Made in Hollywood by Michelle Keener: Book Review
About the Book
Book: Made in Hollywood
Author: Michelle Keener
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 10, 2020
When a pastor’s son saves her life, can a prodigal daughter dare to believe in second chances?
Noah Shaw is almost thirty and he still doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up. Torn between running his business as a limo driver for Hollywood’s elite, and feeling called to ministry, he prays for direction. But he never expects that direction to include finding a woman near-death on the front steps of his father’s church.
Hannah left her family and her faith when she moved to Hollywood looking for adventure. Instead of finding fame in the movies, she was lured into the life of an exotic dancer. Hopeless and ashamed, suicide seems like her only escape. Until the night Noah saves her life.
The Shaw family welcomes her into their home and gives her a chance to start over. When the shadows of her former life threaten to expose her past, she must choose between running away or fighting for the new life she’s built and the man she’s grown to love.
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Second in the series, Made in Hollywood is one of those books that reads like something straight from the movies. It’s so clear and detailed, you want to see it on the big screen. Noah and Hannah are rockstars worth every moment of attention.
I’ve loved this series since I first read Mission Hollywood, and although you don’t have to read it first, I recommend you do. Things happening in the background will make more sense and secondary characters are seen in a better light if you’ve followed them from the beginning.
I won’t spoil the end for you, but wow. Just wow. Hannah gave me chills. The good kind where you want to jump up and dance around the room while fist-pumping the air. Michelle Keener nailed the ending. The entire book is good, but that ending really took it to the next level.
I do wish there were more conversations. I adore long conversations. The deep introspection of each character fit what was needed for the book. But, like I said, I’m a sucker for dialogue. And who doesn’t love snarky banter between brother and sister, which was a riot and put me in mind of my own family.
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 five 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.
More from Michelle
The Story of a Prodigal Daughter
Made in Hollywood is the sequel to my first Christian romance novel Mission Hollywood. It’s the story of Lily’s brother Noah and his search for love and direction. In the book, Noah meets a young girl who has been through some truly dark and terrible places. She’s been wounded, abused, and she’s lost hope. She’s worried that her past is too much for God to forgive, and that she’s fallen too far and doesn’t deserve God’s grace. She is a prodigal daughter lost on the streets of Hollywood.
One of the reasons I wrote Made in Hollywood (aside from the fact that I just adore Noah) is to be a reminder that God never gives up on us. Just like the story of the Prodigal Son, if we turn back to God, He will run to us and bring us home.
There is no place so dark that God light can’t reach.
There is no sin, no mistake, no circumstance that can separate us from the love of God. His arms are always open to us. His love is unchanging, unending, and unfailing. His amazing grace reaches the lost and restores what was broken. His love binds our wounds and heals our past. What the enemy intended for evil, God will turn to good. It’s a truth Hannah had to learn. It’s a truth I had to learn. And it’s a truth God wants His people to share. God’s love never fails.
I hope you enjoy Made in Hollywood!