Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Aileen's Song (Book Review)

Aileen's Song by Marianne Evans is part of the "Sisters in Spirit" series, which is a preview of sorts for the Pure Amore imprint, coming soon from Pelican Books.  (See my next post for the chance to win a collection of ebooks from this imprint.)  I received an ebook of this title, at no cost to me, for review purposes.

This is the publisher's description:
Aileen, Siobhan, Kassidy and Maeve–long ago they made a purity pledge to God and a friendship vow to one another. Now this quartet is about to embark on the journey of a lifetime...
All her life, Aileen Brewer has dreamed of singing on stage and winning the heart of Liam Douglas. When she sings, she exudes confidence and charm. Away from the spotlight, she's the shy, curvaceous woman who has always tried to maintain a sweet, Godly spirit despite her radical upbringing and a sense that she's not quite good enough.
During a music festival at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Aileen takes the stage with her three best friends, and Sisters in Spirit is born. 
Liam, a Christian record producer, is captivated by the wallflower of his youth who has blossomed into a magnetic performer. He champions a record deal, and a quest for Aileen's heart begins, but can she find confidence enough to take command of the group...and accept Liam's love? Can Liam help her see the beauty of the woman she has become? 
Dreams just might come true in ways only God could orchestrate...
Pure Amore will be the first romance genre imprint to promote abstinence before marriage.  Aileen's Song fits right into that purpose.  Aileen has low self-esteem, not helped by her parents' attitude toward her.  However, she is a gifted singer and performer.  She and her three best friends return to their hometown and reunite as young adults.  Soon afterward, they unexpectedly have the opportunity to perform at the music festival fundraiser.  Aileen's Song intertwines the friendship between Aileen and Liam with the development of the musical group, Sisters in Spirit.
Aileen's Song is a sweet story of friendship and romance.  I could relate to Aileen's lack of confidence and difficulty with accepting compliments.  I appreciated her conviction to do what she believes is right.  I enjoyed the friendship among the four girls.  I think this is a good book for young women, especially, but also for women who want to read a romance story without the steamy scenes that appear in so many other books.
For more information, a short excerpt, and the opportunity to purchase the ebook, visit the Pelican Book Group page for Aileen's Song.  And don't miss the chance to win a collection of Pure Amore books!

17 comments :

  1. This does sound like a great book... I think it would be perfect for teenagers to read...

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  2. I haven't read this one...yet...but I fully intend to. I have yet to read a Marianne Evans novel that isn't uplifting, encouraging, and just plain GOOD!

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  3. Thank you so much for the lovely review of Aileen's Song! I'm delighted you enjoyed it, and I deeply appreciate your time and heart! Hope you enjoy the rest of Sisters and the launch of Pure Amore! It's such an exciting venture!! Blessings!!

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  4. Hello. Noelle!! You're absolutely correct about Aileen's Song - it's a perfect teen/New Adult read, as is the rest of the series, and the teen/New Adult audience will definitely love Pure Amore! Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to share your thoughts!!

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  5. Delia, you are so sweet! I'm honored to be a Pure Amore author with you!!! Blessings, my friend!!

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  6. I have read this and I loved it. Looking forward to the rest in the series.
    Blessings
    Diana

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  7. This sounds great. I love that there is an effort being put into romantic novels that aren't crass and filthy.

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  8. I have to tell you that I'm more of a Vince Flynn and David Baldacci kind of reader...but she had me from the beginning...you know it's a romance but she draws you in and you fall for the characters...I'm getting Sisters in Spirit for my sister for Christmas. ..Thank you Marianne and keep me in mind for future reads..Cindy Simmons

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  9. Cindy, thank you so VERY much. What a beautiful endorsement - I appreciate you!!

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  10. Rachelle, I couldn't agree with you more. There's nothing wrong with the thrill of love - I love the butterflies, the tummy tingles - but the time for 'less is more' has definitely arrived. SO much can be conveyed in a touch, a look, a heart-felt gesture, etc. Pure Amore is set to answer that call and I'm honored to be part of the venture!! God bless, and thanks for your visit!!

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  11. Diana, I'm so glad you stopped by! Thank you!! I'm delighted you enjoyed Aileen's Song - can't wait to hear what you think of the rest of the 'Sisters'!!! God bless!!!

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  12. I read this book and I loved it. I actually read it in one evening because I could not put it down.

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  13. Tina - Wow! What a beautiful compliment! THANK YOU!!! I'm so glad you enjoyed Aileen's Song!! Blessings, and thank you for stopping by and sharing!! xo <3

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  14. I am thrilled to see that there are wholesome romance novels in the marketplace. This is something I could share with the young adults in my life.

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  15. Sounds like a great book. I can't wait to read it.

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  16. Angie and ShellChelle I hope you enjoy Aileen's story, and will follow the journey of Sisters in Spirit! I appreciate you both taking the time to comment and say hello! God bless and happy reading!

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