Love Unfeigned by Nadine C. Keels

Love Unfeigned Cover“Sight was no longer physical. She paused, her dark, questioning eyes now on an unmoving search for something unseen and meagerly remembered. What was it, and what had triggered its arousal? She had the sudden urge to call out a name, to get something’s–someone’s–attention, but she wasn’t clear on what name it was that she should be calling.

“She might have stood there for an instant too long if her own attention hadn’t, at that moment, been seized by a vehement shout somewhere behind her, issued by an identifiable, masculine voice she hadn’t heard in years.


~ Nadine C. Keels, Love Unfeigned


Love to the chords of a classic jazz band…

From the first time Lorraine, a plucky and competitive girl, contends on the playground against Isaiah, an impish boy whose smile gleams in more ways than one, the two of them can’t help knowing each other. Neither can they avoid passions and misfortunes lining the path to young adulthood, and when the breakup of Isaiah’s family disrupts the haven he’s shared with Lorraine, their natural relationship is eventually threatened by jealousy, grave trauma, and abandonment. As one year follows another, and another, what might it take to reunite these two companions in love: love undeniably real and unbounded by time?

“Everything didn’t have to turn out perfect. I just wanted you there.”

 (Synopsis and image via Goodreads)

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My Thoughts:

Love Unfeigned, a novella, seizes the reader’s attention immediately with the use of words like those shared in the quote above. Nadine Keels, a first-time author for me, writes with poetic vibrancy using words and language in such a way as to entice her reader to come along and keep turning the pages.

The story of Lorraine Tyson and Isaiah James, whom she calls “Braces Boy,” begins in grade school. Isaiah spends quite a bit of time with his friend, Lorraine’s brother, Earl. And the three become a tight little group.

These three childhood friends captured my heart immediately, but more so Lorraine and then Isaiah as they began to show signs of caring for one another.

Lorraine’s character is spunky, not to be challenged by a male of any size or age and willing to challenge anyone that she can do something she believes she can. Yet, there is a hint of a loving and compassionate young woman developing as the story grows. I loved that she called Isaiah Braces Boy when his braces glinted with sunlight the first time she met him on the playground.

And Isaiah was at no loss for loving characteristics. Keels developed her characters richly, and I was drawn into Isaiah’s character as he subtly attempted to let Lorraine know how he felt about her, even before they were old enough to know what romance was all about. Not to be outdone, Isaiah adopted a nickname for Lorraine: “Itty-Bit,” reflecting her small stature.

At points along the way, I had to pause to inhale Keels’ exquisite choice of words, her descriptive scenes and language, and the play she created among the various other players in her story. Keels has definitely been gifted in the craft of fiction writing.

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My Recommendation: 

If you enjoy reading a good love story, one built around a love that cannot be denied, you must read Love Unfeigned. Nadine Keels is a writer to be followed. If this book is any evidence at all of her ability to compete with other writers, Nadine Keels will be on our TBR piles for some time. Don’t miss this book!

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Meet the Author:

Nadine C. Keels, AuthorNadine. A French name, meaning, “hope.”

Spreading hope to her readers and audiences, author, editor, and speaker Nadine C. Keels of Seattle, Washington is well-known for The Song of Nadine, the powerful lyrical poetry seen in four of her several books, heard in her dynamic spoken word presentations on both local and national platforms, and found on her spoken word album, Hope. Lyricized.

Drawing from her lifelong passion for highly enjoyable and transformational fiction, Nadine has written Love & Eminence: A Suite of Stories as well as two novels and a novella, Love Unfeigned. In response to inquiries from other aspiring authors, Nadine put together a simple reference entitled Write Your Genius, Genius! A Rather Quick Guide to Book Writing. Being the founder of Prismatic Prospects, a communication company based in Seattle, Nadine has served as editor and co-editor for a number of titles, and it is her aim to be a proven wellspring of inspiration for creativity and innovation in the marketplace.

(Bio and image via Goodreads)

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Kindle Edition
Publication Date: February 27, 2013
Publisher: Smashwords
Genre: Adult Fiction, Christian Fiction, Christian Romance

I received a copy of Love Unfeigned from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. The opinions and recommendations expressed here are my own.


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