Thursday, May 15, 2014

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.

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At May 15, 2014 at 8:44 AM , Blogger Lisa Stifler said...

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 ~

At May 15, 2014 at 10:55 AM , Blogger Mom's Small Victories said...

I couldn'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!

At May 15, 2014 at 1:53 PM , Blogger Rachel Withers said...

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

At May 15, 2014 at 1:56 PM , Blogger Rachel Withers said...

It's hard to narrow down a favorite genre when you'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.

At May 15, 2014 at 7:04 PM , Blogger Carol Ann Pileggi said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win a signed copy of Unraveled. I think I will enjoy reading it.

At May 17, 2014 at 10:50 AM , Blogger Rachel Withers said...

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

At May 17, 2014 at 4:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hallo, Hallo! :)

I had a lovely time visiting with Ms. MaCahan on another blog recently & am happy to find her on this one today! :) I was surprised there wasn'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, although recently whilst taking a keen eye at what I love to read and what I am gravitating towards as I blog, I would have to say 'historical fiction' which includes both historical romance & historical suspense! I also appreciate reading historical cosy mysteries these days, as I used to always find myself attracted to cosies set in modern eras and/or the World Wars such as the tv serial from the BBC "Foyle's War". Now I am finding that by going back even further into time, I am enjoying the adventure of the crime being solve as much as where forensics were during that point in time in history! :) Always a smashing read!

Romance (in of itself) and Inspirational Fiction are two branches of literature by designation & of genre that I love to wander into at quite a constant rate as well! I love feeling uplifted as much as I want to take a journey a character needs to take during the portal of time we are blessed to visit with them in the story which alights in our hands! For instance, of recent days my favourite book nestled into my heart is "Chain of Mercy" by Brenda S. Anderson another Winslet Press debut novelist! :) I am celebrating both of these lovely authors lately as I am appreciating the direction of where Winslet Press is allowing their authors to go! :) It is quite wicked to be a reader right now! Lots of lovely stories to read & discover!

The fact that this story is set in Alaska warms my heart at the core as Alaska is the quintessential state you want to visit within your lifetime! It is the last uncharted frontier for those of us who grew up in the lower 48! It holds such a strong appeal, at least for me! And, to think they have their own Rainforest to boot!

I completely concur with the author: never give up on your dreams even if the season for your dream to alight into reality has not yet come to pass nor never give up on true love and the ability to find the one who compliments you whole and true. I think that is one reason I love reading Romance -- I love the eclipse of lives being brought together and many are brought together that perhaps might have felt was not the right match for them, but in the end, realised that sometimes outward / inward appearances can be misleading! Sometimes your heart mistrusts or misunderstands, and therein lies the beauty of second chances and the gift of grace.

What a wonderful stop on the blog tour!

I am thrilled to bits to be a part of it! :)

At May 18, 2014 at 10:17 AM , Blogger Rachel Withers said...

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

At May 21, 2014 at 8:04 AM , Blogger Betsy Finn said...

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

At May 21, 2014 at 8:27 AM , Blogger Rachel Withers said...

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At May 21, 2014 at 8:28 AM , Blogger Rachel Withers said...

It's certainly a page-turner. Thanks for visiting my blog.


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