Avra's God

New Smyrna Beach Series Book 1

Christian - Fiction
338 Pages
Reviewed on 03/10/2015
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Author Biography

Ann Lee Miller earned a BA in creative writing from Ashland (OH) University and writes full-time in Phoenix, but left her heart in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, where she grew up. She loves speaking to young adults and guest lectures on writing at several Arizona colleges. When she isn’t muddling through some crisis-real or imagined-you’ll find her hiking in the Superstition Mountains with her husband, blogging memoir at AnnLeeMiller.com, or meddling in her kids’ lives. Over 100,000 copies of Miller’s debut novel, Kicking Eternity, have been downloaded from Amazon.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite

Avra's God is the first book in the New Smyrna Beach series by Ann Lee Miller. Revolving around the lives of a handful of college students, this book explores the complexities of love and family, of school and one's future, all while maintaining the complex web of religion, life, and romantic entanglements! The characters are real and palpable, with honest emotions and tough issues that they've got to work through in order to make the best of their lives and grow up, and grow stronger in their faith: both in God and each other.

I think I liked Avra and Cisco's romance and subsequent entanglements the best of all in this book. Avra had some quirks and seemed to have a good head on her shoulders, although that sometimes slipped when it came to Cisco and if he liked her or not! Cisco had a lot of issues and baggage following him around. It was sweet to see the way that he related to Avra's family and her brothers in particular. Kallie was another interesting character, and although her struggles weren't something I was familiar with, I really enjoyed her growth as a character.

I liked that Avra's God was able to showcase a sweet, realistic, and still romantic romance without any vulgarity or crudeness. This was a fun story about self-exploration, romance, love, and growing up. I hope the rest of the books in the New Smyrna Beach series live up to number one, but I trust that Ann Lee Miller has it well in hand!