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.
The Name I Call Myself, by Beth Moran, is about a bride-to-be dealing with family problems. The synopsis says: "All Faith Harp wants is a quiet life - to take care of her troubled brother, Sam, earn enough money to stop the 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: she's engaged to the gorgeous and successful Perry, is holding down a job, and Sam's latest treatment seems to actually be working this time.
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 motley crew of women into something spectacular. She also meets Dylan, the church's vicar, who is different to any man she has ever met before." The Name I Call Myself is out in July 2016.