Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Review: Kept by Sally Bradley

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Publisher: Salena House Publishers
Released: Sept. 10, 2014
435 pages

About the Book:

Life has taught Miska Tomlinson that there are no honorable men. Her womanizing brothers, her absentee father, and Mark, the married baseball player who claims to love her—all have proven undependable. But Miska has life under control. She runs her editing business from her luxury condo, stays fit with daily jogs along Chicago's lakefront, and in her free time blogs anonymously about life as a kept woman.

Enter new neighbor Dillan Foster. Between his unexpected friendship and her father's sudden reappearance, Miska loses control of her orderly life. Her relationship with Mark deteriorates, and Miska can't help comparing him to Dillan. His religious views are so foreign, yet the way he treats her is something she's longed for. But Dillan discovers exactly who she is and what she has done. Too late she finds herself longing for a man who is determined to never look her way again.

When her blog receives unexpected national press, Miska realizes that her anonymity was an illusion. Caught in a scandal about to break across the nation, Miska wonders if the God Dillan talks about would bother with a woman like her—a woman who's gone too far and done too much. 

My Rating & Thoughts:    ⭐⭐

I first read this book 6 years ago, I remembered bits and pieces of the story from previously reading it however not a lot. After meeting Miska at the beginning I was drawn to hear began to root for things to change for her. The author did not shy away from tough topics and all characters (both believers and unbelievers alike) had flaws. This felt realistic. Dillan is a youth pastor and Miska's neighbour which leads to an unexpected friendship forming between them, but their views and lifestyle are so different neither can predict what the future might hold for them. The portrayal of Dillan's struggles were filled with raw emotion and had me rooting for him. Tracey was probably my favourite character, I loved how she Miska and shared her faith not only through her words but backed them up with her actions. Tracey’s had her own struggles she was dealing with and could have treated Miska so differently. The friendship between these two was wonderful and heartwarming. The author does not gloss over the hard stuff instead shows readers God's grace and forgiveness. She really digs into the Bible and explains it well. I loved these characters and wanted to spend more time with them. I enjoyed the ending and was sad to say goodbye. 

Favourite Quote: 
“It doesn't matter how much you've done, whether it's one sin or a million sins. They both have the same punishment - hell, eternal separation from God.”
(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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