BOOK REVIEW | MEREDITH INTO THE FIRE
TITLE: Meredith Into The Fire, Book #3
AUTHOR: Amanda Gale
PUBLISHER: Brenda & Cobena Books
RELEASE DATE: July 3, 2014
GENRE: Women’s Fiction, Romance
Ever optimistic, Meredith has never given up hope that she’d recapture perfection. However, experience has taught her how easily her world can fall apart. Having endured enough losses, in Book Three, Meredith Into the Fire, she resolves that it will never happen again.
They’ve been crossing paths for over a year. Now fate seems to throw Meredith together with Shane Thayer, an aspiring celebrity chef with an odd sense of humor and a volatile temper. Struggling to make a name for himself and to satisfy the ambitions of his overbearing parents, Shane seems a far cry from the security for which Meredith yearns. But she is tired of following the same path, and she is anxious for her search to be over. Against the advice of her friends and family, to whom it is obvious that Shane is all wrong for her, Meredith sprints toward what she convinces herself is stability. Unfortunately, her attempt to take control of her life only brings her more chaos.
With tension at her job mounting and her unstable relationship rushing toward an unknown conclusion, Meredith makes a desperate grasp for control as her life crumbles around her. As her journey culminates in a dramatic explosion, will she settle for Shane or will she find what she is truly looking for?” (Description from Amazon)
Meredith Into The Fire is a classic case of settling and feeling defeated. If you’ve read books one and two, then you know that Meredith has already gone through two breakups that tore her heart apart. That’s why she pretty much gave up the search for the perfect man because she’s convinced that he’s unattainable and doesn’t exist. Then she starts dating Shane Thayer.
This book really brings the character crashing down and you see her making terrible choices and convincing herself that it’s what she really wants. Her new love interest comes from a wealthy family and is quite the spoiled entitled “brat” if you ask me. She’s exactly what his parents don’t want for their son and that becomes clear during Meredith’s interactions with them. There may have been times when Shane seemed to love Meredith, but his actions contradict that and later you find out why he decided to be with Meredith.
The whole situation made me sad for Meredith. She just couldn’t see what Shane was doing and what his true motive was for wanting to be with her. Thankfully she finds out towards the end, but not until they are literally about to walk down the isle.
Overall, this was a great addition to the Meredith series. I would suggest you read the series from the beginning before reading Meredith Into The Fire, that way you understand why she’s making those terrible decisions.
“But the most important lesson Meredith had learned was that one never knew what the future would bring; one never could predict the motives in another person’s heart, not matter how close — and that thought gave Meredith hope.”
A graduate of Vassar College and Boston University, Amanda Gale taught high school English before she began writing women’s fiction. She loves history, classic literature, and quiet nights at home. She lives outside Philadelphia with her family. (Photo Credit: Lisa Schaffer Photography)