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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

HALLOWED HALLS, by Hannah Alexander

SewCalGal enjoys a good read, especially one that has a good plot and an inspirational theme.  As such, I was delighted when given the opportunity to review Hallowed Halls, by Hannah Alexander.

Hannah Alexander is actually a pen name for a husband and wife team Dr. Mel and Cheryl Hodde. On their first date, which was a blind date arranged by their pastor, is when their collaboration efforts in writing began.  Cheryl asked Mel, "Can you help me paralyze someone without killing him?".


When Dr. Joy Gilbert is fired from a lucrative position she hates in the city, she returns to her small hometown to find her former  fiancé  single, her once vivacious mother struggling financially and physically, and Tressa, the 15-year-old daughter of the boss who just fired her, popping out of the back door of her car.  Tressa refuses to return to the city, where her divorced parents struggle emotionally over the death of their son.

When Dr. Zack Tyler sees Joy walk into the ER with the daughter of the man who lured Joy away from him, he is hesitant, though he's overjoyed to see her again.  Out of compassion, he hires her in the ER so she can support herself and her mother, and their relationship blooms.

Meanwhile, Tressa has blackouts that grow increasingly bad.  Joy and Zack rediscover their love for one another as they discover what caused the break-up. Together they work to save Tressa and uncover a rare genetic defect, a mystery that has ravaged decades of Tressa's family line.


Hallowed Halls was a thrilling, yet thoughtfully romantic read with characters that were easy to get to know all in an inviting setting.  Of course, I became attached to Molly and all of her adopted animals.  But it is Joy Gilbert, Molly’s daughter, who is the main character of the story.  Joy has a strong backbone, yet has compassion for others and the talent of excellent communication skills.  She is a person whom inspires the good in all of us.  Yet the story unfolds with many twists, while new and friendships grow and old romances re-kindle.  This was a wonderful read which I recommend with five stars of absolute enjoyment.  As this was my first time reading a book by Hannah Alexander, I can honestly say I’m eager to read more books by this author!  Excellent!

SewCalGal hopes you'll have a chance to check out this book at your local book store, or online at Amazon..

Disclosure: SewCalGal was given a copy of this book to review in exchange of sharing my honest perspective.

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