Until I Knew Myself by Tammy L. Gray – Review, Character Introductions

Posted March 10, 2018 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Until I Knew Myself by Tammy L. Gray – Review, Character Introductions

Until I Knew Myself

by Tammy L. Gray

Series: Bentwood #1
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Publication Date March 8, 2018
Genres: Clean Romance
Setting: Texas Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-24
Written for: Adults
Pages: 260


RITA Award-winning author Tammy L. Gray delivers an unforgettable new series following five struggling friends in search of the true meaning of family through secrets, betrayal and the unexpected influence of an outsider…

Tyler Mitchell grew up an orphan, taken in by his best friend’s family when he was only sixteen. Even though ten years have passed, and he’s been given everything he should ever want—a loving home, an adoring girlfriend, a successful career, and lifelong friendships—Tyler has always felt a foreigner in his own life.

When a surprising phone call reveals the death of his biological grandfather, Tyler’s seemingly perfect life starts to unravel. The people he loves most in world have kept from him the greatest secret of all—knowledge of his father’s family.

Now hunting for more information about his past, Tyler discovers nothing is quite as it seems. And the definition of family is far more complicated than choosing between blood and loyalty.

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

Also in this series: The Truth Between Us

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Tyler rose to his feet and walked to the door. On the outside he was rigid as stone, but the sixteen-year-old on the inside had collapsed into tears. Buckets of tears. Tears he had no capacity to shed. Not when every day seemed to expose a new layer of secrets.

Until I Knew Myself is a story of brokenness, of searching for family, for identity, for belonging. Full of conflict, and yet full of hope, this story is so touchingly crafted. It tugs at the heartstrings and makes them play a familiar, comfortable tune, full of longing.

Tyler, in his hurt, cut himself off from those he loved the most, hoping to find a link to the relatives he never knew.

Author Tammy L. Gray very beautifully tears apart the lives of Tyler and Journey and their friends and then sets about very carefully and lovingly piecing them back together.

Though the story had a great resolution, this is the first book of an intertwined series of books that leaves some of the conflicts for some of the characters unresolved. I can see the potential for at least two more books. I’m looking forward to seeing if my prediction about Tyler’s family comes true in a future book.

Characters of Bentwood
The Heir

Beckham Kinder has lived his entire life under the shadow of his last name, and now he wants the one thing he can’t have… the only girl to see past his legacy.





The Orphan

Tyler Mitchell has been given everything he could ever want–a loving home, an adoring girlfriend, a successful career and lifelong friendships, yet he still feels a foreigner in his own life.





The Artist

Journey Hawthorne is all about peace and love and harmony. But lately, nothing in her life is blending–not her paintings, her friendships, nor the man who claimed her heart years ago.





The Ice Queen

April Duncan has been trained since childhood not to feel anything, not even the shards of her broken life.






The Athlete

Sean Taylor has lived by one mantra–never walk away from challenge, never back down–until the woman he loved his entire life delivered a knockout he still hasn’t recovered from.





The Outsider

Caroline Crawford left her hometown to flee a dysfunctional relationship. She never expected to land in the middle of five of them.

About Tammy L. Gray

Tammy L. Gray lives in the Dallas area with her family, and they love all things Texas, even the erratic weather patterns. She writes modern Christian romance with true-to-life characters and culturally-relevant plot lines. She believes hope and healing can be found through high-quality fiction that inspires and provokes change.

Tammy is lauded for her unique writing style within the inspirational genre, often using allegories to express deeper spiritual themes. Her characters are real, relatable and deep, earning her a 2017 RITA award nomination in the Romance with Religious and Spiritual Elements category. Tammy currently has eight published works available with the ninth releasing in July 2018.

When not chasing after her three amazing kids, Tammy can be spotted with her head in a book. Writing has given her a platform to combine her passion with her ministry.

Tammy L. Gray has lots of projects going on. For all the latest info, visit her website and sign up for her periodic newsletter.

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