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All In, by L.K. Simonds, Review, Lone Star Book Blog Tour



L.K. Simonds 

Genre: Gritty Realistic / Christian Fiction 

Date of Publication: August 27, 2019 

Number of Pages: 282 

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A woman’s empty pursuit of happiness leads to a crisis before finding redemption in the Lord in this challenging and gritty Christian novel. 

Twenty-nine-year-old novelist and blackjack dealer Cami Taylor seems to have it all—but just underneath her confident exterior and newfound celebrity is a young woman in trouble. Cami’s boyfriend, Joel, wants to get married, buy a house on Long Island, and raise a family—a life that’s a million miles from Cami’s idea of happiness. Her therapist suggests compromise and trust, but Cami would rather bolt like a deer.  Breaking things off with Joel, Cami launches herself on a new quest for happiness. But her pursuit of pleasure only takes her further from herself—and toward a harrowing new reality unlike anything she’s faced before. What follows for Cami is a fight to the death that can only be waged with God’s love. 




I wasn’t at all sure what to expect with L.K. Simonds’s novel, “All In.” The cover made me curious, was this a hustle? Why the gambling picture? If so, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read it. Still, I checked out the first page and liked what I saw, so decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did.

Cami Taylor is an author who lives in New York and who is as empty and hopeless as we come. In the first few chapters, she goes to a shrink in order to forestall the inevitable breakup with her boyfriend. She’s afraid of commitment to the extent that she won’t allow anyone past surface level, nor will she consider going to the next level with Joel, and his big family. She doesn’t want to be hurt, though she can’t admit it. Hey, I get it: life is tough. In the end, “All In” holds no punches, even when showing how meaningless is casual sex. Indeed, for Cami, everything is meaningless.

Meanwhile, Simonds—well in the background—works magic. This is a well-written book about what happens when a lost soul meets kind souls, the kind who see and take the time for men and women in need, in multiple ways. Of course, our Cami must hit rock bottom, and she must open her heart up to others. Exactly how this all happens, is well worth the read. Complex and full of interesting characters and events, “All In” is the first “gritty faith” novel I’ve read. I actually think I like it even better than other faith-based novels. In the end, it comes across as more truthful.

Thank you to the author and publisher for this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. Well Done.

L.K. Simonds  is a Fort Worth local. She has worked as a waitress, KFC hostess, telephone marketer, assembly-line worker, nanny, hospital lab technician, and air traffic controller. She's an instrument-rated pilot and an alumna of Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas. All In is her first novel. 

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