Amy Inspired is truly an engaging and challenging novel. Where do you sit on the questions that she poses? This is after all a romance novel, one injected with humor, humanity, and the human condition. Here is the synopsis so maybe you can catch a little flavor of what is in the pages: ”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?”
Intrigued? I think it is hard not to be and that is what drew me to the novel. Bethany Pierce had me in a quandary within the confines of the small world she has built here. I like things nice and tidy, but our gal Amy seems to have things woven in a different fabric. Whether I stand for or against her choices is not the point, nor do I wish to get up on a soap box for either side, my question is did she make me interested in her characters and did I find them believable enough to become emotionally invested in them? For that I have to give it all a yes. Amy was fun to follow and I truly enjoyed trying to figure out which turn she was going to make.
Amy Inspired lives up to its title in more ways than one. The method, means, and arrival may not be for all, and some expectations may not be totally met, but for me this definitely deserves a minimum of four stars for the humor, dialogue, and determination. I am hopefully going to be reading more from Bethany Pierce in the future; she has inspired me to do so.
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