The Name I Call Myself

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The Name I Call Myself
Written by: Beth Moran
Publisher: Lion Fiction
Month, Year: September, 2016

A brief summary from Kregel Publications:
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…

My Thoughts:
In this quirky comedic tale of life gone awry, Faith Harp navigates the fine line of planning her upcoming wedding, financial woes, a troubled brother, and a super-rich, super-hot finance who knows nothing of her lackluster past. And oh yea, the man who murdered her mother just landed a get out of jail free card. It’s enough to make any woman want to run away and hide!

With a lot of humor, sarcasm, and willful determination, Faith plans her wedding. Not the 500+ guests, dressed to the nines wedding that her crazed-out, soon-to-be mother-in-law wants, but the one she truly wants: a simple affair in a rather dilapidated church that her mother called home. But when the weight of it all begins to stress her out to much, Faith and her close friend, Marion, head to her mother’s church…to join the choir of all things!

The Name I Call Myself is a relatable story of searching for one’s self amidst all the chaos of life, and finding and holding tightly to the true identity that makes you, you. This is my first read of Beth Moran’s works, and I can’t wait to get my hands on her previous two novels! Happy Reading!

I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. 

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