Wednesday, September 1, 2021

"Borrowed Lives" by Carol McClain Book Tour and GiveAway

About the Book

Book:  Borrowed Lives

Author: Carol McClain

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Release date:March 2021

God Only Lends Us Those We Love for a Season 


Distraught from recent tragedy, Meredith Jaynes takes pity on a young girl who steals from her. Meredith discovers “Bean” lives in a hovel mothering her two younger sisters. The three appear to have been abandoned. With no other homes available, Social Services will separate the siblings. To keep them together, Meredith agrees to foster them on a temporary basis.

Balancing life as a soap maker raising goats in rural Tennessee proved difficult enough before the siblings came into her care. Without Bean’s help, she’d never be able to nurture these children warped by drugs and neglect—let alone manage her goats that possess the talents of Houdini. Harder still is keeping her eccentric family at bay.

Social worker Parker Snow struggles to overcome the breakup with his fiancée. Burdened by his inability to find stable homes for so many children who need love, he believes placing the abandoned girls with Meredith Jaynes is the right decision. Though his world doesn’t promise tomorrow, he hopes Meredith’s does.

But she knows she’s too broken.


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This book is 436 pages and when I finished the last page, I was disappointed! Why, you ask, because I wanted more. yes,  this is book 1, and I have to wait till the next book is available. 

"Borrowed Lives"  by Carol McClain is the best book  I have read in awhile. It made me cry, laugh, and really made me appreciate all the good things I have in life. This book even made me think about a specific fear that I fear everyday. No, the book isn't scary or have graphic scenes, it is just talks about something I fear everyday, Again., it is me, not the book at all.

I loved this book and am recommend it to all readers who likes "real life" novels.

This book is about death, grief, fostering children and losing them back to biological family.  It is also about learning to forgive and special needs children( I know about this too as I have 4 adopted grandsons, but have had others that have been ours for a little time.) 

I urge you to get this book and let it pull at your heartstrings and it might just make you want to make the world a little better for someone who needs to know someone cares. 

I received a complimentary copy from the author and Celebrate Lit and these opinions are my own. 

About the Author

Carol McClain is the award-winning author of four novels dealing with real people facing real problems. She is a consummate encourager, and no matter what your faith might look like, you will find compassion, humor and wisdom in her complexly layered, but ultimately readable work.

Aside from writing, she’s a skilled stained-glass artist, an avid hiker and photographer. She lives in East Tennessee. Her most recent interests are her two baby goats Peanut & Buttercup. Like all babies, they love sitting on our laps and being bottle fed.


More from Carol


Their lives are messy, destructive, full of mistakes.

Mostly, their lives are beautiful.

For years, I worked with recovering addicts. When I first heard their tales, shock and disbelief overwhelmed me. I couldn’t understand the pain inflicted upon them by addicted parents or what they did in their own lives.

Without Christ, no redemption could be found in their misery. Doesn’t sound like a fun read, huh? Many recover from their addictive patterns. In the interim, the foster care system serves their families wonderfully.

All these factors, coupled with the theme that lives are only leant to us for a season create a story of hope, humor and redemption.

Aside from seeing faith in Jesus change people’s lives—there are always goats.

I love goats, but my husband hesitated in including them in our lives. Seeing as I live the lives of my characters (I am daft), I gave my protagonist in Borrowed LivesNubian goats. I raised them in my younger years, and by including them in my story, I could have goats vicariously.

Couple the above (redemption from addiction, foster care, and my obsession for goats) with my love of East Tennessee where the people are kind and friendly, and the scenery unparalleled, Borrowed Lives was born.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 1

Texas Book-aholic, September 2

Spoken from the Heart, September 2

Inklings and notions, September 3

For Him and My Family, September 4

deb’s Book Review, September 5

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 6

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 7

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 8

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, September 9

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 10

Rebecca Tews, September 10

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 11

Batya’s Bits, September 12

Pause for Tales, September 13

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 14


To celebrate her tour, Carol is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


megana said...

Thank you for sharing! I'll check this out!

Deana said...

Your review is so good. I will be reading it today and after your description I know I will enjoy it.

Rita Wray said...

I liked the review. Sounds like a good book.

Carol McClain said...

Thank you, everyone. Truly, what Debbie has said blesses me. I pray you enjoy my work.

Debbie P said...

This sounds like a great read and it is on top of my TBR list!

Carol McClain said...

Thank you for considering my work.

Roxanne C. said...

I'm interested in finding out more about Meredith and her family.

Deborah Dumm said...

I love the cover.

Caryl Kane said...

Debbie, Thank you for sharing your excellent review! Borrowed Lives sounds like a must read.