Wednesday, November 15, 2023

A Gateway to Hope

 Twenty-one-year-old Neka is a bit of an introvert, she also happens to be stunningly beautiful.

When she discovers her friend James is about to be dumped, she sees the perfect opportunity to escape from her quiet life. Can she summon the courage to leave it all behind?

James Copley comes from a ruthless family. It’s rubbed off.

Years ago, he disengaged from his brother’s smear campaign, but now his father has offered him an ultimatum, “Get married or lose your seat at the table.”

Plotting to stamp his design on the family business, he proposes to a woman, even though he doesn’t love her.

But his carefully laid plans start to unravel when she leaves him on the day she’s due to meet his family.

Could years of planning his comeback vanish with her departure?

A possible solution comes in an unexpected form: Neka. She’s not only a friend, but the daughter of his benefactor. And she’s right there, offering to support him.

But will her support stretch to marriage?

He attempts to win her over to his plan but collides with her powerful father who wants to leverage the situation for his own gain.

In their fight for survival and love, they are forced to face some uncomfortable truths.

Can they overcome thwarted dreams and missed chances to find true love, or does forcing destiny’s hand only lead to misery?

My thoughts: I enjoyed this story, since it had some unexpected twists to it. I love how focused on Jesus the story is, and how it showed that God can use some unique situations to bring about His plan. I enjoyed getting to know the characters, as they sought to help one another out and got to know one another more. I can only imagine how difficult it would be to be put in a marriage of convivence, though it happened all the time throughout history. So, it was interesting to read what it could be like in more modern times.
This is a wonderful debut novel, with strong characters and some beautiful Christian themes. I look forward to reading more by the author!
I received this book from Just Read. This is my honest review.

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