Love Unfeigned

Love Unfeigned

by Nadine C. Keels


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First in the When It's Time series

Love to the chords of a classic jazz band, spanned over more than a decade...

Lorraine: plucky and competitive. Isaiah: impish, with a smile that gleams in more ways than one.
From the time the two first square off for a fierce wall ball battle as children, Lorraine and Isaiah can't help knowing each other, but neither can they avoid passions and misfortunes lining their path to young adulthood. When the breakup of Isaiah's family disrupts the haven he's shared with Lorraine, their natural relationship is eventually threatened by jealousy, abandonment, and a life-altering trauma too grave to...forget.

As one year follows another, and another, what might it take to reunite this divided man and woman in love: love undeniably real and unbounded by time?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781482036282
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/27/2013
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Nadine. A French name, meaning, "hope."
With her lifelong passion for life-enriching fiction, Nadine C. Keels enjoys reading and writing everything from short stories to novels. Her fiction works include Love Unfeigned and The Movement of Crowns Series, and select pieces of her lyrical poetry can be found on her spoken word album, Hope. Lyricized. As the founder of Prismatic Prospects, her communication company, Nadine has served as editor for a number of titles, and through her writing, from her books to her blog posts, she aims to help spark hope, inspiration, and genius in as many as she is privileged to reach.

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Love Unfeigned 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
SherreyM More than 1 year ago
Love Unfeigned, a novella, seizes the reader’s attention immediately with the use of words like those shared in the quote above. Nadine Keels, a first-time author for me, writes with poetic vibrancy using words and language in such a way as to entice her reader to come along and keep turning the pages. The story of Lorraine Tyson and Isaiah James, whom she calls “Braces Boy,” begins in grade school. Isaiah spends quite a bit of time with his friend, Lorraine’s brother, Earl. And the three become a tight little group. These three childhood friends captured my heart immediately, but more so Lorraine and then Isaiah as they began to show signs of caring for one another. Lorraine’s character is spunky, not to be challenged by a male of any size or age and willing to challenge anyone that she can do something she believes she can. Yet, there is a hint of a loving and compassionate young woman developing as the story grows. I loved that she called Isaiah Braces Boy when his braces glinted with sunlight the first time she met him on the playground. And Isaiah was at no loss for loving characteristics. Keels developed her characters richly, and I was drawn into Isaiah’s character as he subtly attempted to let Lorraine know how he felt about her, even before they were old enough to know what romance was all about. Not to be outdone, Isaiah adopted a nickname for Lorraine: “Itty-Bit,” reflecting her small stature. At points along the way, I had to pause to inhale Keels’ exquisite choice of words, her descriptive scenes and language, and the play she created among the various other players in her story. Keels has definitely been gifted in the craft of fiction writing. My Recommendation:  If you enjoy reading a good love story, one built around a love that cannot be denied, you must read Love Unfeigned. Nadine Keels is a writer to be followed. If this book is any evidence at all of her ability to compete with other writers, Nadine Keels will be on our TBR piles for some time. Don’t miss this book! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Love Unfeigned by Nadine C. Keels is a novella. Lorraine Tyson and Isaiah James are childhood friends and she used to call him 'braces boy.' Her first meeting with him is on the playground where she challenges him at a game. They connect well after that. The story is about how their relationship matures into love and how they slowly becomes very attached to each other. When they break up, the relationship turns into one filled with jealousy and resentment. The story is beautiful and the development of Lorraine's love for Isaiah, from that of a friend to a lover, is done in a subtle way. The characters of both Lorraine and Isaiah are powerful and very likable. The two remain in readers' minds after they put down the book. The couple's romantic gestures, their first meeting, their bonding as friends which slowly turns into love is nicely developed by the author. The characters grow up together and they relate so well.  The author's expressions and descriptions are very visual and poetic. The wordplay and language are expressive and rich. It is a beautiful love story that slowly evolves and matures into an intense romance. The sadness in the story comes when Lorraine and Isaiah break up and start hating each other. Isaiah's family also starts disliking Lorraine. Will Lorraine and Isaiah forget the bad times and get back together and rekindle their romance? Will their love and trust for each other triumph again?
RabidReaderReviews More than 1 year ago
Within the first few pages of “Love Unfeigned,” readers will confirm with Keel’s biography that she is a poet. There is an attention to language and its visual impact rarely seen with authors of any genre. There is a musicality and emotion inherent in the words chosen that will pick a reader up and carry them through the story lending intensity to the movements of the characters though the timeline of the story. There is a hint of Toni Morrison who famously agonized for weeks over the house number in “Beloved” to come up with exactly the right number that would add to the story and lend credibility to the characters. Keel’s work has a similar sense of great thought and specific choices made. The nicknames “Braces” and “Itty Bitty” at the start are as much descriptors as names. We watch the characters grow up together and while we only get little snippets of their lives they are snippets that feel as though they have meaning. Moments branded in memory. The POV shifts between “Me” and “She” very organically. Keels balances the objective and subjective shifts perfectly. I have called literature art before but I think this story qualifies as a visual masterpiece. Readers will look askance at me and wonder if I’m overstating. Perhaps but Lorraine and Isaiah’s story is an immersive experience. If you like classic literature, stories of the human experience and romance novels, “Love Unfeigned” is the novella for you.
JGRWriter More than 1 year ago
What of an author that can take mere words, play with them and transform a simple tale of love into an experience to be revered and treasured. “Love Unfeigned” by Nadine C. Keels is such a novel. I savored each expression and word choice in Ms. Keels loving novel. She is a skilled word-tress – please forgive me for creating another word, but it’s befitting considering the talents of this wonderful author. “Love Unfeigned” chronicles the love of Lorraine and Isaiah, even before they knew or truly understood what love was. The word choice was very sophisticated, even for the younger versions of these lovers; nevertheless, there is something passionate and enticing of taking a slew of intellectual terms and filling up such a story. I found myself pausing to breathe in and allow Ms. Keels love of words to fill my soul. If you are in need to a perfectly enticing love affair, one that draws on your senses, heart, emotions and mind, then I implore you to journey into the mind of Nadine C. Keels. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this story It is well written and quite and engaging read with intricate challenges and characters makes it a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this story It is well written and quite and engaging read with intricate challenges and characters makes it a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Heart Wants What the Heart Wants! Lorraine Tyson met the love of her life when she was in the third grade. Isaiah James was in the fourth grade and her brother Earl’s best friend. He was so handsome. He had dark brown hair and a mouthful of shinny braces, what’s not to love. Isaiah became a constant fixture in the Tyson household. Lorraine, Earl and Isaiah spent a great deal of time together over the next few years. They would ride bikes, go to church every Sunday and often studied together. Lorraine and Isaiah shared many firsts together. He gave her, her first Valentine’s present, first kiss on her forehead, and taught her how to dance. When she was twelve he gave her the ultimate…a kiss on the lips. At that moment she knew she would never love another. Soon their lives would change forever. Isaiah’s parents divorced and he went to live with his Dad. He did stay in the same school system but over time he withdrew from the entire Tyson family. By the time Lorraine reached high school she found out that Isaiah had a girlfriend. She felt devastated, abandoned and heartbroken. Every time she would see him, he would give her just enough attention to renew her hope. When Isaiah graduated and left for college, she knew she would never see him again. Knowing that, she still knew she would never love another. Many years later, while she was shopping their paths crossed again. Was he married? Was she? Did he still love her? Could they at least be friends again? This enchanting love story is a must read! Having only ever loved one person in my life, I know how she must have felt seeing him again. Author Nadine Keels, you played my heart strings like a fiddle! GREAT STORY. Stephanie Lasley, from The Kindle Book Review The Kindle Book Review received a free copy of this book for an independent, fair, and honest review. We are not associated with the author or Amazon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago