Contemporary Romance Book Review: Love and the Silver Lining
About the Book
Title: Love and the Silver Lining
Series: State of Grace, Book 2
Author: Tammy L. Gray
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: August 3, 2021
Publisher's Book Description
“This disaster may be just what she needed.
Darcy Malone's dreams of mission work are dashed on the eve of fulfilling them: The Guatemalan school she was going to teach at has closed, and she's already quit her job and given up her apartment. Stuck in her worst-case scenario, Darcy accepts an unexpected offer to move in with Bryson Katsaros's little sister, despite the years of distrust between her and Bryson, the lead singer in her best friend Cameron's band. But as she meets those close to Bryson, Darcy quickly discovers there is more to him than just his bad-boy persona.
Needing to find a purpose for all her sudden free time, Darcy jumps at the chance to care for and train a group of unruly dogs, with the aim of finding each a home before their bereaved owner returns them to animal control. But it's Darcy herself who will encounter a surprising rescue in the form of love, forgiveness, and learning to let go.”
Love and the Silver Lining, by Tammy L. Gray, is the second book in the State of Grace series. It is a thoughtfully written novel abounding with emotional authenticity in which Ms. Gray explores meaningful themes like loss, grief, truth, and forgiveness. Page after page, her talent as a writer is truly evident as she draws the reader into a thoroughly compelling story that is both redemptive and memorable. Featuring characters that are captivating and vulnerable, this novel offers many of moments of sweet romance in a small-town setting that makes this book genuinely moving and satisfying.
Love and the Silver Lining is profoundly touching and utterly unexpected. Within its pages, it reveals a story that is raw and surprising. As the characters struggle to process crushing disappointments, anger, and withering faith, they are forced to reflect on their motivations and priorities. As they begin to open their hearts to unforeseen possibilities, a path through heartache and brokenness starts to reveal itself. When they tentatively step into the realm of vulnerability, honesty, forgiveness, and trust, they renew their search for wholeness and purpose and their wounded hearts begin to heal. Their hope is nurtured by the gifts of patience, mercy, and compassion that serve to restore their faith when grace is given the freedom to thrive.
As a contemporary tale of love, hope, faith and new beginnings, Love and the Silver Lining is
a genuinely special novel. It is a touching, thought-provoking book
that inspires as well as entertains. With an engrossing plot,
unforgettable characters, and consequential themes, this novel is
certainly worthy of attention. I sincerely recommend it.
*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and NetGalley. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.
About the Author: Tammy L. Gray
When not taxiing her three kids to various school and sporting events, Tammy can be spotted crunching numbers as the financial administrator at her hometown church. Writing has given her a platform to combine her passion with her ministry all while sharing the messy, yet remarkable journey that is a faith-filled life.” --Biography from Tammy L. Gray’s author page on Amazon.com.