Contemporary Fiction

The One Who Knows Me by Joan Embola. Character Spotlight.

Welcome to the Character Spotlight of the main characters from the newest release by the awesome author Joan Embola. I hope you enjoy getting to know them.

About The Book

Bullies and family disasters have left eighteen-year-old Teeyana Sparks filled with anxiety and doubt. She feels pressured to believe in God, but as she embarks on her college journey in the hope of one day working at Google as a graphic designer, the only thing she believes in is controlling her own life. Things change when she meets Jayden Williams—the guy with a charming smile and kind heart.
Struggling with grief and recovering from a season of depression, nineteen-year-old Jayden is determined to help Teeyana believe in God’s goodness again. But when yet another tragedy strikes close to home, Teeyana’s response exposes Jayden’s unhealed wounds and tips him into a mental health relapse.
With the looming possibility of not getting her dream life, Teeyana is caught between holding on to her illusion of control and surrendering to a God she’s rejected. And as Jayden strives to break out of his despondency, he has to face that letting God in may involve him letting go of his friendship with Teeyana. Teeyana and Jayden must wrestle with uncomfortable truths, and the pride in their hearts, in order to face their biggest giant—God’s sovereignty over both triumph and tragedy.
The One Who Knows Me, book one in the Sovereign Love series, is a heart-warming standalone novel about hope and learning to take comfort in the sovereign goodness of a loving God who knows all things. Amazon

About The Characters

About Teeyana Sparks:
Teeyana is an eighteen-year-old who is attending college in New York. She is very hardworking and always gives her best. She has been bullied in the past and also survived family disasters which have made her doubt her faith in God. She wants to prove to everyone and herself that she doesn’t need God to achieve her dream life. Throughout the book, Teeyana deals with fear and pride. He biggest flaw is her illusion of control and also the fact that she can be self-centred sometimes. Teeyana’s journey is a rollercoaster ride, but she learns a lot about herself and about God’s sovereign love for her even when things don’t go according to her plan.
About Jayden Williams:

Jayden is a nineteen year old who is also attending college in new York. One word to describe him is “self-less” and he loves encouraging others. He is the “strong friend” who would do anything to make others happy but who struggles to be vulnerable. Throughout the book, Jayden struggles with grief, loss, and also fighting the pit of depression trying to pull him in. His story teaches about God’s hope and light in our darkest places and how our dependence on God gives us victory over our daily struggles. Jayden’s journey is hard, but he learns about God’s sovereign love for him, even when he doesn’t understand.

About The Author

Joan Embola is a UK-based Cameroonian-Nigerian Christian author who aims to share God’s love one word at a time. She writes books about diverse characters whose hope-filled stories point to the sovereign love and goodness of God in our broken world. She is a qualified Physician Associate and also the founder of Love Qualified, a ministry dedicated to encouraging others to experience the sovereign love of the one true God who has qualified us to be His beloved ones. She is a passionate lover and teacher of God’s word, and she shares this passion on her YouTube channel, blog, and podcast. When she’s not writing or curled up with a book, you’ll find her watching movies, YouTube videos, or making memories with her family and friends.

You can connect with her at and on instagram, YouTube, her blog, and her podcast. Join her newsletter to stay up to date with new releases and more book news.

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