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About the Author

Carla Rossi is a multi-published, award-winning author as well as a cancer survivor, life-long music minister, and speaker. She has been writing inspirational romance for Pelican Book Group since 2007. Carla lives north of Houston with her husband and writing partner - a Maine Coon Cat. She has three grown children and two grandchildren.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Book Group (March 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611161428
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611161427
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,749,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is not the novel I was expecting. The prose isn't particularly beautiful and vivid, the story is pretty straightforward and almost, ALMOST too simple, but the execution of storytelling was stunning. I could not put this book down, literally. The characters drew me in right from the start and while they are stereotypes at the core (you have people in your life just like at least one of them) they are not flat or cliche at all. Shade will own your heart very quickly as a man with a hard past who is trying to make a better future and Candi, well, you'll either love her from the start or wait for her to figure out her "big fat daddy-issues" as Shade would say and that it's a fine line between judging and being a good steward of an important leadership role in the church. The spiritual thread, despite almost half the scenes taking place in a church, isn't heavy handed at all and almost adds a beautiful contrast to what you think you know about the inner workings of the staff and production side of church. This was a very character-driven novel with a nicely rounded cast and though the ending felt a touch abrupt, was still very satisfying.
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Ms. Rossi is one of my all time favorite Inspirational authors! Her characters are humorous, short-sighted, flawed... In other words, just like you and me. In UNLIKELY PRAISE, the uptight young worship leader is floored to learn her pastor has just added an alcoholic ex-rock star to the team--and expects her to share leadership duties with him. Not likely!!! She knows God has a sense of humor, but there's not a thing funny about this situation.

You'll love each step of their journey, and I have it on good authority, there will be more to follow this one.
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I have waited for the release of this book ever since I first saw the cover art and blurb. It was worth the wait. Candi and Shade are characters that get under your skin and won't let go. Carla Rossi is a gifted writer who draws the reader in with talent and grace. I absolutely love her work.

5 Stars for Unlikely Praise. It's a must-read!

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I read Unexpected Wedding, first and had to backtrack to this one because I enjoyed EW so much. I must admit I adore a long haired rocker turned faith filled hero, yet still is a manly man with his tattoos and tough exterior. Shade our hero just made my heart beat faster with his humble attitude and genuine care for our heroine, Candi. Candi was very tightly wound, and very much a control freak who was toting around some serious emotional baggage. She and Shade work through some enormous obstacles to get there HEA. My only complaint would be that I felt the ending was a bit rushed. It was a sweet and heartfelt faith filled read. Definitely recommend!
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This book really struck a chord with me. Ha! You get it? It struck a chord! But seriously, I found that I could relate to one of the characters in the book. No, it wasn’t Candi it was Shade. Like him, I had a rather sordid past and had a hard time understanding the workings of a church and “church people” when I first turned my life over to The Lord.

The characterization in Unlikely Praise is so well done. Carla makes you feel as though Candi and Shade could be a couple people you might actually meet at church. They have real life problems, like Candi, who judges those she doesn’t understand or Shade, who doesn’t think he’s good enough to be used by God.

I really loved this book and would heartily recommend it to anyone. The great story line and amazing characters make it a five star rating for me.
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