Book Review | Love and the Silver Lining

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Love and the Silver Lining by Tammy L. Gray.

Book Blurb

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.

From Goodreads

Author Information

Tammy L. Gray lives in the Dallas area with her family, and they love all things Texas, even the erratic weather patterns. Her nine modern and true-to-life contemporary romances include 2017 RITA award winning, My Hope Next Door, and show her unending quest to write high quality, culturally relevant stories with relatable and flawed characters.  

When not taxiing her three kids to various school and sporting events, Tammy can be spotted crunching numbers as the financial administrator at her hometown church. Writing has given her a platform to combine her passion with her ministry all while sharing the messy, yet remarkable journey that is a faith-filled life. 

From Author Website

Danielle’s Review

Wow. This book.

Love and the Silver Lining by Tammy L. Gray is the second book in her State of Grace series and it not only lived up to, but surpassed my expectations.

The first book in the series, Love and the Little White Lie, was an incredible story. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that a second book could be just as amazing. Well, Love and the Silver Lining is definitely that.

Darcy Malone has her immediate future ripped out from under her. Though I didn’t get as close to leaving for the mission field as she did (I was in the raising support stage), I could completely relate to her grief over her future. That connection had me rooting for Darcy as she navigated her difficult family situation, her friendships, and her budding relationship.

While Darcy is the main character in this story and the single voice we hear, it is clear from the outset that Bryson Katsaros is the male lead in this drama. I loved his character and the slowly unfolding revelation of his heart.

I’m not quite sure what else to say about this story other than that you should definitely read it. Frankly, I don’t often read a book all in one day (I have littles, so I need sleep), but I sacrificed that sleep to finish this book. I had to. It had me wrapped up in its world and I wanted to see how it all worked out. And it was so worth it!

With two amazing books to this series, I cannot wait for book three. I hope you’ll enjoy this book as much as I did.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC guidelines.

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