Several weeks ago I received an email from T.L Gray, a newly published Christian author. She asked if I would be interested in reviewing her book. And so I gladly began reading the 400 page novel.
“Shattered Rose” was written from the perspective of an engineering college student, Avery Nichols. The entire book highlights her very dramatic sophomore year as she learns more about herself and life in general.
Let’s review the story.
The main character Avery is a naïve student at Winsor, a private college in Asheville, North Carolina. The living arrangements are different this school year and she moves in to an apartment with Isadora (who goes by Issy), a free-spirited party girl with a good-looking cousin named Jake. Avery hasn’t experienced much of life yet and is holding a deep, troubling secret.
Avery quickly develops a crush on her roomie’s rarely vulnerable but oh-so-charming cousin, Jake; who happens to spend frequent nights on their couch. While she wrestles with unexpected feelings for Issy’s cousin, Avery reveals her struggle with body image to the readers.
To be honest, I saw this coming. Avery is uncomfortable with her body and spends every morning running off unconsumed calories.
Reading about Avery’s constant battle was very insightful. I think that T.L. Gray did an excellent job depicting the challenges that women face with body image – which would be great to include in the description of the book.
Avery and Issy develop a deep and unique friendship throughout the book. Meanwhile, Avery and Jake begin secretly dating for a brief period of time. It is quickly revealed that Jake is an unashamed player that prefers to date multiple women at a time.
The character of Jake actually reminded me of an old “boyfriend” from my younger days. In fact, our “break-up” was similar to Jake and Avery’s. Jake is emotionally unavailable, runs from his feelings, messes with Avery’s head throughout the book and ruins her innocence. He was my least favorite character and frustrated me the most while reading. Why couldn’t he just leave her alone?!
About half way through the book, Avery has an emotional meltdown and ends up meeting Parker; whom serves in the military and also attends Winsor. Coincidently, Parker’s character was my favorite and reminds me of my husband. He is sweet, supportive, intuitive, and a Christian.
Parker and Avery develop a mutual attraction, then friendship and began dating. Meanwhile, Jake decides that he now wants what he can’t have and goes on to be annoying with his sexual advances toward Avery; who has a hard time resisting.
As the book reaches the climax… well, I can’t tell you the rest. You’ll just have to read it.
Honestly, this book was so good that when I did sit down to read it… I couldn’t put it down. Near the end of the book, I just needed to know what happens and read the last 6 chapters in 1 night.
It’s odd because when you find a book that tells such a captivating story, it becomes like a friend or like watching a show. I almost kind of miss Avery’s character since reading about the most intimate parts of her life makes me feel “close” to her. T.L. Gray does a great job portraying a young woman on a mission to find herself.
If you are interested in reading “Shattered Rose” please visit the website shatteredrosebook.com. You can also purchase the book on Amazon and Kindle.
Thank you so much for sharing your work with me, Ms. Gray. This was beautifully written and absolutely inspired me. God bless you!
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