1/19/16

Out of Character - Molly Zenk


3.5 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
After the loss of her brother, actress Harmony Jones struggles with daily life. Landing the lead role on the hit faith based living history show, 1700s Life, might be the perfect way to reconnect with her faith and be her big acting break.

Tired of hiding his strong faith and convictions to get secular roles, David Hawkins jumps at the chance to play the curate on 1700s Life. It's the perfect vehicle to spread God’s word.

Elliot Banes’ career needs an image makeover, so he accepts the naval hero role on 1700s Life. Getting away from his overbearing mother is an added bonus. His true hope is to learn to speak his mind instead of always fading into the background.

When a scripted love triangle between Harmony, David, and Elliot becomes a real life love triangle, Harmony must make a difficult decision. She hoped to find her wavering faith, she didn't count on finding love as well. If that was her only obstacle, the role would be a breeze. Unfortunately, there’s an on-set spy intent on causing drama. Can Harmony see through all the lies and secrets to the truth in her heart, or will she end up falling for the wrong man?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - MOLLY ZENK was born in Minnesota, grew up in Florida, lived briefly in Tennessee before finally settling in Colorado. She graduated from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL with degrees in Secondary Education, English, and Creative Writing. She is married to a Mathematician/Software Engineer who complains about there not being enough "math" or info about him in her author bio. They live in Arvada, CO with their young daughters, 1 dog, and 1 cat. 
 
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MY THOUGHTS -
This book was fun, cute and sweet! I love books about reality shows (since I watch so many of them). So I loved the reality show story-line. This book kind of reminded me of  the "L.A. Candy" series that I loved so much by Lauren Conrad, showing the behind-the-scenes of a reality show (only much cleaner, LOL). This one had a nice twist, going back to the 1700's. 

There was also a nice little love triangle! 
The girl - Harmony - sweet, beautiful, innocent, way too trusting, wanting to do the right thing.
The two hunks that are in love with her - 
Elliot - "Comfort, safety, security"
David - "Excitement, whirlwind, glitz and glamour"
Throw in an evil queen - Katie - jealous, backstabbing, plotting, selfish, brat.
And you've got yourself great romance plot!
"For me, it's not so much a choice between the two of you but deciding what I want more. You both represent different things, different paths, and I'm trying to decide between those. I don't think there's a right or wrong decision, just different paths, just like you're different people."

"Elliot, would I miss him when he was gone? Yes. Would I  miss David when he was gone? Yes. That didn't make my choice any less complicated, but I trusted that, when the time came, I would make the right decision.Could I hurt Elliot to make David happy? Could I hurt David to make Elliot happy? And what about me? Who would make me happy?"
Was this book realistic? - mmmm... no. But it is fiction, so in my mind it doesn't have to be. What did bother me a little was (without giving anything away) "someone" had a change of heart, and in my opinion it was a little too abrupt and seemed very unnatural. Also the story did drag a little in the middle, but- all-in-all a good and fun read and did keep my interest enough! This was a nice clean christian fiction read, but, although I do love christian books - this one could have been a little grittier to make it more fun. Grittier doesn't have to mean un-clean.

The end (because you all know how important that is to me) - Oooooo cliff hanger!!! Definitely enough to make me want to read the next book - "Role Reversal". I do hope I will be able to read this one.
 
Read chapter One - HERE

Thank you Anaiah Press for sending me this book for my honest review!

Order your copy from Amazon - HERE

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