Posted in 4 paws, Christian, coming of age, Review, romance, Young Adult on February 17, 2015




Madison Andrews can’t face her reflection in the mirror. All she sees is a big, fat nobody. Yet, deep inside she longs for something more, something that’s not skin deep.

Along comes Zach, the new guy in school. He’s smoking hot and totally out of her league. She somehow catches his eye, and he makes her feel beautiful for once. But just as she gets close to Zach, her nerdy best friend, Chase, won’t let Madison doubt her true beauty, no matter how many meals she skips.

Even as Madison begins to realize that she is more than what she thinks, darker forces are at work, darker than the lies and mocking from her peers, stopping her from amounting to her full potential. Can Madison find true happiness in her own skin?



This is a powerful story about what faith can do for you. Madison is the kid that many of us were in high school, not the popular one. But she has something going for her, her best friend Chase, who believes in her and loves her for who she is, not what society says she should be.

Enter Zach, a new kid in this smaller town and he seems the potential in Madison as well. He works with Chase to help her realize that she is worthy of love and that her bully, Ashley, is not worth the time.

I thought this was an engaging story and at times I wanted to shake Madison for putting herself down as much as she did…but that is what built up the story to how it ended. I liked that the author wasn’t afraid to put her book out there with religious overtones. It added so much to the story and that it is ok to have faith, believe in God and share that faith with others.

We give this 4 paws up!



Before We Say I Do Cover


Following the best-selling first book of the series, Entertaining Angels, comes Before We Say I Do, An Entertaining Angels Short Story.

Chase Sanders and Madison Andrews are about to declare their love for one another in the most sacred of ways. Everything has been going perfectly, especially when an old friend returns to town to stand by Chase’s side on their big day. But is Zach there to see their union, or is he concealing the truth of why he’s actually back in town?

Chase has lived perfectly fine without his father around, but now that his father is divorcing again, he is seeking forgiveness. Chase can’t look at his father, let alone forgive him.

Before Chase and Mads can say “I Do,” Chase must first learn to let go of the past before the dark forces that haunt his nightmares come to life.

*This is a short story and isn’t a prequel to Entertaining Angels. In order to understand it, you’ll need to read Entertaining Angels first.*



This is a short novella that follows up after Entertaining Angels. It is a year later and Chase and Madison are getting married but this time Chase has the demon to deal with…on their wedding day…his father. But Zach returns to help him battle this demon before it is too late.

Now the only problem I had with this book is that it is a year later. I thought that in Entertaining Angels that they were about 16 and definitely still in high school. But this makes it sound like they are in college and I didn’t think they were seniors in the first book. Other than that, it was an enjoyable short story.

We also give this one 4 paws up


About the Author

emEmerald Barnes graduated with a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women. She resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it.

She’s constantly working on new novels and has more ideas than she knows what to do with. She likes to blog which takes up more of her time than she anticipates but loves it so very much!

She’s an auntie to three beautiful nieces and two handsome nephews who take up the other half of her time, but she couldn’t imagine spending her time in any other way!

She’s a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person. God is number one in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.

She loves to stay in touch with her readers and to hear their stories about her work! Feel free to connect with her.

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