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HALLEE BRIDGEMAN AN AUTHOR TO WATCH

A Melody for James
By Hallee Bridgeman
Published by Olivia Kimbrell Press
ISBN#978-193960-3074
322 Pages

Back Cover: Solitary strangers meet during a stormy stopover. Hours later, their hearts hum a harmonious duet. Melody Mason has the hottest female voice in the country music scene. But the cheers of throngs of adoring fans mean little in the absence of the handsome stranger who rescued her years before. Widower James Montgomery has never forgotten her. He prays God can bring her back. Incredible events finally bring them face to face again. Together at last, they realize the bond between them has miraculously risen to a crescendo, melodiously marrying them like strong symphonic chords. Uncannily, they learn they share more in common than they could have ever imagined. They know God reunited them for a purpose. Sinister forces threaten to destroy their new found happiness. The couple must work in close concert, placing all their faith in God as they solve the deadly mystery that ties their lives inexplicably together. Fire, loss, and bloodshed cannot shake their faith in God to see them through as they face a percussive climax that leaves hearts and lives forever changed.

REVIEW: Warning: Warning: Before reading this book have your favorite restaurant delivery number on speed dial. Get ready to be sucked into Melody and James’s world. You’ll be glued to this fast-paced suspenseful drama and lose track of time.

Hallee’s mother left this message that read, “This is your mother – I want you to quit your job, and go home and finish writing that book!” I agree with her mom. This author is gifted at creating rich, complex characters that jump off the page and into your heart. This author brilliantly weaves in a spiritual thread naturally, along with well-timed humor and fun moments between James and Melody that make you smile. I loved every second I spend reading this novel.

This story literally starts out with a bang that instantly pulls at your heart strings and makes you say WHAT? I didn’t see that coming. One of the aspects of the novel I enjoyed was that most of the novel is set in Atlanta, GA where I live. I also liked that the back drop for this story is set up in the music industry. Melody is a famous singer. This author shows Melody and how she prepares for her summer music tour. James had never seen this side of her before. They met four years ago when Melody was in route to go to Seminary and be a worship leader and James was grieving the murder of his wife.

James says this about Melody, “She made me forget Angela. She made me feel. For the first time in months. I felt something other than raw pain. That was priceless to me ….He believed God brought them together.”

Melody is a strong, gift song writer; who is passionate about family, friends and music. She is drawn to James and lets him gently lead her back to a relationship with God. He also helps her face her fear.  She knew all too well that, “Fear paralyzed you, made you weak and useless.” She hated that.

I liked what this author had to say about love through her characters, “True love, sacrificial love, that kind of love grew out of respect, similar interests, mutual goals….Could God, who is himself love, have orchestrated events already with infinite wisdom and infinite knowledge and predestine them to be brought together..?” James and Melody wonder. I love how this book isn’t preachy but keeps the main thing the main thing.

I highly recommend this novel filled with vivid imagery, believable likeable characters that made me feel as if I were watching a movie! Even though the author gets into the head of the bad guy and gives readers a peek into his sinister plot it never got really graphic. For that I am grateful. I like how the author tells you enough and lets your imagination do the rest.

I liked learning Olivia Kimbrell Press’s mission statement, “a publisher offering true to life, meaningful fiction from a Christian world view intended to up lift the heart and engage the mind.” This is why I read Christian fiction and loved this story.

An extra feature for readers are the well thought out discussion questions sure to liven up your meeting time. This novel is filled with twists, turns and surprises including a Bonus at the end with yummy sounding recipes. The authors says, “James invites Melody over his house for their first date. He cooks her a meal consisting of salad, bread, pasta with red sauce. Here you will find recipes to recreate that meal, which is sure to please and certain to enhance your discussion time of friendship and fellowship.” The recipe are for Crunchy Chopped Salad with Creamy Dijon Vinaigrette Dressing, Turkey Sausage Spaghetti sauce, Fresh Garlic French Bread and Mascarpone Cheesecake with Vanilla Almond Crust.

This story is GREAT for a book club pick. Hallee Bridgeman is an author to watch. This novel is a must read.

ABOUT AUTHOR: Hallee Bridgeman is a best-selling Christian author who writes action-packed romantic suspense focusing on realistic characters who face real world problems. Her work has been described as everything from refreshing to heart-stopping exciting and edgy.

An Army brat turned Floridian, Hallee finally settled in central Kentucky with her family so that she could enjoy the beautiful changing of the seasons. She enjoys the roller-coaster ride thrills that life with a National Guard husband, a teenaged daughter, and two elementary aged sons delivers.

A prolific writer, when she's not penning novels, you will find her in the kitchen, which she considers the 'heart of the home'. Her passion for cooking spurred her to launch a whole food, real food "Parody" cookbook series. In addition to nutritious, Biblically grounded recipes, readers will find that each cookbook also confronts some controversial aspect of secular pop culture.

Hallee is a member of the Published Author Network (PAN) of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) where she serves as a long time board member in the Faith, Hope, & Love chapter. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the American Christian Writers (ACW) as well as being a member of Novelists, Inc. (NINC).

Hallee loves coffee, campy action movies, and regular date nights with her husband. Above all else, she loves God with all of her heart, soul, mind, and strength; has been redeemed by the blood of Christ; and relies on the presence of the Holy Spirit to guide her. She prays her work here on earth is a blessing to you and would love to hear from you. You can reach Hallee at
hallee@halleebridgeman.com

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from The Book Club Network site and Olivia Kimbrell Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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