Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Familiar Stranger by Christina Berry

An ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) friend of mine has a new book out. I met Christina a few years ago and have always been impressed with her relationship to her mom and her beautiful spirit. When I heard she had this book out, I asked if I could post it to let people know because I am so proud of Christina's push to achieve her dream of being a published writer. Additionally, she took a chance that many writers won't. She entered the Genesis contest with ACFW. It's a contest intended to help writers grow and get their work in front of editors and agents. Scary to let a book go when it is so personal. But Christina did it and won 2nd place in the 2008 contest. It goes to show that great writing is rewarded by being published. Be like Christina and take a chance on your dreams.

Christina Berry's new book, The Familiar Stranger...

The Familiar Stranger (Moody Publishers, 2009)
Craig Littleton's decision to end his marriage would shock his wife, Denise . . . if she knew what he was up to. When an accident lands Craig in the ICU, with fuzzy memories of his own life and plans, Denise rushes to his side, ready to care for him.

They embark on a quest to help Craig remember who he is and, in the process, discover dark secrets. An affair? An emptied bank account? A hidden identity? An illegitimate child?

But what will she do when she realizes he's not the man she thought he was? Is this trauma a blessing in disguise, a chance for a fresh start? Or will his secrets destroy the life they built together?

What People Are Saying about The Familiar Stranger
2nd Place Winner of the 2008 ACFW Genesis (Contemporary Category)

The Familiar Stranger is a great ride. From the opening page to the very last I had to know more. Christina Berry’s original voice and her ability to raise uncertainty drive the reader forward to a surprising ending. A wonderful first book!
~Bonnie Leon, author of the Sydney Cove series

Christina Berry is a woman who really understands how men think. The Familiar Stranger had me from the very first sentence, and it kept me flipping pages right through to the end. It’s a terrific debut novel and I’ll be watching eagerly for her next one.
~Randy Ingermanson, Christy award-winning author of Oxygen

The Familiar Stranger crackles with energy and intrigue. The characters gripped me; the situation haunted me. I didn’t want to put it down.
~Jill Elizabeth Nelson, author of the To Catch a Thief series

Christina Berry writes with language that stimulates the senses while challenging our thoughts. She ties mystery with inspiration giving us good stories well told.
~Jane Kirkpatrick, author of All Together in One Place, A Clearing in the Wild, and A Name of Her Own

Christina Berry’s stories are wonderfully told, rich in detail, exact in dialogue, and exciting from the moment you begin reading!
~Eva Marie Everson, author of The Potluck Club series

As readers discover Christina’s writing and realize how friendly and approachable she is, they won’t be disappointed.
~Donna Fleisher, author of the Homeland Heroes series

A real page-turner with several unexpected twists and turns. A great debut novel by Christina Berry! I look forward to more from her!
~Author Deborah Raney, 4 1/2 stars on
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