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Just as I am

(Unfailing Love #1)

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Adeline Rhodes has spent years locked away in a New Orleans apartment controlled by her criminal boyfriend. After a daring escape, she realizes just how far she has grown from the things in which she once believed.

Declan King has lived a life of solitude and duty for the U.S. Army. When the deaths of his grandparents bring him home to his family farm, he is forced into con
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Published May 14th 2019 by Mandi Blake
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Coco.V
Oct 16, 2019 marked it as to-read
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🎁 FREE on Amazon today (10/16/2019)! 🎁
Christina
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet Christian Romance with a Dash of Suspense

This was a sweet and gentle romance with just enough suspense and danger to keep you on your toes. It had strong Christian elements and sometimes that detracted from the story but overall it was a sweet and cute romance.
Dianne Boadle
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed ready Mandi’s novel Just as I am. She kept me turning the pages as I read this afternoon to find out what was going to happen as Declan and his mates worked together to protect Addie from Jason’s evil revenge. The dawning of trust between Declan and Addie as they drew together to overcome their past experiences to find love and happiness together. I look forward to reading Mandi’s next novel Never Say Goodbye
K. Leah
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! What a great debut by Mandi Blake. This love story takes you through twists and turns of suspense but also it shows the story of healing for both of the main characters. I can’t wait to read more in this series.
Heidi Lynn’s BookReviews
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First, I want to thank Mandi Blake for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review.

Just as I am Unfailing Love Book 1 By Mandi Blake is an incredibly powerful read that tugged at my heart strings.

This breathtaking cover first got me interested in the book. So, kudos to the graphic designer that created this cover for Mandi.

Warning this book has topics and situations that may trigger some readers. If you are not comfortable reading about stalking, physical abuse and controlling p
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Dana Michael
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just As I am is the debut novel of Mandi Blake. This is a romantic suspense and I really enjoyed it. The book was easy to read and the characters were likeable. The author also had a Christian inspirational message. This will be a series and I know the author will have a great future in store.
*I was given a copy of this book by the author. This is my honest opinion.
Ann
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome book! This book has it all, action, drama, suspense and romance. Her writing is so vivid that this book plays like a movie in your mind. I can't wait to read more from this author. I highly recommend this book to everyone that likes good christian fiction. ...more
Emma Johnston
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Was a new to me author. Had me reading in one sitting, non stop from page one
Angeline
Just As I Am was the second book that I had read written by Mandi Blake. I had read the sixth book, What If I Loved You, in her Unfailing Love series first, and since I liked it so much I decided to read them all. Just As I Am is the first book in Mandi Blake’s Unfailing Love series. It was super sweet and cute, and I adored the characters. Adeline and Declan were relatable characters and I loved reading about their faith in God.
Adeline Rhodes has spent the last few years locked up in a New O
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Cindy Cooke
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great suspenseful read

She had an abusive boyfriend. He refused to leave her alone, and when she realized he was a drug dealer, Addie knew she had to leave. As she ran to the only family she had left, she knew that he could find her at any time, and she also knew he would kill her. She knew too many of his secrets AND she had dared to run away. What Addie didn't realize was that she had backup. GOD was planning her steps and He knew what the end result would be. Just after she moved in with her a
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Candice Allen
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love and Redemption

What a wonderful story, full of emotions and challenges and excitement. The theme of forgiveness, love, redemption, pain and sorrow growing into joy were illustrated beautifully by the author. Addie had been trapped in an abusive relationship and with the help of God and angels among us, she was able to escape from Jason. She found new friends and a new life with her aunt and uncle. They asked a trusted man, with his own demons to look out for her, knowing that Jason wasn't g
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Helen
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
E-Reader. unfailng love

Addie Rhodes was living New Orleans, with her boyfriend, Jason for 6 years. After Mother & Dad died in car. Addie decided he was very controlling.

Addie packed as she could much & in small bag. And she called Uber. He arrived in 5 minutes. This was very kind to Addie. He drove her to Carson, Georgia. And do not allow Addie pay him.

Karen Addie a job at a salon. Answer all calls to make appointments, swept the floor to get hair off to pile. Addie also had wash & used dryer f
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Betty Johnson
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adeline Rhodes spent 6 years locked away in an apartment, controlled by an abusive boyfriend. When she found out that he was a drug dealer she made a daring escape; She ended up with an aunt and Uncle living in a different town. There she got a new job, a new haircut and started making new friends.

One day DeClan King and friend of her aunt and uncle stopped in to visit them. They asked him if he would help keep an eye on Adeline to keep her safe from this boyfriend, who they figured would come a
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Beyond The Covers Blog
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romaine
Just as I am is a beautifully written love story with a good dose of suspense.

Addie has been held captive so to speak by her boyfriend for years shutting her off from the outside world. Once she discovers his true career choice she flees.

Declan is ex military who fights with the demons of his past. He's reclusive and only associates when needed.

When Declan and Addie's worlds collides he takes it upon himself to protect her from her ex. Their feelings for each other are growing but can either lea
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Lila Diller
This was an interesting mesh of things I really liked and things I really disliked.

I liked the romance between two real, troubled characters with pasts and flaws. I liked the surprising friendships that added so much to the story and the characters' lives. I liked the scenes that were described so vividly that I could play them like a movie in my head.

However, I was not expecting a romantic suspense or so much violence. I was not expecting so many kisses and unchaperoned cuddling. In real life,
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Faith Posten
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He Will Hunt Me Down

Addie was treated more like a slave than a girlfriend for seven years before she learned the truth about Jason. She escaped with very little, but it was a risk for her to leave at all. She knew he would hunt her down. At her aunt and uncle’s home in GA., she made a new life which she liked far more than what she had before. Jason sought her out as expected. He didn’t count on her new friends protecting her so carefully. There’s definitely a new romance too!
Paula
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Addie is trying to start over and stay safe from her ex. Declan never thought when her aunt and uncle asked him to look out for her that it would change his life forever. The author made me believe that these two really did fall in love at first sight. Great suspense wondering when or if the ex would show up. I have read the other books in this series out of order so it was great getting to know them - loved the card playing scene. There is of course some angst but true love wins in the end. I a ...more
Rebekah Benne
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Suspenseful Read

This book had lots of emotional descriptions along with tremendous suspense! It was very difficult to put it down while other things needed tending to. I really enjoyed seeing the characters help each other make a renewed choice to seek God and make Him their first priority in their lives. I loved the ending because it directed my thoughts to a hopeful beginning for the main couple.
Lilly
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Demi
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love this series by Mandi Blake. I really was invested in Adeline escaping her controlling boyfriend. Starting a fake relationship with the equally damaged Declan was icing on the cake. Had me rooting for them to heal each other from the get go. Nice easy read with Christian values. I really enjoyed it!
Tiffany Rhea Bridges
I am in awe that "Just As I Am" is Mandi Blake's premier book. This novel is so well written, one would think that she had been publishing for years. She throws her heroine into conflict straight out of the gate, and fights with her own determination, help from new friends, and God, to save her from the dark situation. I fell in love with Addie and Declan and cheered them on as they battled their inner struggles, as well as. their foe and fell in love along the way. "Just As I Am" is actually th ...more
Diane Eggert
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an exceptional book!!! I didn't want it to end. ...more
Donna Kale
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oct
Really good book, I’ve never read this author before, she’s really good!
Rose
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet, clean, suspense, friendship, family, loyalty, HEA... it's all in here! Declan and Addie both have things in their past to overcome, as they help each other do that, a love develops that neither of them thought they would ever have. Healing from emotional and verbal abuse as well as an unhealthy and controlling relationship. Mandi Blake gave her readers a lot to chew on in this book but brought it all together nicely.

I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving my review
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Jeanne Harrison
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Close to GOD

This was a very uplifting book. It showed no matter
how far you are away from GOD, He is never far from you.
Fanaticmama
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good diversion but syrupy sweet!
Elle Kay
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best written books I've read this year. I highly recommend this one. I won't give away the story, but I will say that it is a story about survival and healing following emotionally abusive relationships. The main characters are well-developed and have a great supporting cast who you'll want to learn more about. ...more
Ophelia Sellers
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just as I Am

Adeline and Declan meet almost by accident but it doesn’t take long for them to realize they want to be together. Each must lay aside past heartache and pain, sometimes an impossible task. I recommend this book to all lovers of romance.
Melissa Stands
A beautiful story of two tragic lives coming together. The story of Addie and Declan is one of trust overcoming fear with the Lord's guidance and help. It was suspenseful and kept my interest to find read the resolution. Looking forward to the next book. ...more
Gail
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet and romantic

I loved it. A young woman escapes from an abusive ex boyfriend and goes home to get away from him. She meets and falls in love with a man trying to fight his own demons. But, the past catches up with her. Very lovely book with an amazing cast of characters. Great job writing it.
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Mandi Blake was born and raised in Alabama where she lives with her husband and daughter, but her southern heart loves to travel. Reading has been her favorite hobby for as long as she can remember, but writing is her passion. She loves a good happily ever after in her sweet Christian romance books and loves to see her characters' relationships grow closer to God and each other. ...more

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