AWRW Book Review: Meredith Into The Fire, by Author Amanda Gale

They’ve been crossPageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00025]ing paths for over a year. Now fate seems to throw Meredith together with Shane Thayer, an aspiring celebrity chef with an odd sense of humor and a volatile temper. Struggling to make a name for himself and to satisfy the ambitions of his overbearing parents, Shane seems a far cry from the security for which Meredith yearns. But she is tired of following the same path, and she is anxious for her search to be over. Against the advice of her friends and family, to whom it is obvious that Shane is all wrong for her, Meredith sprints toward what she convinces herself is stability. Unfortunately, her attempt to take control of her life only brings her more chaos.

With tension at her job mounting and her unstable relationship rushing toward an unknown conclusion, Meredith makes a desperate grasp for control as her life crumbles around her. As her journey culminates in a dramatic explosion, will she settle for Shane or will she find what she is truly looking for?

About Book Three, Meredith Into the Fire:

Ever optimistic, Meredith has never given up hope that she’d recapture perfection. However, experience has taught her how easily her world can fall apart. Having endured enough losses, in Book Three, Meredith Into the Fire, she resolves that it will never happen again.

About The Meredith Series:

Meredith Beck, a teacher from Philadelphia, must redefine herself after she is shaken by tragedy. The series chronicles the remaking of her life and her relationships with three men, each struggling with his own journey. Carrying her experiences with her, Meredith emerges stronger, wiser, and at peace as she discovers the beauty of an imperfect world.

Book 1: Meredith Out of the Darkness
Book 2: Meredith Against the Wind
Book 3: Meredith Into the Fire
Book 4: Meredith With the Waves

Paperback, 218 pages
Published July 4th 2014 by Brenda & Cobena Books (first published July 3rd 2014)
Genre: Women’s Fiction

What’s It About?

“She felt that the universe had thrown her and Shane together for a reason; why else would they have been crossing paths since the beginning of their journey?”

Meredith yearns for the security and stability of a marriage. She believes that her and Chef Shane Thayer continue to cross paths for a reason; It must be fate! Unfortunately, her and Shane are the only ones who believe their relationship can work out.

Grasping at straws to achieve some form of normalcy, Meredith is willing to settle for someone who might not be right for her. Met with warnings from her best friend and both sides of one another’s family, ever headstrong, Meredith goes through with planning her wedding, anyways. She tries her best to impress her fiance’s parents, but they cannot be won over.

Meredith jumps out of the frying pan, and into the fire…

My Thoughts:

If you have read my book reviews for book 1 & 2 of the Meredith series, you know I am a HUGE fan of Meredith. I just couldn’t possibly like her anymore than I do now! And book 3, like the others, gets another 5 star rating!

I felt so bad for Meredith in this installment. She literally is jumping out of the frying pan, and into the fire, which is urban slang for leaving a bad situation, only to get into another bad situation. For instance, she left her controlling boyfriend Wes, and entered into a relationship with Shane, a man she isn’t even sure she’s in love with! Why, you might ask… well that is Meredith, and I think she needs male companionship to feel emotionally secure.

Holy cliff hanger! The ending was just, wow… I was pleasantly surprised! I cannot wait to read what happens next!!

Favorite Scene:

When Meredith compared Wes and Shane to roosters! That was hilarious! 🙂

I couldn’t breathe when she looked out the window and discovered Shane across the street. He really did have a lot of nerve! As if it wasn’t awkward enough already!


Anyone who enjoys a story that revolves around a woman’s experiences. The Meredith series is full of drama and excitement! I’d recommend this series to anyone who enjoys women’s fiction!



***In the interest of full disclosure, I received a copy of Meredith Into The Flames, in exchange for a fair, honest, and thoughtful book review. This is no way swayed my rating.


Meredith Into The Fire is available in Kindle as well as paperback. I would recommend reading books 1 and 2, first. Purchase book 3, here!

About The Author:

Amanda Gale

A graduate of Vassar College and Boston University, Amanda Gale taught high school English before she began writing women’s fiction. The four novels of her *Meredith* series explore love, growth, and the flaws that make us human. A lover of history, classic literature, and quiet nights at home, she lives outside Philadelphia with her family. —Amazon Author Bio


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