About the Book
Name of book: Runaway Romance
Author: Miralee Ferrell
Genre: Contemporary romance with Amish thread
Release Date: October, 2017
When a reality TV star meets the reality of life, will it be her downfall or her salvation?
Ann Stanway had it all—a starring role in a reality show, an adoring boyfriend, and a sparkling future with limitless possibilities. Until the rules changed and the life she’d thought was real no longer existed. Leaving L.A. seems like her only option, and she lands in Kentucky at a quiet Amish inn—as far removed from her past as possible. Now she knows what was missing in her life–peace, true friendship and, dare she hope, a man who accepts her for who she is–or at least who he thinks she is.
Hunter Lewis is intrigued by the new woman staying at his friend’s Amish inn. Annie appears to be what she claims, but she’s secretive and won’t open up. He’s been burned by a woman before and can’t tolerate deception. But his interest in Annie is growing, and the attraction seems to be mutual—until something happens that makes Hunter question everything he’d thought was real. Dare he risk his heart, when he’s certain Annie is keeping secrets?
Can their new romance withstand the pressure, or will Ann choose to run again?
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Who doesn't love a sweet romance??? Well, I must admit that when I first read the title and looked at the cover, I thought, "Here we go again! Girl meets boy, falls in love, meets challenges along the way... then live happily ever after! HOWEVER......Miralee Ferrell approaches this novel in a unique fashion grabbing my attention by the end of the first chapter and holding me captive until the last page.
The plot was one that was VERY different from the norm. Who hasn't heard of Reality Shows? In this day and age, we meet them every time we turn on the TV. The reader encounters a Hollywood style existence with the typical problems with the nosy , irritating media, the lifestyle of the rich and somewhat famous, as well as the simple, quiet style of the Amish community. Two extremely different worlds, but Ann, the main character, attempts to deal with both!! NOT willingly though! The many twists and turns throughout the book are unexpected and constantly throw the reader for a loop. The Amish , as well as the movie star type characters both had many lessons to learn, the most important being that honesty truly is the best policy. God guides us through the rough patches of life but only if we accept His forgiveness as well as display the same quality to others.
The characters are so vividly and realistically described that I easily identified with them and walked along side them on their very rocky road of life. At times, they irritated me, made me want to shake them up and at others, I wanted to give them a big hug and reassure them that through God's love and acceptance, all problems can be solved. To me, that is a requirement for a book to be a good one! Miralee has the ability to draw me into the story and live with the characters for a short while.
This is a five star book! Walk in someone else's shoes for a short while!! I am now eagerly awaiting this author's next new book!
This book was received as a gift. The opinions and thoughts expressed are honest and my own.
About the Author
I love life, love my family, love writing Christian fiction–reading, riding my horse and puttering in my garden are all ways I relax. I often have my little 7 lb Chihuahua, Lacey, on my lap when I’m working–there’s nothing like a warm ball of love on your lap to act as a stress reliever!
First and foremost I’m a child of God and daughter of the King. I’ve been involved in women’s ministries for years, I’m married to a wonderful man, have two grown children, two cats, two dogs, 10 chickens and ride my son-in-law’s Arabian mare since my old mare passed in 2013. We live about 9 miles from the nearest town on 11 acres, in a peaceful setting surrounded by trees.
I started writing shortly after I turned 50, and discovered I loved it so much I don’t want to stop. I have 15 novels out & a five book set of horse novels for middle-grade girls. I write both women’s contemporary fiction, historical & contemporary romance, and horse/mystery novels for girls. One of my Western romances, Love Finds You in Sundance, WY, was awarded the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction, three books have been optioned as movies, and several books have been on the ECPA best seller list. You can find out more about me andmy books at http://miraleeferrell.com/
Guest Post from Miralee Ferrell
In the spring of 2015, I received an email from a Hollywood producer, followed by a phone call. Imagine my surprise when she asked if I’d be willing to write a book for them. They were no longer producing the Love Finds You books into movies and were working on a different project for UP TV, a possible three-movie series, and she hoped I might be able to work with them. She explained that she’d optioned Love Finds You in Sundance, Wyoming, two or three years earlier, and loved it. Of the thirty-five or so titles she’d read of the line, that was her favorite. However, UP TV didn’t want to make historical or old west movies, so she’d shelved it for now.
During that time period, I’d gotten my rights returned to all of my LFY books and had retitled them Finding Love in Last Chance, California, Finding Love in Tombstone, Arizona, and Finding Love in Bridal Veil, Oregon. Sundance became Outlaw Angel, and all four are still in print.
Here’s the amazing part. I came very, very close to turning down that contract offer with Summerside for Sundance. I was disappointed in the advance and royalty rate, and shortly after they released it, they sold the line to Guideposts, and that company didn’t continue the line much longer. Understandably, sales waned on their final releases, and I was disappointed with my sales from that final book as my others had done quite well. For a long time, I wished I hadn’t taken that contract and instead held out for one with another company for a three-book series. However, had I done that, I doubt Runaway Romance would ever have been written. It was Sundance that grabbed Chevonne’s attention and caused her to contact me. And the rest, as they say, is history.
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