Book Review: Love Unfeigned

“LOVE UNFEIGNED,” BY NADINE KEELS

PUBLICATION: CREATESPACE INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING PLATFORM; FEBRUARY 27, 2013

love-unfeignedSynopsis: Love to the chords of a classic jazz band, spanned over more than a decade…

Lorraine: plucky and competitive. Isaiah: impish, with a smile that gleams in more ways than one.
From the time the two first square off for a fierce wall ball battle as children, Lorraine and Isaiah can’t help knowing each other, but neither can they avoid passions and misfortunes lining their path to young adulthood. When the breakup of Isaiah’s family disrupts the haven he’s shared with Lorraine, their natural relationship is eventually threatened by jealousy, abandonment, and a life-altering trauma too grave to…forget. As one year follows another, and another, what might it take to reunite this divided man and woman in love: love undeniably real and unbounded by time?

My review:

“Love Unfeigned” is a quick-read novella that shocked me by being so full of emotion. This is the story of Lorraine who meets her brother’s friend Isaiah – a year older than her – when she’s in elementary school. Isaiah quickly becomes like one of the family, hanging out with Lorraine and her brother Earl, attending church with their family, and developing a special bond and feelings for Lorraine. After Isaiah’s parents separate, Isaiah is forced to move with his Dad. Although Isaiah has told Lorraine that she is “his girl,” they drift apart as time goes on. When they are finally attending the same high school, Isaiah makes a few attempts to spend time with Lorraine and even gives her bracelet that he made for her, but she can’t ignore rumors about Isaiah and another girl. She goes on to date other guys, none of which can match what she’s always felt for Isaiah, until finally many years later, he’s returned home for Christmas and pulls her out of the street right before she is hit by a car. As they reconnect and try to rebuild their friendship, Lorraine learns the truth about how Isaiah felt in high school, learns the reason that he is back, and remembers things that she buried deep within her mind. 

I admit that I got pulled into “Love Unfeigned” very quickly and then the last 30 or so pages had me on the edge of my seat. There was some middle ground that went more slowly and was frustrating because of Isaiah and Lorraine both being stubborn or scared or whatever… However, this was a fantastic novella and as I said at the beginning, there is so much emotion and discovery in this quick read. I did find several moments throughout this story that I was really frustrated with Isaiah. Some of it was cleared up towards the ending and some could just be chalked up as him being a high school boy but regardless, some of his actions and words made it hard to believe that he had always loved Lorraine as he said. Then again, the same went with Lorraine and her stubbornness and/or assumptions because there were moments that I was thinking, “if you would just tell him you love him then everything will be fine!” 

Overall I just loved this book and feel as if it holds many gifts, especially for young female readers. Nadine Keels created unique and special characters that were surprisingly complex considering the length of the book and shared their amazing story that will make you laugh and cry. I absolutely recommend this beautiful novella to any fans of Coming of Age or New Adult Romance, promising that Keels does not disappoint. 

Learn more about Nadine C. Keels by visiting her web page. 

Purchase “Love Unfeigned” on Amazon. 

*Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. 

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