The Gourd: The Celebrate Lit Blog Tour and Giveaway of A Path to Forgiveness

About the Book

Book: A Path to Forgiveness

Author: Lisa M. James

Genre: Christian Fantasy

Release Date: January 21, 2022

Reckless. Extravagant. Wasteful. These were all words that could describe Esther. Thirteen years of careless living had left Esther and her young son destitute. When her husband disappears at night, leaving Esther with the full burden of their debt, Esther has no choice but to claim her husband is dead and enslave herself and her child to stay alive. So severely had she broken the relationships in her life, she never expected a man from her childhood to speak on her behalf and carry the weight of her debt. Yet Esther soon realizes that escaping the demons of her past would not be so easy.

Levi had little interest in seeing Esther again. When a promise to her father leaves him honor-bound to take her as his wife, he struggles with the bitterness he holds toward her for allowing her addictions and selfishness to derail her life. Yet, he could not hide the deep desire within him to be a husband and a father, even to a woman he did not love and a child that was not his by blood.

Discover the story of a reckless woman in A Path to Forgiveness.

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Book Review

This is the first book by Lisa M. James that I have read and it won’t be my last.

I really enjoyed reading the story of Esther and Levi. Both are two people haunted by their pasts, struggling to let go of them and move on. But they are also still clinging to certain sins that are holding them back. While Esther’s are very public, Levi’s are very hidden and both affect their relationship with each other. I became incredibly invested on what happened to both of them, needing them to work it out and stay together. Their relationship is what kept me turning the pages. And I’m not even the biggest fan of romance!

That being said, I felt that there were certain aspects of the story that were lacking. Particularly, the world-building. I felt that the story of Esther and Levi overshadowed so much that I did not get to enjoy the imagination of the world, there was so much missing. I also felt that because Esther’s and Levi’s story took up the majority of the novel, that certain plot points felt rushed, and I just felt like the author was just trying to move things along quickly to get to the resolution.

Despite all of that, though, I still did enjoy reading A Path to Forgiveness, and I am excited to read the next book in this series. And I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes romance.

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

Lisa M. James is an independent author, product marketing manager, and former Sunday School teacher. She is also a regular guest blogger for various IT digital publications. She is committed to creating fantastical worlds with clean romances and diverse female leads. Her novels have hit the Amazon Best Sellers list for numerous categories, including: Sword and Sorcery Fantasy, Christian Fantasy, and Christian Romance. Her fictional writing is inspired by Historical Fiction, Fantasy genres, and Biblical Fiction. When not writing, Lisa loves talking about her faith, Disney movies, and football while drinking chai lattes.

More from Lisa

I have always loved historical romances, especially ones that take place in Biblical times. However, I am not a historian and I love to make things up, which is why I write fantasy novels. A Path to Forgiveness was my first venture into Christian Romance set in a Fantasy world. If you enjoy historical romances, you will get a feel of that in the world I created since I am so greatly influenced by Biblical history.

A Path to Forgiveness is a story of repentance inspired by the parable of The Prodigal Son. Esther is a woman who feels unworthy of forgiveness. She believes she deserves to be punished for her choices. Levi is a man from her childhood, who does not disagree with her. His heart has grown hard from his own life experiences. In A Path to Forgiveness, they both go on a journey learning how to accept and receive God’s overflowing mercy and grace. I hope you enjoy reading Esther and Levi’s redemption story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Blog Stops

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, August 12 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 13

Guild Master, August 14 (Author Interview)

Blogging With Carol, August 14

Texas Book-aholic, August 15

Simple Harvest Reads, August 16 (Author Interview)

Tell Tale Book Reviews, August 17

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 18

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, August 19

Through the Fire Blogs, August 20 (Author Interview)

The Book Club Network, August 21

Artistic Nobody, August 22 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, August 22

Becca Hope: Book Obsessed, August 23

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 24

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, August 25 (Author Interview)


To celebrate her tour, Lisa is giving away the grand prize package of a plum pansies print Vera Bradley bag and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.



  1. This looks like a very interesting novel. Thanks for hosting.

  2. Thank you for sharing your honest review of A Path to Forgiveness, I like the cover and synopsis and I am looking forward to reading this story myself

  3. Thank you for hosting this

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