Love and the Silver Lining by Tammy L. Gray – Book Review

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Love and the Silver Lining by Tammy L. Gray – Book Review

Love and the Silver Lining

by Tammy L. Gray

Series: State of Grace #2
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Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date August 3, 2021
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Texas Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 368


This disaster may be just what she needed.

Darcy Malone's dreams of mission work are dashed on the eve of fulfilling them: The Guatemalan school she was going to teach at has closed, and she's already quit her job and given up her apartment. Stuck in her worst-case scenario, Darcy accepts an unexpected offer to move in with Bryson Katsaros's little sister, despite the years of distrust between her and Bryson, the lead singer in her best friend Cameron's band. But as she meets those close to Bryson, Darcy quickly discovers there is more to him than just his bad-boy persona.

Needing to find a purpose for all her sudden free time, Darcy jumps at the chance to care for and train a group of unruly dogs, with the aim of finding each a home before their bereaved owner returns them to animal control. But it's Darcy herself who will encounter a surprising rescue in the form of love, forgiveness, and learning to let go.

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

Also in this series: Love and a Little White Lie

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Character is often revealed through the trials we face. And this was true of Darcy as she dealt with huge disappointments in her life. Her year-long mission trip – canceled at the last minute. Her parents divorced unexpectedly. Her mom was dating and acting like Darcy should be her confidant now. Her dad – her hero – had fallen off his pedestal. So, she did as many do and began railing at God, wondering how He could love her and yet allow all these things to happen to her.

I especially enjoyed seeing Darcy work with the rescue dogs (my favorite was Louie, the Great Dane!) I loved reading about the personalities of the dogs. I was also fascinated by the different ways she worked with each one and how she seemed to know intuitively exactly what each one needed. Well, except Penny, but that is part of the story!

The relationship between Darcy and Cameron was quite complex. He was so sweet and understanding through her grief. And then Bryson and Darcy added a whole new level of complexity!

The author brought Darcy down a difficult path – of acting out of her assumption that behaving properly all her life didn’t make a difference to whether God allowed bad things to happen – so she might as well do whatever she wanted. She showed so well what could have happened without adding anything inappropriate, despite making me a little antsy from her choices.

I was so glad that Love and the Silver Lining was told only from Darcy’s point of view! This way, I was kept guessing about who she would end up with. 🙂

Readers who enjoy Christian fiction that deals with real-life issues will want to read Love and the Silver Lining – only be sure to read Love and a Little White Lie first for some context!

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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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