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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Paint Me Fearless (The Shady Gully Series Book 1) by Hallie Lee is an emotionally engaging contemporary Christian novel about female friendship. On the outside, Desi, the new girl at school, and Robin, her not-so-popular lookalike, forge an unlikely friendship that carries them through high school and beyond. Raised differently--Robin in a strict religious home; Desi in a non-religious one--they find common ground amidst the challenges of coming of age in a small-town high school, as well as some hard family issues. But can their friendship survive the secrets, lies, and revelations that threaten it now that they're adults?
This is the kind of book that takes you on a journey with the characters from high school to adulthood, showing all the growth and change in between. The character development by Lee is exceptional. She really knows her characters and shows their dynamics, and allows them to tell their own story. The pacing of this novel is pitch-perfect. You glide through the scenes and events effortlessly, even though the characters face some daunting obstacles on the way. This author is as fearless as her characters, taking you into territories that some writers shy away from. You will connect with Robin in high school, and Desi and the others, and by the time you reach adulthood with them, you are fully invested and as impacted as they are when things get dicey. I like that the characters have some flaws, some quirks, insecurities, and fixations. They feel like real people. I like the study of friendship and how it behaves over time. I wish I could divulge some golden nuggets, but that's for you to discover when you read this book. Paint Me Fearless (The Shady Gully Series Book 1) by Hallie Lee is a standout novel for contemporary women from all walks of life.
As wonderful as this review is, I'd love to hear from YOU! Once you've read Paint Me Fearless, I'd love to know what you think. Feel free to comment below or contact me directly. And may I ask a favor? PLEASE rate/review PMF on Goodreads or Amazon or wherever you bought the book. Good recommendations will help spread the positive message of the story! Thank you! I have the best readers in the world!
I hope you enjoyed your time in Shady Gully.
And now, onto Book Two!
I’m an avid reader. I love books in all shapes and forms and genres. I enjoy Thrillers, Book Club Fiction, Criminal Procedurals, Inspirational stories, Literary Fiction, and--
Well, I digress.
The thing is, until I signed a publishing contract, I had NO IDEA what went into getting a book on the shelf. Or on a Kindle. And I had no idea how many decisions had to be made.
The cover is without a doubt the hardest decision of them all. Although picking a title was pretty dicey. And of course, there was that angsty comma drama in Chapter Four.
My point is…
Decisions are my enemy. I mean, talk about a commitment, right? To complicate my Decision-Making-Disorder, I’m a People-Pleaser. So, my DMDPP syndrome made selecting cover art difficult.
How could one image, one face, one picture incapsulate over a year’s worth of work? Much less, all the amazing and complex women in the story?
In the end, the image I chose is yours.
It’s Desi. It’s Robin. It’s Sunny. It’s you. It’s me. It’s every woman. It’s all of us. And beneath all the layers—and the hair—we all have the power to be...FEARLESS.
January 6, 2021
Book One of The Shady Gully Series
Paint Me Fearless
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