About the Book
Book: Perfectly Placed
Author: Liana George
Genre: Contemporary Christian Women’s Fiction
Release date: July 5, 2022
Nicki’s tasked with making New Hope the perfect place for orphaned children.
So why has everything gone wrong?
Six weeks after leaving China, Nicki Mayfield returns to complete two critical tasks: restore order at New Hope Orphanage and re-connect with the little girl who stole her heart. However, between a stubbornly stone walling supervisor, missing documents, and personal tragedy, Nicki faces challenges at every turn. Is she the best person to bring order – and longevity – to the place these children call home? Then, with the help of an unexpected ally, Nicki makes a life-altering decision that upends her well-planned life and the lives of those around her. Will she lose it all, or has she found the way to save what matters most?
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While Perfectly Placed is the second book in this series, this is the first book by Liana George I have read. And I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a different plotline than I was used to, which was a nice change of pace. I also really loved getting to know the characters and I liked that it was set in China.
The one drawback is that I really wish I had read the first book before I read this one. Not because reading the second book first is confusing without reading the first one, but because I really want to see more of Nicki’s and Lei Ming’s relationship and know how it developed.
Other than that, I would recommend this novel. Nicki is a sweet soul who has a heart for the orphanage and just wants to see it succeed, and is willing to do anything to ensure that happens. She has a small, but strong, support system. These include Ben, a strong Christian who is willing to help Nicki with whatever she needs. Same with Julia, Nicki’s translator. Julia has such a kind heart and wants to be there for Nicki.
The story line had me turning the pages the most. While somewhat predictable, I was curious to see how they figured out what was going on with the orphanage. The orphanage’s financial situation seems off, and Nicki is determined to find out why and what’s really going on behind the scenes. It was interesting, and like I said, different from what I had read before. So I would highly recommend this novel.
I had received a copy of the book as part of the Celebrate Lit Blogging Team and was required to give an honest review.
About the Author
Liana George is a sought-after speaker, blogger, and author. Before pursuing a career in writing, she was a professional organizer and is the former owner of By George Organizing Solutions in Houston. Her debut novel, Perfectly Arranged, Book One in The Hopeful Heart Series, was released in October 2021 from Scrivenings Press. When she’s not putting things in order or scribbling away, you can find her reading, traveling, or watching tennis.
More from Liana
Have you ever eaten at a Chinese restaurant and taken a fortune cookie with you when you left? Yeah, me too. For the longest time, I always associated these Pac-Man shaped treats with Chinese food and by extension, Chinese culture.
I was wrong.
The tsujiura senbei,” or “fortune cracker,” actually originated in Japan and was brought over to the United States sometime between the late 1800s and early 1900s by immigrants. Japanese bakers first began selling and making these crackers in California and Hawaii. With their unique taste and finger-sized slip of paper printed with a pithy fortune or aphorism, they quickly became a hit.
Today, the fascination with these cookies is still at an all-time high, but the ingredients have changed. Originally, they were made with miso and sesame flavoring but now they use butter and vanilla to give it that sweet taste you and I are so familiar with.
So, why am I telling you all this?
Because my novel, Perfectly Placed, book 2 in The Hopeful Heart Series, begins with the main character, Nicki Mayfield, breaking into a fortune cookie and discovering a proverb that will motivate her and move her to action. What was written on that tiny slip of paper? There’s only one way to find out. Grab a copy of Perfectly Placed – and a cookie or two – and start reading!
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To celebrate her tour, Liana is giving away the grand prize package of a travel kit which includes a signed copy of Perfectly Placed, a travel cube, a travel/passport wallet, luggage tag, travel journal, packing checklist and tips, and a $25 Amazon gift card!!
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