A Single Spark by Liwen Y. Ho – Review

Posted May 7, 2018 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

A Single Spark by Liwen Y. Ho – Review

A Single Spark
by Liwen Y. Ho


Series: The Spark Brothers #1
Published by 2 Square 2 Be Hip
Publication Date April 13, 2018
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: California Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 128

Synopsis:

He's a pop singer running from his past. She's a deejay who's given up on men. Little do they know divine intervention has a plan for them.

Former boy band hottie, Aiden Spark, distanced himself from everything he valued—faith, family, and fame—when he lost his girlfriend. A decade later, he’s still hiding behind his grief until he accidentally texts a woman who’s all too curious about his identity.

Burned by the men in her life, deejay Abby Dearan has chosen to focus on her newfound faith in God and use her radio presence for good. Her plans are thwarted though when a text message—and the irritating man who sent it—won’t leave her in peace.

Aiden can’t forget the woman who reminds him so much of his first love; Abby can’t remember the last time a man made her feel so beautiful. To make matters worse, it’s impossible to avoid one another when their siblings and friends—not to mention, divine intervention—keep pushing them together. Will the sparks igniting between them end up in flames or romance?

I would like to thank Liwen Ho for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: A Sudden Spark

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A Single Spark is a great start to this series about the Spark brothers. Author Liwen Ho blends faith and romance in this story of overcoming grief and learning to trust.

Sparks fly as Abby and Aiden first encounter each other, but not in a good way. She represents the things that cause him pain and manages to push his buttons. When they go out on a blind date, things seem to go so well until Aiden realizes who Abby is and without thinking, flees and leaves her holding the check.

The story flows very naturally as it introduces the various Spark brothers and the important people in their lives as it sets the stage for the other books that are to come. I think I already have a favorite brother, Colin. I also really liked Abby’s friend Danica and the great spiritual advice she shared with Abby.

Abby needed to learn some important lessons about controlling her tongue and not allowing the past actions of those who hurt her affect the way she treats the people in her life now. She needed to work through many insecurities.

The story is long enough to be complete and short enough to be a quick and satisfying read when you only have a few hours to spare.

“Hey, yourself. And no, there’s nothing new to report, unless you’re counting the fourteen winks I got, which hardly qualify as proper dating etiquette. What man goes around winking at women in real life? That would be totally creepy.”

Marcus laughed. He squeezed one eye shut and asked, “You don’t find this appealing?”

“It’s a good thing our listeners can’t see you.” Abby rolled her eyes. “What happened to starting up normal conversations? One person says hi and the other person says hi back. A wink doesn’t say anything, except for “I’m too chicken to talk to you.”

“It’s supposed to say, I think you’re cute, and will you have pity on my and wink back so I know you’re interested before I work up the nerve to send you a real message.” He paused. “It might be hard for you to believe, but guys don’t take rejection well.”

About Liwen Y. Ho

Liwen Ho

Liwen Y. Ho works as a chauffeur and referee by day (AKA being a stay at home mom) and a writer by night. She penned her first children’s picture book, “A Rainbow of Nine Colors” in high school (now available at Meegenius.com) and has been writing for grown-ups since 2014.

She writes sweet and inspirational romance infused with heart, humor, and a taste of home (her Asian roots). As a former therapist, Liwen enjoys creating realistic characters who find hope and healing through relationships. She lives with her hubby and their two munchkins in California and loves all things pink, family beach trips, and white chocolate macadamia nut ice cream.

She also enjoys writing about real-life matters, such as marriage, parenting and faith because truth can be as strange and entertaining as fiction. Her work has appeared in various online publications, including LiteraryMama.com and MomLifeToday.com, and she is a contributor at StartMarriageRight.com.

In her pre-author life, she received a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Seminary, and she loves makeovers of all kinds, especially those of the heart and mind. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her techie husband and their two children, and blogs about her adventures as a recovering perfectionist at www.2square2behip.com.

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