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Thursday, February 20, 2020

An Unexpected Role REVIEW

I was matched with a book in JustRead's blind tours! 

An Unexpected Role

Title: An Unexpected Role
Author: Leslea Wahl
Publisher: eLectio Publishing
Release Date: October 11th 2016
Print Length:  250 pages
Genre: Young Adult/ Inspirational Fiction

Edition: paperback

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Reason for Reading – I signed up to be a host for JustReadTours blind book tour. I received a copy of this novel from the author in the mail cutely signed and gift wrapped. All opinions are my own, any review is voluntary.  


The devastation of a ruined summer.
The gift of a second chance.

Can Josie learn the lessons she needs in order to discover her true self?

After a humiliating event and overwhelming peer pressure, 16-year-old Josie flees her home to spend the summer with her Aunt on a South Carolina island. Her fresh start turns into the summer of her dreams as friendships grow, romance blossoms, and a series of thefts surround her with excitement. However, when tragedy strikes someone close to her, Josie realizes there are more important things than her reputation. As she sets out to solve the mystery she has become entangled in, she not only realizes the importance of relying on her faith but along the way also discovers who God wants her to be.

Gold Medal Moonbeam Children's Book Award

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Awesomeness Factor: 5 / ★★★★★

Main Characters

Josie- daughter of a famous author
Aunt Lily- artist living in a picturesque beach town
Ryan- a baseball jock from Josie's high school
Mr Thomas- hard of hearing veteran
Niko- Josie's summer romance/ scuba instructor from Dominican Republic working in the beach town for the summer with his cousins

Characters: 5 / ★★★★★

All of the characters had diverse backgrounds and patterns of speech. I loved how they interacted together and really brought the small town to life.


Josie's life is RUINED. Her mother, a well known local author takes inspiration from Josie's life experiences and its well known the main character of her popular series is based off of Josie. When the latest release has embarrassing moments Josie didn't experience her fellow high school classmates tease her relentlessly. Two years of trying to stay out of the spotlight down the drain and Josie can't handle all of the negative attention. Thankfully summer is starting and her aunt lives far enough away surely no one will recognize her.

Days on the beach include boy watching and getting rid of Josie's Minnesota pallor. Josie makes fast friends with the colorful locals and even tries her hand at sleuthing. There has been a lot of thefts and no one is safe. Timely scripture quoting postcards and advice from a war vet push Josie to challenge her relationship with God and rely on that relationship to become who she wants to be.

Plot and Themes: 4 / ★★★★★


Lake Forest Minnesota | little island town in South Carolina | summer

Setting: 5 / ★★★★★

I could picture the beach and small island town with the lighthouse and artistic shops. Makes me longs for summer and a vacation on the coast.


Note the overall theme or message of the book.
Each point has a “Further reading” or “tip” suggestion at the end
"Couldn't Put It Down"-ness – 5 / ★★★★★

What did I like about the book?

Valentine's Day and celebrating 14 Days of Love with my kiddos MAY have influenced my rating a little. Seems like for the past year most romance has annoyed me but I loved the sweet summer romance developed in this story. Josie may not have liked the slow burn but I sure did.

There was a Catholic theme mentioned. Josie's mom sent corny postcards quoting scriptures and Josie went to church with her aunt. I've read Christian fiction that didn't really feel like God played a role it was just lightly mentioned. This is not that type of book. Josie's character development heavily relies on her increasing relationship with God. I loved how the author made the dialogue like how I hear my teenagers talk. This is a wonderful YA Christian fiction story.

I just loved Niko. So responsible, and polite, and helpful. Who wouldn't fall for a talk dark and handsome fella with an accent?! Even though there was a question of his character I always thought he was one of the good guys.

Josie judges people quickly because she is used to being judged. It was one of the things that annoyed me about her but I get it. Part of being a Christian is loving your neighbor and not being so quick to assume. I'm happy Josie learned to let things go and develop a heart to help others.

What did I not like about the book?

N/A- I enjoyed the dramatic angsty teen main character, the picturesque setting, and the town theft mystery.

Date Started/Finished : February 15th-17th 2020

Writing: 5/★★★★★
Story – 5 / ★★★★★
Romance – 5 / ★★★★★
Angst – 5 / ★★★★★
Content Flow – 5 / ★★★★★
Image/ Illustration – 5 / ★★★★★
Intellectual Depth – 5 / ★★★★★

Recommend? yes!

Recommend To – pre-teen/teenagers/ lovers of young adult. Great beach read
Would you encourage others to read this book? If you like Christian fiction, stories talking about God, and young adult books- this is for you
Would Read More from Author? probably

An Unexpected RoleAn Unexpected Role by Leslea Wahl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Overall Rating:5 /★★★★★

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5 stars – LOVE, it was amazing, highly recommend.

Language level

content rating system
PG =  No f-words but there may be some mild profanity, and mild religious expletives such as "damn", "hell" and "Oh God!", some depictions of violence or brief sexual content (kissing). No drug use or underage drinking.

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1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book! Josie (and her dramatic quirkiness) remains one of my favorite characters!