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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Amy Inspired

I think as a writer there are often times where we find ourselves wondering if our talents are just more of a hobby than the promise of something more, especially when we are anxiously waiting to become published.

Amy Gallagher is such the aspiring, young thirty year old writer whose dream it is to someday have something she has written become published, whether it's a magazine article or perhaps even something larger like a book. Amy finds herself surrounded by a group of similar friends who are also writers like herself, one if her roommate Zoe, who is popular, beautiful and at no loss for available men who are interested in dating her. Zoe also has no problem getting whatever she has submitted to companies published. This more than frustrates Amy who keeps all her rejection letters systematically organized in a folder.

Amy begins to wonder if there is more to life than simply teacher college students about the art of writing when she herself can't seem to get published. She asks the question to her students in class one day, is there a benefit to writing, if no one wants to read it? She is more than shocked by the replies she receives from her students. Her social life outside of hanging out with a few friends is miserably lacking that is, until Zoe's Christian duties bring a friend home who needs a temporary place to stay, with them.

I received the book Amy Inspired by Bethany Pierce compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in return for my honest review. While this book is interesting, it does take some time to get going and any struggling writer is sure to relate to this novel in more ways than one. I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars. For more information regarding this book, the author and where to get a first chapter peek, please read on further:

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Amy Inspired
Bethany House; Original edition (October 1, 2010)
Bethany Pierce


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.


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.


  1. Sounds like my kind of book! I know what it's like to feel like your book will never get published. Very discouraging for writers. Thanks for the review!

  2. I love this cover so much - can't wait to read the book!


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