Amy Inspired: A Book Review

With rejections piling up, she could use just a little inspiration…

Amy Gallagher, aspiring writer, has an unabashed obsession with words. She gave up a steady, albeit unexciting, job to pursue a life of writing. However, two years and one master’s degree later, she finds herself almost exactly right back where she started. Discouraged by the growing pile of rejections from publishers and afraid that she has settled, Amy knows something has to change.

Then she meets the mysterious, attractive, and unavailable Eli. Amy finds herself struggling to walk the fine line between friendship and something more with Eli, even as she tries to cope with the feeling that her friends and family are moving on without her. When the unexpected begins pouring in, Amy doubts the love and fulfillment she seeks will ever come her way. Forced to take a close look at who she has become, the state of her faith, and her aspirations for her life, she must make a choice: play it safe yet again or finally find the courage to follow her dreams.

About the Author:
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.

My Review: I really, really liked this book. It was well written and engaging, and very unconventional for a Christian novel. I loved that it didn’t fit the typical book formula. It wasn’t tidy and neat. It was complex, meaningful and a bit quirky. The writing style was great, the characters were very well developed and the story was full of real-life stuff. I thought the spiritual aspects of the book were well done. I identified very closely with one character as she grieved a very personal loss. I thought the author did a good job examining grief and the comfort of friends. Huge applause to Bethany Pierce for stepping out of the box and writing a top notch and Christian novel. I definitely look forward to reading more of her work!

*Many thanks to Bethany House for the review copy.

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