Tuesday, January 18, 2022

A Path To Forgiveness By Lisa M. James + Giveaway

A Path to Forgiveness JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for A Path to Forgiveness by Lisa M. James, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I received the book as part of this tour.


A Path to Forgiveness
Title: A Path to Forgiveness 
Series: The Prodigal Woman #1 
Author: Lisa M. James 
Publisher: Independently Published 
Release Date: January 21, 2022 
Genre: Christian Fantasy 

Reckless. Extravagant. Wasteful. These were all words that could describe Esther. Thirteen years of careless living had left Esther and her young son destitute. When her husband disappears at night, leaving Esther with the full burden of their debt, Esther has no choice but to claim her husband is dead and enslave herself and her child to stay alive. So severely had she broken the relationships in her life, she never expected a man from her childhood to speak on her behalf and carry the weight of her debt. Yet Esther soon realizes that escaping the demons of her past would not be so easy. 

Levi had little interest in seeing Esther again. When a promise to her father leaves him honor-bound to take her as his wife, he struggles with the bitterness he holds toward her for allowing her addictions and selfishness to derail her life. Yet, he could not hide the deep desire within him to be a husband and a father, even to a woman he did not love and a child that was not his by blood. 

Discover the story of a reckless woman in A Path to Forgiveness. 

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My Review:

What an incredible story! I was so blown away by how good it was. This was a great introduction to the author!

Esther was such a raw character. She is so sure of her unworthiness and how she doesn't deserve kindness from anyone because of how she's lived her life. She's lived to excess and has been brought very low by her choices. Not just her, but her son as well.

Levi, someone she knew from childhood, fulfills a promise made to Esther's father and takes on her debt. Levi is a pretty raw character as well. He's a man who has spent much of his life closed off to others. He's know pain and heartache.

Both Esther and Levi have so much growth in this story. It's just beautiful. And the way God (the Redeemer) is shown in this story... He is the Only way. This story straight up directs the reader to God. It shows God's love and mercy for His children. That no one is too far gone to be redeemed. Truth is spoken through the characters - main and secondary - throughout the entire story. It is SO powerful!

I enjoyed the fantasy world of The Gourd. There are so many ways The Gourd parallels our world. They have healers (doctors), prophets, church leaders, etc. There's evil that tries to draw people away from the Redeemer in the same ways the enemy does in our world. It's all a rather fascinating part of the story!

I can't wait for the next books in the series! I'll be the first in line for both!

Here's an excerpt for you to enjoy:

We were certainly not the first couple in The Gourd who married for reasons other than
love, but oh how we had settled for what we did not want. Did not a part of me wish to recreate
a glimpse of what I felt I had with Catherine if I were to marry again? A wife who truly cherished
and respected me? A wife who I truly cherished and respected? Did a part of Esther not long for
a grand romance as she once had with Victor? Did she not want a husband who she could take
pride in? One who could offer her the best in life?  But Esther and I married out of desperation
and duty, not out of love and hope.

Yet, a sudden longing filled me as I drifted to sleep. Was what we had enough to sustain
our marriage? Would a time come where we would want more from each other? Would being
my wife in name alone truly be enough for her for the rest of our lives?

Was it enough for me? The unbidden thought drifted into my mind as I succumbed to


Lisa James

Lisa M. James is an independent author, marketer, and former Sunday School teacher. She loves writing romantic fantasy novels featuring women of color for both young adult and adult audiences to enjoy. Her fictional writing is inspired by historical fiction, fairy tales, and Christian romances. When not writing, Lisa loves chatting about her faith, Disney movies, and football while drinking chai lattes. To keep up with her latest releases, subscribe to www.lisamjames.com.

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(1) winner will receive a Peacock embroidered shoulder bag, a $25 Amazon gift card, and a paperback copy of A Path to Forgiveness!

A Path to Forgiveness JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight January 17, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on January 24, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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LAMusing said...

It sounds intense!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing!

Shelly Peterson said...

Sounds really good. Beautiful cover.

marisela zuniga said...

The cover looks so pretty

Caryl Kane said...

Sounds like a page-turner! Thank you for sharing.

Stormy Vixen said...

I enjoyed the excerpt, Lisa, your book sounds like my kind of read and I love the cover! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Woven by Words for sharing your review! Have a wonderful weekend!

megana said...

Thanks for sharing! I love this cover!

pippirose said...

Thanks for the great excerpt! The book sounds very interesting. The cover is gorgeous!

slehan said...

This cover is beautiful.
Thanks for the contest.

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