About the Book
Author: Liana George
Genre: Contemporary Christian Women’s Fiction
Release date: July 5, 2022
Nicki’s tasked with making New Hope the perfect place for orphaned children.
So why has everything gone wrong?
Six weeks after leaving China, Nicki Mayfield returns to complete two critical tasks: restore order at New Hope Orphanage and re-connect with the little girl who stole her heart. However, between a stubbornly stone walling supervisor, missing documents, and personal tragedy, Nicki faces challenges at every turn. Is she the best person to bring order – and longevity – to the place these children call home? Then, with the help of an unexpected ally, Nicki makes a life-altering decision that upends her well-planned life and the lives of those around her. Will she lose it all, or has she found the way to save what matters most?
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This book is a sequel and I would highly recommend reading Perfectly Arranged first. In this novel, Nicki has a very strong attachment to an orphan, Lei Ming. I am sure the reason for that attachment was presented in the first novel, one I have not read.
I found Nicki an unusual character. She has had a career as an organizer yet I found her quite naïve. It is not until over three quarters of the way through the novel that Nicki finally begins to put together the very obvious evidence. The perpetrator of the nefarious acts was no surprise. I just could not understand why Nicki did not see what was happening with the blatant opposition to organizing and wrong financial claims.
The strong aspect of this novel was the setting. We get a good idea of the legal system in China, such as how easy it might be to get arrested. We also find out quite a bit about the adoption process as well. I was a little surprised at the resolution to the adoption problems and the abrupt novel ending.
This is a novel for readers who would like to get a good immersion into the Chinese culture. While I had some issues with the character presentation and the novel's end, I did enjoy the emphasis on trusting God for the future and the novel in general.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
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More from Liana
Have you ever eaten at a Chinese restaurant and taken a fortune cookie with you when you left? Yeah, me too. For the longest time, I always associated these Pac-Man shaped treats with Chinese food and by extension, Chinese culture.
I was wrong.
The tsujiura senbei,” or “fortune cracker,” actually originated in Japan and was brought over to the United States sometime between the late 1800s and early 1900s by immigrants. Japanese bakers first began selling and making these crackers in California and Hawaii. With their unique taste and finger-sized slip of paper printed with a pithy fortune or aphorism, they quickly became a hit.
Today, the fascination with these cookies is still at an all-time high, but the ingredients have changed. Originally, they were made with miso and sesame flavoring but now they use butter and vanilla to give it that sweet taste you and I are so familiar with.
So, why am I telling you all this?
Because my novel, Perfectly Placed, book 2 in The Hopeful Heart Series, begins with the main character, Nicki Mayfield, breaking into a fortune cookie and discovering a proverb that will motivate her and move her to action. What was written on that tiny slip of paper? There’s only one way to find out. Grab a copy of Perfectly Placed – and a cookie or two – and start reading!
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To celebrate her tour, Liana is giving away the grand prize package of a travel kit which includes a signed copy of Perfectly Placed, a travel cube, a travel/passport wallet, luggage tag, travel journal, packing checklist and tips, and a $25 Amazon gift card!!
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I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)