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Faith Harp’s character, hmmmm, ok I liked her character and understood the choices she made and why but at the same time I felt like saying “really??” She very clearly understood where she stood emotionally with Perry from the beginning but she kept trying? Yeah, not the biggest fan of that weakness. Then the other part of me was like she is doing everything for her brother Sam and then the other part…you can see where this is going. Faith’s character is pulled in many different directions within herself that she cannot see the path that she should choose for her happiness. She is so wrapped up in duty that it is really unhealthy. Which is also the beauty of this story. We are able to follow the story of Faith’s journey to finding herself.
I loved, loved, loved the Grace Choir ladies. A choir that was brought together in a run-down part of town made up of women who were broken and unaware that they needed mending. Hester the choir conductor is really fantastic! Her character would just not allow the women to do anything but move forward. Now that was a perfect storyline to keep me entertained. Every character in this choir were written perfectly and what they added to the story was entertainment and a feeling of togetherness. Loved it!
In what world is a pastor written as a swoon worthy hunk? Ha ha ha, the world that the Author of this novel created. I just adored Dylan’s character. Such a sweet character and how he was there for Faith and tried so hard to deny his attraction to her and just be her friend. Amazing!
I found parts of this book regarding the on-goings with Faith to be confusing at times. I wondered at one point what the time period was of the storyline because it felt very old-fashioned to be in a modern setting? I also felt that although there was meant to be a love triangle it never amounted to much because her feeling towards one party was pretty clear from the beginning of the story. I did find the story to be a really sweet story with some edginess thrown in. I highly recommend for fans of Women’s fiction.
*Thank you to LibraryThing and Lion Hudson/Kregel Publications for this complimentary copy of The Name I Call Myself*
This review is based on a paperback copy I received from LibraryThing and Lion Hudson/Kregel Publications. It is an honest and voluntary review and the complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
Faith Harp is a survivor. From violent childhood trauma through abuse by a menacing boyfriend on to the struggle of keeping her mentally ill and drug-addicted brother alive, Faith adapts to her surroundings and settles for good enough. But with the help of an odd assortment of other surviving women, Faith learns to take control and live.
Written from the first person perspective of Faith, The Name I Call Myself has great moments of wit and humor. It also examines tough issues like mental illness and abuse. Although Faith is the main character and it is her story that is central, there is an ensemble cast of characters that give the novel an added depth; a feeling of fellowship and community between women who love each other. The choir that becomes Faith’s outlet and therapy was the highlight of the book for me. I couldn’t wait for the next team-building exercise that director Hester had in store for them — truly laugh out loud funny! But the lessons learned by the choir (and the reader) made all of the mud, scrapes, and self-examination worth it. As Faith puts it after recognizing the importance of shouldering each other’s burdens:
I made a decision not to keep trying to carry my load alone. It wants heroic. It was stupid. And prideful. And bordering on obsessive. (p. 204)
Faith had many names throughout her life, but she and the others soon could call themselves courageous, capable and worthy.
An added bonus to the hilarity and the soul-searching was the romantic thread that Moran includes. It’s not a major part of the story, but it does add some sweetness and spice.
Another winner from Beth Moran, The Name I Call Myself is a book I will be recommending to all my friends. It gets a highly recommended rating from me.
(Thanks to Kregel and Lion Hudson for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)