Saturday, January 13, 2018

"Strains of Silence" by Bethany Kaczmarek Book Tour And A GiveAway

About the Book

Author: Bethany Kaczmarek

Genre: Contemporary Romance  
Release Date: August 1, 2017

Music was her driving passion and the truest expression of her faith, but three months before her wedding, twenty-year-old Kasia Bernolak can’t even pick up her guitar. Feeling like a fraud who will ruin her dad’s pastoral reputation, she can barely meet his eyes. When Kasia finds the strength to break off her engagement, she still doesn’t realize the dangerous truth: Blake Hamilton isn’t ready to say goodbye. And he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her. Alexander “Zan” Maddox has seen what a domineering man can do to an unsuspecting woman, and Zan is sick of injustice. He gave up a college baseball scholarship so he could protect his sister from her abusive husband. When he rescues Kasia from her ex-fianc√©, he instinctively appoints himself her personal bodyguard. Now, all he has to do is keep from falling for her himself. Kasia and Zan become fast friends, but true healing and justice might cost more than either of them is willing to pay.

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My Review: 
"Strains of Silence" by Bethany Kaczmarek is a novel of hope and healing. This book tells a story of spousal abuse and rape and abuse by an ex fiancee. This story has a few words that aren't really encouraging words, words that described a loose woman, and followers of my reviews know I dislike curse words in the books I read but I am going to say these words in this books fits the story and the tone of the plot, so I am not giving this book a less rating as I normally do.

I said in the above statement what the story is about but more than what I have already said I need to add the story is more about what keeping silence about abuse does to the victim and the victim's family.

The book is full of  inspiring quotes that makes this book seem like it could be real instead of fiction. This is done without being preachy. I especially like pages 174-175 and 239-240 and 242 and 301. Now this is the first review that I have mentioned pages numbers in a review but reading these pages will give you hope if you are suffering and finding it hard to understand what you are going through. I am going to include one quote in this review and it is from page 118 " Forgetting what lies behind, I press on" Try to drill into what God has in store for you, Kasiu. Don't miss out on His best because you're sifting through the sawdust."

I would recommend "Strains of Silence" by Bethany Kaczmarek to anyone that needs reminding that God is love and cares about us even in the midst of trials. I know this is weird to write this but if  a reader just reads these few pages I believe that they would be encouraged.  I know not all fiction books can do that but I feel this book does. Of course, I hope readers read the entire story.

I really encourage you all to read the guest post from the author. And if anyone is suffering from abuse of any type, Remember Silence makes it worse.

I say what a wonderful debut novel and I hope there are more books from Bethany Kaczmarek. As far as 2018 this is my favorite novel so far, I know it is early in the year but I think to change the status of this statement, the next book will have to be exceptionally outstanding. 

I was given a complimentary copy of "Strains of Silence" by Bethany Kaczmarek by the author and Celebrate Lit. These opinions are my own.  This book is definitely five stars.

About the Author

Bethany loves a home filled with family and friends. Word gets around that—at the Kaczmarek house—food is abundant, conversations are real, and anything is up for discussion. She and her clan are fans of laughter, indie music, sonic screwdrivers, and superheroes. Home is wherever in the world they’re all together.

Guest Post from Bethany Kaczmarek

Strains of Silence: A Novel for Anyone Who Can Say #MeToo We’re everywhere. After years of silence, many survivors of sexual assault are raising our voices. You’ve seen the hashtag. You know someone who suffered like this—a friend, a sister, a daughter. Maybe you know personally what it’s like to be used. I’m thankful for the conversations the #MeToo campaign has started, proud of the brave women who are speaking out. But I know some are still quiet, nursing wounds. I could list loads of valid reasons a victim chooses to suffer in silence.
  • People won’t believe her.
  • If she doesn’t say it out loud, it’s easier to pretend it was a nightmare.
  • He’s got authority over her—at work, at church, in the family—and it’ll cost her too much. He’s done enough damage already.
  • He’s threatened to destroy her reputation, and she believes him. One, because he’ll do it without flinching. Two, because she’s already convinced that she’s living a lie.
  • Because at church, she’s supposed to be fine, smiling, rejoicing in her suffering and pressing on. Besides, people don’t want to sit with her in her pain and listen. They’d rather offer bumper-sticker theology and trite spiritual bandages.
  • The few times she’s tried to speak up, her used-to-be friend basically made her feel like it was her fault.
The list could go on, but it’s fair to say that being honest about what happened to us makes us vulnerable all over again. The idea is understandably stressful. But you know what? Pretending we’re fine is exhausting too. We bear a great strain when we hide our hurts, for whatever reason. Kasia Bernolak, the heroine of my novel Strains of Silence, gets it. She’s got reasons for keeping it quiet too. But when God brings some new people into her life, she realizes she doesn’t have to be alone. And speaking up offers a freedom, a lightness, she wants. It’s a freedom I want for my readers. I know. Strains of Silence sounds like a heavy book right now. The themes are heavy, no doubt. There’s no glossing over and prettying up sexual assault or domestic violence. But—just like in real life—it’s how well we surround and support the suffering that can set the tone. Kasia’s friends are real, they’re funny, they’re quirky, and they believe in her. Besides, it’s not all dark and brooding. There’s travel—an entire summer in the mountains of Peru. There’s a lot of music—Kasia’s a singer/song-writer who loves indie artists (I’ve got a playlist on my website). There’s heritage and culture—meet her immigrant family and you’ll get a delicious taste of Poland. There’s humor—enough to keep the story light when you need it to be. And there’s hope. Kasia’s life is absolutely full of possibility. So are the lives of everyone who can say #MeToo. Sometimes, it just helps to see someone else fight the battle on our own horizon. And if you can do it with a fantastic new playlist and some laughs, why not? My hope is that Strains of Silence will lead to real discussions with reader-friends, book-club gatherings that become turning points, and the true pursuit of freedom. It’s time to throw off the burdens we wear and stand up. Raise your voice, link arms with others, and fight for hope. Healing is within our reach.

Blog Stops

Quiet Quilter, January 6
Fiction Aficionado, January 8
Genesis 5020, January 8
Bigreadersite, January 9 
Mommynificent, January 10
Texas Book-aholic, January 11
allofakindmom, January 11
Blogging With Carol, January 12 (Interview)
The Power of Words, January 12
Pursuing Stacie, January 12
A Greater YesJanuary 13
Janices book reviews, January 15 
Faithfully Bookish, January 16
Carpe Diem, January 18
Remebrancy, January 19

To celebrate her tour, Bethany is giving away a grand prize of a signed book, a Polish pottery mug with two of the main character’s favorite kinds of teas, 4 of her favorite albums (Josh Garrels, Waterdeep, The Gray Havens, and Andrew Greer), a box of chocolate butter cookies, and a $50 Amazon gift card!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!


  1. How I thank you! So good to know that you found encouragement and hope in my story (and Kasia's.) Thank you for such a strong endorsement. :)

  2. Sounds like a sad topic, but very important.

  3. Thank you for the chance to win it. Sounds like a good read.

  4. A new author for me. This book sounds really good.

  5. Congrats on the tour and thank you for your review and giveaway.

  6. New author to me also. Thanks for reviewing it!

  7. Wow! This author is a brave, courageous soul who has given women of all ages a great gift in this book. We just talked about the price of staying silent in our MLK Day celebration and how even one person can and does make a difference.

  8. This is a new author but book looks good. Thanks for a chance at the giveaway!