Chasing Happy

Adult
Rated 4.65/5 based on 63 reviews
After an epic fail in the hetero world, Ash Jackson heads cross country to Arizona to figure out his bisexuality and make peace with himself and God. Nashville Star Samma Templeton’s music career bankrolls her future husband’s political campaigns. But she throws up before every concert and feels relegated to an item on the senator’s calendar. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781310645495
About Ann Lee Miller

Ann Lee Miller earned a BA in creative writing from Ashland (OH) University and writes full-time in Phoenix, but left her heart in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, where she grew up. She loves speaking to young adults and guest lectures on writing at several Arizona colleges. When she isn’t writing or muddling through some crisis-real or imagined-you’ll find her hiking in the Superstition Mountains with her husband or meddling in her kids’ lives. Over 100,000 copies of Miller’s debut novel, Kicking Eternity, have been downloaded from online retailers.

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Review by: Jeremy McClung on Sep. 08, 2015 :
Chasing Happy continues Miller's series of thoughtful young adult novels. Though written from a Christian point of view, Miller refuses to give simplistic answers or paint a picture of an ideal world. She delves into the struggles of twenty-somethings and their quest for meaning, companionship and spirituality. As usual, she pushes boundaries in her portrayal of a young man wrestling with bisexual tendencies--but manages to do so with grace and honesty. Miller gives food for thought for those on both sides of a controversial issue.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: mnmorris on Aug. 31, 2015 :
I have never read a book as fast as I read Chasing Happy. When I started reading the book, I could not stop. I finished the book in 3 days, which is extremely rare for me. Chasing Happy was not only a page turned, but it also touched my heart on so many levels. This is a must read and keep book.
Marla N. Morris Tucson, Arizon
(reviewed 53 days after purchase)

Review by: Cadee Brystal on Aug. 30, 2015 :
I've read two other books by Ann Lee Miller -- Kicking Eternity, which is my favorite, and The Art of My Life, which was also very well done. I started reading Chasing Happy with expectations based on the previous books. Ann Lee Miller lived up to those expectations by delivering a gritty, thought-provoking story line with characters who face their struggles head on. As always, she leads the reader through the development of the characters and makes you care about the outcome. Her writing has a flow that is easy to ride along without effort.
(reviewed 58 days after purchase)

Review by: Anne Baxter Campbell on Aug. 30, 2015 :
I knew when I began this book that it would be something to test my faith and beliefs, but among my faith and beliefs is in regard to those whose writings I've read and trusted before, growing in faith and belief in God's love as I read. Ann Lee Miller is one of the authors who tackle difficult subjects and use them to teach us how much God loves even me.

Chasing Happy has a couple of difficult subjects in it. You might be tempted to toss it out at the close of the first chapter--but I encourage you to follow the story to its conclusion. You'll find a piece of laughter or two and maybe need a box or two of tissues. It's the story of a young man (Zack) struggling with who he is and a young woman (Samma) who isn't sure if she wants to run to or away from the future that owns her. Both want to know better the Lord of Lords and what He wants of them.

Zack and Samma had been best friends as children, but both of them had grown up. Zack has sought her out, but she doesn't recognize him, at least not at first. It isn't long, though, before they're remembering their childhood games of truth or dare, the baseball games they loved to attend, and the long hikes.

And maybe while they're remembering, they'll learn of something old and something new.

Chasing Happy is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.

I received a copy of this book free in return for an honest review.
(reviewed 72 days after purchase)

Review by: Thor86 on Aug. 30, 2015 :
Ann Miller writes about a young adults deal facing a difficult issues relevant in today’s society and she addresses it artfully through Christian values. It is a well written book which once again drew me into the characters who were so compelling I became fully invested in their storylines.
(reviewed 58 days after purchase)

Review by: Roberta Hegland on Aug. 30, 2015 :
“This was what he wanted. To know and be known… Someone to fall asleep beside….”
Ash’s musings as Samma falls asleep beside him on the couch is the essence of what we all desire and encapsulates the tenderness of Ann Lee Miller’s new book, Chasing Happy.
Ann takes an honest look at how a young man confronts both his father’s and maybe his own homosexuality. At the same time he falls in love again with the girl next door. And more, so much more.
This book is a stellar read that gets it right on so many levels on a number of controversial issues. I highly recommend this ‘can’t put it down’ read.
*Please be aware that in this book, Ann goes deep into seriously racy (though not gratuitous) scenes. Probably not for everyone, on the other hand, worth skipping a paragraph here and there for a dynamite story.
If you haven’t read Ann’s previous books, Kicking Eternity, The Art of My Life, Avra’s God, and Tattered Innocence, check them out – you’ll be glad you did!
(reviewed 72 days after purchase)

Review by: careng1 on Aug. 29, 2015 :
Chasing Happy was an enjoyable summer read. It had a bit of a slow start initially for me, but it kept up my curiosity and held my interest until the end. Ann has a way of getting into the main characters’ heads, revealing their innermost thoughts and feelings. Her story deals head on with the sensitive subject of confusion of one’s sexual identity that young people often experience due to the influences of today’s society and common belief systems. She successfully reveals the layers of the story without overwhelming the reader with too much information and then artfully brings closure to the different facets of the conflict.

In the story, the two main characters are on the precipice of making serious life decisions that will profoundly affect their futures. It shows how with one act of obedience and a little faith, God can lead a person and help him/her grow spiritually, despite mistakes and failures along the way. And one person’s obedience can also affect another’s life in major ways. Chasing Happy is a book that left me thinking about it long after I was finished.
(reviewed 52 days after purchase)

Review by: airtfc on Aug. 29, 2015 :
Ann does an exceptional job of addressing the real life struggle that some individuals face. She does not shy away from this sensitive topic, as she describes the issues that Ash deals with along his journey.

Ann has the ability to use a kaleidoscope of ideas as she writes her pieces. In Chasing Happy, there are several near misses between Ash and Samma as they go through their lives.

Ann piques your interest with a variety of twists and turns; changing gears when necessary. I found Chasing Happy to be a joy to read that kept me coming back for more and more.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: BrianTRonk on Aug. 29, 2015 :
I'll start by saying Romance is not usually my thing. I am a Sci-Fi / Fantasy type of guy. But a well told story is always worth reading.

Chasing Happy follows two childhood friends: Ash and Samma. They haven't seen each other in some time, and when they meet up again things are very different. Ash is trying to explore his homosexuality to determine if he really is gay. Samma is a successful musician who is in a relationship with a senator. She questions if she really loves this man that her father has set her up with. Throw into this how each is trying to reconcile their problems with God, and you get a story that really makes you think.

Ann brought the story to life. To some, the misunderstandings and problems that occur might seem contrived and just simple plot devices. But I identified with them. I've experienced misunderstandings that have derailed plans. Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.

The struggles that the characters go through are not just contrived situations, either. They are things that people deal with today. "Am I really gay?" "Is this marriage a good thing?" Ann gives a Christian perspective on them, not that everyone will agree with the themes that are present.

This story will be controversial, and I have no doubt that Ann knows this. But she doesn't shy away from the issues, instead diving head on. I really appreciate that. It is also not a whitewashed telling of the issues, or beating around the bush. The way the women in the story talk is frank and is the way I've heard my female friends speak about such things. There are situations that push the boundary of the Christian Romance genre, but in a way that makes sense and challenges the characters of the story. (Yes, I don't read romance, let alone Christian Romance. I do know that certain situations would never occur in a normal Christian Romance story.)

Chasing Happy is an enjoyable story, with relatable characters and relevant situations of our culture.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)

Review by: Sue Parker on Aug. 29, 2015 : (no rating)
Chasing Happy is a great read on a very contemporary subject of finding our sexuality and letting God direct our lives and our decisions rather friends, family, etc. I found myself not wanting to put this book down. Highly recommend.
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)

Review by: Wendy Solomon on Aug. 28, 2015 :
What happens when your life and your faith collide head on? Isn’t that a question we all face pretty much on a daily basis to some extent or other? But what if it relates to your sexuality? What then? That is what Ash is up against in Chasing Happy. He has some weighty decisions to make in regards to his own sexuality all while dealing with the fallout from his dad’s choices on the same matter.
Most people have a pretty clear belief system in place on this subject. The question the potential reader must ask is “Am I willing to risk having my opinions and beliefs challenged?” In Chasing Happy, Ann Lee Miller takes a courageous look at a controversial subject and does so in an honest, sensitive way.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)

Review by: Jesse1Alex on Aug. 28, 2015 : (no rating)
I honestly enjoyed reading this book and getting to see how great it was! I did get lost for awhile but once I kept going I started to understand what was going on. I love that in this book you get to see that God show through people compassion and that is completely inspiring. Great story line and awesome characters personalities.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: Margaret Haworth on Aug. 28, 2015 : (no rating)
I really enjoyed this wonderful story. All about relationships and letting the lord lead them in the right direction with there life. I am looking forward to seeing more stories about these to and others. I give it 5 stars plus
(reviewed 52 days after purchase)

Review by: aurelius101 on Aug. 27, 2015 : (no rating)
If I had not agreed to the author’s request to review her book, I likely would have stopped reading somewhere in the third chapter. It was difficult for me to keep track of the characters. I don’t know if there is a science to naming characters but it was well into chapter 5 before I finally had the main characters sorted out. Perhaps adding to this problem was the abrupt transitions to different settings. I frequently found myself reading along and then had to shake my head and wonder, how did I get here? Did I skip a paragraph or a page somewhere? I am not a fond reader of teenage angst and while the characters in the book are in their early to mid-20’s, they sounded more like 15 and 16 year olds. The main character Ash and the sub character Chance were the only ones who I felt were consistent with their roles in the book.

The second half of the book was significantly better than the first half and it became one of those stories that is difficult to put down. There were still some transitional difficulties but they were not as glaring as they were earlier. The insertion of the scene with the family daughters having a spontaneous confab along a stream seemed to be rather obtuse and left me wondering why the conversation was included as there was no real content added to the story.

The internal struggle with Ash was intriguing as the plot developed and gave me insights into the dynamics of sexual abuse that I had not been aware of. That fact alone made the book worth reading for me.

Following are some additional comments on Ann's book: I have yet to post my more analytical review of Ann's book in which I did not comment on the theme of sexuality. Unfortunately in our current society these sexual struggles are rampant, they are real and they are not going to go away, like it or not. In this age of so called sexual enlightenment in which there is a cornucopia of sexual identities foisted upon our youth the days of just being a boy or a girl have slipped away. Unfortunately this new sexual enlightenment is based on ignorance and the struggle of many is based on misinformation put forth by media and so called experts. The young man in this novel would likely never had this sexual confusion even 10 years ago but now it is a common occurrence. Ann has dealt with the issue in a very realistic manner and portrays the internal turmoil quite accurately. One only has to look at Josh Duggar to see that no Christian family is immune to sexual sin. I am dismayed that there are still so many Christians who want to ignore all things sexual. It always makes me wonder what they are really afraid of. While I may have some struggle with Ann's literary style of writing, the nexus of Chasing Happy is spot on. It should be read by anyone who has children, by anyone who is getting divorced and by anyone who is struggling with their own sexuality.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)

Review by: dawn1keim on Aug. 27, 2015 :
In this book, Miller tackles a tough subject with compassion and caring. Woven throughout the struggles that the main character faces, you find God's unfailing love and acceptance. The characters are well-developed and the reader finds themselves drawn into the story, wanting to know what happens next. A very good and thought-provoking read.
(reviewed 57 days after purchase)

Review by: Fran Gold on Aug. 27, 2015 :
I was delightfully surprised, yet again, with this story from Ann Miller. She captures not only current issues. but also has a way of drawing you in with remembrances of times gone by. So many times during this book I had thoughts of my younger years and the trials and tribulations of growing up. The connection of divorced parents, uncertainty on where you belonged or what you thought, connections and disconnections with personal faith, were all parts of my life at some point. The controversial issue of being gay all playing a major role in this story shows the author isn't afraid to tackle tough issues many face today.

This story is told with detail and emotion. She has a way of putting you smack in the middle of it which leaves you thinking about similar experiences of your own adolescence. Chancely was my connection in this story. The black sheep. The outspoken one. The one who chose to live her life on her own terms regardless of the consequences. Never really "bad" per say....just a free thinker.

While I am not an avid reader of Christian type novels, I am always pleasantly surprised by this authors way of telling them. Never overwhelming or preachy. I also love how she sticks to her roots and New Smyrna Beach is at the root of her stories. You can see the pride the author has for her hometown.

I loved this story and had a hard time putting it down. I also loved the HEA ending in this one. I think it was icing on the cake. A wonderful story that I will undoubtedly read again in the future!
(reviewed 55 days after purchase)

Review by: vickis1960 on Aug. 23, 2015 :
Ann has done an amazing job giving us a glimpse into the lives of ordinary people dealing with a variety of conflicts and family issues. Struggles are realistically portrayed and the topic of homosexuality is dealt with in a compassionate manner. Ann reminds us that even though we are all sinners, God still loves us. Chasing Happy was a touching story. I really enjoyed it.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)

Review by: john berkshire on Aug. 21, 2015 :
I always wanted to know what happened to a boy named Storm. As a teenager, he was a whiny brat. Miller’s book reveals his future and much more. I highly recommend this book about the struggles of faith, un-faith, the "de-faithed," morality, and real life. The ever present struggle of Christians who read the Bible and accept it as truth is presented here against the tide of current american cultural values. This book is not just for those fundamentalist evangelical Christians! I think LDS readers would enjoy this book as well as those who are trying to understand the "ancient" traditional values of evangelical Christians. That said, as a recovering legalist, I am shocked! Shocked! by the way the author explores sexuality and sensuality in the book. This book describes real life, real people (in a fictional setting) and a real faith. Great read!
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)

Review by: Dii on Aug. 21, 2015 :
Ash is drowning in his own turmoil, his own identity and that of his earthly father, who has openly declared he is gay. For Ash, his sexual preference is not as clear cut and his spiritual beliefs and desire to follow the word of God are at polar opposites. He enjoys the company of women, but he also desires the company of men and he blames his father for his torment. When he finds Samma again, they both discover they are both just playing a role in public, roles that are eating away at their souls. Would facing the truth be better? Would accepting who and what they are and want calm their churning hearts? Is self-forgiveness and forgiving others a first step to spiritual peace for Ash? These struggles are not unique, but Ash and Samma must find the path that works for them, together.

Ann Lee Miller tackles a sensitive subject with dignity and grace, knowing full well she may not please all of her readers. I applaud her amazing gift and the strength to know how far to take her tale into the world of one man attempting to follow God and reconcile his own human desires, which even non-believers are not able to fully accept. Powerful writing, traveling deep into the hearts and minds of her characters, Ann Lee Miller holds nothing back, so expect to be surprised, expect to be enlightened and expect to re-think your beliefs, your social tolerances and feel the pain of the struggles of this young man and the support of a woman who cares for both the man and his spiritual connections.

I received this ARC edition from Ann Lee Miller in exchange for my honest review. If you are looking for a soul-searching read, one that is the perfect fit for contemporary society, this is it!
(reviewed 61 days after purchase)

Review by: Jax on Aug. 21, 2015 :
The fact that Ann has written what appears to many as "erotic" content is commendable. I have never read contemporary Christian fiction, so it all seemed quite tame to me, by today's standards. My guess is that not many Christian writers have the courage to dive into this controversial a topic for the sake of adult entertainment, and I hope it will start many conversations about homosexuality/bisexuality in the Christian community.

She also succeeded at carefully dancing around the "pray the gay away" stance, although it was generally implied. I'd be lying if I didn't confess that the overtone bothered me, and as a result is coloring this review. I think also that if any true LGBT person read the novel, they would find it wanting in the realism department.

But the pursuit of stark realism isn't why we read fiction, yes? I loved Ann's spunky and airy prose. While beyond plentiful in the use of metaphor/personification, she never came off as a buttoned-up Christian schoolmarm trying to appear cool to the kids. You can tell she's lived a real life outside of church.

Regarding credibility: I feel that some characters' quirks required realistic treatment and didn't get it, making them somewhat problematic for me, to wit:

--Arranged marriages, between two professional, independent, Christian people? In 2015? Odd.
--As a career musician and performer, it struck me as strange that someone as deeply shy, overly modest and, in many instances, backward as Samma would ever consider A) auditioning for an "American Idol"-type show, B) having her own singing voice as the ringback tone on her phone, or C) not touring 24/7 to promote her stuff. In a small way, it just didn't ring true.

My favorite character by far: Chancely. I think I identify with her best. :-) Indeed, all the characters are interestingly drawn. See for yourself by buying the book.

While it definitely isn't my chosen genre, I was honored to read CHASING HAPPY, and while my review might seem overly critical, I rank it with four stars and enthusiastically recommend it to Christian readers who want to deviate from the accepted norm with regard to faith-based storytelling. Janette Oke this ain't, and I'm glad of it. I like writers who sometimes turn over tables and shake people awake. Congratulations, Ann!
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)

Review by: Lori Oney on Aug. 20, 2015 :
This book makes you feel for the characters and, at times, feel what the characters are going through as if you are right there with them. I couldn't put it down and finished it in one day, then went back and re-read it so I could think about the thoughts and images in my own life that these characters stirred up. A difficult read if you are not open to real life Christians who don't fit the mold your grandparents, or perhaps even your parents, feel all Christians should be. A great conversation starter, well written, and honest. Can't wait for the sequel I hope is coming!
(reviewed 49 days after purchase)

Review by: susanbrett on Aug. 19, 2015 :
Conflict comes in many guises. In Chasing Happy, all of the characters are dealing with personal conflicts. At the top of the list is Ash who is struggling with his sexuality. Then Summa who is conflicted in her career, love life, and allegiance to both her mortal father and her Heavenly Father. The list goes on.
For me, the conflict was between loving the character development but disliking the subject. Through the author's descriptive style, I fell in love with the characters though I found the choice of names (Summa, Chancely, Blessing, Storm) a little distracting. I truly wanted to read about them and learn how they would resolve their conflicts.
Ann Miller has a gift for writing. I will definitely look forward to reading anything that she publishes. I'm a fan!!!
(reviewed 39 days after purchase)

Review by: tlp7 on Aug. 18, 2015 : (no rating)
Chasing Happy gently portrays two men struggling and living with same-sex attraction - a father and his son. This book makes you think about all the struggles we all go through. Ash, Samma, Blessing and Storm are all looking for meaning and purpose in their lives. There is much soul searching on many levels. This book opened my eyes to a more compassionate view of the same-sex struggle and how a few life experiences can change the course of a life, or confuse the course. It is a realistic story without political correctness. There is also a hidden search of finding a deeper relationship with our Creator. I only wish the story could have been longer so we could get to know the characters even better. Maybe a sequel? A brave work by author Ann Miller and important topics for our times. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
(reviewed 48 days after purchase)

Review by: Terri Allison on Aug. 17, 2015 :
Chasing Happy is a great summer read! I don't often read romance novels, but this one, very well written, has a timely and compelling story line. The subject of homosexuality is explored with compassion and truth. Through the realistic characters, Ann illuminates the fact that homosexuality is a real-life situation experienced by real people, and deserves our consideration.
(reviewed 51 days after purchase)

Review by: hallen593 on Aug. 17, 2015 :
Before we get into the good stuff I just want to say that the one thing I appreciate about Miller’s novels is that they are real! She writes with definite Christian themes and Biblical moral standards threaded throughout her books, but she does not sugar coat struggles that all Christians have faced at one point in their walk with God. Too often times I feel as if inspirational or religious fiction is written with characters and plots and reactions that are just too perfect. And I appreciate how Miller is not afraid to write about the internal grit, pain, anger, lust, and temptations that cycle through the heart of every believer. I relate to her characters because they are human and makes human mistakes. It creates this beautiful picture of God and his unconditional love and never-ending grace for his children.


Perhaps my favorite spiritual element or experience in this book is Samma’s journey to understanding and knowing a loving, generous Father God. For me her story was more heartbreaking than Ash’s because she grew up with a view of God as this opposing, demanding, figure-head who expects perfection in everything. It broke my heart that she felt she had to sacrifice her happiness for the “mission” of God. It was so beautiful to watch her discover this loving God who wants to give you the desires of your heart. What I also loved, was that Ash was the one to help her come to know this side of God. So many times people feel like they cannot be used by God because they are struggling with things in their own lives, but Ash is the perfect example of how God works through broken people who are willing to be used by him.


Overall the book was great! It is not a light summer read, but a gripping tale about two people trying to discover God’s will for their lives while dealing with pressures from the people around them and the situations that have shaped who they are. I admire Miller for how she handled the topic of homosexuality. Not once did I feel any judgement come through her writing, but a compassion for people who live with this struggle. The same is true for Samma’s transition form the LDS church. I did not feel as if Miller was trying to point out the faults in the LDS church, but write an honest tale of a woman’s struggle to connect with God.


Once again, Miller writes a novel that evokes such strong emotion that at times I had to put it down. I laughed, I cursed, I got angry, I got even more angry, I cried, and I rejoiced. Miller has the incredible ability to tap into the human psyche and delve into the inner reaches until it feels as if you yourself are experiencing the emotions on the page. And then she keeps you coming back for more by branding these characters on your heart, and weaving this beautiful tapestry of colors and experiences that come together to create this beautiful story.
(reviewed 55 days after purchase)

Review by: Heidi2823 on Aug. 17, 2015 :
Ann Lee Miller, an accomplished writer, weaves an intriguing story as she pulls the reader into the novel, Chasing Happy. Her characters live as the reader struggles with their decisions just as they do throughout the novel. My challenge with the novel is that Ash is 25 years old before he confronts the question of homosexuality/bisexuality.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)

Review by: brimag on Aug. 16, 2015 :
Ash's dad left his mom because he was gay and he couldn't pretend anymore. After an unpleasant experience with his girlfriend, Ash is now questioning his own sexuality. He has moved to Arizona near his father to figure things out. He meets up with his old childhood friend. Samma is planning to marry a man to please her family as well as continue a career that she hates. Both Ash and Samma are really struggling between what is right and what would make them happy. They both rely heavily on their faith to try to make the right decisions. This is an emotional read. It deals with sexuality and is written from the perspective that homosexual behavior is laid out in the Bible as sin. It is both tastefully and respectfully written. You will feel for both characters. I was a little unsure before I started reading, but I loved it and couldn't put it down.
(reviewed 57 days after purchase)

Review by: Jeff Brandon on Aug. 14, 2015 :
A very quick read, not because of it's simplicity, for it really isn't simple, but rather for the compelling story line. It is very hard to put down before it is finished. Ann does a terrific job of drawing us into the lives of her characters and making us feel like they are real and we are experiencing life, and life changing choices, right along side of them. She tackles some very difficult emotions, including, but not limited to, coming to terms with homosexuality. She also shows how God can be trusted and will give direction when He is relied upon. A very good Christian perspective on a very real and current world issue.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)

Review by: vlrhodes on Aug. 13, 2015 :
Life is complicated. How do we make the right choices? What is the will of God for our lives? In her new book Ann Lee Miller has created complex characters living in a world not unlike our own, confronting issues faced by people we know. Though God never changes, our feelings and circumstances certainly do. This book is thought provoking and I cared about Ash and Samma as they struggled to find the right path to family, forgiveness, healing, and even happiness.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)

Review by: psanders59 on Aug. 12, 2015 : (no rating)
A modern day description of a subject matter that is complex and controversial, seemingly, throughout history. Ann paints a thought-provoking picture of the internal conflict of the immediate desires of this world and the eternal desires instilled by our creator.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)

Review by: Joyce Beilman on Aug. 11, 2015 : (no rating)
I couldn't put it down once I started. It was interesting to see the development and changing emotions of Samma and Ash. Their characters were well developed. Although I'm not Morman, I have friends who are, and I do know a little. The honesty of their relationship was fresh.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: Loretta Huff on Aug. 09, 2015 :
From the beginning, Chasing Happy draws you into the character's lives with vivid descriptions, including their thoughts and emotions. After Ash's father left his mother, saying he was a homosexual, Ash became haunted, wondering if he had inherited a homosexual gene. Ash's struggles with homosexuality are experienced realistically as he considers insights from family, friends, acquaintances, a trusted mentor and the Bible. His quest for love, the true longing of his soul, will not leave you disappointed!
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: Lynney on Aug. 08, 2015 :
Having thoroughly enjoyed all of Ann Lee Miller's novels and blogs, I was excited to read Chasing Happy, especially when I heard that it was set in Arizona and Florida. As I grew up Catholic in a predominantly Mormon town, I can identify with each of her characters, from the rebellious sister to the Catholic friend. I've never read a book that was set in my home town, so the references to places I know in the Phoenix area completely transported me into the middle of the story. Ann openly and compassionately deals with a controversial, but very contemporary, true-to-life subject: a Christian man who is concerned about his same-sex attraction. True to her dynamic personality, this writer boldly tackles the Christian taboo issues of homosexuality and bisexuality. In doing so, she opens a window into Ash Jackson's soul. He's a high school band director in Florida who comes back to Arizona to discover whether or not he inherited his dad's homosexuality, and attempt to mend their broken relationship.

I was deeply touched by the close bond Ash shares with his childhood friend, Samma. She is a singer/song-writer trying to find Heavenly Father's purpose for her life within her patriarchal Mormon family. While Ash struggles with his sexuality, Samma wrestles with her desires for something more than the traditional LDS marriage her father has chosen for her with a State Senator.

Read this marvelous book to discover for yourself if Faith can see them through their seemingly insurmountable issues, and forge an even stronger relationship with God and one another.
(reviewed 46 days after purchase)

Review by: AmI2late on Aug. 05, 2015 :
This my 1st experience at doing this. I read the book the night I downloaded it. I wrote the review then, but was waiting for Aug.

I truly loved Chasing Happy. I could put myself in the action and felt the flow of emotions the entire book.
(reviewed 42 days after purchase)

Review by: AmI2late on Aug. 05, 2015 : (no rating)
What a page turner! I was almost late for work, because I didn’t want to put it down. A must read.

Since I am a very “black and white” person, I wasn’t certain how I’d like this book. Anne approached the American society’s love/hate issues over same sex affairs with a careful yet exciting point of view. It has opened my eyes; perhaps I’ll be a kinder person to the Ashes of our day & age. I had never thought about the inner struggles one suffers while trying to live up to “our” standards – not just within himself, but with his father, Samma, and everyone he met. How horrid it must be - to be afraid of not fitting in.
(reviewed 42 days after purchase)

Review by: Tracy Krauss on Aug. 05, 2015 :
If I could only choose one word to describe Ann Lee Miller’s Chasing Happy, I would have to say ‘Monumental’. Homosexuality, especially within the context of the Christian community, is confronted head on. Instead of judgment or pat answers, readers come away with a deeper understanding of the inner struggles faced by real people – even Christians – who are struggling to make peace with God. I appreciated the sensitivity with which she writes from the point of view of someone who wants to please God but also feels like he is gay. I was also impressed with the insights into the LDS (Mormon church), which was done in a very non-judgmental way. There are so many layers to this story. Miller creates a rich world with her attention to detail and digs deep into characters that are real flesh and blood.

What I admire about this author in general is that she doesn’t shy away from potential controversy. This is Christian fiction at its finest. It’s edgy, gritty, and believable with absolutely no sugar coating, yet sensitive, romantic, and deeply moving. I love this book and I plan to read it again. Don’t dismiss it because of the ‘hot button’ topic. It just may be the best thing I’ve read this year.
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)

Review by: vmcbride8 on Aug. 05, 2015 :
Ann Lee Miller has a way of drawing you into the minds and hearts of her characters and Chasing Happy was no exception - by Chapter One, I was hooked.

Through her characters, Ann addresses the topic of sexual identity and sexual struggle with compassion and thoughtful insights. God’s redeeming work and unconditional love weaves throughout the story making it impossible not to fall in love with Him all over again! He loves us despite our flaws and struggles and asks us to love others too.

Thanks Ann for another great story.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)

Review by: cudafan75 on Aug. 05, 2015 :
Chasing Happy is a well-written novel with excellent character development and an interesting plot. I especially liked the development of not just the main characters but the relationship between Samma and her sister Blessing. It's not the kind of story I would normally read due to the subject matter but I found myself quickly turning the pages to find out what happens next. The topics of homosexuality and bisexuality were addressed in a caring way without glossing over the issues. The author does a great job of balancing tolerance and Christian teaching. This story is a quick read yet has substance and a good message. I highly recommend it!
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)

Review by: Leigh Carroll on Aug. 04, 2015 :
My rating didn't show up on review below
Five stars for Chasing happy!
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)

Review by: Leigh Carroll on Aug. 04, 2015 : (no rating)
Ann Lee Miller in Chasing Happy weaves an intriguing story of father and son relationship challenges further complicated by the son's growing attraction to a childhood friend. Add to this mixture a sexual orientation identity crisis on the part of the son and the friend's blind obedience to her father based on religion and family tradition. The result is a very good read that holds your interest through the last hurdle and the last page.
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)

Review by: Grace G on Aug. 02, 2015 :
Having read "Kicking Eternity", I had the expectation that there would again be religious themes and God present throughout the novel. When I realized this book broached the topic of homosexuality, I was curious if it would turn to an anti-gay theme. However, I was happy to see that it did not. In fact, the story wound around the questions, fears, and doubts that many of us Christians have about ourselves and our condition of sin, and also about how we deal with homosexuality. But while this story deals with homosexuality, the heart of the story belongs to a young man (Ash) and a young woman (Samma), both trying to find themselves and their way into adulthood, which turns into a believable love story. I could easily relate to Samma's feelings of loyalty and of pleasing her family and God. With an interesting plot/dilemma and illustrative prose, it was easy to get lost in the book, connect with the characters, and really experience their story. I did have just a couple issues with the book. First, Dirk seemed to be a big influence on Ash during his time in Florida, yet I never really felt like Dirk was developed enough. I would have added more flashbacks involving Dirk to better explain their relationship and how Dirk impacted Ash's life and beliefs about himself. Secondly, and most importantly, was that I didn't believe - or maybe I did not *want* to believe - that Ash was gay or bisexual. I felt like he'd been so influenced by Dirk and so chaste with Mackie (for the most part), that he didn't really have much experience with women. Also with his father being gay, of course he's going to be influenced or wonder if it was "passed on" to him. But in general, I enjoyed reading this book and really liked Ash and Samma's love story. And I am impressed by how Miller is able to weave God and faith into her stories with ease and honesty without seeming preachy or overbearing.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

Review by: Linda Immel on Aug. 02, 2015 : (no rating)
I was surprised that I really liked this book considering the subject matter. I would not have chosen this book on my own because of that, but now I feel that if I know of someone struggling with the issue of homosexuality or any other additive behavior, I could recommend this book to them. Ann Miller handled this subject with grace and love just as I believe Jesus would. She brought to light the fact that we cannot overcome our sins, whatever they may be, on our own, and that there is help available to us if we ask. I appreciated the hope that she gave.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)

Review by: judi gentle on July 31, 2015 :
Chasing Happy was a great summer read for me. Though the topic of homosexuality has not be in previous books I have read, I found Miller handled it well. It was evident to me that she had not only pondered the topic, but had researched and sought spiritual guidance as she wrote the story. The characters were realistic in their dialogue and search for truth. I appreciate also the setting description knowing Miller has lived where her story takes place. Thank you Ann Miller, for speaking to your readers as the Lord has spoken to you.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)

Review by: Nancy Lentz on July 30, 2015 :
A very good book! I read mostly inspirational fiction, and this was as good as any from my favorite authors. I like to try to figure out how things are going to be resolved as I read, and like most well-written books, in this one I couldn't figure out how the author was going to make it work out. I like that kind of ending.
The subject of homosexuality was handled in a very appropriate manner; I don't think it would be offensive to anyone. The conversations that the characters had about sexuality were healthy for them and helpful for readers to consider and discuss with others.
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)

Review by: Katie Dyett on July 30, 2015 :
Loved "Chasing Happy" just like I've loved all of Ann's books! CH was an easy read (unlike some books where a sentence can run on for paragraphs!). Plus it helped that I didn't want to put it down. I HAD to know what was going to happen next.

I was a little skeptical when I started reading because I was afraid it was going to be about a homosexual guy trying to act/get straight. But it wasn't! It was so nice to read about people who love God and have a great connection with him - but still have flaws. It's hard to remember that you can be imperfect and still be close to God.
(reviewed 31 days after purchase)

Review by: Brenda on July 29, 2015 :
Let me start by saying I may be biased. After being introduced to Ann Lee Miller's, Kicking Eternity, I found God. Well, God wasn't lost, I was. We are all on a journey through this life, and let's admit it, for some the struggle is much harder for some than others. Miller's book, Chasing Happy introduces us to characters who find themselves struggling through life while trying to follow the right path, the path of God. Nature vs Nurture has been used as an argument for many things, most currently homosexuality. There is an equally important story line of Samma, a young lady wanting to serve her father, while serving God. I love the way Ann Lee Miller offers an example of a modern christian facing modern issues in a traditional way. Most important Miller allows us to see God's Love remain strong, remain true, for all his Children.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: albert dyer on July 28, 2015 :
Chasing Happy by Ann Lee Miller, so “right on” on so many levels as the characters give the reader a peek into their lives and the conflicts of life within a family. God’s law or Man’s law? Traditional lifestyle or an alternative lifestyle? Love from the heart or love with the mind? Grace, forgiveness and acceptance throughout the pages caused me to check myself, promising to make a change. Chasing Happy had me singing a duet with Samma. Asking myself if my actions were acceptable with how I have treated people who are different. A story that counseled me…I am a better person today because of Chasing Happy. Great work Ann!
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)

Review by: Linda Karchner on July 27, 2015 :
God's Timing.

How fascinating that "Chasing Happy" came across my desk the same week that the Supreme Court decided in favor of recognizing homosexual marriage as the "law of the land". This book is bold in how it addresses a current but very controversial and multi-layered issue....

Miller's story is reminiscent of Francine Rivers' treatment of human trafficking in "Redeeming Love" - the language, the relationships, and the situations are raw and real.

Excellent read...and re-read!
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)

Review by: Bill Bourne on July 27, 2015 :
Through this compelling, heartfelt story, Ann Lee Miller has opened up the sensitive subject of homosexuality so today’s readers can grasp the struggles of many individuals and their families who are seeking to find answers and balance. She writes with compassion toward everyone while at the same time, never wavering from what God has given to man in His Word, the Bible.

Can a person inherit a gene that determines homosexuality as his or her sexual orientation? Does a person have a choice whether or not to embrace the gay lifestyle? Is it possible to live in the homosexual world and still have a relationship with God? Throughout this story, Ash Jackson, a single, 24 year old music teacher, struggled with these questions and sought for answers for his own life.

Ash’s father had divorced his mother to follow the gay lifestyle when Ash was a young teen and the impact that left on him brought a whole realm of emotions and questions regarding his own sexual orientation. His anger and embarrassment toward his father kept him from having a real relationship with his dad. Therefore, he didn’t know or understand his father’s reasons for his actions or his heart.

After Ash’s parents divorced, he lived in Arizona with his dad during his middle school years. During that time he became best friends with Samma Templeton, the girl next door. When he moved back to Florida to finish high school and college, he could not forget Samma. Although they had lost all contact, Ash continued to follow her whereabouts when she became a famous singer and songwriter. As the story unfolds, Ash who could not seem to establish a long term loving relationship with any girlfriend, reconnected with Samma and soon knew that his heart had always belonged to her. Realizing this brought him to a crossroad – what is his own sexual orientation? Would he always be true to Samma? How does his relationship with God fit into his future?

Mrs. Miller has written this story for all readers – those facing these struggles in their own lives or in the life of a family member or friend as well as those who want to understand the 21st century world. This story is filled with “heart” – family, soul searching questions, and romance. The characters are so real to life. They could be your own family or neighbors. This book will challenge you as a reader as it did me, but I believe it is a “must read.” I could not put it down until the last page.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)

Review by: Mary Jo O'Donnell on July 27, 2015 :
Ann! You've done it again!! You've given us characters that we can both identify with and care about. You weave a story that is so current and so controversial that it keeps us turning the pages. I don't think that you realize how much counseling you do through your storytelling. Always putting God and His will first, you come up with the perfect solutions for those that might be struggling with the same issues. Chasing Happy taught me much and I feel like I might be a better listener and counselor for those struggling with homosexuality and relationships. No matter your topics, they can be read by all young adults and should be! You're never afraid to just jump right in and educate us, entertain us and keep us longing for your next novel. I can't wait!!!!!! Thanks for doing what you're doing. The literary world needs more like you.
(reviewed 31 days after purchase)

Review by: Jeris Hamm on July 27, 2015 :
Chasing Happy is a portrait of contemporary young adulthood drawn by a talented writer, Ann Miller. The story introduces characters who are in the midst of confusing circumstances and difficult choices. Sexuality confusion, fear of commitment, choosing heart desires over wealth, and longing for a true love are the issues explored. The gay lifestyle is portrayed honestly, and a bar scene is disturbing, but probably true to life. A revealing novel of the love and sexuality struggles of the millennial generation.
(reviewed 37 days after purchase)

Review by: erinsevin on July 25, 2015 :
What a beautiful story of the struggles and pressures of life. This book definitely stirred emotion in me and increased my empathy for those in my life who have various trendies, whether seeking approval, people pleasing or homosexual tendencies. I've read many books that covered struggles related to sexuality which were overly graphic or on the other spectrum overly unrealistic and this book was in perfect balance. The book seemed to realistically yet tastefully describe physical sexual struggles of those in dating relationships. I loved how chasing God ultimately aligned with chasing Happy. This is great read and I look forward to more work for this author!
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)

Review by: erinsevin on July 25, 2015 :
What a beautiful story of the struggles and pressures of life. This book definitely stirred emotion in me and increased my empathy for those in my life who have various trendies, whether seeking approval, people pleasing or homosexual tendencies. I've read many books that covered struggles related to sexuality which were overly graphic or on the other spectrum overly unrealistic and this book was in perfect balance. The book seemed to realistically yet tastefully describe physical sexual struggles of those in dating relationships. I loved how chasing God ultimately aligned with chasing Happy. This is great read and I look forward to more work for this author!
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)

Review by: Cathleen Grey on July 24, 2015 :
Seems like my rating didn't show up on my reviw below. I am giving "Chasing Happy" 5 stars.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)

Review by: Cathleen Grey on July 24, 2015 : (no rating)
"Chasing Happy" is a well written Christian story that deals with many of the issues and frustrations faced by young adults living a faith based life. There are so many things that young Christians are dealing with every single day. The temptations and every day struggles to keep faith and praying for God's guidance and support is so well portrayed throughout this story.

Samma, the song writer and performer struggling to find her true feelings for her long time boyfriend. The return of her best friend from childhood and the feelings he awakens in her that she doesn't have for her boyfriend. The issues within her own family with her mother's emotional absence, her troubled sister, and her younger sister who seems to be after her boyfriend. Sammie is so confused and questioning her faith and what God's plan is for her and her future.

Ash, returning to his childhood home to figure out what his sexual preference is, and hoping to reconnect with his childhood friend, Samma. Ash's father left his wife and children behind when he decided to announce that he is gay. Ash a young impressionable boy, did not handle this well and has been angry with his dad for many years. He finds himself confused about his sexuality and wondering if he is gay like his father. Ash is struggling with what God's plan is for him.

Such a well written story that is a great addition to anyone's TBR list whether you are a Christian or not.

Thank you Ann Lee Miller for reaching out to me and gifting me with an amazing read.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)

Review by: Jo Huddleston on July 24, 2015 :
This is a story of relationships—with others, with family, with church, and with God. The main thread follows a young man, Ash, who fears he’s bisexual by heredity and sets out to prove or disprove that fact. He reconnects with a girl, Samma, he’d bonded with in childhood. Samma’s engaged to be married, but can’t deny her attraction to her old friend. The author presents Ash’s battle with his sexuality from a biblical view. Tension in this book doesn’t let up until the end. The book does, however, contain some descriptions that may offend readers who have never read a secular romance story.
I received a copy of Chasing Happy from the author in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)

Review by: Angie J. Hernandez, C.Ht. on July 24, 2015 :
"Chasing Happy" was a good read. Even though I usually read other genres, this book kept me searching for the next page. Well written and engaging about a topic of our times, Ann Lee Miller takes on a subject without reservation and gave me some food for thought. Thank you, Ann, I'm better for having read this story.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Bibi on July 18, 2015 :
What a terrific story, I loved the characters (the heroes in the story) and dislike the ones that were not nice specially Storm.

I've never written a review but I sure like the challenge, I just hope I'll do justice to your excellent book. Great story, perfect timing, the characters emotions are felt throughout the book.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)

Review by: M. Weidenbenner on July 17, 2015 :
Ann Lee Miller is a talented, brave and committed author. She spent years writing a story that is needed in the Christian market, but one that some Christians might be afraid to read. They shouldn’t be though, as this story will help them understand others who might be in this same predicament.

How many Christian men struggle with their sexuality when it’s in conflict with their religious values? I don’t know, but probably more than we realize and probably more than would admit.

This story shows the tormented thoughts of a young man struggling to find his true sexuality and how God fits into his choice.

I read this book in a few days. This author is a great storyteller who knows how to keep the reader engaged. The plot was smooth and the romance sweet. The character’s set out on a journey and took me with them—through the sites, sounds, smells and wonders of their lives. But the prose helped me see into the minds of Christians who might have bisexual or gay thoughts. The story showed me a world I knew nothing about.

Our heroine, singer/songwriter Samma, has her own journey, too—one that is probably familiar to Christian girls who want to please their parents, who want to make the right decision for their Heavenly Father. The answers aren’t always clear and are rarely easy.

I’m glad that I took the time to read this book and hope others will too. I will recommend it.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)

Review by: Carol Rivers on July 15, 2015 :
I love Ann Lee Miller's writing! This book touched my heart on so many levels! The story of love and forgiveness of the dead on. I had to force myself to stop reading so that I wouldn't inhale the book too quickly. It deserves to be savored! I hope there are more books in the future for these characters! I loved them all, even messed up Storm!
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)

Review by: cbritton on July 14, 2015 : (no rating)
Sexual identity, religious convictions, parental influence are all hot topics in our society today. Ann Lee Miller goes after each of these areas through her characters Ash and Samma exploring the conflicts they face in their individual and family lives. Read and see how they come to grips with their own struggles and how others influence their decisions. Caution - there are bouts of moderately explicit material ahead!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Rnibert on July 13, 2015 : (no rating)
Chasing Happy was an excellent read! The characters and their struggles were very real and could have been anyone of us. Loved the sister conflict and how it was resolved as well as the ever controversal topic of sexual identity. Nicely written.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)

Review by: Mary Eloise Liberty on July 12, 2015 :
Chasing Happy is one of the most interesting books I have read in quite some time. It moved along at a rapid pace, never becoming boring or having a lull. It addressed a lot of issues that are common in today’s society especially in regards to the worries of young people who think they have sexual gender issues, and the struggles they experience. I would love to see a sequel written to this book. Well done, Ann Lee Miller!
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)

Review by: Barbara Balogh on July 11, 2015 :
Initially the topic caused me to hesitate, as it is so different from the genres I typically read. As I read on, Ann Lee Miller gives the reader insight not only into Ash and his turmoil with his identity but Samma's struggle with the family expectation that she marry Storm. There are other relationships nicely described to show us the challenges and pain they felt - sister vs. sister, father vs. son, to name a few.

The question of what would God want me to do was nicely illustrated throughout with the dilemmas and decisions the characters faced. Local color added to the book too, incorporating images from both Arizona and Florida.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)

Review by: Patti Steiner on July 10, 2015 :
I eagerly look forward to reading Miller's books - I love her writing style! I was not disappointed with her latest book, Chasing Happy, dealing with the controversial subject of sexual gender identity, which is a very hot topic in today's culture. She writes with utmost compassion and sensitivity on this subject as main character, Ash, struggles with the decisions facing his future relationship with Samma, his best-friend from childhood to whom he feels deeply attracted, but is unsure how to act on his feelings. I found this book to be very insightful and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in maintaining a Biblical perspective on marriage, while being sensitive to those who do struggle with their sexual identity.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)

Review by: Jim Jonas on July 10, 2015 :
"Ann Lee Miller courageously tackles the complex subject of sexual identity with compassion and spiritual honesty. An engaging story, but caution to the sensitive reader: some coarse language and eroticism may be offensive."
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)

Review by: Sue Linder on July 09, 2015 :
Once again, Ann Miller has written a book where you are drawn into the struggles her characters have in life. This time she explores the difficult issue of homosexuality, but she makes you consider how you treat people who are different than you. Are you willing to come alongside someone who is struggling or believes differently than you, or are you going to turn your back and just be with those you feel comfortable with? Another great story of grace, forgiveness and acceptance.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)

Review by: laurenseegar on July 09, 2015 :
Ann Miller has an amazing way of drawing readers into her complex stories. I was immediately sucked into an exciting story of love, struggle and faith. As someone who doesn't typically read this genre of fiction, I'm always surprised by how much I enjoy Miller's writing. She writes with wit, depth and humor.
In Chasing Happy, she covers many difficult issues such as homosexuality, identity, and faith that are real struggles for so many young adults in our culture. Her writing brings a lot of grace and insight into these topics, and leaves with reader with hope. I appreciate the sense of honesty and transparency she gives her characters - including the occasional use of profanity or sexuality in the book. It lends realness to her characters, because we see they don't live in a bubble. Sin, temptation and brokenness is as much a part of their reality as it is ours.
Highly recommend this book! I finished it in one day. The message of Chasing Happy is a powerful one for any reader who's willing to listen.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: gwenjoy on July 04, 2015 :
Ann Lee Miller creates realistic characters that her readers can care about. I was drawn into the characters' stories immediately. She took on a controversial subject and did a fine job describing Ash's struggle with his sexuality.

I did think his assumption that he was gay as a result of one failed sexual experience seemed a bit drastic, however.

Ash's commitment to Jesus was strong, and it changed his life as it is supposed to change all of our lives. I like the depth of his thinking as Miller wrote it.

Be aware that the descriptions of sex are a bit graphic for some readers.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

Review by: Eileen Rife on July 04, 2015 :
Because his father identifies as gay, Ash worries that he too might have the "gay gene." His sexual attraction wavers throughout the story between men and one woman in particular, Samma, who longs to break free of her own father's oppressive power, but fears the backlash. Both characters struggle to form a solid identity apart from their heritage. For both, God factors into the equation, but in differing ways. This spiritual thread ultimately leads to surprising but satisfying results.

Miller certainly has a way with words and characters! Especially given the cultural conflict over this topic. She deals with reality, not mincing words in describing the intense struggle. At times, I thought the writing exceeded propriety with the sexual content and language. In addition, since I'm married to a licensed professional counselor, I perked up during the scenes with Sandra, which I felt were handled well, but perhaps not fleshed out quite enough.

Same-sex attraction is a complicated, difficult issue to navigate and to address in writing, so I hand it to Miller for giving the story a solid effort.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)

Review by: Cbkolesar on June 30, 2015 :
Ann,you have tackled the controversial subject of homosexuality and bisexuality with profound knowledge and empathy. Exploring about how a persons life can be affected when they face a decision they just don't understand, and don't know where to turn. Showing there are choices and not just acceptance in every aspect of our life. The book, Chasing Happy, deals with many conflicts of family life and many decisions to be made. Good Job!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

Review by: Jodi White on June 28, 2015 :
I'm not gonna lie; when I read that Chasing Happy was the story of a young Christian man struggling with feelings of bisexuality, I didn't think I was going to be able to engage in the story. However, it was written in such a tactful, respectful manner that I found it very easy to empathize with him. I appreciated that rather than this being the sole focus of the story, it was a thread in the tapestry of the character's life that also included heterosexual relationship issues as well as relationships with parents. Ann Miller provides a perfect balance of giving her readers the details and authenticity of language vital to engaging with and truly understanding the characters without crossing any moral lines. Every one of us can relate to the struggles Ash and Samma have as they meld their choices with their beliefs in and about God.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

Review by: Dawn McBride on June 27, 2015 :
Loved it. Very well written. I really liked how the relationships between all the characters developed. God loves us all !! Couldn't put it down.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)

Review by: Sandra Reynolds on June 25, 2015 :
This book was engaging and well written. There were numerous complex characters that intertwined, affecting each other's lives with their actions. The main theme, dealing with homosexuality is joined by other larger themes, like do we do what others expect or what we want, and how do we know what God wants from us. What does God look like, what kind of "personality" does God portray is also examined. A simple to read yet complex story. Very well done.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: infielder01 on June 25, 2015 :
I really enjoyed reading Chasing Happy by Ann Lee Miller. The story deals with some very difficult issues with grace and understanding. As I read this book I gained insight about struggles people face but it came about very naturally in the package of an engaging story. The love story of Samma and Ash kept my attention even as I pondered the issues of religion, family, relationships, and choices.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)

Review by: Sherry Fritz on June 21, 2015 :
Ann Lee Miller took the aspect of homosexuality and dealt with it in a very down to earth way. Using her sweet love story of Samma and Ash to break down their fears of doing what people expected of them and what was really God's will. Despite their true feelings for each other since childhood, they were being pulled apart by their families. Samma was being pushed by her father to marry Storm for political gain and Ash was tormented thinking he was gay. Chasing Happy the name of the album Samma cut sums up the whole story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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