Mission Hollywood by Michelle Keener: Book Review
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.
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Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, Michelle Keener threw me a curveball. This was an excellent novel, and a good reminder that God is always there. When trouble comes and we can’t see our way clear, God knows what to do.
Even when you blame Him for everything that’s gone wrong. God is there.
Ben and Lily are a great example of opposites attract. He’s a high-profile actor who believes God doesn’t care, she’s a shy Christian who knows God can still perform miracles.
There were a lot of ups and down throughout the novel, but no points that lagged or became too slow. Everything comes around full circle to a wonderful conclusion. This wasn’t one of those times where I closed the book and jumped straight into another. I needed to think for a bit, and that’s always a good thing.
There’s one thing I took away from Mission Hollywood that I haven’t seen very often. It’s easy to serve and praise God when everything is going right. It’s not so easy when everything goes terribly wrong. Not many books will show the dark side of despair and those moments when we feel like we’re walking alone. This one does, and it presents those aspects with love and tenderness.
I requested a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed 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 www.MichelleKeener.com
More from Michelle
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 glamourous 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!