Kept, by Sally Bradley

KeptYou never know what you are going to get with a debut novel and especially one by an indie (self-published) author. So I began this book hopeful but with few expectations.

Immediately I was drawn into the female protagonist’s life, emotions, and struggles. After just the first page, I knew this book was going to be a journey inside the mind of a person very different from myself and yet totally relatable.

Miska, a beautiful woman from a broken home, has got it made in spite of her difficulties in life. She has a flexible job that she loves, and she has multiple sources of income which allow her to live in a beautiful, expensive home in the heart of Chicago. Her need for God is the last thing on her mind.

Dillan, a young unmarried pastor with a pristine past, temporarily moves in next door. His passion for God is the only thing on his mind—until he runs into Miska.

The story is professionally written. Bradley is impeccably true to the character point of view in each scene; the dialogue is believable; and the voices are unique to each character. The scenes allow readers to see what’s going on around the players and the food is described in such a way as to engage the taste buds and sense of smell.

Just when the story seems to be predictably coming to a close, the plot twists again. Miska’s heart is wrenched one more time from an unexpected source.

And the feature I most love about Kept is that the story continues. Once you reach the end of the book and find yourself wanting more, you discover there is more! Bradley has provided a link to access online, extra material. There are deleted scenes available so you can see what didn’t make the final cut. And in the near future there will be the ending from an alternate point of view and an interview with the characters about their lives after Kept.

If you are in the mood for a great Christian romance, pick up a copy of this book. It’s one worth owning.

You might also request your local library order a copy of the paperback and make it accessible to those in your community who may not be able to afford a copy but could use a little more hope in their lives.

* I received a copy of Kept in exchange for this honest review.

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