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Darcy Malone's dreams of mission work are dashed on her eve of fulfilling them: The Guatemalan school she was to teach at has closed. Devastated because she's already quit her job and given up her apartment, she also loses the perfect escape from the aftermath of her parents' divorce. Stuck in her worst-case scenario, Darcy takes an unexpected offer to move in with Bryson Darcy Malone's dreams of mission work are dashed on her eve of fulfilling them: The Guatemalan school she was to teach at has closed. Devastated because she's already quit her job and given up her apartment, she also loses the perfect escape from the aftermath of her parents' divorce. Stuck in her worst-case scenario, Darcy takes an unexpected offer to move in with Bryson Katsaros's little sister, despite the years of distrust that's grown between her and Bryson, the lead singer in her best friend Cameron's band. As she meets those close to him, Darcy realizes that Bryson is more than she believed. Struck with the need to find a purpose, Darcy jumps at the chance to care for and train a group of dogs, with the aim of finding each a home before their bereaved owner returns them to animal control. But it's Darcy herself who will encounter a surprising rescue in the form of unexpected love, forgiveness, and the power of letting go.


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Darcy Malone's dreams of mission work are dashed on her eve of fulfilling them: The Guatemalan school she was to teach at has closed. Devastated because she's already quit her job and given up her apartment, she also loses the perfect escape from the aftermath of her parents' divorce. Stuck in her worst-case scenario, Darcy takes an unexpected offer to move in with Bryson Darcy Malone's dreams of mission work are dashed on her eve of fulfilling them: The Guatemalan school she was to teach at has closed. Devastated because she's already quit her job and given up her apartment, she also loses the perfect escape from the aftermath of her parents' divorce. Stuck in her worst-case scenario, Darcy takes an unexpected offer to move in with Bryson Katsaros's little sister, despite the years of distrust that's grown between her and Bryson, the lead singer in her best friend Cameron's band. As she meets those close to him, Darcy realizes that Bryson is more than she believed. Struck with the need to find a purpose, Darcy jumps at the chance to care for and train a group of dogs, with the aim of finding each a home before their bereaved owner returns them to animal control. But it's Darcy herself who will encounter a surprising rescue in the form of unexpected love, forgiveness, and the power of letting go.

30 review for Love and the Silver Lining

  1. 5 out of 5

    Oceana

    I love her storytelling!!! Darcy was a wonderful main character to follow and the way she dealt with her life being flipped upside down was so relatable and real. I’m grateful to read about Christian adults having difficult and mature conversations, and also having weaknesses and insecurities. This is an excellent sequel and I highly recommend!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dana Michael

    Love and the Silver Lining by Tammy L. Gray is another example of her brilliant writing. She uses depth of her characters and raw emotion to beautifully show that trials and heartache are a part of life. But, she also shows that love and sacrifice can be found too. We have hope in Christ. That's what I love about this book. With likeable characters and a storyline that is hard to put down, I recommend this book to all romance readers. Especially, for those who like a bit of grit and sweet kisses Love and the Silver Lining by Tammy L. Gray is another example of her brilliant writing. She uses depth of her characters and raw emotion to beautifully show that trials and heartache are a part of life. But, she also shows that love and sacrifice can be found too. We have hope in Christ. That's what I love about this book. With likeable characters and a storyline that is hard to put down, I recommend this book to all romance readers. Especially, for those who like a bit of grit and sweet kisses to get to the happily ever after. I know I do. *I was given a copy of this book by Bethany Publishers and this is my honest opinion.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    Go to author for contemporary romance novels! The first two lines of the second in the State of Grace Series are spectacular: "I'm supposed to be on an airplane, flying to Central America to teach children to speak English. Instead, I'm sitting on the couch and nursing my third pint of Rocky Road ice cream, watching a Telemundo soap opera in Spanish." Darcy's career plans and personal life are not going at all how she expected. She's upset. She's frustrated. Her parents recently got divorced. Her Go to author for contemporary romance novels! The first two lines of the second in the State of Grace Series are spectacular: "I'm supposed to be on an airplane, flying to Central America to teach children to speak English. Instead, I'm sitting on the couch and nursing my third pint of Rocky Road ice cream, watching a Telemundo soap opera in Spanish." Darcy's career plans and personal life are not going at all how she expected. She's upset. She's frustrated. Her parents recently got divorced. Her career path came to an abrupt halt. Her apartment lease is quickly coming to an end. It seems nothing can go right. Although she's irritated, I love that the warmth of her personality still come through. While Darcy yearned for mission work, she also loves dogs. A lot. To fill a void, she helps out the friend of a friend with a group of rescue dogs sorely in need of training before they are ready to be adopted. Love and the Silver Lining is filled with what Tammy L Gray does best...an engaging story line, relate-able characters, character growth and a dash of humor. I especially loved Louis and Charlie. My gratitude to publisher Bethany House for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sherwood Smith

    I picked this book because I've been in the mood for romances for insomnia nights, and when I saw something about dog training, I grabbed it. I'm also a sucker for phoenix rising out of the ashes stories, though those can go a little dark sometimes, especially for 2:30 a.m. reads. But this one? Let's just say that I was not able to read a few chapters, see exactly where it was going (which would be just fine for the next insomnia stint) turn over and to back to sleep. Nope. I read through till my I picked this book because I've been in the mood for romances for insomnia nights, and when I saw something about dog training, I grabbed it. I'm also a sucker for phoenix rising out of the ashes stories, though those can go a little dark sometimes, especially for 2:30 a.m. reads. But this one? Let's just say that I was not able to read a few chapters, see exactly where it was going (which would be just fine for the next insomnia stint) turn over and to back to sleep. Nope. I read through till my own dog was poking her nose in my face to say it was way past breakfast-and-walkies time. Darcy is an emotional mess following losing the missionary job she'd been working toward for several years. She'd given up her apartment for it, even gave up air conditioning (the story is set in Texas, which has even more serious heat than SoCal, where I live) in order to acclimate herself to Guatemala's temperatures. Behind her, still festering, is her shock and anger at her parents' divorce seven months before, after a lifetime of believing her church-going, giving, smiling parents had had the perfect marriage. Darcy, in desperation, is ready to sleep on her lifetime best friend's floor in his apartment shared with two others guys, who are mad at him for leaving their band for a chance at a pro band. Not ideal, though Cameron insists it'll be fine. So when another of her childhood friends turns up and says his sister has a spare room, she jumps for it. Which has all kinds of emotional fallout that she was totally unprepared for. Meanwhile, she meets five problem dogs on a farm, all of whom are going to be sent to the pound in a month by a grieving widower, until Darcy promises to rehabilitate them all and get them adoption-ready. I really fell hard into this book. I loved Darcy's inconsistencies (she wants her dad to move back and everything to be the way it was, though she won't actually speak to his cheating self--she loves her mom and wants her happy but cannot stand to see her dating other men), her well-meant obliviousness to what everyone else has seen all along with respect to her own emotional entanglements. I especially loved the handling of Darcy's and Cameron's thread--Cameron, who has been the faithful best friend all Darcy's life. They rely on each other, they watch out for each other. That friendship has been her safety net, and also . . . well, I'll stop there. Generalizing, I thought Gray did a terrific job with the conversations/confrontations. I really dislike relationship stories in which the leads get the hots for each other from chapter one, but misunderstand one another over something that five minutes of adult talk would clear up, but has to be sustained until a Big Dark Moment near the end before the wedding bells. Watching Darcy discover, and confront, her obliviousnesses one by one, then deal with them, even though they were painful and messy, especially when she saw how wrong she had been, was as much a pleasure as were the loving, insightful, vivid tales of the saving of those dogs. I mentioned spirituality in a tag: this story has a spiritual element to it--Darcy struggles with her faith--and there is no sex (though there is plenty of sizzling attraction), for those who need these elements tagged. Copy provided by NetGalley

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tejomai (bible_and_books)

    Woohoo!! Solid 5 starts Ahh! How do I explain this book.. it was just amazing sent my heart rate racing to breaking it and crushing it and fixing it 😁 I adore this book now ...I didn't think I'd enjoy it much since I hate love triangles but I'm clearly I'm dead wrong and I'm glad I'm wrong😁😁 This was just Sooo Goodd My heart, I love Bryson and Darcy ...I couldn't quite get them out of me now . I'm just happy dancing and smiling Let me tell you their romance was amazing and faith at end just squeezed Woohoo!! Solid 5 starts Ahh! How do I explain this book.. it was just amazing sent my heart rate racing to breaking it and crushing it and fixing it 😁 I adore this book now ...I didn't think I'd enjoy it much since I hate love triangles but I'm clearly I'm dead wrong and I'm glad I'm wrong😁😁 This was just Sooo Goodd My heart, I love Bryson and Darcy ...I couldn't quite get them out of me now . I'm just happy dancing and smiling Let me tell you their romance was amazing and faith at end just squeezed my heart...shuu I don't even know how else to say how much I enjoyed this book I'm highly highly recommending this everyone It's a series but I read it as a standalone This author is now my autobuy... she's just amazing..swoony romance... genuine faith ...Jesus love for me 😊 what more can a book loving girl ask for 😁😁 I'll take Bryson for now and keep thinking about him until my next favorite bookboyfriend comes 😉 I cannot wait to read all other books by this author I *I received an complementary copy from Netgally in return for genuine review

  6. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Tammy L. Grey is hitting it out of the park with the State of Grace series. Love and the Silver Lining is a fresh, sparkling contemporary with heart and depth. Engaging characters, realistic emotions, and cute dogs combine to make a winning story for this reader. Grey’s first-person narration style is stellar. Darcy is a secondary character in the first book, and she really shines here in book two. Life has dealt her a blow, and she’s left to deal with the things that she had hoped to leave behin Tammy L. Grey is hitting it out of the park with the State of Grace series. Love and the Silver Lining is a fresh, sparkling contemporary with heart and depth. Engaging characters, realistic emotions, and cute dogs combine to make a winning story for this reader. Grey’s first-person narration style is stellar. Darcy is a secondary character in the first book, and she really shines here in book two. Life has dealt her a blow, and she’s left to deal with the things that she had hoped to leave behind. Instead of beginning her career of teaching children English in Central America, she finds herself dealing with her parents’ divorce and wondering what she’s supposed to do with her life now. I thought I had her pegged in the first book, but I was mostly wrong about her. This in and of itself surprised me and reminded me that we can never know what is going on in a person’s mind and heart. Speaking of that, I was ready to roll my eyes a bit at Bryson’s character. I am so not into the bad boy singer type characters, but he was not stereotypical at all. He has a deep back story that adds a lot of dimension to his character. Grey has an amazing ability to portray the emotions of her characters that really digs into your heart. I adored the inclusion of dogs, and Darcy’s work with them, as well as the great friendship between Bryson and Charlie. These characters came to life, and I can’t wait to read the next book. I’m not sure who the next book is about, but there are certainly a few secondary characters that I could see having journeys well worth reading. “It was in those hard moments when God did His greatest work on my heart.” These words are found in the author’s note, and after finishing such a lovingly crafted story, they brought tears to my eyes. I guess over the course of the last couple of years, there seem to have been more hard moments than easy. But I also know that God was near to me in those moments, and because of that, I am never lacking in hope. A story that reminds me of that is always going to be a work of art for me. I highly recommend these books for readers of romantic contemporary fiction. A complimentary copy of this novel was provided by the publisher. A positive review was not required.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Monzon

    I’m kinda staring at the question Goodreads is posing to me: What did you think? So much, Goodreads. So much. And yet those thoughts are kind of bouncing around like the ball in a pinball machine. First off, I’ve read a number of Tammy’s books before. In so much that the first book of this series surprised me because it was a lot lighter and humorous than the other books by her that I’d read. A romcom! This book, however…. Not a romcom. More like a marriage between her serious/deep/hurting chara I’m kinda staring at the question Goodreads is posing to me: What did you think? So much, Goodreads. So much. And yet those thoughts are kind of bouncing around like the ball in a pinball machine. First off, I’ve read a number of Tammy’s books before. In so much that the first book of this series surprised me because it was a lot lighter and humorous than the other books by her that I’d read. A romcom! This book, however…. Not a romcom. More like a marriage between her serious/deep/hurting characters from her past book with maybe a slighter lighter side. One thing you can always garauntee with a Tammy Gray book is that it’s going to be well-written, and this book is no exception. Overall it was an enjoyable read although there were times when I seriously wanted to shake Darcy. Like, seriously. Lol. Loved Bryson though and his tortured soul and how he was willing to be so vulnerable even after he’d experienced so much hurt and rejection in his life. The dogs were great too. And Charlie. So. Good book but doesn’t have that humorous feel of the first.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    The State of Grace series is such a great series with characters that are real and likable with real life issues. Darcy is having a bad year with her picture perfect parents getting a divorce and a missionary trip she has saved for years is canceled. Has God left her? Prayer is not helping. She has terminated her apartment lease. She could move home with her mom or stay at best friend Cameron's place with all his roommates. But another friend, Bryson talks his half sister into letting Darcy stay The State of Grace series is such a great series with characters that are real and likable with real life issues. Darcy is having a bad year with her picture perfect parents getting a divorce and a missionary trip she has saved for years is canceled. Has God left her? Prayer is not helping. She has terminated her apartment lease. She could move home with her mom or stay at best friend Cameron's place with all his roommates. But another friend, Bryson talks his half sister into letting Darcy stay with her for a while. Cameron, Bryson and other friends from youth group are part of an up and coming band so they are thrown together all the time. Bryson's friend and mentor has his own hurts and Darcy is able to work with his dogs to get them adoptable while she works through her hurts. This is an emotional story about a group of friends who all have issues to work through. Darcy has to overcome her disappointment in her parents and other disappointments. She is left with trust issues. Cameron is her normal sounding board but she is drawn to dark, brooding Bryson, who has a sad past. People are not always as they seem. We are all formed by our past and sometimes our present is not how we envisioned it. But God always has a better plan. I highly recommend this story of relatable characters who come out on the other side better for their trials and tribulations. I received a complimentary ARC from Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine only.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Madison

    Love and the Silver Lining is the extremely enjoyable second book in the State of Grace series. I adored this book – even more than the first book. While they form part of a series and there are character and setting cross overs, you can read both books as standalones. I think this was exactly the book I needed. It was light and heartwarming and so addictive. I really struggled to put it down to return to work and sleep. It was funny and heartbreaking and had so much story that made it just a de Love and the Silver Lining is the extremely enjoyable second book in the State of Grace series. I adored this book – even more than the first book. While they form part of a series and there are character and setting cross overs, you can read both books as standalones. I think this was exactly the book I needed. It was light and heartwarming and so addictive. I really struggled to put it down to return to work and sleep. It was funny and heartbreaking and had so much story that made it just a delight to read. Darcy has worked tirelessly to achieve her dream of becoming a missionary. Just as she is about to leave, it all falls apart and she is left without a job, apartment and no direction for her future. Her options are move in with her mother or with her best friend, but a sudden and unexpected offer from where she least expects it, brings her more into Bryson Katsaros’s life. Once good friends, now Darcy feels like she never understands Bryson. As she and Bryson spend more time together and start working on a project together, Darcy realises there is far more to the man Bryson has become than she ever realised. The romantic tension between Darcy and Bryson is delightful, especially as they start to get to know each other better and really open up to each other. Each are working through their own pain and reluctance to trust. They must decide what is worth fighting for and risking if they begin a relationship. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own. Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library

  10. 5 out of 5

    Grace Johnson

    Review to come! :D

  11. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I am a big fan of author Tammy Gray’s book Love and a Little White Lie. I was eagerly anticipating her newest story, Love and the Silver Lining, and I was not disappointed by this wonderful new book! Our story features Darcy who seems overwhelmed with her life after finding out she will not be able to teach English overseas the next year, she has lost her apartment, and is coping with her parents divorce. She is questioning her life and her faith in God. She tells Bryson, our hero, she is mad and I am a big fan of author Tammy Gray’s book Love and a Little White Lie. I was eagerly anticipating her newest story, Love and the Silver Lining, and I was not disappointed by this wonderful new book! Our story features Darcy who seems overwhelmed with her life after finding out she will not be able to teach English overseas the next year, she has lost her apartment, and is coping with her parents divorce. She is questioning her life and her faith in God. She tells Bryson, our hero, she is mad and wishes she had not tried so hard to do the right thing. She wished she had rebelled, like she thought he had. He asks, “Are you asking me if being a rebel worked in my favor, or are you mad you could not bribe God with your good behavior?” Darcy begins to find purpose in rescuing dogs in Bryson’s friend Charlie’s backyard. Charlie has recently lost his wife, and can not take care of them or himself. The personalities of Charlie’s dogs tend to mirror the people around Darcy which I enjoyed. I am only a minor fan of dogs, and I really enjoyed all the dog training scenes. But, if you are a lover of dogs you will be in heaven. I found myself drawn into Darcy’s world as her questions about her life and faith resonated with me. This story tells it like it is and has no pat answers which I appreciate. I found it a little more serious than Love and a Little White Lie, but it still had funny moments and celebrated humor. The romance between Darcy and Bryson was fun to observe, and I am now definitely on team Bryson. He is a great hero who will stay in my heart. I enjoyed this story tremendously, and found myself pondering the themes and going back and rereading parts of the book after finishing it. Darcy and Bryson’s story is one that I truly delighted in, and this is one of my favorite reads of 2021 I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and not required to write a positive review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christine Indorf

    Book 2 in the State of Grace series. Darcy lost her chance to go to a mission trip and feels terrible about it. Her group of friends try to help her get over it especially her best friend Cameron. But the one person she really doesn't like comes to her aid and they start to form a friendship. Everyone thinks Bryson is wild especially Darcy, but as time goes on and their friendship grows, Darcy see a new side to Bryson. She begins to wonder if she could give her heart to Bryson. Can Bryson accept Book 2 in the State of Grace series. Darcy lost her chance to go to a mission trip and feels terrible about it. Her group of friends try to help her get over it especially her best friend Cameron. But the one person she really doesn't like comes to her aid and they start to form a friendship. Everyone thinks Bryson is wild especially Darcy, but as time goes on and their friendship grows, Darcy see a new side to Bryson. She begins to wonder if she could give her heart to Bryson. Can Bryson accept the fact that Darcy is Best friends with Cameron. Does Cameron like her as more as a friend? I love Tammy L Gray. She doesn't just write easy material, she goes to the middle of the issues even if they aren't pretty. I love this story because Bryson isn't perfect but loves Darcy with all of his heart even when Cameron is trying to tear both of them apart. This really is such a great book and series. If you haven't read any of Tammy L Gray this series is a great one to start off with. I highly recommend this book and hope you take a chance and read this wonderful book for yourselves!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    MJSH

    "I mean, what is the point of working and straining to hear God's will when in the end I'm just as lost as if I'd never tried in the first place? Wouldn't it be easier if I just didn't care at all?" Oh, Darcy. What a heart-breaking and soul-wrenching journey she takes after everything turns upside down and sideways in her controlled, neatly packaged world. Her naive, steady, optimistic, good girl self goes through blinding disappointments, crushing life circumstances, life-altering challenges, an "I mean, what is the point of working and straining to hear God's will when in the end I'm just as lost as if I'd never tried in the first place? Wouldn't it be easier if I just didn't care at all?" Oh, Darcy. What a heart-breaking and soul-wrenching journey she takes after everything turns upside down and sideways in her controlled, neatly packaged world. Her naive, steady, optimistic, good girl self goes through blinding disappointments, crushing life circumstances, life-altering challenges, and an undeniable call to leave the past behind. This book, more so than any other of the author's I've read, has captured me wholly and completely with the raw intense emotions. Throbbing grief is balanced by unshakable friendship, sense of purpose is restored by training rescue dogs, and God's molding and shaping through difficulties is so evident. Though the book plays out through only Darcy's first person viewpoint, we get to know Bryson pretty well and he is the epitome of a reborn man. His sensitive, sweet, tender, compassionate nature that no one else knows allows him to fit into Darcy's 'new' world and his sacrificial love is incredible to behold. Charlie and Zoe are excellent secondary characters who add depth to Darcy and Bryson's world and I'm secretly hoping that there will be a book about Zoe. It's another winner for Tammy L Gray. You don't want to miss this contemporary romance filled with characters who will feel like your best friends that exquisitely paints a journey of hope, grace, and forgiveness that will feel like your own. I received a copy of the book from Bethany House and was under no obligation to post a positive comment. All opinions are solely my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Hall

    This is a difficult review for me to write because I’ve got thoughts going everywhere, but I’m going to do my best... Characters: Darcy had to be my favorite character in this novel. Partly because she was the only narrator, so I had an easy time “being on her side.” Plus, she was human. She had big disappointments, went through a really hard time, and didn’t always handle things the best. And sometimes she handled things really, really badly (I’ll get to that later). I never ended up being a big This is a difficult review for me to write because I’ve got thoughts going everywhere, but I’m going to do my best... Characters: Darcy had to be my favorite character in this novel. Partly because she was the only narrator, so I had an easy time “being on her side.” Plus, she was human. She had big disappointments, went through a really hard time, and didn’t always handle things the best. And sometimes she handled things really, really badly (I’ll get to that later). I never ended up being a big fan of Bryson. Partly because he was the lead singer in a rock group (I know too much about rock to think that’s cool). Partly because he had problems he needed to work through before he even thought about dating. So I couldn’t be behind him and Darcy getting together. And a couple of times, the way he treated her struck me as creepy. Language: Clean. Moral: The Christian content in this one was pretty light. Darcy spent a lot of time not praying because she was struggling with her big disappointment. She did start coming around in the end. The moral could either be that God’s with a Christian during bad times or that God works bad times for good. I’m not always the best about picking up on subtle morals, so I might’ve missed something :) Plot: This was a more character-driven novel, but enough interesting things happened to keep me flipping pages. Random comments: I’m just going to list the things that were borderline too much for me in case they’re the same for you … In the beginning, Darcy considered sharing a house or apartment with three guys (one of them her best friend). And that brings me to her best friend. I’m perfectly fine with guys and girls being friends, but Darcy and Cam did not act like best friends. You don’t hold hands with your best friend and hug all the time. One time, Darcy got drunk at a rock concert and tried to get Bryson to spend the night with her. This was presented as wrong, but one of the scenes was a little too detailed (that was her really bad decision). Nothing happened though. Which brings me to the rock band aspect. Bryson’s band seemed really dark. Nothing was ever discussed about this, but it was presented as mostly acceptable for a Christian to be participating in this. Romance: Clean-ish. Bryson and Darcy (when they weren’t fighting) couldn’t keep away from each other. Lots of heavy kissing I could’ve done without. Writing: Even though I had reservations about some content in this book, I really liked Tammy’s writing style. She gave Darcy a great voice. Overall: Love and the Silver Lining was an entertaining read. I wouldn’t recommend it to younger teens, but readers who enjoy edgier Christian fiction and contemporary romance would probably like it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ochegba

    What to to when it seems like your dreams and all you prayed and planned for come crashing down? I had eagerly been waiting for this story. I remembered how hard Darcy worked for her dream in the first book and wanted to see how it's all pan out. It was interesting meeting characters from the previous story and seeing what they way up to, wondering how Darcy's relationship with Bryson and Cam will pan out and seeing her make those tough decisions that were long overdue. It's a wonderful story as What to to when it seems like your dreams and all you prayed and planned for come crashing down? I had eagerly been waiting for this story. I remembered how hard Darcy worked for her dream in the first book and wanted to see how it's all pan out. It was interesting meeting characters from the previous story and seeing what they way up to, wondering how Darcy's relationship with Bryson and Cam will pan out and seeing her make those tough decisions that were long overdue. It's a wonderful story as usual from the author. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. All opinions expressed are solely mine

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mimi

    Is it crazy to want to cry because a story is over? Oh my word, this story was so excellent! I literally just finished the last page wondering if I should get all of my thoughts and emotions out now or collect my thoughts. I'm just going for it. I had an idea of what I thought Darcy's story might look like after getting to know her in book one. Boy was I wrong. I think even she didn't know who she was. This story was really about her getting to the core of who she was and the relationships that Is it crazy to want to cry because a story is over? Oh my word, this story was so excellent! I literally just finished the last page wondering if I should get all of my thoughts and emotions out now or collect my thoughts. I'm just going for it. I had an idea of what I thought Darcy's story might look like after getting to know her in book one. Boy was I wrong. I think even she didn't know who she was. This story was really about her getting to the core of who she was and the relationships that involved her. I appreciated how the author used the dogs Darcy ends up working with to give us insight into what she was going through. I also had very strong feelings about Bryson from book one, and none of them were kind. Seriously, if you've read book one tell me I'm wrong. I will admit after reading book two in wondering if I should go back and read book one to see if I can find things I might have missed. Needless to say, I had strong feelings about Bryson at the end of this story as well. There's so much to pack into this review. Darcy goes through a lot. A lot more than most in such a small period of time. It was incredible to watch her try to process everything and find her way in life. Cameron, her best friend, is there through the thick and thin. Cameron is still figuring out life after the fallout from his relationship with January. He plays a big part in this entire story as well. Of course, there's the man in all black, Bryson. This guy has walls in place no one should be able to get through. I just loved how the author drew back his layers through Darcy. Along with her, we get to know him better and deeper. If you're looking for romance, this story will fill that desire utterly! There were so many moments where my heart was racing because the story was able to spark my romantic side. It also evoke emotions from me for the deep pain all 3 of the main characters were feeling! I was a total mush ball with my emotions all over the place, much like the characters in the story! *I received this book for review. This is my personal opinion.

  17. 5 out of 5

    T. Rosado

    Although this is a standalone, if you read book 1 in the State of Grace series, you’ll remember Darcy, Cameron, and possibly Bryson. After Darcy’s ministry plans are thwarted, she’s forced into finding a new plan for her life while navigating her parent’s recent divorce, her friendship with Cameron, and her biased perception of Bryson. The one thing I can rely upon with this author, she doesn’t skirt around real life issues like anger, grief, irrational behavior, and unwise choices. It’s all in h Although this is a standalone, if you read book 1 in the State of Grace series, you’ll remember Darcy, Cameron, and possibly Bryson. After Darcy’s ministry plans are thwarted, she’s forced into finding a new plan for her life while navigating her parent’s recent divorce, her friendship with Cameron, and her biased perception of Bryson. The one thing I can rely upon with this author, she doesn’t skirt around real life issues like anger, grief, irrational behavior, and unwise choices. It’s all in here and there’s some ugliness that the characters go through prior to getting to the goodness. In all honesty, I was a little nervous when I started this one. This wasn’t the Darcy I expected after meeting her in the previous book. I’m not a fan of negativity or a “poor me” attitude and Darcy was dwelling in some serious self-pity. I also felt her reasons were overblown, since there were/are numerous opportunities for ministry outreaches. Then I remembered how my own daughter was forced home from her own mission work at the beginning of the pandemic and how her anxiety and depression were amplified. It was also the impetus to an entirely new life plan. So, forgive me for my early judgment of Darcy, since the author also managed to craft a lovely and believable character transformation from those beginning chapters. Boy, did Gray ever deliver on the brooding hero. Bryson might just be my favorite to date from the author. He was the perfect balance of strong, sensitive, and self-aware. A man who has faced the hurts of his past and is seeking a better future. My heart broke while he attempted to be a better friend to Darcy and others, while still being viewed through a distorted lens. As Darcy began to see the true Bryson, their chemistry became lightning. And so very, very swoon-worthy. There were also many secondary characters and circumstances that helped to carry the story forward, as well as giving Darcy some perspective. Such as, her boy-crazy roommate, grieving Charlie, her divorced parents, and the dogs. I found the dog training a smart and entertaining plot device often used as a catalyst for some great life lessons. I’ve read quite a number of Tammy L. Gray’s books and this one is right up there with my top favorites.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kristi Woods

    This was my first Tammy L Gray novel. It definitely won’t be my last! It hooked me right away, and I couldn’t put down this beautiful story. The author creates such realistic characters whose very deep and real emotions we can relate to. By the end of the book, I wanted to meet these characters, maybe attend a wedding with them too! Crazy, right? Yeah. If you’re a fan of Christian romance, especially contemporary, then this novel is well worth your time.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Oh my, loved this! Well I absolutely loved Bryson. Broody, protective, backstory and depth.......yes please. This book definitely gave me the feels and I was rooting hard for Bryson the whole time. This author has a great way of handling triangles. Which is such a tricky trope. This book touches on some real feelings, especially for me who has been a Christian for awhile, sometimes we wonder...."why is this happening to me, I have tried to do all the right things ". Darcy had some growing to do an Oh my, loved this! Well I absolutely loved Bryson. Broody, protective, backstory and depth.......yes please. This book definitely gave me the feels and I was rooting hard for Bryson the whole time. This author has a great way of handling triangles. Which is such a tricky trope. This book touches on some real feelings, especially for me who has been a Christian for awhile, sometimes we wonder...."why is this happening to me, I have tried to do all the right things ". Darcy had some growing to do and I loved seeing how she fought it at first, then you see how she changes. Bravo Another winner in my opinion! I recieved a complementary copy of this book from the publisher through Netgally. All opinions are honest and completely my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    Darcy Malone's dreams all went out the door when the Guatemalan school where she was going to teach closed. Now what will she do--besides eat pints of ice cream? Love and the Silver Lining by Tammy L. Gray will grab hold of the reader from the beginning of this story about Darcy and keep you all the way through to the end. I was completely enthralled with Darcy's story in Love and the Silver Lining. Darcy felt like a real person in our world today. I could understand how she had a lot of confusio Darcy Malone's dreams all went out the door when the Guatemalan school where she was going to teach closed. Now what will she do--besides eat pints of ice cream? Love and the Silver Lining by Tammy L. Gray will grab hold of the reader from the beginning of this story about Darcy and keep you all the way through to the end. I was completely enthralled with Darcy's story in Love and the Silver Lining. Darcy felt like a real person in our world today. I could understand how she had a lot of confusion and baggage that fogged up her thinking as she struggled to sort out her relationships with her parents, her best friend Cameron and her new boyfriend, Bryson. Add in her new roommate, Zoe, and her mom's new boyfriend, Michael, and it was an interesting bunch of characters. As a dog lover myself, I really enjoyed them all. I also enjoyed Bryson's friend, Charlie, and all of the dogs that Darcy worked with at Charlie's place. I never felt that the story got boring I did have an idea of part of the ending--but there were also some special aspects that left me teared up that I didn't expect. I especially like how Gray weaves a story together that feels true to life and to people and yet has a Christian message without being preachy. I enjoyed the first two books in A State of Grace series so much that I already can't wait for the next book in the series! I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions within this review are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    I found myself reading every free moment I found so I could find out the end result. You will find yourself emerged in a story of hurting real characters that sometimes make poor choices based on feelings but yet God is in the midst of the messiness of life still working, still waiting, always a prayer away. This book is a little edgier than what I usually expect in Christian fiction but still clean and well worth reading. Darcy at times seems self absorbed but when hurting it is hard to see the I found myself reading every free moment I found so I could find out the end result. You will find yourself emerged in a story of hurting real characters that sometimes make poor choices based on feelings but yet God is in the midst of the messiness of life still working, still waiting, always a prayer away. This book is a little edgier than what I usually expect in Christian fiction but still clean and well worth reading. Darcy at times seems self absorbed but when hurting it is hard to see the work God is actually doing to mold and shape us into what He wants us to be. Sometimes we need to thank God for unanswered prayers. Bryson was my favorite character who hid behind a persona so his vulnerability wasn’t readily seen. I loved how he grew and his relationship with Charlie was my undoing into admiring his strength of character. I recommend reading Love and A Little White Lie first as you won’t want to miss the background of the returning characters. I look forward to reading more and anxiously await book three. A must read if you enjoy a book with depth. I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lucinda

    I love the first one and this new one didn't disappoint. I do recommend reading the first book in the series to understand the dynamic and history among the main characters. Darcy has everything set up to leave on a mission trip when it's cancelled at the last minute. She finds herself without a place to live and without a job, and her life couldn't get any lower, or so she thinks. Her best friend Cameron is actually happy she didn't go since he didn't want her gone for a year, and he invites he I love the first one and this new one didn't disappoint. I do recommend reading the first book in the series to understand the dynamic and history among the main characters. Darcy has everything set up to leave on a mission trip when it's cancelled at the last minute. She finds herself without a place to live and without a job, and her life couldn't get any lower, or so she thinks. Her best friend Cameron is actually happy she didn't go since he didn't want her gone for a year, and he invites her to stay with him, which is not the best option for Darcy. Instead, she stays with Bryson's sister, who has a spare bedroom. Like I mentioned above, it's much easier to understand the dynamic between Darcy, Cameron and Bryson based on their history and relationship. At times, Darcy is clueless to what's right in front of her, and the silver lining is how things come to be in the end. I really liked how she worked with the dogs to rehabilitate them and I even got teary eyed near the end (in regards to Louie). I'm hoping the next story is about Cameron. I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tamara

    Darcy Malone has everything she thinks she wants only to lose it, and have God show her what it really is she needs, and in the process, she sees she wants it as well. We first met Darcy in the first book, Love and a Little White Lie where she is introduced as Cameron Lee’s best friend. That relationship is furthered, but Bryson is also in this book, and we get to know him beyond his exterior that is often portrayed as well, not really inviting to the general public. I liked the introductions of Darcy Malone has everything she thinks she wants only to lose it, and have God show her what it really is she needs, and in the process, she sees she wants it as well. We first met Darcy in the first book, Love and a Little White Lie where she is introduced as Cameron Lee’s best friend. That relationship is furthered, but Bryson is also in this book, and we get to know him beyond his exterior that is often portrayed as well, not really inviting to the general public. I liked the introductions of Zoe, Bryson’s sister, and Charlie. They made Love and the Silver Lining more well-rounded. Darcy’s struggle is real, and I really enjoyed getting to know her, seeing her victory in the end that encompasses that she makes reconciliations with her family that she is estranged from. My gratitude to Netgalley and Bethany House Publishers. All opinions expressed are my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Iola

    Love and the Silver Lining surprised me several times. At the beginning, I thought it was going to be a typical friends-to-more novel. And it was … kind of. But there was also the other man, and that added both interest and complications. The story is written entirely in first person, which is an inspired decision. Yes, some readers don’t like first person (although I’m not one of them). The beauty of using first person in this instance meant it was impossible to guess which man Darcy was going t Love and the Silver Lining surprised me several times. At the beginning, I thought it was going to be a typical friends-to-more novel. And it was … kind of. But there was also the other man, and that added both interest and complications. The story is written entirely in first person, which is an inspired decision. Yes, some readers don’t like first person (although I’m not one of them). The beauty of using first person in this instance meant it was impossible to guess which man Darcy was going to choose: best friend forever Cameron, or his bad boy bandmate Bryson. Yes, it’s the other man/other woman trope, which isn’t my favourite. One of the reasons I’m not a fan is that I often end up favouring the “wrong” character—the one who doesn’t end up with the girl. As such, I was very happy with Love and the Silver Lining, because it made the right choice. Well, the choice I thought was right for Darcy. While I liked Darcy as a character, there were times she annoyed me. I assumed she was a teacher, as she’d given up her job and her apartment to go to Central America for a year to teach English to children in an orphanage—a noble cause, no doubt. But do Central American orphanages really need teachers with little or no experience? Given her reaction to not being able to go, I did question how good a teacher she’d have been. As it turned out, her skills were in an entirely different area. Darcy is a dog whisperer. Well, not really. But she is a dog walker with a college degree in animal something, and a true skill for seeing why a badly behaved dog is acting out, and working with the dog to correct their behaviour. I’m more of a cat person than a dog person, but I was impressed by the way Darcy worked with the dogs. I was also impressed by the way that became a subtle underlying metaphor for healing–healing for Darcy, healing for the dog’s widowed owner, and healing for Bryson, brought the two together. Love and the Silver Lining isn’t a suspense novel, but there were more than a few low-key nail-biting moments as Darcy worked with the dogs and worked through her own healing. In the end, the novel was everything I look forward to and expect in a Tammy L Gray novel, and even managed to convince me the “other man” trope isn’t always awful. The faith elements in the novel are present but understated. The novel starts with Darcy experiencing a crisis of faith: if God really had wanted her to go on a year-long mission to Central America, why did it fall apart at the last minute? This is a variation on the age-old “where is God when it hurts?” question, and while it doesn’t answer the unanswerable, it does show us how God can use any situation to pull us closer to Him … if we allow it to. Recommended for fans of contemporary Christian romance, especially dog lovers. Thanks to Bethany House and Netgalley for providing a free ebook for review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Connie Saunders

    Love and the Silver Lining alternates between laughter and tears, between happiness and heartache, but isn't this true in all of our lives? Darcy Malone feels that she's being bombarded with so many changes and so many disappointments. Is it any wonder that she questions why God would allow all of these setbacks to enter her life? I loved this book and I loved Darcy! She's fun and she's genuine, and her decision to find shelter for a group of abused dogs sealed the deal...I want to be Darcy's fri Love and the Silver Lining alternates between laughter and tears, between happiness and heartache, but isn't this true in all of our lives? Darcy Malone feels that she's being bombarded with so many changes and so many disappointments. Is it any wonder that she questions why God would allow all of these setbacks to enter her life? I loved this book and I loved Darcy! She's fun and she's genuine, and her decision to find shelter for a group of abused dogs sealed the deal...I want to be Darcy's friend! Bryson Katsaro isn't so bad either, and he's the perfect example of looking beyond a person's outward appearance. He is caring and sincere, and watching Darcy and Bryson discover each other romantically is a sweet experience, but seeing their personal growth as Christians is a joy indeed! Sounds promising, but what about Darcy's best friend, Cameron? How does he feel about Bryson? Author Tammy L. Gray knows how to plumb all of the human emotions, and she has written a beautiful story of hope, faith, and learning to let go. She also shares a perfect reminder that not getting what we ask for may be the biggest blessing of all! I highly recommend Love and the Silver Lining to all who enjoy contemporary Christian romance. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rosalyn

    This is an incredible story. The characters are absolutely amazing This book is full of romance, feelings, and emotions. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, because the first book in this series was definitely not my favorite Tammy Gray novel. However, this book is definitely one of the top ones I've read of hers! What makes this book stand out to me? The characters! You will want to read it to get to know Darcy and all her dilemmas. The main problem is her relationship with her long time best frie This is an incredible story. The characters are absolutely amazing This book is full of romance, feelings, and emotions. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, because the first book in this series was definitely not my favorite Tammy Gray novel. However, this book is definitely one of the top ones I've read of hers! What makes this book stand out to me? The characters! You will want to read it to get to know Darcy and all her dilemmas. The main problem is her relationship with her long time best friend Cameron. Darcy is the only one who sees their relationship as uncomplicated. I really enjoyed getting to know not only Darcy, but also Bryson. Reading their back stories, and seeing how all of that affected them for the rest of their lives...Tammy Gray really put some deep feelings into this story. Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

  27. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis

    Looking beyond the surface My rating is 4.5 stars Character is often revealed through the trials we face. And this was true of Darcy as she dealt with huge disappointments in her life. Her year-long mission trip - canceled at the last minute. Her parents divorced unexpectedly. Her mom was dating and acting like Darcy should be her confidant now. Her dad - her hero - had fallen off his pedestal. So, she did as many do and began railing at God, wondering how He could love her and yet allow all these Looking beyond the surface My rating is 4.5 stars Character is often revealed through the trials we face. And this was true of Darcy as she dealt with huge disappointments in her life. Her year-long mission trip - canceled at the last minute. Her parents divorced unexpectedly. Her mom was dating and acting like Darcy should be her confidant now. Her dad - her hero - had fallen off his pedestal. So, she did as many do and began railing at God, wondering how He could love her and yet allow all these things to happen to her. I especially enjoyed seeing Darcy work with the rescue dogs (my favorite was Louie, the Great Dane!) I loved reading about the personalities of the dogs. I was also fascinated by the different ways she worked with each one and how she seemed to know intuitively exactly what each one needed. Well, except Penny, but that is part of the story! The relationship between Darcy and Cameron was quite complex. He was so sweet and understanding through her grief. And then Bryson and Darcy added a whole new level of complexity! The author brought Darcy down a difficult path - of acting out of her assumption that behaving properly all her life didn't make a difference to whether God allowed bad things to happen - so she might as well do whatever she wanted. She showed so well what could have happened without adding anything inappropriate, despite making me a little antsy from her choices. I was so glad that Love and the Silver Lining was told only from Darcy's point of view! This way, I was kept guessing about who she would end up with. :-) Readers who enjoy Christian fiction that deals with real-life issues will want to read Love and the Silver Lining - only be sure to read Love and a Little White Lie first for some context! Originally Reviewed on Among The Reads I was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin (CMAReads)

    Thanks to Bethany House for the free review copy. *This is book 2 in this series, and I highly recommend reading the first one before this one. I am so glad we, as readers, got Darcy's story in this book. I think exploring her and Cam's relationship was so well done, and I know after reading book one last year, that I wanted a deeper glimpse into this relationship. This is a book about so much more than friendship, though. I loved Darcy's journey through anger and rebellion. I could relate to so m Thanks to Bethany House for the free review copy. *This is book 2 in this series, and I highly recommend reading the first one before this one. I am so glad we, as readers, got Darcy's story in this book. I think exploring her and Cam's relationship was so well done, and I know after reading book one last year, that I wanted a deeper glimpse into this relationship. This is a book about so much more than friendship, though. I loved Darcy's journey through anger and rebellion. I could relate to so many of her character traits. The pacing of the problem solving was realistic, and I appreciated watching the characters wade through the situations. Also, there are so many lovable dogs in this book. It made me want to go out and adopt one, even though I have no more room for another dog. Louie, the Great Dane, was

  29. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Currie

    Every now and then, a book comes along for which five stars doesn't even come close to being good enough. This was one of them. Wow, just wow. So much beauty, so much heartache, so many hard truths, so much love, so much grace, so much depth and real life. I, in case you can't tell, absolutely loved this story, its characters, the things they struggled through, and the way they not only fell for each other but challenged each other to be better than they were. It took way longer than it would us Every now and then, a book comes along for which five stars doesn't even come close to being good enough. This was one of them. Wow, just wow. So much beauty, so much heartache, so many hard truths, so much love, so much grace, so much depth and real life. I, in case you can't tell, absolutely loved this story, its characters, the things they struggled through, and the way they not only fell for each other but challenged each other to be better than they were. It took way longer than it would usually have taken me to read it because I kept re-reading scenes and just sitting there to let the words sink in. I love how Tammy L Gray writes such real Christians - ones who are far from perfect but, in their imperfections, are so perfectly relatable. Absolutely beautiful and one I know I'll read again. Likely many times.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    4 When Darcy Malone's dream of going on the mission field devastates her, she flounders around, wondering why God allowed this and what His will is for her now. It will take a bunch of dogs and learning to let go and let God for Darcy to learn what His will is for her. Along the way, she must listen for sometimes God doesn't speak the way we want Him to. Tammy Gray writes with depth here and this is one sure to please Christian fiction fans. My thanks to the publisher and author for a copy of thi 4 When Darcy Malone's dream of going on the mission field devastates her, she flounders around, wondering why God allowed this and what His will is for her now. It will take a bunch of dogs and learning to let go and let God for Darcy to learn what His will is for her. Along the way, she must listen for sometimes God doesn't speak the way we want Him to. Tammy Gray writes with depth here and this is one sure to please Christian fiction fans. My thanks to the publisher and author for a copy of this book. The opinion here is my own.

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