Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Her Part to Play by Jenny Erlingsson

Posted June 18, 2024 by meezcarrie in Book Review, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Jenny Erlingsson, romance / 17 Comments


Her Part to Play book review

Her Part to Play by Jenny ErlingssonHER PART TO PLAY by Jenny Erlingsson
GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Revell
RELEASE DATE: June 18, 2024
PAGES: 320

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.


I have been eagerly waiting for this book ever since I got my first glimpse of that gorgeous cover, and I am extremely happy to report that the story on the inside is every bit as gorgeous!

In Her Part to Play, Jenny Erlingsson introduces us to two engaging and multidimensional characters in Adanne and John. Adanne is a makeup artist, yes, but her heart and soul belong to carrying on the legacy of community service that her parents left behind. Unfortunately, in attempting to do so, she often (ok… usually) shoulders more than she should and hesitates to ask for help, taking on the entire burden by herself. Ohhhh I related to Adanne in this. I saw a lot of myself in her, and while that stepped on my toes a little (lol), it did so in the gentlest and best of ways. John is my favorite kind of hero – the reformed rogue. An actor who was skating very close to alcoholism before Jesus redeemed him, he now wants to honor his Savior with his career choices. But a messy breakup from his past keeps resurfacing, and a pushy manager with eyes on John’s success (rather than his faith) brings additional conflict to the story.

I absolutely loved how Adanne and John both turned to God frequently for wisdom, for comfort, for help. This was done so naturally, an organic reaction from each character, and the Biblical truths that Erlingsson includes in Her Part to Play are presented in the same way – never forced or preachy. Rather than put a damper on the romance side of this story, the faith notes actually made the romance even more breathtaking and ‘cherished’ because of the intention that prayer gave to John’s course of action in the last few chapters. I also adored John’s mom and Adanne’s aunt & cousins – they were all strong and delightful women who I would want to just hang out with all the time if I knew them in real life. There’s also a hint of some romantic tension between Adanne’s cousin Kenya and a certain doctor so I’m hoping (really hoping!) that a second book is in the works with these characters!

Bottom Line: Her Part to Play is Jenny Erlingsson’s debut novel but wow! The authentic-feeling character development, the rich layers to the plot, the tender progression of the romance, and the beauty of the faith threads all read like she has multiple published novels under her belt. The multicultural cast of characters was a highlight for me, as was the personal and lived-out (but still room to grow) faith of both Adanne and John. And the romance… oh dear readers… the romance is everything fairy tale and sweet and ‘I forgot to breathe’. The way they see each other for their real selves just filled my heart with joy, particularly in how John truly sees Adanne’s worth and beauty and talent. I cannot wait to see what Jenny Erlingsson writes next, and if you’re a fan of authors like Toni Shiloh and Carolyn Miller, you definitely need to read Her Part to Play too!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. In the interest of full disclosure, the company I freelance for as a blog/review tour coordinator was hired to promote this book with a blog and social media tour at a later date. This in no way affected my review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4.5 stars / loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3+ / will forget to breathe on occasion

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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 can be found writing romantic fiction and creative nonfiction to inspire deep faith in diverse settings, as well as encouraging other writers. Her other writings have been featured on (in)courage, Live Original, Velvet Ashes, and more. And in the margins, you might find her reading five books at a time with a side of Icelandic chocolate. Learn more at JennyErlingsson.com.


Her Part to Play giveaway

Revell is offering a print copy of Her Part to Play by Jenny Erlingsson to TWO of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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17 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Her Part to Play by Jenny Erlingsson

  1. Kasi Walas

    I want to read “Her Part to Play” by Jenny Erlingsson because it explores themes of faith, purpose, and personal growth. Erlingsson’s storytelling promises a heartfelt and inspiring journey that resonates with anyone seeking to find their true calling and make a meaningful impact.

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