Tuesday, December 29, 2020

BOOK REVIEW- A Gateway to Hope (Hope Series Book 1) by E.C. Jackson *


Twenty-one-year-old Neka is a bit of an introvert, she also happens to be stunningly beautiful.

When she discovers her friend James is about to be dumped, she sees the perfect opportunity to escape from her quiet life. Can she summon the courage to leave it all behind?

James Copley comes from a ruthless family. It’s rubbed off.

Years ago, he disengaged from his brother’s smear campaign, but now his father has offered him an ultimatum, “Get married or lose your seat at the table.”

Plotting to stamp his design on the family business, he proposes to a woman, even though he doesn’t love her.

But his carefully laid plans start to unravel when she leaves him on the day she’s due to meet his family.

Could years of planning his comeback vanish with her departure?

A possible solution comes in an unexpected form: Neka. She’s not only a friend, but the daughter of his benefactor. And she’s right there, offering to support him.

But will her support stretch to marriage?

He attempts to win her over to his plan but collides with her powerful father who wants to leverage the situation for his own gain.

In their fight for survival and love, they are forced to face some uncomfortable truths.

Can they overcome thwarted dreams and missed chances to find true love, or does forcing destiny’s hand only lead to misery?    AMAZON LINK


It started out strong and grabbed my attention.  The it felt like it went downhill after a while.  Probably because the families got over involved.

This has a strong Christian theme with plenty of scriptures and asking for guidance.  I didn't have a problem with that.  I did however have a problem with all the manipulation going on. And it wasn't just from James, although it might look like it at first. 

It was good to see the strong family unity from Neka's family.  But it also irritated me on how much pressure they put on her to see things their way.  Even her sisters get in on the act, that made for way too many opinions. Okay, her parents were protective but they also still treated her like she was 10 years old.  Her mother and father in particular I began to dislike a lot.  They kept telling her to look to Jesus for guidance.  I know your supposed to honor your mother and father but it began to feel like obedience to them was more important than obedience to Christ.   At times it felt like they were using scripture to have things go the way THEY thought they knew best.  Not a fan of that at any time.  

The story comes to a good conclusion ending with a H.E.A.  

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