About the Book
Twenty-one-year-old Neka is a bit of an introvert, she also happens to be stunningly beautiful. When she discovers her friend James is about to be dumped, she sees the perfect opportunity to escape from her quiet life. Can she summon the courage to leave it all behind? James Copley comes from a ruthless family. It’s rubbed off. Years ago, he disengaged from his brother’s smear campaign, but now his father has offered him an ultimatum, “Get married or lose your seat at the table.” Plotting to stamp his design on the family business, he proposes to a woman, even though he doesn’t love her. But his carefully laid plans start to unravel when she leaves him on the day she’s due to meet his family. Could years of planning his comeback vanish with her departure? A possible solution comes in an unexpected form: Neka. She’s not only a friend, but the daughter of his benefactor. And she’s right there, offering to support him. But will her support stretch to marriage? He attempts to win her over to his plan but collides with her powerful father who wants to leverage the situation for his own gain. In their fight for survival and love, they are forced to face some uncomfortable truths. Can they overcome thwarted dreams and missed chances to find true love, or does forcing destiny’s hand only lead to misery?
In My Opinion
When Neka Lacey makes an abrupt decision, her life alters in ways she never saw coming. Within the course of a day, she leaves her family’s home, travels to another state, and finds herself engaged to her friend James. The tension in James’s family both upsets Neka and firms her resolve to stand by him.
I wasn’t a huge fan of James at first. He comes off as manipulative, steering people and situations to get the results he desires. But when the tables are turned and James finds himself on the receiving end, he reacts better than I thought he would.
Add in Neka’s family, a multi-company buyout, and a couple ex-girlfriends and the idyllic life Neka hoped for begins to tarnish.
In A Gateway to Hope, E. C. Jackson pinpoints potential issues when a couple begins to merge their lives together. There are misunderstandings, disagreements, and questions about whether this relationship will make it to the altar. To survive, all relationships require communication and compromise.
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About the Author
E. C. Jackson began her writing career with the full-length play Pajama Party. For three and a half years she published the Confidence in Life newsletter for Alpha Production Ministries, in addition to writing tracts and devotionals. Teaching a women’s Bible study at her church for eleven years naturally led to her current endeavor of writing inspirational romance novels and teen and young adult fiction. Her mission: spiritual maturity in the body of Christ through fiction.