Book Review of Kept by Sally Bradley

About the book . . .

Miska Tomlinson is a freelance editor in Chicago who is accustomed to drawing attention for her stunning looks. Though she’s hoping her affair with a married sports star will end in happily-ever-after, she’s also secretly spending time with another sports figure who is willing to pay big bucks for her time.

Dillan Foster, a young and handsome pastor, moves in with his brother next door to Miska. The pastor is attracted to her, but he’s waiting for the right woman to come along—a woman who is a Christian with the same beliefs. But Dillan—and his brother and fiancĂ© (Garrett and Tracy)—become friends with Miska, and when her secret life is exposed, their lives become entangled in ways that change them all.

My review . . .

This contemporary story is different and refreshing. The author gives us a convincing portrayal of a young woman searching for love in all the wrong places—who doesn’t understand why or how her choices are hindering the happiness she pursues. Miska’s lifestyle is shared without getting graphic. I appreciated the honesty in which the book includes Christians who are judgmental toward people who have not been exposed to the Bible and authentic relationship with God. There’s power in truth-telling, and this novel is filled with it.

KEPT focuses on love and grace. It delves into what “love” can and should mean on so many levels—the love between a man and woman, God’s love, the love shared between friends, and what should exist within families. The kindness that Tracy offers Miska, and the sweet friendship that develops between the two women, will stick with me for a long time.

If readers are more drawn to novels that include subtle spiritual messages woven into the story lines, they might be put off by the overt Christian message and discussions about Bible stories and verses in this book. Others will welcome it with open arms and embrace it.

Sally Bradley writes big-city fiction with real issues and real hope.

A Chicagoan since age five, Sally has been fascinated by all things Chicago (except for the crime, politics, and traffic) for almost as long. She now lives in the Kansas City area with her family, but they get back to Chicago from time to time for important things, like good pizza and a White Sox game.

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