Blog Tour: All In

ALL IN
by
L.K. Simonds
Genre: Gritty Realistic / Christian Fiction
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Date of Publication: August 27, 2019
Number of Pages: 282

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A woman’s empty pursuit of happiness leads to a crisis before finding redemption in the Lord in this challenging and gritty Christian novel.

Twenty-nine-year-old novelist and blackjack dealer Cami Taylor seems to have it all—but just underneath her confident exterior and newfound celebrity is a young woman in trouble. Cami’s boyfriend, Joel, wants to get married, buy a house on Long Island, and raise a family—a life that’s a million miles from Cami’s idea of happiness. Her therapist suggests compromise and trust, but Cami would rather bolt like a deer.

Breaking things off with Joel, Cami launches herself on a new quest for happiness. But her pursuit of pleasure only takes her further from herself—and toward a harrowing new reality unlike anything she’s faced before. What follows for Cami is a fight to the death that can only be waged with God’s love.

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Rating :★★★★★

Disclaimer: This review is solely my opinion. I was provided a copy of this book from Lone Star Literary Life partner in exchange for my honest review.  The comments in this review do not reflect the views of the author or the publisher. The copies used in this review are finalized copies sent to me in exchange for my honest review.  #partner #LSBBT

This book is written about Cami Taylor, an adult female who seems to have everything she has ever wanted in life. She has a “perfect” life for herself in New York as a bestselling author. She was able to make a name for herself and move from Arizona to the big apple. The book begins with Cami at a crossroads with her current boyfriend Joel. Joel seems to think that Cami is too closed off emotionally, doesn’t have the same family goals as him, and she won’t commit. However, Cami is perfectly fine with the way she is but decides to take Joel up on his advice to see a counselor. Why would she go to a counselor? She lived a good life. She didn’t grow up in a household with turmoil or face adversity. Then a stranger calls her landline one day and her life takes a unique turn afterward. Who is this strange woman who says she is related to Cami? Why is she contacting Cami now? At this point in the novel, it seems that Cami is very content with keeping everyone at arm’s length and appearing she does not care about building lasting relationships. Her personality says she will live the way she wants regardless of how it affects others.  She begins to discover more about herself as she continues to go to her counseling sessions, visits her parents and gets to know the stranger that says they’re related. In the end, can Cami put the needs of others before her own?

This book is a fast and easy read. I completed this book in one sitting. The first two chapters captured my attention and kept it through to the end. You can tell the author took the time to research to develop the main character’s storyline fully. Cami’s interaction with her therapist seems both comic and realistic. I enjoyed how the author allowed the reader into the mind of the main character. The author hits a lot of key points in the novel during the unfolding of the plot. The plot thickens with Cami getting results from her latest physical that was requested by her therapist. She gets some test results that change the trajectory of her life leading her to contemplate the life she has lived thus far. The author uses Kate, the stranger who says they’re related, to show Cami what compassion looks like and guide her to God. This Christian based novel dives into the relief of finding God when you’re at your weakest. In the Bible it discusses that God does his best work when you are at your weakest. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says “9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” As Christian, I enjoyed the fact that the author allowed the character to fall apart and then find Christ. It was an exceptional part of the novel for me to see Cami transformed and essentially healed physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I like how the author did not dramatize the depiction of her coming to God and releasing full control. I am not going to tell you the results of her test results but reading it was like “Woah.” I’ve never read a novel that describes parts of my life and no one talks about that in novels often.

I thoroughly enjoyed the entirety of this novel and the baseline it was crafted on. I did feel a few areas of the novel could have been developed more such as I wanted more from her story with Joel and more at the ending. I do hope there is a second book so we can see how Cami progressed after coming to God. If you’re looking for a Christian influenced novel that focuses on recovery, self-realization, self-forgiveness, and spiritual growth then this is your novel. I read this book in one sitting and could not put it down until I finished it. Click the link above to purchase this item or scroll towards the bottom of this review try your luck at the giveaway. Either way, get your hands on this book!

 


L. K. Simonds is a Fort Worth local. She has worked as a waitress, KFC hostess, telephone marketer, assembly-line worker, nanny, hospital lab technician, and air traffic controller. She’s an instrument-rated pilot and an alumna of Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas. All In is her first novel.

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