Beth Moran is an English Christian author. The Name I Call Myself is her third novel, following Making Marion and I Hope You Dance. If you’ve read either of those and didn’t like them for any reason, then I doubt you’ll enjoy The Name I Call Myself, so you can skip this review. But if you liked them or haven’t read them, read on.
I will admit I found The Name I Call Myself a little difficult to get in to. It had a lot of similarities to her previous novels, in that it centres around a young woman discovering her true self. This isn’t helped by some early scenes which reminded me of Bridget Jones at her least intelligent. Faith isn’t an easy character to get to know (even though the book is written in first person). But once we get past the awkwardness that is Faith’s engagement party, the novel really picked up both pace and interest.
Faith is a complex character.
She was raised by her grandmother (now dead) and her older brother, Sam, after their mother was murdered by her partner … as Sam watched. That experience drove the teenage Sam down a trail of alcohol, drugs and mental illness. And he’s never recovered. It left Faith with … well, ‘issues’ almost begins to describe it. She is a very private person, and it takes a long time before I understood enough of her history to really understand the reason she didn’t share a lot.
The Name I Call Myself is about Faith’s relationships. Her with relationship with Perry, her fiance. Her relationship with her brother and his new girlfriend. And her non-relationship with her future mother-in-law (who takes controlling passive-aggressive to new levels). Then there is her relationship with the Grace choir, including Hester the bully conductor. And her almost-relationship with Dylan, the pastor. It’s in her relationships with these supporting characters that we get to know the real Faith …
The Faith perhaps not even Faith knows.
Yes, there are touches of romance, of comedy and of suspense. But The Name I Call Myself is really about Faith’s search for love, acceptance and identity, a search many of us can relate to.
Recommended for fans of contemporary Christian fiction with an edge.
Thanks to Lion Fiction and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1047 KB
- Print Length: 320 pages
- Publisher: Lion Fiction; New edition edition (15 July 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01I9IJBGS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 6 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #520,882 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)