Finally Accepted Guest Review from Mindy Houng

Finally Accepted is a  305 page novel by Toni Shiloh. It is in the African American Christian Fiction Category.


About the Book

There’s only one thing Chloe Smith has ever wanted: family. Yet the DNA results she’s received have thrown her life into a tailspin. Her utmost desire has ended up being the catalyst for shaking her faith. She doesn’t even know who she is anymore, and she’s certainly too messed up for her longtime crush to give her more than a second glance. Darryl Jones is struggling between his past and the grace God so freely offers. His sins feel too big for him to handle, let alone expect the woman of his dreams to accept. Chloe is the only woman he’s ever wanted and the one he doesn’t deserve. As they form a tentative relationship and examine their faith, Chloe and Darryl ache to know they are finally accepted and fully loved.


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About the Author

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the president of the ACFW Virginia Chapter.

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Thoughts from Mindy Houng

4.5 stars for this newest addition to the Freedom Lake series. It’s book 3 in the series but can be read as a stand-alone. This book is so much more than just the romance between Chloe and Darryl that’s been blossoming since high school. It’s about the deep hurt of rejection from family, true acceptance and forgiveness, redemption and God’s unending grace and mercy. Toni Shiloh addresses quite a few tough issues in this book with grace, tactful skill, and honest, raw emotions.
Chloe and Darryl are broken, hurting people because of abandonment by their parents; even though Chloe is a Christian and Darryl is not at the beginning of the book, their hurt, pain, and anger are the same. Despite their brokenness, they are bright, upbeat, and loving people trying to come to terms with their past suffering and the people who’ve caused it. Their journey to healing, though bumpy and difficult, is beautiful.
If you enjoy a well-written contemporary romance with a wonderful theme of redemption and forgiveness, you will enjoy this book.
I received a copy of this book from author/publisher via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.