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Review | Intermission


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We are starlight on snow. The reflection of something already beautiful—absorbed, reflected, and remade into something… more.

And this kiss…

This kiss is everything I’ve needed to say… and longed to hear.

Sixteen-year-old Faith Prescott eagerly awaits the day she will exchange her small Iowa hometown for the bright lights of Broadway, but her success-driven parents want her to pursue a more practical career, labeling “artsy” people—including their daughter—as foolish dreamers worthy of little more than disdain.

When Faith meets nineteen-year-old Noah Spencer she discovers someone who understands her musical theatre dreams… because he shares them.

Faith’s mother despises everything about Noah—his age, his upbringing… even his religious beliefs—and she grasps at every opportunity to belittle his plans to study theatre and pursue a stage career. When those criticisms shift further toward hostility, resulting in unjust suspicions and baseless accusations, an increasingly fearful stage is set for Faith at home, where severe restrictions and harsh penalties are put in place to remove Noah Spencer from her life.

But Faith has never connected with anyone like she has with Noah, and no matter how tight a stranglehold her mother enforces to keep them apart, Faith will not give him up. Behind the curtain, Faith’s love for Noah continues to grow… as does her determination to hold on to her dreams—and him—no matter how high the cost.

Hott Review:

I hate you Serena Chase. Another sleepless night because of you. Another book I just could not put down. Another book that broke my heart. Another book that reminded me of God’s love for me.

Wow. How you can write.

When I saw Intermission was available I jumped at the opportunity to see if I’d enjoy a young adult contemporary romance from Ms. Chase as much as I’d enjoyed her fantasy. Then I agonized over the chance that I wouldn’t.

But I did. I loved every word.

I hurt so much for Faith as I read Intermission. Being a teenager is difficult when times are good but when you have to live through abuse and heartbreak it seems monstrous. I’m so glad that Serena shared Intermission with us. What some will see as entertaining fiction others will identify with and some may even find the help they need – whether it be a hotline or our Savior.

Even now, days later I can’t stop wondering. Am I the mother HE wants me to be. Am I giving my child impossible choices? It’s still amazing to me that Intermission spoke to me as a reader, as a teenager, and as a parent. It’s an all-encompassing novel you need to read!


Author: Serena Chase
Source: I begged Serena Chase for an early copy of Intermission.
Publisher & Date: November 15th 2016 by Candent Gate
Genre: YA Christian Romance
ISBN: 9780998208206
Pages: 353
Grade: A+
Ages: 16+ | sure to the abuse, accusations, and romance
Steam: None
Setting: Kanton, Iowa

Author Bio:

Serena ChaseSERENA CHASE is the author of the critically-acclaimed Eyes of E’veria series. The first two novels of that series, THE RYN and THE REMEDY, released in 2013. Book 3, THE SEAHORSE LEGACY released May 2014 and Book 4, THE SUNKEN REALM released September 2015. Her first contemporary YA romance, INTERMISSION, will release November 15, 2016.

Serena lives in Iowa with her husband Dave, teen daughters Delaney & Ellerie, and a white goldendoodle named Albus.

A frequent contributor to USA TODAY’s Happy Ever After blog, Serena is a lifelong performer who often speaks in song lyrics.

Connect with Serena Chase: Serena Chase's website Serena Chase's twitter Serena Chase's facebook


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