ADULT FIC­TION, ADULT NON­FIC­TION, JU­VE­NILE FIC­TION

Foreword Reviews - - Contents - RON WAT­SON

Beth Mo­ran Lion Fic­tion Soft­cover $14.99 (320pp) 978-1-78264-207-7

On the sur­face a love story, this re­lat­able novel is also a jour­ney of in­tro­spec­tion and self-dis­cov­ery.

With The Name I Call My­self, Beth Mo­ran tack­les the clas­sic themes of search­ing for true love—and one’s true self. This clever take in­cludes light­hearted, funny char­ac­ters and a re­lat­able plot, though be­neath this sur­face are ex­plo­rations of real-life is­sues, from so­cioe­co­nomic sta­tus to the mean­ing of hap­pi­ness it­self.

Faith is en­gaged to Perry, a mem­ber of the eco­nomic elite. Perry is also a mem­ber at the Houghton Coun­try Club, where Faith worked as a wait­ress be­fore cap­tur­ing his heart. Faith works to con­ceal her past from Perry’s fam­ily, while also wran­gling her trou­ble­some brother. Her re­la­tion­ship with Perry be­comes even more com­pli­cated when she dis­cov­ers a pas­sion for singing and joins a church choir, where she meets Dy­lan.

With Dy­lan, an in­stant friend­ship blos­soms. This friend­ship, com­bined with the pres­sure from Perry’s over­bear­ing mother re­gard­ing the up­com­ing nup­tials, pushes Faith on a jour­ney of in­tro­spec­tion and self dis­cov­ery.

Mo­ran clev­erly uti­lizes el­e­ments fa­mil­iar within love sto­ries, re­sult­ing in a com­pelling and whim­si­cal tale. De­spite this, she avoids clichés, el­e­vat­ing fa­mil­iar notes with se­ri­ous themes. The story is re­plete with warm, heart­felt mo­ments and char­ac­ters, set against a back­drop of real-life dif­fi­cul­ties. Faith’s view­point is af­fect­ing, par­tic­u­larly as she works to bet­ter un­der­stand her­self, and whether she and Perry are a true match.

The plot is ex­cel­lently paced and builds to a near-per­fect emo­tional cli­max. Faith nav­i­gates through a for­eign world and comes out a bet­ter per­son on the other side. Com­pelling char­ac­ters are brought to life with crisp, en­gag­ing di­a­logue. Faith her­self has depth, but she also re­mains a char­ac­ter who can be iden­ti­fied with through­out the story. Her jour­ney to dis­cover and ac­cept her­self is en­joy­able to fol­low, par­tic­u­larly as it helps her to find real ro­mance.

The Name I Call My­self is a fun novel of self-dis­cov­ery, ro­mance, and the search for hap­pi­ness.

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