Friday, November 1, 2019

Book review with a giveaway: Mission Hollywood by Michelle Keener

About the Book

Book: Mission Hollywood
Author: Michelle Keener
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 16, 2019

What could possibly go wrong?

Movie star Ben Prescott arrives back in Hollywood after causing a scandal with his ex-girlfriend in Rome. Chased through the airport by paparazzi, he jumps into a limo hoping for a quick getaway. Instead he finds Lily Shaw, a pastor’s daughter and preschool teacher. When the paparazzi capture a photo of the two of them together, Ben’s agent demands that he do whatever it takes to keep the story from hitting the gossip pages . . . even volunteer to work at Lily’s church.

Sparks fly as the movie star and the pastor’s daughter work side by side. When Lily accompanies Ben to the premiere of his latest movie, Hollywood takes notice. Under intense media scrutiny and pressure from the movie industry, Ben must risk his career to follow his heart, but Lily wants the one thing he doesn’t have, faith.

Mission Hollywood is an inspirational story about love, faith, and second chances.

Click here to get your copy!

My Review

Ben:  Red-carpet movie star.  Working the paparazzi.  Far from God.
Lily:  Teaching children.  Leading worship.  Devoted Christian.

They are opposites, but the attraction is there.  Only God can miraculously bring them together.

I have really come to enjoy movie star/unknown stories since I first read the Firstborn series by Karen Kingsbury.  I enjoyed Mission Hollywood, and am truly looking forward to more stories about the characters I met in this book.

This book drew me in immediately and was easy to read, with short chapters, but the wonderful characters and story line kept me happily turning the pages.  It's fun to get a "Hollywood Insider" perspective in a book like this, but the story line was much more than that.  Although it takes place in Hollywood, it was a story of substance, with characters of depth.

If you like romance stories about characters from different worlds, you will like this one.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Ambassador International, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Michelle Keener is a wife, mom, and the author of three books. She lives in Southern California with her retired Marine husband, their two children, and one spoiled dog. When she isn’t writing, she is busy homeschooling, teaching creative writing workshops, or baking something involving chocolate.

Michelle loves to hear from readers and you can usually find her on Twitter @MKeenerWrites or at her website

More from Michelle

Why Hollywood?

That’s a great question! Of all the places I could have set a Christian romance novel, why pick Hollywood? It isn’t exactly the first place that pops into your mind when you think Christian romance, right?

The truth is I spent four years of my life trying to become an actress. I was a theatre major in the Los Angeles area and I spent a lot of time in Hollywood. I’ve been down Hollywood Boulevard, visited casting offices, and gone to open-call auditions. In those years, I saw the good and the bad of the movie industry. I saw dreams shattered and hearts broken under the glamorous lights of the Sunset Strip. Years later, when I started thinking about writing a Christian romance, I knew Hollywood was the perfect setting to tell the story of God’s unchanging, never-ending love for us.

Mission Hollywood isn’t just one love story, it’s two. The romance between Ben and Lily is definitely swoon-worthy, but there is also the story of how much God loves us. I hope you enjoy Mission Hollywood…it’s only the beginning of the story for the Shaw Family. Book two is coming in February!

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, October 24
Sara Jane Jacobs, October 24
Maureen’s Musings, October 25
Books, Life, and Christ, October 25
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 26
Stephanie’s Life of Determination, October 26
For Him and My Family, October 27
Moments, October 27
Through the Fire Blogs, October 28
Pause for Tales, October 29
She Lives To Read, October 29
Older & Smarter?, October 30
Blessed & Bookish, October 30
Inklings and notions, October 31
Reflections From My Bookshelves, October 31
Godly Book Reviews, November 1
My Devotional Thoughts, November 1
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, November 2
Back Porch Reads, November 2
Texas Book-aholic, November 3
For The Love of Books, November 3
Quiet Quilter, November 4
janicesbookreviews, November 5
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 5
A Reader’s Brain, November 6
Books, Books, and More Books., November 6


To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away a Red Carpet Collection, which includes a signed paperback copy of Mission Hollywood, a custom Pura Vida bracelet in red carpet colors, a signed and numbered print of the original painting “Redemption” by artist Charlotte Lauder, a vintage-Hollywood style postcard, a bookmark, and a magnet!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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