By All Appearances by Dawn Kinzer – Book Review, Preview

Posted November 25, 2019 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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By All Appearances by Dawn Kinzer – Book Review, Preview

By All Appearances

by Dawn Kinzer

Published by Morningview Publishing
Publication Date November 25, 2019
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Washington Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 300


An attractive special events planner is determined to keep her distance.

A disfigured musician struggles to guard his heart.

By all appearances, both are destined to fail.

Liana Tate, a special events planner grew up in a high-profile family. No matter what she does, Liana feels she never measures up.

Bryan Langley, a talented musician, was close to signing a recording contract when a barn fire left part of his face severely burned. He survived, but his career did not.

When Liana’s father hires Bryan as a caretaker on the family estate outside of Seattle, Liana’s and Bryan’s lives become entangled. He risks public humiliation for Liana’s success, and she encourages him to use his musical gifts, despite his reluctance. Thrown together, will they achieve their elusive dreams? And will the two find the love and acceptance they yearn for, or will their actions only drive each other away?

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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Liana had never felt like she could measure up. Her mother and sister were gorgeous models. Her father was a renowned plastic surgeon. And Liana? She was just a struggling event planner, hoping to finally make a name for herself.

Bryan’s scars from the fire went much deeper than what could be seen. Other than his sister, he had lost all those he loved. Determined to live a reclusive life other than when he was encouraging other burn victims at the hospital, he settled quietly on the Tate estate working as the caretaker.

By All Appearances has great characters! I loved Bryan and his quiet ways. Though he was not exactly content with his scars, he was resigned and resolved to not wallow in his pain. The accident that left him disfigured helped him to refocus on his relationship with the Lord. Liana was insecure and therefore quite relatable. She went through a gradual journey from ignoring the Lord to faith.

I loved the concept of the theme for the gala! I was having so much fun picturing the venue all ready for the event with the twinkling lights and the magical feel. How fun it would be to have a place like that to visit.

You may have guessed that there were elements from Beauty and the Beast in this story. Happily, author Dawn Kinzer chose to loosely tie them in instead of attempting to make this a copy in a new setting.

Readers who enjoy inspirational romance will enjoy this sweet story.

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About Dawn Kinzer

Dawn Kinzer is a freelance editor and author, and her own work has been published in various devotionals and magazines. She also co-hosts and writes for the Seriously Write blog, which is devoted to encouraging and equipping Christian writers.

Her passion is fiction because she believes in the power of story to comfort, challenge, and inspire. Sarah’s Smile is the first book in her historical romance series The Daughters of Riverton, Hope’s Design is the second, and Rebecca’s Song completes the trilogy.

A mother and grandmother, Dawn lives with her husband in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Favorite things include dark chocolate, good wine, strong coffee, the mountains, family time, and Masterpiece Theatre.

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2 responses to “By All Appearances by Dawn Kinzer – Book Review, Preview

  1. Alicia Haney

    This book sounds like a very good read, I would love to read it. I really love the cover it is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing about this book.

  2. Alicia Haney

    This sounds like a very good read, I would love to read this book, the cover is Beautiful. thank you so much for sharing about this book.