About the Book
Book Title: Unbound by Grace
Author: Michelle Massaro
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance
Release date: July 21, 2018
When the past holds the future captive, there is only ONE chain breaker…
Tori Bishop has carved out a safe circle of friends who know nothing of her privileged status. But when she’s roped into attending a glitzy fundraiser, she brings along strong and steadfast Derek for support. As long as her secret stays safe, she never has to question his motives.
Derek Miller wants his life to count for something, to make a difference—especially in the life of Tori Bishop, the spunky smart-mouth who loves razzing him. But if his prison record comes to light, she’s sure to take off running.
When Tori and Derek get involved in building a local women’s shelter, the extra time together stirs more than an ember of attraction. Haunted by the fear of exposure, each must wrestle with the chains of their pasts to experience freedom, love, and the full depths of God’s grace.
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When you put two characters together that have a past they don’t want to share with others, you are bound to have a good story. But what makes this novella pack a big punch with me is the theme. When your past is holding you hostage, there is only one way to break the chains and move forward – with the Lord. The author represented this theme beautifully throughout the story, and having a past that I am not easily able to talk about, I found myself easily relating to the characters, Tori in particular. She didn’t want people finding out about her family because of their social status. Mine was much the same, except in the opposite direction. But what Tori’s character needed to learn, as do we, is that your family doesn’t define you. Yes, it helps mold you into the person you are today, but you are your own person, a creation in Christ.
Yeah, this story got a little personal in spots for me. I think the average reader has something in their past that they are uncomfortable with. I mean, we’re only human after all. So to see not one, but two characters have to overcome their issues and move forward with help from the Lord was a joy to read. Being a novella, it’s definitely a quick read and did leave me wanting a little bit more, but this is one story that really spoke to me. This may have been the first story I’ve read of Massaro, but it certainly won’t be the last.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
MICHELLE MASSARO writes contemporary fiction soaked in grace. She makes her home in Southern California with her husband of over two decades and their four children. She’s dabbled in homeschooling, teaching Creation Science, and leading worship. When she isn’t tinkering with words, Michelle enjoys old Rogers and Hammerstein movies, making kefir, and Sudoku. A new lipstick and a good French roast always make her happy.
Guest Post from Michelle
When I sit down to write a new story, I tend to gravitate toward some pretty deep emotions. The raw kind we all have known at one point or another. It’s what connects us all as human beings, no matter how different we are on the outside. If we can learn to see ourselves in others I believe that’s where compassion is born, as well as some self-revelation. Like King David hearing the story of the rich man stealing the poor man’s lamb and realizing he was that man!
In Unbound by Grace, I was approaching the story of two super fun characters I had introduced in my first novel, Grace in the Flames. In that book, they were side characters. But I always adored writing their scenes. They were both so entertaining! And the chance to put these two together and give them their own book was just too delicious an idea to pass up.
I got to put them into some interesting surroundings (anyone been to watch a horse race lately?) and take them to some very exposed, vulnerable places as well. Through them I was challenged to get inside someone else’s skin, and understand. Plus, they kept me smiling as well! This story was a blast to write, and I hope you enjoy these fictional friends of mine as much as I do.
It’s such a pleasure to meet new readers. I hope to hear from you soon!
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To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away a grand prize package that includes a notebook, a mug, a bookmark, a pen, a signed copy of Grace in the Flames, and an Amazon Gift Card ($40)!!
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