False Impressions

Michelli Family Ties Book 1

Christian - Romance - General
328 Pages
Reviewed on 03/27/2018
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Author Biography

Sherry Crandell is a wife, mother, and author. An avid reader since childhood, she feels blessed to write for the enjoyment of her readers. Her hope is that each story and the characters in them will encourage others to form a deeper relationship with their Heavenly Father.

False Impressions is the first book in the Michelli Family Ties series and is followed by Destiny by Design. A 2017 Readers’ Favorite Award Finalist.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

With an exciting setting in contemporary Texas, False Impressions by Sherry Crandell is a delectable first entry into the Michelli Family Ties series, a tale of love, attraction, and family dynamics in an unusual context. When Tabitha Jennings - “TJ” - accepts a job far from home, she secretly tells herself she’ll be making a new start in life after a painful breakup. But then she quickly finds out that she’s actually been hired by a mob family. It’s too late to turn down the job, and the dynamics of this family are nothing like anything she’s known. Follow her adventure as she learns to meld with the family, but things get complicated when she begins to feel an irresistible attraction for Dominic, the grandson of the Michelli patriarch. Does she have the strength to stay away from him? And what has Jesus got to do with it? It will be interesting for the reader to find out.

False Impressions is beautifully written and the title is brilliantly justified, a story that is as inspiring as it is entertaining. I enjoyed the way the Michelli family is constructed, where the reader won’t expect to find openness of spirit. But, surprisingly, there is an intimacy shared among the members of this family that will surprise readers. The narrator says somewhere that there weren’t any secrets in this family and that everyone spoke openly and freely, an atmosphere that is nurtured by the fact that they have suffered a lot together. The author explores themes of family, love and lust, temptation and faith, allowing her message to simmer in the beautiful prose in a natural way. Sherry Crandell is a great storyteller and she knows what it takes to build strong conflict with human emotions. A very delightful read, indeed!

Faridah Nassozi

In False Impressions: Michelli Family Ties Book 1 by Sherry Crandell, when your heart is broken and all your plans shattered, you might make some really impulsive decisions - like run off to a faraway place, hoping to get a fresh start and leave your problems behind. However, what happens when you realize that the fresh start you sought is way more than you bargained for? After her fiancé destroys her dreams, TJ makes a rather irrational decision to accept a job away from home. However, what she soon discovers about her new employers leaves her regretting the impulsive decision. It is, however, too late to change her mind as she has already signed the contract and the Michelli family has every intention of holding her to it. She is stuck with the Michelli family for the next year and during that time she will learn a lot about them, but most especially about Dominic, the one member of the family she desperately needs to stay away from and yet seems to fail to do so. This is going to be one hell of a journey for her and her employers.

False Impressions: Michelli Family Ties Book 1 by Sherry Crandell is a very compelling read as you follow the close-knit Michelli family and the new addition to their intricate dynamics. It is very interesting to see how TJ blends into the family, especially considering their family history and how it completely contrasts with her background. Each member of the family brings something special to the plot and they complement each other perfectly to form a memorable read. There is also a lot to learn from TJ's unwavering faith and how she always trusts God to show her the way. Amidst all her doubts and questions, TJ always trusts God and follows the new path He has chosen for her.

Rabia Tanveer

False Impressions: Michelli Family Ties Book 1 by Sherry Crandell is the story of two people, poles apart, who meet by chance, but appear to be each other’s destiny. This is the story of Tabitha Jennings, “TJ,” who is suffering from the heartbreak of a broken engagement. When she is offered a job in Texas, she sees it as an escape from her heartache and grabs it with both hands. Only when she arrives in Texas does she realize what she has done.

She thought she would be taking a position as an assistant to an old man. When she realizes that she is now an assistant to a man that is the patriarch of an infamous family, her whole world crumbles. Even more disturbing for her is her employer’s grandson, Dominic, for whom she develops feelings. He may seem like someone that a girl like her would find hard to trust, but somehow she and Dominic click. No matter how much she tells her heart to stop, it is not stopping. What can she do? Should she put her head down and try to complete the term of her employment? Or should she listen to her heart and let it all go?

TJ and Dominic are both very different, yet the connection between them is undeniable. Sherry Crandell did a great job in creating such opposite characters and did not force anything. She let their chemistry grow, gave them time, and ensured that both characters were in the right frame of mind before anything escalated between them. This just made the story so relatable and made the characters more real. I enjoyed how the story bloomed and came to life. This is definitely a really good romance that I will remember.

Lesley Jones

In False Impressions: Michelli Family Ties Book 1 by Sherry Crandell, when a young woman decides to make a fresh start in Texas, little did she know that the events to follow would have her questioning everything she held true. Tabitha realizes soon enough that her employment is far from what she expected. Her new boss is the head of a ruthless Mafia family and they expect nothing but loyalty from her. She starts to question God's reasoning for placing her in such a dangerous situation, especially since she had only travelled to Texas to overcome her recent heartbreak. Tabitha is caught up in a world that goes against everything she believes is morally just. Then to add to her chaotic situation, she meets the grandson of the Michelli underworld boss, Dominic, and they are instantly attracted to one another. Dominic is a cold-hearted, sleek character who fights against his feelings for her. Tabitha is an innocent Christian girl with morals that certainly do not fit in with his agenda. Will Tabitha and Dominic realize that they both hold the secret to one another's happiness? Or will their values cloud the truth that is abundantly clear; that they are meant to be together? Will someone try to stop this union before it has even begun?

From the outset, this story was a roller coaster of excitement and suspense. The author has a great ability to set the scene in a way that hooks you and draws you into the characters' world. The dialogue was exquisite and I feel the characters were so well created that I knew who was speaking just by the language used. I also liked the way we were given an inside view of Tabitha's thoughts as she struggled with her faith. I thought the life lesson at the end was very true; that God knows what is best for you and He will only give you obstacles that will enrich you as a person. That is called faith. I also thought the line ‘God's place is not to forgive but to offer salvation’ was very true. False Impressions will take you on such an exciting journey and I would recommend everyone read it. This novel will be enjoyed by everyone, not just Christians.

Kimberlee J Benart

False Impressions: Michelli Family Ties Book 1 is a Christian romance novel by Sherry Crandell. Tabitha Joann “T.J.” Jennings is a pure-hearted “country girl” from Oklahoma raised in a loving Christian family of modest means. Brokenhearted after the breakup with her childhood sweetheart only weeks before their wedding, she drives to Dallas for a job interview at Michelli Security. After a frightening car accident on the way, she finds herself in the arms of handsome, worldly, and very temperamental Dominic Michelli. Both feel an immediate attraction, though she’s nothing like his normal choice in women; and it only takes Tabitha one look to decide that he isn’t a man to whom she could ever entrust her heart. Or is he?

In a fast-paced narrative with a complex story line and crisply-defined characters, Crandell explores the universal themes of faith, love, forgiveness, and understanding. Though False Impressions is full of action from the start, I wasn’t originally taken with the characters of Tabitha and Dominic. She seemed too weak, and he was too quick to anger. But hang in there. How often do we think we know who someone is through what they wear, how they speak, where they live, and even what kind of car they drive? Yet, every person and every family has more to them than these surface qualities, or the rumors and gossip that are spread about them. The truth can be buried and hidden until there is enough trust, enough love, enough humility, and enough compassion to unveil it.