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Review and Giveaway: Surrendered by Jennifer Seines May 6, 2019

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About the Book

  Book: Surrendered

Author: Jennifer Seines

Genre: Christian Fiction, Contemporary Women’s Fiction, Romance

Release Date: April 30, 2019 Surrendered-Cover-194x300.jpg

Her father’s will is clear; do what he demands, or lose everything, including guardianship of her younger sister. But there’s a force at work–an evil set on destroying her and her sister. If only she knew whether the enigmatic man helping them is friend–or deadly foe… After the reading of her father’s will, Tess O’Shay’s panic attacks return. In death, Sean O’Shay is attempting to accomplish what he couldn’t do in life—force Tess to finish her education, a dream she abandoned after being raped on campus. Unless she complies with her father’s wishes, she will lose all claim to the only home she’s ever known as well as to the family business. Worse, she’ll have to give up guardianship of her younger sister to Jake Holland, a secretive man fleeing from his past. Fine! She’ll show Jake and her father. She’ll muster whatever meager energy and strength she has, get her degree, and keep what matters most to her. No matter what. Then the man who assaulted her reappears, shattering what little strength she has left. Now she must dig deep to find the remnants of her mustard-seed faith…because that’s the only way she can face the past and right a wrong in order to secure the future.

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About the Author

Jennifer SiennesJennifer Sienes holds a degree in both psychology and education but discovered life-experience is the best teacher. She loves Jesus, writing and romance and puts it altogether in inspirational contemporary fiction. California born and raised, she recently took a step of faith with her real-life hero and relocated to Tennessee.


More from Jennifer

Since I was twelve years old, I’ve been writing stories. I even wrote fan-fiction before it was a thing—a Happy Days episode, which I’m sure dates me. I took every creative writing class I could, starting in high school, and even declared journalism as my college major until I realized I like fiction a whole lot more than truth, because I can create the characters any way I like.

Tess O’Shay, the main character in Surrendered, came by way of accident. She was a minor character in my first novel (which will be the last published in the series) and my critique group loved her. They wanted to know if she would have more scenes. She did not. In fact, she was deleted with the rewrites. But I couldn’t get her out of my mind—it was like she’d become a real person and refused to be ignored. I loved writing Surrendered because Tess O’Shay and Jake Holland ran away with the story and it was everything I could do to keep up.

The first two novels I wrote were inspired by actual events—my brother’s suicide in the first and my daughter’s near-fatal car accident in the second. These are dark themes, yet I wanted to present them with humor and hope—both of which have gotten me through some tough circumstances. I strive to create characters my readers can connect with—three-dimensional and human—but also fall in love with. I think the best books are those that leave us wanting more.

Blog Stops

Genesis 5020, May 6

Blogging With Carol, May 7

Inspired by fiction, May 7

The Power of Words, May 8

All-of-a-kind Mom, May 9

Emily Yager, May 10

Retrospective Spines, May 11

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 12

For Him and My Family, May 13

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 14

Texas Book-aholic, May 15

janicesbookreviews, May 16

Maureen’s Musings, May 17

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 17

Inklings and notions, May 18

A Reader’s Brain, May 19


To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

My thoughts:

This book has some snappy writing which made it a fast read for me. Tessa is a snarky young woman with a very broken past. Although the reader does get an idea of what is going on by reading the blurb on the back of the book, no one else in the book seems to know what happened to her.

Jake is another story. We are given hints that he is hiding something but the reader doesn’t know what and we don’t find out for awhile.

I did enjoy this book and Tessa’s journey to wholeness and finding her way back to God again. He alone can restore the broken and Tessa needs to realize that.

This is a lovely story of redemption and love.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 


11 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: Surrendered by Jennifer Seines”

  1. Thank you so much for your beautiful review!

  2. Karen D Spiegel Says:

    Hi Melissa. If this is a give away. It sounds really good and would love to win it.

  3. Rita Wray Says:

    Sounds like a great book.

  4. Debbie P Says:

    This book sounds like a very intriguing and interesting book. I can’t wait to read it.

  5. Pam Says:

    I would be interested in reading this being a survivor of sexual assault myself I know first hand how hard it is to recover from this act. I also know life looks like on the other side of recovery. You have to adjust to a new you and the new you doesn’t look anything like your old self! It is quite a shock, but you will accept yourself after a while and some therapy.

    • Pam, I am so sorry you had to go through that. I love how you call yourself a survivor and not a victim. You are a survivor. May God use your story to bring hope and healing to others.

  6. Emma Says:

    This sounds very interesting. It also sounds like a very worthwhile book!

  7. James Robert Says:

    I am enjoying these tours and finding all the terrific books my family is enjoying reading. Thanks for bringing them to us and keep up the good work.

  8. Marisela Zuniga Says:

    Thank you for sharing, this sounds wonderful

  9. carylkane Says:

    Melissa, thank you for the wonderful review! I enjoy reading redemption stories!

  10. pattymh2000 Says:

    Just reading the description makes me feel for Tessa. What a thing to go through.

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