Faith and Forgiveness Are at the Heart of Toni Shiloh’s ‘An Unlikely Alliance’ [REVIEW]

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Meet Flo, the service dog introduced in the seventh novel in the K-9 Companions series, An Unlikely Alliance. (Photo courtesy Canva)

She despises firefighters. He has an aversion to uptight women. But when the two of them are thrown together to save their community, will they be able to see past their differences and accomplish their goal? Find out in Toni Shiloh’s An Unlikely Alliance.

Love Inspired

In this heartwarming enemies-to-lovers romance, Shiloh (An Unlikely Proposal) introduces us to two local heroes who just can’t seem to get along. Jalissa Tucker runs the local animal shelter in the small town of Bluebonnet, Texas. With her trusty canine companion always at her side, she works long and hard to rescue animals who have nowhere else to turn. But she has a habit of taking life far too seriously.

Jeremy Rider, on the other hand, is a handsome firefighter with a heart of gold who seldom takes anything seriously. Affable and charming, he is passionate about mentoring Bluebonnet’s youth and will do whatever it takes to save the town’s teen program from the chopping block. After all, he knows what it is like to be bullied and feel unwanted, and he is determined to help kids facing similar circumstances.

When both Jalissa and Jeremy show up at the town hall, they are shocked to discover that the mayor is slashing programs across the board due to a lack of funding. When they both speak up on behalf of the programs they both hold dear, the mayor tasks them to work as a team and find a way to raise $10,000 or else both the animal shelter and the SAFE teen programs will lose all town funding and be shuttered forever.

What the mayor doesn’t know is that Jalissa and Jeremy are both haunted by ghosts of the past which make it nearly impossible for them to be in the same room. Although they share mutual friends, that is the only thing they seem to have in common. Still, they force themselves to see beyond their painful pasts and get on with the task at hand.

Each time they overcome one hurdle, several more arise, each more serious than the last. And just when everything is looking up and it seems like they have finally become friends, one last bomb drops that threatens to destroy everything they have worked so hard to build together.

With An Unlikely Alliance, Shiloh introduces two flawed characters whose humanity ultimately steals our hearts. As we watch Jalissa and Jeremy reveal their past hurts and work to forge a truce, we see how patience, family, and faith really can help us move mountains.

Shiloh also examines the true meaning of forgiveness, God’s role in our lives, and the power of prayer. This is inspirational fiction at its best. An Unlikely Alliance, the seventh book in the K-9 Companions series, entertains even as it enlightens, and it will touch your heart in unexpected ways.

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About the author

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom and multipublished Christian contemporary romance author. She writes to bring God glory and to learn more about His goodness.

A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and of the Virginia Chapter, Toni loves connecting with readers via social media.

To learn more, visit and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

By Toni Shiloh
224 pp. Love Inspired. $6.25

Purchase An Unlikely Alliance direct from Jathan & Heather Books or from one of these other fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Half Price Books, Harlequin, Hudson Booksellers, IndieBound, Powell’s, Target, or Walmart.

Toni Shiloh
Toni Shiloh
(Photo by Amy Berringer)

About Jathan Fink
Jathan is a journalist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is also a travel junkie, foodie and jazz aficionado. A California native, he resides in Texas.

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