About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Monday, November 4, 2019

Choices by Jacquelyn Lynn: Review & Giveaway

About the Book

Book: Choices
Author: Jacquelyn Lynn
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Release Date: April, 2019

In a horrifying moment of inattention on a dark morning, lives change forever.

When college student Samantha Lawrence takes her eyes off the road for just a few seconds to send a text, she swerves out of her lane and hits Kevin Wyland as he rides his bicycle. In a panic, she drives away.

After the crash, Samantha tries to find out who the rider is and the status of his injuries. She is shocked to discover that she knows him. Not only does she shop at the pet supply store he and his wife own, they are both regular customers of Joyful Cup, a popular neighborhood coffee shop, and friends with the owner, Joy Shepherd.

Consumed with overwhelming guilt and fear of criminal charges, Samantha decides to do whatever it takes to avoid being identified as the hit-and-run driver. Kevin struggles with anger, bitterness, and a crisis of faith as he embarks on the slow process of recovering from his serious injuries.

As their lives intertwine with increasing frequency, Samantha and Kevin both turn to Joy for advice and guidance. Can she help them find the forgiveness and peace they need?

This is a heartwarming story with a powerful message of forgiveness that will make you smile even as it brings tears to your eyes.

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'How many crimes could she commit to avoid taking responsibility for the crash?'

As Samantha Lawrence works to avoid being charged in a hit and run accident, we are reminded how one lie can turn into so many more and one bad choice can change your life forever. As I read this story, I tried to imagine how I would have reacted. Panic caused Samantha to drive away from this accident but why didn't she go back? Doubts and fear contributed to her dilemna but why didn't she admit what she had done? As we witness Samantha's conflict we realize her multiple bad choices. She chose to text while driving, she didn't stop when the accident occurred, and she continued to cover up her actions.

What about the victim? Kevin Wyland experienced all of the emotions you would expect. He wanted to know who caused his accident and left him with severe physical injuries; he questioned why God would allow this to happen. Kevin also faced some choices---choose to accept God's timing and work to go forward; continue to blame the person responsible and withhold forgiveness for what they had done! Author Jacqueline Lynn gives readers so much to think about and she successfully shows the many emotions in her story. Disbelief, anger, and hurt; acceptance, faith, and forgiveness.

Choices centers around a coffee-shop in Florida and this is the first book in the Joyful Cup Story series. Joy, the owner, is kind and wise and her Christian advice helps both Samantha and Kevin as they make the choices that will affect their future. I look forward to reading more about Joy and the Joyful Cup.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through CelebrateLit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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About the Author

Jacquelyn Lynn finds joy in her faith, family, and friends, and in the knowledge that she is living God’s purpose for her life. In addition to Choices, she is the author of more than 30 non-fiction books including Finding Joy in the Morning and Words to Work By, as well as the meditations in the Christian Meditations and Faith Words Adult Coloring Books.

More from Jacquelyn

The idea for Choices first came to me more than five years ago. Though I’ve written (or ghostwritten) more than 30 non-fiction books, the process of writing a novel was both intriguing and intimidating. Once I voiced my desire, my wonderful husband Jerry Clement became my biggest champion, encouraging and even nagging me along the way as I talked but didn’t write. And when I finally began to write, he listened, offered suggestions, and proofread. Every time I voiced a doubt, he shot it down. As the manuscript neared completion, he designed the cover and supported me through the myriad of details that are essential to finishing and publishing a book. Had it not been for him, Choices would not be in readers’ hands today. As Choices began to take shape, I realized that Joyful Cup, the coffee shop where much of the story takes place, had many more stories to tell. The next book in the Joyful Cup Story series will be released in 2020.

Blog Stops

Godly Book Reviews, October 29
Maureen’s Musings, October 30
Moments, November 1
amandainpa, November 2
Pause for Tales, November 3
Older & Smarter?, November 4
Texas Book-aholic, November 6
janicesbookreviews, November 7
A Reader’s Brain, November 8
Quiet Quilter, November 11
Batya’s Bits, November 11


To celebrate her tour, Jacquelyn is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Thanks so much for sharing a book description and giveaway also. Sounds great!

  2. Connie, Thank you for the wonderful review! This book sounds like one not to miss.

  3. This book sounds like a great read.

  4. Looking forward to reading this one!