About the Book
Six weeks after leaving China, Nicki Mayfield returns to complete two critical tasks: restore order at New Hope Orphanage and re-connect with the little girl who stole her heart. However, between a stubbornly stone walling supervisor, missing documents, and personal tragedy, Nicki faces challenges at every turn. Is she the best person to bring order – and longevity – to the place these children call home? Then, with the help of an unexpected ally, Nicki makes a life-altering decision that upends her well-planned life and the lives of those around her. Will she lose it all, or has she found the way to save what matters most?
About the Author
Liana George is a sought-after speaker, blogger, and author. Before pursuing a career in writing, she was a professional organizer and is the former owner of By George Organizing Solutions in Houston. Her debut novel, Perfectly Arranged, Book One in The Hopeful Heart Series, was released in October 2021 from Scrivenings Press. When she’s not putting things in order or scribbling away, you can find her reading, traveling, or watching tennis.
More from Liana
Have you ever eaten at a Chinese restaurant and taken a fortune cookie with you when you left? Yeah, me too. For the longest time, I always associated these Pac-Man shaped treats with Chinese food and by extension, Chinese culture.
I was wrong.
The tsujiura senbei,” or “fortune cracker,” actually originated in Japan and was brought over to the United States sometime between the late 1800s and early 1900s by immigrants. Japanese bakers first began selling and making these crackers in California and Hawaii. With their unique taste and finger-sized slip of paper printed with a pithy fortune or aphorism, they quickly became a hit.
Today, the fascination with these cookies is still at an all-time high, but the ingredients have changed. Originally, they were made with miso and sesame flavoring but now they use butter and vanilla to give it that sweet taste you and I are so familiar with.
So, why am I telling you all this?
Because my novel, Perfectly Placed, book 2 in The Hopeful Heart Series, begins with the main character, Nicki Mayfield, breaking into a fortune cookie and discovering a proverb that will motivate her and move her to action. What was written on that tiny slip of paper? There’s only one way to find out. Grab a copy of Perfectly Placed – and a cookie or two – and start reading!
My Review of Perfectly Placed
“I know who Jesus is, and I believe in His promises and the plans He has. Even in the direst situations, I can rest in that truth and not be shaken.”
Nicki is a professional organizer. She finds herself back in China and tasked with helping an orphanage to streamline its systems and paperwork. But the process does not prove to be easy. Can she stay the course even when roadblocks develop?
I appreciated the fact that this book shows that God can use our gifts and abilities in ministry even if they are uncommon. If you struggle with clutter, this book contains tips as a part of the plot. I liked the fact that the emphasis was placed on relationships over stuff.
The Chinese connection is also important. Since the author lived in the country for some time, I feel like that adds authenticity to the book. The Chinese proverbs at the beginning of each chapter add an interesting insight to the Chinese thought process. At the end of the book, details are provided to explain certain parts that the readers might find hard to understand. The Chinese culture is honored rather than diminished in this book.
There are two plot points that involve a bit of mystery. I do think the reader can predict parts. But still it was interesting to read how the situations will resolve. There was one part that I did not see coming.
This is book two in a series. I definitely think that the titles need to be read together in order to fully make sense. Too many details are revealed in the first book that are necessary to understand this book. Some of the plot points that happen in the end of this book would have bothered me had I not known that there would be a book three. Part of the storyline felt a bit rushed, but now that I know that the details will be explained in the next book, it makes sense.
I love the cover of this book as I think it perfectly reflects the storyline. On a side note, I also love the fact that the author is donating a portion of the proceeds toward a mission that reflects the main organization in the book. While these details are not reflective of the text, they do increase my appreciation for this book.
I was provided with a copy of this book as a part of a book tour. All opinions are my own. I read the
first book in the series, and I wanted to read this one.
Final rating: 4.5 stars (rounded up to 5 stars)
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To celebrate her tour, Liana is giving away the grand prize package of a travel kit which includes a signed copy of Perfectly Placed, a travel cube, a travel/passport wallet, luggage tag, travel journal, packing checklist and tips, and a $25 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.
Note: This post was put up a week early. The giveaway will not be live until June 27th. Thanks! 🙂