12 November 2016

Intermission by Serena Chase

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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. 

Intermission is a heart-wrenching contemporary YA romance set against a backdrop of musical theatre and family drama. With coming-of-age themes that honestly explore gray areas of moral dilemmas, this novel traces the path of one talented teen girl as she crosses painful thresholds of first love, faith, and betrayal to take the necessary steps toward adulthood, independence, and the dreams that set her heart on fire.

A contemporary YA romance featuring musical references, sweet moments, and frustrating challenges, Intermission by Serena Chase offers readers a beautifully realistic coming-of-age story. Heart-tugging and hope-filled, it’s not one easily forgotten, and fans of YA fiction should not hesitate to read it (right now… or when it becomes available on November 15th).

Faith Prescott, with her theater-centered dreams, doesn’t fit into her practical, success-driven family, and she never truly feels understood—until she meets a fellow musical theater lover, Noah Spencer. The fast friendship that develops between Faith and Noah leads them down a road toward first love, faith in God, and dreams worthy of perseverance, amidst conflict, doubt, and injustice.

Throughout Intermission, author Serena Chase addresses a host of serious and relevant issues with authenticity, sensitivity, and grace (and appropriately lightens the mood with moments of humor). Her storytelling surrounding Faith and Noah engages all the emotions, leaves readers with an uplifting message, and, perhaps, encourages an interest in showtunes. It delights, frustrates, and encourages, and I can’t help but recommend Intermission; it’s worth reading.

Many, many thanks to the author for providing me a copy of Intermission. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

About the Author
Serena Chase is the author of the critically-acclaimed Eyes of E’veria series and a regular contributor to USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog. A lifelong performer who sometimes speaks in show tunes, Serena lives in Iowa with her husband Dave, teen daughters Delaney and Ellerie, and a 100-pound white Goldendoodle named Albus, who is the biggest star of her Instagram account.

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  1. This book sounds SO good. I'm very much looking forward to reading it and discovering its charms - which I keep reading all good things about! :)

  2. What I love most about musical theater is the way music can express emotion in a way that words sometimes cannot.


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