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The Name I Call Myself by Beth Moran
Now that Faith Harp is engaged to the gorgeous and successful Perry, life is looking up for Faith Harp. Not for long when her domineering future mother-in-law starts to plan the wedding, her brother goes into a downward spiral when the man who killed her mother is released from prison. Faith begins to secretly plan the wedding she really wants and ends up joining a church choir. Does she see Dylan as more than just the church's vicar?
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Lion Fiction
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.00 (inches)|
Sandra Burson4 Stars Out Of 5What a Great SurpriseNovember 7, 2016Sandra BursonQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I was quit surprised by Beth's novel, but in a good way. I made the mistake of thinking it was going to be a light hearten comedy, from the picture on the front cover. It was much more than that. I had a little trouble getting into it at first, maybe because of my misconception.Don't get me wrong. The book is funny in parts. but it was also thought provoking, challenging, and even sad. I enjoyed this book and can't wait to go back and read her previous works.
Mrs ARS5 Stars Out Of 5Laughter and TearsNovember 4, 2016Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In The Name I Call Myself, Faith is going through life just surviving. She is a survivor but she has never been able to let her guard down and just live without the fear that has always followed her. She keeps her past and secrets very well guarded. She has not even shared some of these secrets to Perry her fianc. The author slowly lets the readers in on Faiths past as we journey with Faith and the coming out of her shell.
We enjoy an assorted cast of characters in this book, I especially liked the choir that Faith and her best friend stumble upon and how they adopt Faith who becomes part of them and Marilyn, her best friend becomes a sort of mascot for them all. Faith realizes through these women, that she is not alone in having a difficult life and I think because of them Faith begins to come out of the shell she has enclosed around her. Faiths best friend, Marilyn, was a hoot as well. I chuckled many times over their over the top descriptions and nicknames they gave. For example the nickname for the wedding dress Faith was supposed to wear: The Ghost Web.
We also have sort of a love triangle. Of course Faith is engaged to Perry, but she meets Dylan whom she actually begins to have feelings for against her better judgement. Due to some nasty stuff that happened to Faith and her brother, we have an underlying sense of danger as well.
I enjoy Beth Morans quirky characters, the humor, even when dealing with serious problems. This keeps the story moving, rooting for the characters, without becoming completely depressed for them. I laughed out loud many times and because this is written in first person we are emotionally connected with Faith. The title was a clever fit to the story.
I received a copy of this book for free from the publishers. I was not required to give a positive review and all views expressed are my own.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5One woman finds herself, friends, and loveOctober 31, 2016bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a thoroughly enjoyable novel about a woman finding herself, friends, and true love.
Faith is engaged to the wealthy Perry, a man she met while working at a high class country club. She appreciated the man, well, really his money. Money she needed to care for her mentally unstable older brother, her only family after their mother was murdered. Faith knew she didn't really love Perry, but she could do this for her brother, couldn't she?
Faith begins a truly life changing experience when she and her friend go to a church Faith wants to have her wedding in. There is a choir practice going on and Hester, the choir director with hair like a helmet, assumes they are there to join the choir.
This is a choir like none other. Hester wants the best from her women and that means bonding experiences and times of self revelation and growth. Some of the times were hilarious while others were full of tears. It was amazing to see how these women found their personal strengths and formed strong and supportive friendships.
The characters in the novel were very well crafted. Choir director Hester was like a general but she loved those women in her choir and watched them grow. What a woman. On the other hand was Faith's soon to be mother-in-law. What a snooty and condescending brat. I felt like slapping her so many times.
Those fine aspects of the novel are wrapped up in themes of love. Faith had tremendous love for her brother. She learned to love the women in the choir and help them in their journeys to personal power. And they were right beside her in her journey too. And then there is romantic love. Just perhaps, perhaps Faith will find out what that is before it is too late.
I highly recommend this novel to those who enjoy one about women coming into their own, forming strong bonds, and finding their personal strengths. It would be a great book for a woman's reading group as there are many themes to discuss and a good set of questions are included. Be sure to have a box of tissues handy as you near the end. Finding out what real love is can be a little tearful.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
Lynn P5 Stars Out Of 5A Great Read!October 30, 2016Lynn PQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book was a great read. A bit of humor surrounding tough life events. Faith, healing from an abusive past, is engaged to a very wealthy, handsome and loving man. Why is she keeping him at arm's length? As she tries to deal with her mentally ill brother Sam, feeling needed by him, she decides to join a choir hoping to distract herself from planning a wedding that her future mother in law has taken control of.
Trying to cope with her past coming into her present and possibly wrecking it for the future she dives into the choir group where she finds more than just singing to the church goers.. Friends? Future? Will she make it down the aisle and live happily ever after?
A well written book that allows us to feel, laugh and cry along with the characters. You won't want to not put this book on your read list...
Tea/Topazshell5 Stars Out Of 5Friendship And Song Can Help In Time Of TroubleOctober 30, 2016Tea/TopazshellQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5On the cover of Beth Moran's, novel are these words to describe the novel. "...chick-lit as it should be." If Chick Lit is no longer trending in bookstores, that is sad. "The Name I Call Myself" is great. Along with lighthearted days, there are very serious situations taking place in the novel. This Christian novel is basically about survival and song.
Yes, the wedding gown is part of the novel, not a big part. I think the cover of the book and the blurb on the back might mislead readers. Don't look to read much about a wedding trousseau.
The most important part of the novel is that a dangerous man named Kane is getting out of prison. It is possible he might harm Faith and her brother, Sam, again. He has already caused the family tremendous physical pain and loss.
With all that is going on in her life, Faith continues to attend church and to take care of her brother who has drug and mental problems. Faith is in the church choir. The church choir becomes her emotional support group. She makes friends with Hester and another lady named Polly. Polly is also living inside of an abusive situation.
It's a good day when Faith meets Pastor Dylan who ministers to her in such a way that she opens her heart to him. This is wild because she can't voice any of her fears to Perry, her fiancee. Perry always seems caught up in making the big bucks. After all is said and done it's a quiet Christian novel. I had to really keep my eyes open for mentions of grace and prayer. When Beth Moran mentioned "Amazing Grace," I felt happy that the words of the hymn came back to me. I put the book down and began humming it to myself.
I did have a question. What exactly happened to Sam? Did Kane cause his death, or did Sam die another way? This felt unclear to me. Yet it's a very important part of the novel. However, more important is reinforcing the fact that friends, God and noticing the small things in life can see us through the worst of times. http://www.bethmoran.org/