Her Part to Play

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Desperate for extra income after her mother's passing, Adanne accepts a last-minute job as a makeup artist for a movie filming in her small Alabama hometown. She's working to save her parents' legacy and help her brother, but the money hardly seems worth having to face the actor who got her fired from her last job in Hollywood.
John Pope has made his share of mistakes over the years. But after turning his life over to God and enduring a messy breakup, he's ready to start rebuilding his career. Imagine his surprise when the woman called in to cover for his usual makeup artist is a quiet but feisty newcomer on the set--and definitely not a fan.
Sparks of tension--and could that be attraction?--fly between them, but Adanne hates the spotlight, and John's scheming manager has bigger plans for him than to end up with the humble makeup girl from the small-town South. Can these star-crossed lovers find their way to happiness? Or will the bright lights of Hollywood blind their eyes to what's right in front of them?
Debut author Jenny Erlingsson's diverse cast comes alive with faith, romance, and a touch of humor to create a story worthy of the big screen.


"A charming debut. Erlingsson hits the mark with this fun Hollywood-meets-the-South tale of love and healing and finding purpose."

Rachel Hauck, New York Times bestselling author

"Jenny Erlingsson's debut novel delves deep into the faith of a Hollywood actor and a makeup artist. As they develop a tentative friendship, Erlingsson weaves redemption, grace, and love so masterfully, the reader will reach the end before they're ready to. I'll remember the gospel truths and this sweet romance long after the last page."

Toni Shiloh, Christy Award-winning author

"Readers will care about these immensely likable characters from the very first page and find themselves emotionally invested in their love story and their personal journeys. Jenny Erlingsson has gifted us a romance that is equal parts celebrity glamour and small-town comfort, and while those two things don't always mix, the true power of Adanne and John's story is found in how beautifully these characters complement each other. I was deeply touched by this faith-filled story . . . and I also had a whole lot of fun. Fans of Denise Hunter and Toni Shiloh will not want to miss Her Part to Play!"

Bethany Turner, author of Brynn and Sebastian Hate Each Other: A Love Story

"In Jenny Erlingsson's Her Part to Play, an unlikely pair have as much to learn about themselves as they do each other. What they discover is a powerful lesson in relationships--with the Lord, among friends, within a family, and, of course, between John and Adanne. Erlingsson digs deep in her beautiful debut!"

Robin W. Pearson, Christy Award-winning author of Dysfunction Junction

"What a sparkling, stunning debut! Jenny Erlingsson weaves a Hollywood makeover tale into a hometown setting that warms the heart with--and opens the curtain on--star-crossed lovers faced with learning life's deepest lessons about who they are in Christ. Then, by faith, they can find their way to the meaning of a lasting, true love that honors him. A modern romance with old-fashioned courage and depth. More, please, from Jenny's pen!"

Patricia Raybon, Christy Award-winning author of the Annalee Spain Mysteries, including Truth Be Told

"Faith and romance are beautifully intertwined in Jenny Erlingsson's debut novel, Her Part to Play. Jenny breathes life into Adanne and John's transformative journey from conflict to connection, taking readers along for a unique ride with both Hollywood glitz and the warmth of a small town. Adanne's humor and her undeniable romantic tension with John kept me cheering for them throughout the book. Their story is a testament to God's faithfulness, a welcome encouragement that sits in your heart long after the last page."

Michelle Stimpson, author of Sisters with a Side of Greens

The Author

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    Jenny Erlingsson

    Jenny Erlingsson is an author and speaker of Nigerian descent. After 12 years working in junior high and women's ministry, she moved with her family from Alabama to Iceland. When she's not running after her four kids or ministering alongside her husband, she...

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