Unraveled, a book review

Secrets intertwined with relationships begin to unravel in Heidi McCahan‘s riveting debut novel Unraveled. McCahan takes readers inside the close-knit community of Emerald Cove, Alaska; a port town similar to her childhood hometown and parent’s bed & breakfast. McCahan weaves a realistic tale of love, friendship and choices. When heroine Lauren Carter returns to her hometown to plan her wedding, she is faced with the people she has left behind- her parents and their struggling business, an aging grandparent, and a past love. Lauren must choose between keeping her secrets hidden or coming clean to those she loves.

My favorite story elements included a family-run bed & breakfast, a relay race, a kayaking adventure, a second chance with a past love, and most-importantly God’s abundant grace. I had a chance to talk with the author and ask her a few questions about writing her first book.

Author Heidi McCahan
Rachel: Is there an inspiration behind the book? 
Heidi: “The concept of a reunion romance appeals to a lot of readers. Who hasn’t wondered about “the one that got away” ?
Rachel: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Heidi: I hope my readers will hear a message of hope and that the Lord can redeem anything, even the huge messes and seemingly unforgivable things we’ve done.”
Rachel: Do you have any advice for other writers? 
Heidi: Two things come to mind. First, join a group of other writers. Whether it’s online or in person, find people who are writing consistently and figure out a way to read and comment on one another’s work. You’ll stop feeling like you are going at this alone, you’ll experience tremendous growth as a writer, and you’ll learn to accept constructive criticism. Secondly, I follow a blogger named Jeff Goins and he once said, “stop waiting to be picked”. To me, this means start writing and don’t worry about when or how or if you’ll publish it. Write something every day and if this is your dream, never, ever give up.”
Start reading Unraveled today and escape to Alaska.




14 comments on “Unraveled, a book review”

  1. Lisa Stifler says:

    Thank you for this chance to win a copy of UNRAVELED. I started out reading Amish fiction and then started reading Christian Historical fiction. But I have read some other Christian fiction books. ~ Blessings ~ lisastifler@yahoo.com

    1. Hi Lisa,<br />I enjoy Christian and Amish fiction too. Beverly Lewis is my favorite Amish writer. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  2. I couldn&#39;t pick a favorite genre, I like to read so many types. Literary fiction, classical literature and nonfiction would be my favorites. Thanks for the chance to win this! I love reading debut novels and helping support aspiring authors!

    1. It&#39;s hard to narrow down a favorite genre when you&#39;re an avid reader. My favorite genres have changed over the years from legal thrillers to chick-lit and Christian fiction. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  3. Thank you for the opportunity to win a signed copy of Unraveled. I think I will enjoy reading it. <br /> capileggi316@gmail.com

  4. Thanks for entering, Carol Ann. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  5. Hallo, Hallo! :)<br /><br />I had a lovely time visiting with Ms. MaCahan on another blog recently &amp; am happy to find her on this one today! 🙂 I was surprised there wasn&#39;t a box for following the author on Twitter; as not all of us are on FB. Needless, I appreciate the chance to win her debut novel in a bookaway!! 🙂 My favourite genre to read is always a tough question for me to answer,

    1. Thanks for stopping by Jorie and sharing your favorite(s) genre. It&#39;s hard to narrow it down to one when you&#39;re an avid reader. I&#39;m taking note of adding a box for following on Twitter. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  6. Betsy Finn says:

    Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for sharing at #smallvictoriessunday !

    1. It&#39;s certainly a page-turner. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  8. Hi lovely! Thanks for sharing this review with Throwback Thursday linkup! I still need to get my hands on this one, so many books, so little time!

    Hope you join us again this week!
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    1. Rachel says:

      Unraveled is my favorite book this year. The author Heidi McCahan has a new book being released in February. I’m so excited to read it. Thanks for commenting.

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