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Can true love be built on lies? A teen on the run seeks relief
and redemption in this gripping, “compulsively readable” ( >School Library Journal) romantic read that Kirkus Reviews
calls a “marvelous debut, moving and
suspenseful.”

Leah Kurtz has finally found a place to call
home, a town where she and baby Addy can live in peace, far from the
drug-infested place she grew up. Chris is one of the best parts of her
new life, the only person who’s ever made her feel safe. And now
that she’s found him, there’s no way she can tell the
truth:

Her real name is Faith, not Leah. She’s seventeen,
not nineteen. And the baby isn’t hers—Faith kidnapped
her.

Faith’s history catches up with her when a cop starts
asking questions and Chris’s aunt spots her picture in the
newspaper. She knows it’s time to run again, but if Faith leaves,
she’ll lose Chris. If Chris is in love with a lie, though, did
Faith ever really have him in the first place?

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Reviews for Leap of Faith:

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Nov 18, 2013

3.5 stars.
I really enjoyed this book. It's a very different plot then anything I've read before. Teenage girl on the run with a newborn baby that isn't even hers.
She's not running from a psychotic ex.
She's not running from responsibilities.
She's literally running from a mother who's about to sell the baby she just carried for 9 months, do a drug dealing couple who are cheating on each other.
She wants a better life for her sister. It's commendable, and also intriguing as far as plot lines go.

3.5 stars.
I really enjoyed this book. It's a very different plot then anything I've read before. Teenage girl on the run with a newborn baby that isn't even hers.
She's not running from a psychotic ex.
She's not running from responsibilities.
She's literally running from a mother who's about to sell the baby she just carried for 9 months, do a drug dealing couple who are cheating on each other.
She wants a better life for her sister. It's commendable, and also intriguing as far as plot lines go.

Faith, or Leah as she's called for most of the book, does run on the immature side. Sure, she's embraced the responsibilities of motherhood, fugitive, and anything else that she needs to be in order to protect Addy, but overall she's a 16 year old girl. Alot of the choices she makes are the reflections of a 16 year old girl. Thankfully, she's not petty or whiny, she just does what she thinks she has to do, and makes a huge web of lines in the mean time.
Throughout most of the book I was just thinking TELL HIM. Chris is a great character. Realistic, sweet, and absolutely doting on Addy. I loved him. He's also somewhat oblivious. I really wished he would have bucked up at some point and pressed the issue of her past and her secrets with her. Maybe if he did, she would have told him and we all could have avoided the insuing drama. Then again, I suppose he had no reason to think that they didn't have all the time in the world for her to come clean with him on her own terms.

Anyways, it was an enjoyable book. Until the end.
At first, I thought my e-reader was screwing up, because it wasn't letting me flip to the next chapter. Then I realised that that was THE END, and I just about blew a gasket. I then about blew another gasket when I found no evidence of a seccond book to come. Hopefully, Jamie Blair is not that cruel.

For those of you that do not like horrible suprises, like me, I'm going to give a small spoiler about the end.

Basically, after Faith/Leah makes a few bad decisions, mostly based on cawardice of not wanted to tell Chris the truth, she leaves him. At an IHOP, and steals his truck. She did write him a letter, 12 pages, telling him every little ounce of truth that she had been leaving out for the past few months. She also tells him where his truck will be, so it's not like she's completely screwed him over.
After finding out that the law has actually not been on her ass all tis time, and that neither her mother nor the druggies who originally wanted the baby are interested in taking Addy, Faith/Leah is left alone, with a 3 month old baby, and no money. Also, no where to go, since she alianated the people who had taken her in, and the boyfriend she loved.

After getting some cash from her sister, and blowing through it quickly, she decided to contact social services. After all, a better life for Addy is what she always wanted, and pretty soon she wouldn't even be able to feed them. When social services doesn't work out, she puts an add online.

Sounds like the actions of a 17 year old, right?
To be fair, although I was pulling out my hair when I got to this point, Jamie Blair did a fantastic job of relaying Faith/Leahs hopelessness, as well as the insane pain and despondency that thinking about giving Addy up was creating.
At the same time, she had options she just refused to even think about.

I was wondering,, how can you think about giving her to perfect fucking strangers, but wont pick up the phone and call the man that loves you both to death?

This is why I didn't rate higher than 3.5 stars.

Anyways, the cliffhanger.
Addy is about to leave to meet up with the possible family for Addy when there is a knock at her door. Guess who?
Chris. Whoop.
All I was thinking was, thank god. He's not going to let her do anything retarded.
Then...Nothing.

I'm sure many of you can understand why I thought my e-reader was malfunctionning.
Maybe it's because I love HEAs.
Maybe it's because I haven't read any 'cliffhangers' in a long time.
I was completely shocked that it was over.

I want to know what happens. I want my HEA! Damn it.

Jamie, you can't leave us hanging like this. It's evil!



Definately a worthwhile read, but be prepared for the ending. ...more
5

Dec 28, 2011

Jamie Blair is one of the most talented writers I know. I had the privilege of being one of the first readers of this novel and loved it in rough draft forms. This is one of those novels you NEVER FORGET. It will stay with you. It will stand out. I can't even compare it to another YA book because the plot is so fresh. I would like to see this as a movie one day!

Add this to you TBR shelf. You're gonna love it.
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Feb 10, 2014

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. VERY DISAPPOINTED for two reasons.
1. Abrupt non-ending!!
This was the biggest piss-off for me, because I was only really reading it TO SEE WHAT HAPPENED. and the book didn't have the courtesy to tell me that.
Would have been three stars if not for that ending. 'cause it was an ok read, for the most part.

2. Disappointed that other reviewers didn't have more complaints about this book. I was hoping to see some, "Well, I was a teenage mother, and it isn't like that at all."

Also, the title? And the VERY DISAPPOINTED for two reasons.
1. Abrupt non-ending!!
This was the biggest piss-off for me, because I was only really reading it TO SEE WHAT HAPPENED. and the book didn't have the courtesy to tell me that.
Would have been three stars if not for that ending. 'cause it was an ok read, for the most part.

2. Disappointed that other reviewers didn't have more complaints about this book. I was hoping to see some, "Well, I was a teenage mother, and it isn't like that at all."

Also, the title? And the main character's name is Faith?
Ugggghhhh.
I didn't even pick up on that until I was halfway through the book, because my e-reading software doesn't display the title while I'm reading, so I don't even know what stuff is called half the time.

This is the story of a girl who lives with her druggie/prostitute mother, who is pregnant with a baby some couple is paying her to have for them. But 17-year-old Faith doesn't want the baby to grow up in trashy drug-addicted squalor like she had to, so when the baby is born, she takes the baby and runs away to Florida.

And she meets a Really Nice Guy who lets her rent a room in his house for $100 a month.

As another reviewer pointed out, it all just came together a little too easily for her for it to be believable.

And then she fell for the guy (duh), and then she ditched him to go back home to Ohio and come clean to her mother. Which turned out to be pointless, because, meh, spoilers. Spoilers I don't even care enough about to reveal.

And then the end is like, possibly the true love nice guy is at the door of her hotel room because he tracked her down because he loves her sooo much. OR possibly she's just imagining it. You decide!

No.

Well, I don't know of any way he could have tracked her down to that hotel, so, there you go.

So, ok, since it's up to me to figure out my own ending, here is my new ending:
Then they all died. the end. ...more
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Dec 14, 2012

I don't get the ending at all. If I got a paperback, I would be thinking someone ripped several pages from it. Ehh...
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Mar 06, 2013


Read more of my reviews at Nick's Book Blog.

Actual Rating : 3.5/5

Beautiful, raw and honest, Jamie Blair's Leap of Faith was a stunning debut that had me latched onto its pages wanting for the main character to have the happily ever after she deserved. If only the reader had some kind of closure at the end of the book, this would have been a solid 5 stars read for me.

Faith's mother was a drug addict who cared about nothing and no one except for her drugs. She was such a piece of work and my
Read more of my reviews at Nick's Book Blog.

Actual Rating : 3.5/5

Beautiful, raw and honest, Jamie Blair's Leap of Faith was a stunning debut that had me latched onto its pages wanting for the main character to have the happily ever after she deserved. If only the reader had some kind of closure at the end of the book, this would have been a solid 5 stars read for me.

Faith's mother was a drug addict who cared about nothing and no one except for her drugs. She was such a piece of work and my dislike for her only grew by folds as the book progressed. Because she was short on money, she decided to get pregnant and sell the baby to another drug addict couple. When Faith realizes that her baby sister would probably have to grow up in the same circumstances that she did, she kidnaps her from the hospital. Faith was a beautifully fleshed out characters. She was both likeable and unlikeable, which made her a complex and intriguing character. Despite the fact that kidnapping is wrong, I admired Faith's willingness to put herself in the face of danger for the sake of her baby sister who she named, Addy. I did have some issues with Faith from time to time, mostly the fact that she lied a lot to the people she met when she ran away, but I understood her circumstances and got where she was coming from.

The secondary characters in this book were also fabulous. Chris, the boy Faith meets and slowly grew a relationship with, was possibly my favorite. I loved how willing he was to take care of Faith and Addy. He was the good guy who made my heart swell with love for him. Chris' grandmother was another delightful addition to Leap of Faith. She was such a sweetheart and the complete opposite of Faith's drug addict mother. The way she cared for Addy and Faith and the way she showered love on them was a highlight for me in this book.

Now, I've never had a baby before or had to look after one all by myself, but I thought Jaime Blair painted a realistic picture of what taking care of a newborn is like. It was not easy and the toughness and obstacles that a young mother faced were written in an authentic manner, in my opinion. The getting up at random hours, the frequent need to feed and the constant baby poop that has to be cleaned were all shown. In no way did Jamie Blair make the reader feel that having a baby was all fun and rosy. There were definitely some sweet moments such as Addy's first roll and her first laugh that made Faith and the reader feel like all those obstacles that Faith overcame were worth it. The different relationships that Faith developed with the people she met and Addy were also written in such a way that they touched my heart. Faith's growing love for Addy was a highlight for me. I loved watching her interact with the baby and I loved how she was willing to do anything for her sister.

The romance that developed between Faith and Chris was also another favorite of mine. From the beginning, the reader was aware that their relationship wouldn't be an easy one because Faith was pretending to be Leah, a teenage mom running away from an abusive guy, but there was something endearing about it. I was frustrated with Faith for the secrets that she kept from him, but considering her situation and her past, it was realistic. My only problem with Leap of Faith was the open ending. I dislike open ending with a passion. I need closure when it came to books and Leap of Faith ended rather abruptly and I kept turning the pages to see if something was up with my reader and it was blocking. This is actually one case where I would love to see a sequel being written.

Leap of Faith was an outstanding debut and Jaime Blair seems like she's a promising author. This book was emotional and beautifully written. It's a must-read for fans of gritty YA contemporary books. ...more
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Dec 01, 2013

What the fUCK was that.

Is my copy missing the last couple of chapters? Is my copy faulty? Do I need to go and buy a new copy just so I can get some fucking closure for this book? Did that actually happen? Did I mysteriously forget the last bit of the book? What just happened there?

I'm not even kidding. I spent half an hour after I'd finished this book on the internet to see if it was all a cruel joke that the universe had played on me, or if that really was how the book ended. I cannot believe What the fUCK was that.

Is my copy missing the last couple of chapters? Is my copy faulty? Do I need to go and buy a new copy just so I can get some fucking closure for this book? Did that actually happen? Did I mysteriously forget the last bit of the book? What just happened there?

I'm not even kidding. I spent half an hour after I'd finished this book on the internet to see if it was all a cruel joke that the universe had played on me, or if that really was how the book ended. I cannot believe it. I mean, it wasn't even a powerful cliffhanger that added something to the story, it was a crappy, what-the-fuck cliffhanger that completely ruins the whole story.

I'm actually raging right now. How can you end a book like that, with no closure. Seriously?
(view spoiler)[ I just wanted to see how Chris reacts to Faith/Leah's confessions and what happens next with the parents adopting Addy (hide spoiler)] ending it there was a bad mistake, Jamie.

I can't even write a decent review here I can't focus on anything but that ending. Wow, what a let down. ...more
5

Dec 28, 2011

Fabulous and exciting debut! It has everything: romance, suspense, drama--all the biggies!

I was thrilled to get to be an original beta reader. Can't wait to hold the final product in my hand!!! :)
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Aug 22, 2012

"Once you name it, it's yours.
Someone said that once.
I don't remember who, but it's true. I named her. She's mine."

As some of you might know, I've been in a reading slump, reading bad book after bad book. I was way past my breaking point. I had had enough of reading books that didn't love me back so I picked this one up. I bought it a while ago and was waiting for the 'right time' to read it, which was now, because otherwise I would just start screaming at everyone (I was already half way "Once you name it, it's yours.
Someone said that once.
I don't remember who, but it's true. I named her. She's mine."

As some of you might know, I've been in a reading slump, reading bad book after bad book. I was way past my breaking point. I had had enough of reading books that didn't love me back so I picked this one up. I bought it a while ago and was waiting for the 'right time' to read it, which was now, because otherwise I would just start screaming at everyone (I was already half way there, being pissed at everything). And this book was great. It was heart-wrenchingly beautiful and though it wasn't perfect it touched me in a way no book has in (what seems like) a long long long time.

I read this within 2.5 hours, I COULDN'T STOP!! I needed to know how this would end. I am not even sure how to put everything into words because I am still shocked by the beauty of this book.

Faith has never been particularly brave and has a rather low self-esteem. Her older sister is graduating soon and then she'll be left in the hell-hole all alone. She doesn't think she'll make it out though because she isn't particularly smart and cannot be athletic (like her sister) because she has asthma. It isn't until her mom is having a baby (which she is being paid to have might I mention) that something changes inside Faith. She needs to save the baby from having the kind of crappy life she had and so little by little, subconsciously, she starts planning and the day the baby is born she runs away.

You cannot but help empathize with her because she doesn't really know anything about babies but she really wants to keep Addy. She'll do anything to keep her safe yet she isn't sure if she made the right decision because what if she cannot sustain the two of them? What IF?

The way the author portrays the whole situation seems realistic for me. Of course I realize I probably won't be the best judge of that but still. Raising a baby is hard, it has it's ups and downs.

Faith's interaction with the baby is also really great. She can come off as over-protective but who wouldn't expect her to be? She makes stupid decisions but you really cannot expect her not to seeing the kind of situation she is in. I loved seeing her fall more in love with the baby each day despite all the hard-ships. It really goes to show it really doesn't matter who the birth mother is.

The romance is actually not the highlight of the book for me because really this is Faith's story, no one elses. I loved Chris but Faith really was the highlight of this book. Their romance is great. It isn't cliched and it's sweet and realistic in some ways. I'll admit to thinking it had a rather insta like feel to it but that really can be justified. When no one has really ever been kind to you in your life or treated you with respect, you're bound to be fascinated with someone who does (and it helps that he is cute ;)). It doesn't hurt that she is realistic about the fact that things won't be so easy for the two of them seeing that she is keeping so many secrets.

My main problem with the story was that there were some what I'll call time gaps. It went by too fast (not in a good way), there just seemed to be some things that didn't connect as well as I would have liked, holes that could have been filled.

The ending is somewhat open which might bother some people but because I am rather optimistic, I already imagine everything is going to work out.

In the end this was an excellent debut and the author shows a lot of promise. I am definitely reading whatever else Jamie is going to put out.

I recommend this book to people who love emotional contemporary books. ...more
5

Jan 01, 2012

Ahhh I beta-read this book in its early stages, and it was amazing even then. I cannot wait to see how it has changed and grown in the past two years. Congrats, Jamie!! So excited to buy your book!
5

Dec 28, 2011

Read the early drafts and LOVED. <3 Although I'm not sure what the newest version looks like, I'm fairly certain it'll be more badass than before. I know how hard Jamie's worked on this, and I'm very proud of her. Can't wait to own a copy. :)
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Sep 03, 2013

I think I'm done. It's nothing against the book but something about this story isn't clicking with me. I tried.
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Jun 05, 2017

I have to give this a 3.5. The ending made me furious. I stayed up late reading this because I had to know what happened to Faith aka Leah. The teenage girl who ran away with a baby that wasn't hers to save her from a life of hell with her unfit mother. This plot was unlike anything I'd ever read, and that in itself is impressive.

Faith was so many things at once. Brave, but impulsive, and naive. Strong, but fragile. This conjured up so many different emotions. I wanted to shake Faith, but I I have to give this a 3.5. The ending made me furious. I stayed up late reading this because I had to know what happened to Faith aka Leah. The teenage girl who ran away with a baby that wasn't hers to save her from a life of hell with her unfit mother. This plot was unlike anything I'd ever read, and that in itself is impressive.

Faith was so many things at once. Brave, but impulsive, and naive. Strong, but fragile. This conjured up so many different emotions. I wanted to shake Faith, but I understood why she did the things she did. There were moments where I felt the story was really pushing it in the believability factor. Some things were a little too convenient, but I wanted the feel-good, there are still good people out there vibes it gave me, so I let that slide.

I learned the publisher cut the ending and it did a true disservice to the book. I take back my 3.5, give the book a 4 star, and I'm adding the link with the intended ending. I enjoyed Ms. Blair's style and new ideas. I'm hoping to see more from her in the future.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/8pnqmi27067...

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Nov 10, 2016

This book was amazing right up until the end! I loved this book and the whole story behind it but the end made me very mad because it was a cliff hanger and there isn't even a second book!
This book is about a teenage girl named Faith who doesn't have a good home life at all. Her dad died when she was too young to even remember him and her mom is a complete jerk who only gets money from drugs and sex. Faith's older sister, Hope, is the only thing that Faith has ever had in her life who cares This book was amazing right up until the end! I loved this book and the whole story behind it but the end made me very mad because it was a cliff hanger and there isn't even a second book!
This book is about a teenage girl named Faith who doesn't have a good home life at all. Her dad died when she was too young to even remember him and her mom is a complete jerk who only gets money from drugs and sex. Faith's older sister, Hope, is the only thing that Faith has ever had in her life who cares about her. Soon enough though, Hope is out of high school and going off to college, leaving Faith will her miserable life and mom.
Faith's mom eventually gets pregnant and she has a plan that when the baby is born, she will sell it to a couple who is just like her (drugs) and she will get a ton of money. Faith decides to change this plan though so the baby doesn't have to have a life like she did and she can get back at her mom. Once the baby is born Faith ditches her mom at the hospital and drives a couple states away. Throughout the story, Faith has many struggles for being a teenage mom but she finally finds a nice home, job, boyfriend, and a new family but the catch is that she's a complete lie. She told her boyfriend, family, and friends all lies so she couldn't get caught and they wouldn't know she's a kidnapper. Read the book to follow Faith's adventure as she tries to give baby Addy the life she deserves.
This book is great! It has a good plot and I am able to visualize the book in my mind as I read everything. The author does a good job on focusing on Faith's feelings and being able to let us readers knowing how she feels. My favorite part of this book is when Faith finally gets a good job, a boyfriend, and a family that loves her. It makes me happy that she is able to once in her life be happy and feel like someone cares about her. This also though is what I don't like about the book, Faith completely lies to everyone. She ends up in a huge pickle and has to pull herself out of it but it isn't easy for her. During these parts I wish I could jump into the book and tell Faith to just tell the truth! The worst part of this book though was the ending. It made me want to throw the book out the window because it left me with so many unanswered questions. It ends in the worst part and I just want to know what happens! There's not even a second book! I still do though recommend this book to any teenagers and adults because it does have some life lessons in it that I learned from it. Overall, it was a great book and I never wanted to put it down but if I had to change one thing it would definitely be the ending.


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Sep 09, 2013

Wow... This book is nerve wracking and heart wrenching..... And then you have to wait for the next book at a momentous part!

OMG... Faith/Leah. She truly needed someone to love her... Even if she had to kidnap a baby to get that... And then she gets Chris and his family out of it... And then due to her youth and panic... She walks away!

I can't wait for the next book... I need to know that Addy gets Chris back!
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Mar 25, 2013

Lately I seem to be reading a lot of books with a solid premise, but the execution is somehow lacking. Sadly, Leap of Faith definitely falls into that category. I thought this was a great idea for a story, but theres pretty much nothing in this book that I believed, bought into, or related to.

When the story stars out Faiths life is terrible. She has this crazy drug-addict mother; this older sister, Hope, whos the golden child and Faith adores, but Hope doesnt seem to care at all about Faith; and Lately I seem to be reading a lot of books with a solid premise, but the execution is somehow lacking. Sadly, Leap of Faith definitely falls into that category. I thought this was a great idea for a story, but there’s pretty much nothing in this book that I believed, bought into, or related to.

When the story stars out Faith’s life is terrible. She has this crazy drug-addict mother; this older sister, Hope, who’s the golden child and Faith adores, but Hope doesn’t seem to care at all about Faith; and a completely dead-end life, she doesn’t have a boyfriend, she has a dead-end job, and she’s a terrible student. I felt for her, I really did, but it also seemed to be all such at one extreme that I had a difficult time totally buying it.

Then Faith steals the baby, a baby her mother only had to get money for drugs, and I was mostly on-board with that decision, it was a crazy decision, but I get why she did it. But then it becomes clear that she has zero idea how to care for a baby and the fact that she has no money, no one to help her, and no clue what to do with a two-day-old is really kind of terrifying. I know it’s just a book, but I was really afraid for the baby’s life. And maybe that’s how the author wanted me to feel, but it wasn’t a good feeling or something that made me respect the book.

Faith and the baby end up in Florida and somehow stumble into this amazing family. There’s the hard-nose but kind waitress who hooks them up with a place to stay; Chris, the 20-year-old son of the landlord, who immediately falls in love with Faith and the baby; Chris’s grandmother who goes above and beyond the call of what a biological grandmother should do to help Faith; and this whole neighborhood of women who are so kind of helpful. I’m not saying that good people don’t exist, I know they do, but that’s a hell of a lot of good people.

Then there’s what I guess is the climax. Yes, as the description says a cop comes and starts asking questions and yes, Chris’s aunt spots a picture of Faith in the paper, but really, after the fear of those things quickly goes away. I was left shaking my head at the decisions Faith made. And then she follows through on her decisions and I was left feeling pretty unsatisfied.

The best thing I can say about this book is that it was a very fast read. At 240 pages it only took me a couple of hours to get through. Also, I kind of liked that Faith was a little dumb. I know that’s mean, but I feel like so often in YA books the characters are the smart, mousy, misunderstood girls and it was nice to have a main character who just wasn’t that bright. The romance was fine, I thought Chris seemed like a great guy, but, like I already said, almost too great. Faith deserved someone good in her life so the romance part of it didn’t bother me quite as much as some of the other parts of the story, but I still didn’t think a 20-year-old guy would pretty much immediately fall in love with a teenage mother and her baby.

Bottom Line: The overall concept of this is a great idea for a story, but I was left shaking my head at the execution. I found the people and the different story lines either nerve-wracking or just not believable. Give this one a try if you’d like, but I’m certainly not going to be recommending it to anyone.

I received an electronic review copy of this book from the publisher (thank you!). All opinions are (obviously) my own.

This review first appeared on my blog. ...more
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Sep 09, 2013

4.5 STARS!

OMG are the first words out of my mouth as I start reading Leap of Faith. I started reading around 10pm and what I thought would be a quick look into the book before I went to bed turned into me reading 75% of the book in the first night! It was THAT good!

What hooked me in this book was that the premise was something that has never been done before. How often do you read about a young 16/17 year old girl who kidnaps her newborn baby sister to find a better life - away from drugs, 4.5 STARS!

OMG are the first words out of my mouth as I start reading Leap of Faith. I started reading around 10pm and what I thought would be a quick look into the book before I went to bed turned into me reading 75% of the book in the first night! It was THAT good!

What hooked me in this book was that the premise was something that has never been done before. How often do you read about a young 16/17 year old girl who kidnaps her newborn baby sister to find a better life - away from drugs, alcohol, neglect in the hopes of finding a more promising future? Often times at this age, you find that young teenagers are self absorbed and thinking of their own things but not Faith. Faith has no relationship with her mother and the only person she has ever counted on in her life is her sister Hope. Faith's mother completely disgusted me as she did things solely for her own benefit and no one else's. I hated how she treated her daughters and even more the lengths she would go to to get her fix and to make money.

Faith (also known as Leah) is strong, independent and a go-getter and it shows as she tries to build a life for herself and Addy in Florida. In an instant, she becomes a young mom and has to learn the ropes of taking care of a child - and boy it wasn't easy for her. And yes its hard to be a single mother let alone having to do it completely alone with no support, no money and living with the fear of being caught for kidnapping. Being a mother, I could totally relate to the things she experienced and I felt that Jamie did a very realistic portrayal and I wanted to jump into my kindle and help Faith through all of her hardships. Often times I could sense that Faith wanted to just give up but the love for her sister shined through all of her actions and I found her strength to carry on and not give up admirable.

Faith meets Chris in FL - she is renting the apartment in his home. There is something about him that awakens something in her - something that she never knew existed. I LOVE Chris - he is nurturing, understanding and completely cares about Faith and Addy. He gives Faith the things she has never had before - support and love. In my heart, I adore them together because they both are getting what they deserve - happiness and love. I also completely LOVED Chris' grandmother as you can finally see a family for Faith and it warmed my heart for her and Addy to be able to experience people caring for them for the first time.

I'll admit that reading this book had me completely nervous as I was afraid of Faith getting caught and what her mom's reaction would be. The lies that Faith tells are compounding upon each other and I know that something will eventually break.

So will Faith get caught? Once Chris learns the real truth, will he still accept her for who she is and what she has done? Will their love be able to overcome it all?

I enjoyed Leap of Faith completely. It was suspenseful and romantic and had me on the edge of my seat. It was something that I didn't expect and I think it's a book that many will enjoy. The only downfall - waiting for book 2 to find out what happens! Ahh!!!

Great job Jamie! Your debut novel is a complete success, it was beautifully written and I look forward to reading what you have for us next! <3
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Sep 11, 2013

I hate my life. I want out of it so bad, I think I might die sometimes.

To say Faith's home life is miserable would be an understatement. Her mum is the poster child for dysfunction. She is addicted to drugs, takes no active role in caring for her children and has just fallen pregnant with a baby that she will give to another couple. Not because she has a good kind heart, but for the money they have agreed to pay her. The couple is as equally as dysfunctional as her. She couldn't really care I hate my life. I want out of it so bad, I think I might die sometimes.

To say Faith's home life is miserable would be an understatement. Her mum is the poster child for dysfunction. She is addicted to drugs, takes no active role in caring for her children and has just fallen pregnant with a baby that she will give to another couple. Not because she has a good kind heart, but for the money they have agreed to pay her. The couple is as equally as dysfunctional as her. She couldn't really care less about the baby as she continues to take drugs and smoke throughout the whole pregnancy. Yes, she's a nice piece of work. So Faith comes up with a plan. She's going to take the baby in the hope of giving her a better life.

I look down at the baby in my arms. Dark blue eyes. Brown fuzzy hair. Red, puffy cheeks. "Addy," I whisper.
Once you name it, it's yours.
Someone said that once.
I don't remember who, but it's true. I named her. She's mine.

So when Addy is born, they flee town. Faith becomes Leah and she passes Addy off as her own. Needing somewhere to live, Leah rents a room from Chris and his father. Chris has secrets of his own. Secrets that he's not quick to share. But as he lets Leah into his life more and more the guilt that Leah feels for all the lies she's telling Chris slowly starts to eat away at her. Will she tell Chris the truth? And what will Chris do once he learns the lies that have been told?

The premise of Leap of Faith was one that I hadn't read before in a Young Adult book. And while the story centres around the kidnapping of Addy it's done in a way that you are completely on Leah's side. I found myself praying that things would work out for her, but as the story goes on it looked more and more like her actions were going to catch up with her and my heart was in my throat for a good chunk of the book. I loved experiencing the journey of Leah feeling like a part of a family when she was with Chris. She's had such a hard life and I just wanted her to feel loved and wanted.

Chris was an amazing character. He was so quick to help Leah and to become a big part in Addy's day to day life. He was so incredibly loving and caring. What a huge responsibility for someone his age to take on but he did it with such ease.

His eyes meet mine. I see myself in them. Not just my reflection. He's giving me everything I desperately need. And I'm giving him something too. But I have no idea what. I just know that I can see it in his eyes, the yearning to keep me there with him, to keep us with him.

Leah and Chris seemed to have an instant connection. Chris just seemed to be drawn to Leah. And while their romance developed quickly it also seemed very natural despite the things that Leah is keeping from him.

Leap of faith was an amazing story of strength, love and determination. A really well written read with a killer of an ending, although I have heard that there will be a novella to come in the future. If you love YA Contemporary romance then I would highly recommend Leap of Faith.

4.5/5 Sweet Chris Stars ...more
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May 16, 2013

I'm certainly not the biggest lover of Contemporary Young Adult novels, and that leads to the question about why I even read them then. Well, it's like looking for a diamond in a mountain of coal - I WANT to find the good ones, the ones that I can love and make me want to read more of the genre.

I picked up Leap of Faith because it's a YA Contemporary issues book and I was intrigued by the plot - a young girl kidnaps a baby to give her a better life. Of course there are challenges as Leah/Faith I'm certainly not the biggest lover of Contemporary Young Adult novels, and that leads to the question about why I even read them then. Well, it's like looking for a diamond in a mountain of coal - I WANT to find the good ones, the ones that I can love and make me want to read more of the genre.

I picked up Leap of Faith because it's a YA Contemporary issues book and I was intrigued by the plot - a young girl kidnaps a baby to give her a better life. Of course there are challenges as Leah/Faith learns how take care of a baby, find a job, a place to live and there's also a romance to go along with it.

I really liked, and admired, Faith as a character. Her own life has been pretty miserable growing up, and she's determined that baby Addy shouldn't have to go through the same things that she did. So she does the only thing she can think of - she takes Addy and goes on the run.

She's also pretty realistic in her expectations of their life - she knows she will need to work hard, that Addy has to come before her own dreams and that bringing up a baby is full of challenges, but she throws herself into it with admirable gusto.

Several of the other characters, however, I had major issues with. Firstly, her sister - she's moved on from their terrible childhood, and is trying to build a life for herself away from her family, which is completely understandable, but the way that she treats Faith just made my blood boil. (view spoiler)[Surely growing up the way that they did, with only each other for love and support (and having their names tattooed on each other), would mean that they constantly looked out for each other but Hope pretty much walks away from Faith when she asks for her help. (hide spoiler)]

The romance also didn't work for me - I liked Chris for the most part, the guitar player with a soft spot for babies, but the insta-love was just way over the top. The I Love You after a month I could probably have dealt with, but the rest was just way over the top. Chris also reacts in the most unattractive way to his father wanting to move on with his life - like a spoilt kid, and as someone who has been through a similar thing with my own father I found myself really resenting his attitude.

Leap of Faith had a lot of potential to be a great story, but the characters started to grate on me, the ending was far too quick and unrealistic (I won't say why as it's spoilerish but it's completely ridiculous to me) and there were so many unresolved issues that it felt like a cop out.

I started off really liking Leap of Faith, and had high hopes it would be one of those diamonds, but it looks like I need to keep searching. ...more
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Sep 11, 2013

~3.5/5

I hadnt heard anything about this book when I saw it at the bookstore, and upon reading the synopsis, I was immediately hooked. And the first page really had me wanting to keep reading, as well. Its always nice when a book has a good opening, and this one definitely does.
I dont know why, but just about any book about a teenager with a baby has my immediate attention. Also one with an abusive partner or parent. Those are deal makers for me.
Faith, later known as Leah, has a bad home life. A ~3.5/5

I hadn’t heard anything about this book when I saw it at the bookstore, and upon reading the synopsis, I was immediately hooked. And the first page really had me wanting to keep reading, as well. It’s always nice when a book has a good opening, and this one definitely does.
I don’t know why, but just about any book about a teenager with a baby has my immediate attention. Also one with an abusive partner or parent. Those are deal makers for me.
Faith, later known as Leah, has a bad home life. A horrible one, really. She only has her mom, who is horrible, and her older sister, who is alright and there for her but also trying to get out of their situation when she starts college in a couple months.
And I don’t really want to spoil what happens, because it was left a surprise for me and I really liked it, but Faith ends up with a baby, and runs away. Changes her name to Leah, steals a car, and drives to a different state. Lies about her age, but ends up meeting some really nice people, gets an apartment, and a job (kind of, for a while). But throughout all of it, even as she meets Chris and gets close with him, she’s lying about who she really is and what’s going on with her, and is constantly worried about getting caught.
I liked Faith, and understand her reasons for everything she did. Didn’t like some of it sometimes, but understood. I hated her mother, and wasn’t really a big fan of her sister all the time, but maybe I would have just liked to have gotten to know her better, have seen a more rounded character. I liked Chris and his family, and how they all reacted to Faith.
The ending had me guessing, as there were two ways it could have ended and I was really dreading it going in one direction. I ended up liking the ending, though, even though I’d have liked a little bit more of it. I also think I just would have liked more character and relationship development, as I don’t think those were fully fleshed out.
The writing was pretty average, but nice and easy to get to. This was a pretty easy read, not particularly slow although not super fast, and definitely not lighthearted. It deals with a somewhat heavy subject, and it doesn’t really put a light spin on it, which was nice.
Overall, this was just a pretty good read. Kept my attention, was easy to get through; I liked the story, I liked the characters even if I’d have liked to get to know them all more.

[This review is also available on my blog, with extras!] ...more
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Nov 07, 2013

Instant love: that's what seemed to happen with just about every person Faith Kurtz meets after she kidnaps her drug addled, baby-selling mother's newborn to save it from a life of poverty and shady characters--a life like hers, spent wishing her mom wasn't banging some guy and constantly drinking and doing drugs. She feels justified in running away with the baby girl she calls Addie. Faith knew as soon as she saw the tiny face on the ultrasound pics that she would take off and try to save that Instant love: that's what seemed to happen with just about every person Faith Kurtz meets after she kidnaps her drug addled, baby-selling mother's newborn to save it from a life of poverty and shady characters--a life like hers, spent wishing her mom wasn't banging some guy and constantly drinking and doing drugs. She feels justified in running away with the baby girl she calls Addie. Faith knew as soon as she saw the tiny face on the ultrasound pics that she would take off and try to save that baby, so after she steals her mom's car and leaves Ohio for Florida, she learns the hard way just how often babies cry and through trial and error how to feed and care for Addie.

Soon after she makes it to Florida, the serendipity becomes just a little too much for me. The nice lady Ivy who works at the Soap and Suds suggests that Leah (she's going by her middle name to try to stay under the radar)see about renting a room in her brother's house after she sees the "mother" and child spent the night in their car after being kicked out of a hotel for baby noise. With her money quickly running out, Faith-Leah finds a young guy named Chris, Ivy's nephew, at the house in question. He shows her a perfect upstairs room that he intends to rent to them for $100/month. He's hot, plays guitar,seems kind, and totally flips for baby Addie. There you have it: Instant love and highly romanticized perfection. Chris even has a bustling and loving grandmother, famous for her spaghetti sauce, and with connections to a local Italian place that can provide some work for Leah. I forgot to mention the nice neighbors, one of whom will even babysit Addie when Leah has to work. Now there was one disastrous night of attempted gym childcare, but overall, things go great for this almost seventeen year old while she's on the lamb.

Most readers will give Faith-Leah credit for trying to save this baby, and some will be so enthralled with Chris' just-add-water love for her and her baby (sister) that they won't have much trouble believing that so much could go right for a teenaged kidnapper--even a somewhat justified one. Her three idyllic months, including a sexual relationship with Chris, her first, don't last when aspects of Ohio crash into the new life she was trying to build for herself and Addie.

Overall, some lack of realism makes this harder to categorize. A great book for girls who can't wait to have their own babies, but here's hoping they do wait. Not everyone finds a Chris to bat his blue-green eyes at a lifetime of commitment. Yeah, definitely a romance. ...more
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Apr 10, 2013

Wow, this is a powerful story. I completely felt for Faith and her upbringing. Although I will admit at first it was out of spite for her Mom that she was having her stop smoking and drugs while pregnant, but I saw that her heart really opened and changed when she heard the heartbeat and saw the baby on ultrasound.
It was a unique journey that she took and for noble reasons, she didn't want her sister to grow up how she and her older sister Hope grew up, with alcohol, drugs and men in and out Wow, this is a powerful story. I completely felt for Faith and her upbringing. Although I will admit at first it was out of spite for her Mom that she was having her stop smoking and drugs while pregnant, but I saw that her heart really opened and changed when she heard the heartbeat and saw the baby on ultrasound.
It was a unique journey that she took and for noble reasons, she didn't want her sister to grow up how she and her older sister Hope grew up, with alcohol, drugs and men in and out the door. Although I know it was wrong, the kidnapping, I was riveted to the page in her struggles and her growing love and relationship with the baby Addy.
And when Chris entered the picture, my heart melted. He was so giving to strangers, with his time and with their house. I knew that he had his own secrets and we learned slowly what they were and it def made sense why he was so eager to help and his quick attachment to Addy. Add to that the fact that him and Faith had chemistry and he played guitar, my heart was so won over.
I also appreciated the sense of family that Chris' grandmother brought to the picture, and I adored the scenes that she was in. She helped make the story more rounded and complete.
Leap of Faith also was very realistic (and I know, I have two) on the hardships of taking care of a newborn, and it wasn't romanticized. Yes, there is the cuddly and warm, but there is also diapers, eating every few hours, poop, lots of spit up and exhaustion.
I will say though, the ending felt way too incomplete. I know that the story was her journey but it seriously left me hanging. I wanted so much resolution and did not want to leave the pages of this story. It seems so cruel not to know the resolved ending for Faith/Leah and Addy. I seriously hope there is a sequel because that would fix my only complaint with this story.

Bottom Line: Powerful and emotional contemporary that had me to the last page and wanting, no, needing more. ...more
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Sep 28, 2013




To be completely honest, I haven't been able to finish this book, and am not sure when I'll be able to start reading again. I've already rated it, and am posting a review, because I enjoyed it enough to where I can't leave it blank any longer. My review is still completely honest, and I don't think it'll change much, once I do get a chance to finish reading.

First off, I really did enjoy this story. It's quick pace and realistic character quickly pulled me in, and I felt connected to the


To be completely honest, I haven't been able to finish this book, and am not sure when I'll be able to start reading again. I've already rated it, and am posting a review, because I enjoyed it enough to where I can't leave it blank any longer. My review is still completely honest, and I don't think it'll change much, once I do get a chance to finish reading.

First off, I really did enjoy this story. It's quick pace and realistic character quickly pulled me in, and I felt connected to the situation. I found myself talking to the characters, gasping out loud, and laughing through the three quarters I was able to enjoy. I wished Faith was a real person, so I could give her a hug. I've never read a story like this one before, and love how it was set up. I'm not sure it's one I would read over and over again, however I'm sure I'll read it more than once in my life.

I have no clue how this story will end, but I'm sure it won't be anything that would take away from my review. At this point, it is a solid 4 star, and could only get better. I think I know how it'll end, and am excited to be able to finish it, hopefully soon.

I would definitely recommend this book to others, and plan on reading more from this author in the future.

*I received an eCopy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review. ...more
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Oct 01, 2013

Leap of Faith was a great book. Leah/ Faith, of age 17, did something that no other teenager would think of doing, kidnapping a baby. It changed her life for about three months until she could not take it anymore and gave up. I really enjoyed the way both characters were interpreted by the author. Going from how Faith's personality really was to how she ended up changing to.

Leah/ Faith was the main character that had two personalities. She did it so she could start a new life with the baby and “Leap of Faith” was a great book. Leah/ Faith, of age 17, did something that no other teenager would think of doing, kidnapping a baby. It changed her life for about three months until she could not take it anymore and gave up. I really enjoyed the way both characters were interpreted by the author. Going from how Faith's personality really was to how she ended up changing to.

Leah/ Faith was the main character that had two personalities. She did it so she could start a new life with the baby and away from the bad environment her mother had given her. Chris is the guy Faith fell in love with but that he thought was Leah. He is great with kids, plays in a band, and over all a very calm guy. Addy being the baby that got kidnapped is Faith’s mom’s baby.

Chris’s house and hometown were the main setting of this book, because it’s where Faith and Addy lived after leaving Ohio. Faith got a job and started to socialize with neighbors like a normal person. Addy was starting to get used to the people and her surroundings. An important place is the gas station where Faith stole Chris’s truck and left him there, so she could go back to Ohio and give Addy up.

I think the author's message to readers is to show us that there are some things in life that may seem smart and easy to do but in reality are very hard. It was shown by Faith/ Leah kidnapping Addy and showing her that raising a child is not easy at a young age.

I would recommend to any middle school or high school student. Both boys and girls would enjoy reading because it shows life lessons.
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Jan 01, 2012

A novel that jumps from newspaper headlines onto the pages of a well-written story.

Leap of Faith will suck you in immediately. (I love the double meaning of the title - read the novel and you'll understand.)

What I loved about this book:
1. Faith has guts and even though she wonders if she's crazy, she refuses to let her baby sister end up with a horrible life, a life similar to hers with a druggie mother (or parents) who doesn't (don't) care about her.
2. Addy is adorable. Who wouldn't fall in A novel that jumps from newspaper headlines onto the pages of a well-written story.

Leap of Faith will suck you in immediately. (I love the double meaning of the title - read the novel and you'll understand.)

What I loved about this book:
1. Faith has guts and even though she wonders if she's crazy, she refuses to let her baby sister end up with a horrible life, a life similar to hers with a druggie mother (or parents) who doesn't (don't) care about her.
2. Addy is adorable. Who wouldn't fall in love with this baby?
3. Chris has heart, but also has suffered a lot of pain. Faith and Addy seem to smooth that away.
4. Hope. There's plenty of hope that comes through in this novel. "Hope" is also her sister.
5. Powerful storyline. I didn't find it predictable.
6. Chris's extended family. Supportive, good people.

Overall, this is a quick and easy read. Difficult circumstances kept my interest and even with the quick connection made between Faith and Chris, I was able to appreciate their attraction for one another.

Fans of YA will appreciate Leap of Faith, especially since there is nothing out there on the market like it! At least not that I've read. I love a storyline that interesting and different and Blair successfully created one. ...more
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Aug 05, 2013

There is SO MUCH to love about this book.

It's a fresh voice and a story that hasn't been done before. If you're feeling burnt out on the YA contemporaries you're reading, give this one a shot. You won't be let down.

Leah/Faith has been masterfully written - she's a real teen, and she's far from perfect. She's just finding her way out of a really hard situation, and trying to feel safe and happy and loved (the very same things she wants for baby Addy.

This book will break your heart a little, and There is SO MUCH to love about this book.

It's a fresh voice and a story that hasn't been done before. If you're feeling burnt out on the YA contemporaries you're reading, give this one a shot. You won't be let down.

Leah/Faith has been masterfully written - she's a real teen, and she's far from perfect. She's just finding her way out of a really hard situation, and trying to feel safe and happy and loved (the very same things she wants for baby Addy.

This book will break your heart a little, and then a lot, and then a little bit more. But you'll be left with a satisfied feeling in the end.

An absolutely fantastic read! ...more

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