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My first interaction with Sarah Monzon was on a Facebook group. She was worried (Sarah, I hope you don’t mind me sharing). She was worried that readers wouldn’t like All of You. Her release date approached, and she reached out for encouragement. I remember loving Sarah for her honesty and her gutsy, vulnerable post, worrying over her upcoming release. And then, well, I HAD to read her book.
And may I tell you something?
I so enjoyed it. I mean, can you beat a female airplane mechanic who would prefer to be called Jack rather than her full name of Jacquelyn? And what about Michael, a guy trying to overcome when his life has been hacked to pieces by a freak accident? Life is imperfect and complicated, and Sarah Monzon captured that while showing two characters refusing to be defeated by circumstances. Okay, I’ll quit. But keep reading to find out more and to ENTER the giveaway!
Book Recommendation: All of You by Sarah Monzon
About the All of You
Book title: All of You
Author: Sarah Monzon
Release date: May 15, 2017
Maryland, Present Day
Jacquelyn Rogers can rebuild anything…except the shambles of her past. A restorer of vintage planes, she’s worked hard to earn the reputation of being one of the guys. The last thing she needs is a former Navy pilot fighting his own inner demons stepping in to defend her from dangers she thought she’d outrun long ago. Some battles must be fought alone.
After a freak accident severs Lieutenant Michael “Finch” Carrington’s dreams, as well as two limbs, he’s left with nothing but a fragile faith and a duty-bound promise to watch out for his friend’s baby sister. A promise she insists is as unnecessary as it is unappreciated. But when she turns the tables and begins to weld together the broken parts of his life, it may be his heart that is in need of protection.
With the world at war yet again, Alice Galloway rejects her father’s traditional expectations and offers her piloting expertise to the Air Transport Auxiliary. She may be a woman in a man’s world, but when she overhears key intelligence, she must find the strength to transcend boundaries and her own fears. Or countless people may die.
Sometimes the past reaches forward to bring hope to the future.
About the Author
Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn’t in the world of make believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.
Her debut novel, The Isaac Project, skyrocketed to Amazon bestseller status while her Sophomore book, Finders Keepers, won the 2017 Selah award for contemporary romance.
Guest Post from Sarah Monzon
I’m so excited to be here today and getting this opportunity to hang out with y’all in this virtual world. If you are anything like me, you devour books faster than my son drinks orange juice (and he really loves orange juice!). Because of that, it is sometimes hard to come across a book with a unique premise or a message that you haven’t seen incorporated a thousand times before. As a writer, I always try to bring something fresh to the table.
In the first book of the Carrington Family Series, Finders Keepers, neither of my characters were Christians. What? No Christians in a Christian fiction novel? Most Christian fiction books usually have at least one or both main characters a Christians. Don’t worry, they both found their way to Jesus. With All of You, however, I wanted to take yet an even different approach.
I’ve ready lots of books where the main character is angry or upset with God for such-and-such thing that happened in his/her life (I’ve even written a character like that), but I hadn’t really read a story about a character that, no matter what life threw at him/her, he/she was going to trust in God no matter what. As a life-long Christian, this is a message I can identify with. The “If not, He is still good” resonation that is sometimes harder to hold on to in the midst of pain and struggles.
So, as with all my books, I hope the freshness of the story and the realness of my characters will inspire and uplift you as you travel along with them on their journey.
Cordially Barbara’s Review of All of You
On a scale of cotton candy to Brussels sprouts, All of You by Sarah Monzon is a homemade egg mcmuffin. Quality ingredients push this breakfast favorite to taste-bud tingling levels of deliciousness. Better yet, this breakfast staves off hunger for hours.[Free copy received. Opinions my own.]
Jack is used to taking care of herself. Growing up with a lot of brothers, she’s all airplane engine grease and camo (even if it is pink). When her abusive ex shows up in town again, just seeing him leaves her shaking. In a blink, her brother calls a favor in from a healing Navy pilot to watch his baby sister and protect her from this ex. Jack resents having a babysitter, but before she can help it, Michael’s solid presence woos her heart. Will she be able to break through to him when all he sees in himself is missing limbs?
While that modern day story unfolded, the reader also whisked back in time to see the story of Alice and Henry. I’m not sure which story and couple I swooned over more. But, Alice and Henry did have a few giggle-worthy moments.
I delighted in Sarah Monzon’s story-telling, and I particularly enjoyed her characters. A few moments I suspected from a mile away, but I think that just shows how well Sarah Monzon stayed true to her characters. We readers saw these characters face a few of their biggest demons and survive. But, may I just point out how much I loved that Sarah Monzon wrote about characters who were dealing with some difficult things, such as amputation and physical abuse? I think she handled these subjects so well.
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