the money at the end of the book; she chose to perpetuate the lie, but gave away some money to help relieve her guilty conscience. I also didnt think the sexual situations added anything to the plot. I did like the character of Sheilas high school English teacher, who encouraged her above and beyond what was expected of a teacher. She helped Sheila pursue her dreams and they developed a mother-daughter relationship. Gracies character was also a high point in the story for me. I loved her mispronunciations that added some comedy to the story, but also her wisdom gained from studying the Bible and her willingness to share it unashamedly.
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