This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing
Amy Inspired
Bethany House; Original edition (October 1, 2010)
Bethany Pierce


After completing a master’s in Creative Writing and working as a visiting instructor at Miami University in Ohio, Bethany Pierce now lives with her husband in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she is a member of the McGuffey Art Center and continues to write. Her first book, Feeling for Bones, was one of Publishers Weekly‘s Best Books of 2007.


With rejections piling up, she could use just a little inspiration…

Amy Gallagher is an aspiring writer who, after countless rejections, has settled for a career as an English professor in small-town Ohio just to pay the bills. All her dreams suddenly start to unravel as rejections pile up–both from publishers and her boyfriend.

But just as Amy fears her life is stuck in a holding pattern, she meets the mysterious, attractive, and unavailable Eli. She struggles to walk the fine line between friendship and something more with Eli, even as staying true to her faith becomes unexpectedly complicated.

When secrets, tragedy, and poor decisions cause rifts in Amy’s relationships, she must come to terms with who she’s become, her unrealized aspirations for her life, and the state of her faith. Can she dare to hope that she will find love and fulfillment despite it all?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Amy Inspired, go HERE.


I have to say that I have very mixed feelings about Amy Inspired. On the one hand, it was well written and easy to read. On the other hand, I found it pretty depressing.

The main character, Amy had decided to make a career of writing (after checking every other possibility off her list). Unfortunately everything she submitted for publication only earned her rejection letters. Her love life was pretty pitiful too – unless you count getting hit on by your best friend’s beau or by a weird student. Then when a guy came along that she was attracted to, she did everything she could to avoid him. I kept waiting for something to happen that would inspire Amy but for the most part she just plodded along in her self-absorbed funk.

Amy Inspired was not a bad book. In fact there were actually many humorous and entertaining scenes. I have read quite a few glowing reviews so I have to believe that it just did not meet my own personal preferences. I would advise reading other reviews before rejecting it – Amy Inspired might just be the perfect book for you.