Monday, August 3, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: A Gateway to Hope by E.C. Jackson




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 he 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?

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E. C. Jackson began her writing career with the full-length play Pajama Party. For three and a half years, she published the Confidence in Life newsletter for Alpha Production Ministries, in addition to writing tracts and devotionals. Teaching a women’s Bible study at her church for eleven years led naturally to her current endeavor, writing inspirational romance novels. Her mission: spiritual maturity in the body of Christ through fiction.

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Neka and James are very different. Neka is kind and thinks the best of others while James is a workaholic and can be controlling at times. They've known each other for four years but since they met when Neka was 17, James considered her to be too young for him. However, now James needs to get married and, when his original plan disintegrates, he believes Neka is the solution to his predicament.

I liked Neka and thought there were times that she might have been a little too trusting, but she shows her faith and trust in God and His plan for her throughout the book. Neka loves James but isn't willing to give in to all of his demands just to be with him--he needs to compromise with her. While I never disliked James, I liked the changes he made and the growth he experienced along the way. His controlling side comes out a few times and he makes some choices that don't always sit well with Neka. Their relationship is full of ups and downs and felt realistic that way.

While I did enjoy this book overall, it started out slow to me so it took me a while to get into it. It would pick up and then slow down again, which made it easier for me to put down for a while. I can't pinpoint why I didn't devour it so it's probably a case of timing for me.

This is Christian fiction and their beliefs are expressed throughout the entire book. I loved that it was squeaky clean! It will appeal to those who enjoy sweet, clean Christian romance!

My Rating=3.5 Stars
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*




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1 comments:

E C Jackson said...

Hi Mel, thank you for the review and showcasing A Gateway to Hope!

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