Say It’s For Good by Teresa Tysinger – Book Review

Posted February 24, 2022 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews, Guest Post /

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Say It’s For Good by Teresa Tysinger – Book Review

Say It's For Good

by Teresa Tysinger

Series: Laurel Cove Romance #4
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Published by Good Day Publishing
Publication Date February 22, 2022
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: North Carolina Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults


Is a decade enough time to heal old wounds?

Professional chef Leah Spencer is level-headed, responsible, and practical—making it an easy decision to move home to Laurel Cove, North Carolina to care for her ailing father. All he wants is for his only child to find love and partnership like he had with his late wife—before he leaves her all alone. Desperate to ease his worries, as well as her own, she breaks character and creates a fake relationship with the one man in town who likely wants nothing to do with her. And the one man she’s ever truly loved.

Ladies’ man Jasper Bowdon has successfully avoided commitment ever since his heart was broken a decade ago. Casual dating, however, had grown tiresome and he’d recently decided to take a break from women to finally figure out what he really wants. Why, then, does he agree to a pretend relationship with the very woman who’d ruined him in the first place? And why is he left wondering if it could all be part of God’s plan to heal them both?

Love and friendship get a second chance in this final installment of the Laurel Cove Romance Series. Books in this series are stand-alone and can be read and enjoyed in any order.

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

Also in this series: Someplace Familiar, Suddenly Forever, Someone Found

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Say It’s For Good is a sweet story of restoration and hope.

Jasper was so charming! Normally, I wouldn’t care much for a character who is a ladies’ man. However, author Teresa Tysinger did not emphasize that part of his character. Instead, she showed the reason he resisted commitment. And he wasn’t bad, he just hadn’t found “the one”. Jasper had a heart of gold, loving his family deeply, protecting his friends. And being willing to steadfastly remain in Leah’s life despite her pushing him away…

Leah had plenty of reasons to fear – after all, her mother had recently died and her father was critically ill. And she had broken her best friend’s heart. However, in His grace and mercy, God wouldn’t allow her to remain in a place of fear. In His tender manner, He showed her that He is greater than all her fears and allowed her to overcome them.

Readers who enjoy sweet romance filled with characters seeking to follow after God will enjoy Say It’s For Good and the entire Laurel Cove Romance series. If you haven’t yet read the others in this series, never fear, they all stand alone and can be read in any order.

Guest Post from Teresa

A few books into my writing journey, I am amazed how the experience is different with each one. Some books have poured out of me, others aren’t so easy. It was definitely the latter with Say It’s For Good. I struggled for months, with deadlines looming ahead, to write consistently and with my whole heart. Often times, I asked myself why it was so hard. 

Then, well after the story was finally done, something a beta reader said to me stuck a chord of truth. Her words made me realize that I am so much like Leah, the heroine. I struggle with fear and anxiety, especially over things I cannot control. No wonder writing this story was so difficult—it was SO close to home. 

As an author who writes through the lens of my Christian faith, I believe that with this book God has spoken to me just as much as I pray He speaks to readers. Leah must learn and accept the truth that God’s love for us is way more powerful than any fear we have. Fear may never go away while we’re on this side of heaven, but with God behind us we don’t have to allow it to control us. And when we insist fear stay a few steps behind us, we can welcome in blessings and love that can truly transform us. 

I pray that you, too, will find comfort in Leah and Jasper’s sweet story. If, like me and Leah, you struggle with fear and worry, know that you’re not alone. Among the pages, you’ll find friends who understand. I’ll be praying you find peace, dear reader!

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About Teresa Tysinger

Teresa Tysinger is a wife and mother transplanted from North Carolina to North Texas. When not working as the Director of Communications for a large downtown church, she writes charming southern romances inspired by grace. Her debut novel, Someplace Familiar, released this summer. She also is a contributing writer for the Fort Worth Moms Blog (part of the national City Moms Blog Network). A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Religious Communicators’ Council, and the Association for Women in Communications, Teresa has spent over a decade committed to telling stories of faith through written word. She loves coffee, caramel, and stories with happy endings.

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