"There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher."~Flannery O'Connor
When Camy asked me to join her blog tour, I though "kewl" 'cause I'd never been on a tour before...unless the one of our nation's Capitol building counts. And then there was that one of the Pentagon, and the one of Appomattox Courthouse, and the one of Berkley Plantation, and the one of...okay, I've done a few other tours. Don't hassle me. I've got five kids and short-term memory loss or maybe it's long-term.
Anyhoo, I happily agreed to play Blog Tour. Then I got scared. Me give a book review? I've never done an official book review before, nor do/did I have any idea on really how to do one, but I figured to make me sound more book-reviewer-like, I ought to intersperse quotes here and there and maybe even use a big word.
"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book - I'll waste no time reading it."~Moses Hadas
ONLY UNI by Camy Tang is the second inspirational romance in her Sushi Series published by Zondervan. Her first book, SUSHI FOR ONE?, introduces many of the characters we see in ONLY UNI, but you don't have to read the first book to enjoy the second. Although if you are buying two, why not buy one also?
SUSHI FOR ONE? is a great read. Loved it!
ONLY UNI not only meets the quality of book one, it exceeds it. Loved it too! Actually, I'd have to say I loved it more because I could relate more to Trish than to Lex. Nothing against Lex 'cause she's a fabu heroine too.
"From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it."~Groucho Marx
This is where I say something official book-reviewer sounding...in Camy's own words, of course.
Synopsis: Trish Sakai is ready for a change from her wild, flirtatious behavior, so she creates three rules to follow from First and Second Corinthians. But with a persistent ex-boyfriend and a gorgeous coworker in pursuit, suddenly Trish’s simple rules don’t seem so simple after all.
Trish is a fabulous heroine. In the first chapter, Camy immediately establishes who Trish is and the struggles she deals with, so that when Trish comes up with her Corinthian Rules, I completely empathized with her desperation to change her life. But good intentions don't always make wise choices. As Trish balances her "rules" in relation to real life, she learns a valuable lesson, one many unmarried and dating woman should learn.
Almost ten years ago, I read REDEEMING LOVE by Francine Rivers, a book many consider to be THE premier inspirational romance. Me, I think it's predictable and cliched, but that's a whole 'nutter book review.
Trish Sakai isn't a prostitute like Angel. A girl doesn't have to sell her body for cash to be one. Far too many women sell their bodies in exchange for what they thik is love, acceptance, trust, and a new pair of shoes. But through the obstacle course of good intentions, loony family members, embarrassing moments, and equally painful ones, Trish discovers the true redeeming love found in her Savior and in the man who her Savior gracefully gives to her. Nothing predictable or cliched.
"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them."~Mark Twain
As a reader, I loved the characters, plot twists, and emotional involvement in ONLY UNI. Hey, she gets the guy. Gotta love that!
As a writer, I savored the characters, plot twists and emotional involvement in ONLY UNI. This novel is one of the most well written and crafted inspirational romances on the market. The Asian-American elements made me feel like I was on a short-term international mission trip and I got to spend a week living with one Christian girl and her family of non-Believers. IMHO, every Caucasian-American-Christian woman should experience that a world exists outside her must-stay-safe-in-my-church-and-outta-the-world mentality.
If you'd like to get to know Camy and her other work, check her out at her loft.