Book 1: Love Unfeigned
Love to the chords of a classic jazz band… From the first time Lorraine, a plucky and competitive girl, contends on the playground against Isaiah, an impish boy whose smile gleams in more ways than one, the two of them can’t help knowing each other. Neither can they avoid passions and misfortunes lining the path to young adulthood, and when the breakup of Isaiah’s family disrupts the haven he’s shared with Lorraine, their natural relationship is eventually threatened by jealousy, grave trauma, and abandonment. As one year follows another, and another, what might it take to reunite these two companions in love: love undeniably real and unbounded by time?
“I savored each expression and word choice in Ms. Keel’s loving novel.”
“It was a truly lovely read which kept me interested & intrigued until the very end. In these times, it was sincerely lovely to read a book that did not contain profanity or explicit sex throughout.”
“It played out like a movie in my mind. I could visualize every detail as if I was the one in the story. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys stories about people and their love journey.”
He’s never been so mesmerized by a girl before. Can’t help getting his hopes up…
Arthur is a studious, “all or nothing” kind of guy with his life planned out. Even before he’s old enough to drive a car, he knows he wants a career in computers. Since he sees no need for romance until he’s ready for marriage, Arthur keeps his focus on his education.
Then, a new school year brings a stunning young lady into Arthur’s path, blindsiding his ideas on romance. As a result, his transition from boyhood to manhood includes the pursuit of the woman he wishes to make his wife. But when his pursuit falls through, Arthur must realize when it’s time to give up the shame of a broken dream–and learn what it truly means to hope for more.
“This book starts in the middle of the story line of the last book, but from the perspective of Arthur Simmons. I thought it was such a cool way to go into the book to find out more about the story we read in book 1 from a different perspective. As with the first book, I was captivated by the story line and characters. I loved the quirks of Arthur’s character.”
“Keels did a great job at giving us just enough of the intersecting from book one to help us along the way without boring the reader because we already knew some of the details. Nicely done!”
“I absolutely loved this book. A look at relationships that begin in high school and continue into adulthood. The ups and downs of the life of Arthur. Very in depth and well written. Quite the eye opener in regards to Arthur’s high moral standards and how he maintains them throughout. Highly recommend.”
CIR: What themes do you address in this romance story?
KEELS: Several, including family and friendship dynamics, childhood and teenage school experiences, fear, trauma, forgiveness, the performing arts, and classic jazz music.
CIR: What’s the overriding message you hope your readers get from Love Unfeigned?
KEELS: Imperfect people should, can, and do experience perfect love.
CIR: What is unique about this book?
KEELS: I tried an experiment concerning the story’s narration to give the reader a sense of being “unbounded by time,” and I believe the experiment worked well. Read and you’ll see.
CIR: Given that this is a romance, is there any content that readers might want to be aware of?
KEELS: Perhaps. I tend to have a strict personal sense of ratings, and some content others would deem “PG” I would call “PG-13.” To stay on the safe side, I would rate this book as a tasteful “PG-13.”