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BETH MORAN

 

The Name I Call Myself (2016)

 

Faith is engaged to Perry, who comes from a wealthy family. She is a waitress who used to work at his country club and her family consists only of her brother Sam, who is in and out of drug rehab. As she battles with her controlling future mother-in-law, Faith finds out that the man who killed her mother is about to be released from jail. She finds solace – and adventures – at the local church choir, and forms a bond with the vicar, Dylan.
With quirky characters, this was a really good read, blending humour with more serious issues such as addiction and domestic abuse. Moran is an author well worth adding to your reading list. 7/10


 

Making Marion (2014)

 

Running away from an impending marriage, Marion arrives in Sherwood Forest, hoping to find out more about her late father. Initially mistaken for someone else, she finds a job and a place to stay at the Peace and Pigs campsite, run by the big-hearted Scarlett. Now the super-shy Marion has to find a way to break out of her shell - and overcome the demons of her unfortunate childhood - to save the campsite from an unscrupulous landowner. And she can't stop thinking about Reuben, the heir to the manor who is basically engaged to the foxy Erica.
Full of quirky characters, including Scarlett's foster daughter Valerie and the overly amorous lord and lady of Hatherstone Hall, this debut novel does pack in quite a few storylines, from the mystery surrounding her father to the unwanted attentions of a colleague. The pace really ramps up in the second emotional half, so stick with it. 7/10

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