Review of The Name I Call Myself by Beth Moran

Leah Courtney
Last year I had the opportunity to review a couple of books by Beth Moran. I immediately found another great author and thoroughly enjoyed the books. (You can find my review of Making Marion here and of I Hope You Dance here.)

Review of The Name I Call Myself by Beth Moran
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Recently I found another Beth Moran book to be excited about- The Name I Call Myself.

From the book's description:

All Faith Harp wants is a quiet life—to take care of her troubled brother, Sam, earn enough money to stop the poverty wolves snapping at her heels, and to keep her past buried as deep as possible. And after years of upheaval, she might have just about managed it: Sam's latest treatment seems to actually be working, Faith is holding down a job, and she's engaged to the gorgeous and successful Perry.

But, for Faith, things never seem to stay simple for long. Her domineering mother-in-law-to-be is planning a nightmare wedding, including the wedding dress from hell. And the man who killed her mother is released from prison, sending her brother tumbling back into mental illness.

When secretly planning the wedding she really wants, Faith stumbles across a church choir that challenges far more than her ability to hold a tune. She ends up joining the choir, led by the fierce choir-mistress Hester, who is determined to do whatever it takes to turn the group of ragtag women into something spectacular. She also meets Dylan, the church's vicar, who is different than any man she has ever met before . . .

I wasn't disappointed. I took The Name I Call Myself on a recent vacation so that I could plenty of time to read and enjoy it.

Beth Moran's characters are so real. The main characters are real women with real struggles. They aren't perfect- even the ones who sometimes seem to be at first. They have real dreams and real fears. They react in realistic ways. I think that this is what draws me in to these books so irrevocably. I can relate to the characters.

I also love these books because I get to know the characters enough to want to invest time into reading about them. Beth Moran does an excellent job in helping the reader to get to know the main characters- their inner struggles, their thoughts and feelings. The characters become so real that I want to know what they're doing when I'm not reading. (If you're a reader, you probably won't think I'm crazy here.)

The plot of The Name I Call Myself wasn't just a predictable copy of the previous books from Beth Moran. Occasionally I'll read a really great book, but when I find other books by the author, they seem like the same plot replayed with different people. I definitely didn't find that to be true here- or with the other books I've read from Beth Moran. The plot is original and interesting. There is a hint of danger that makes things a little exciting. There is romance, but it isn't cheesy and flowery. The pace moves along well- not so quickly as to be unbelievable, but not so slowly as to cause the reader to lose interest.

I can definitely recommend The Name I Call Myself. I give it five stars. You can find the book on Amazon here and on Kregel here, and read an excerpt from the Kindle version below.

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Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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