How far would YOU go to avenge the murder of a daughter?
Caralynne Hayman is angry and bitter over the abuse and death of her eleven-year-old daughter from the hands of her religious group, The Children of Righteous Cain. When her husband suffers a sudden heart attack, she does nothing to help him. In her eyes someone needs to pay, and if that means all of the men in the group, then so be it.
Dayne MacFarland is sent away to college by the senior elder of the group to learn ministry. When he returns after finding salvation, determined to bring the truth to the people he’s known all his life, he rediscovers Cara and realizes the love he once felt for her is still deeply embedded within his heart.
Dayne faces men unwilling to turn their backs on the cult training he despises. Cara faces men who follow their leader in abuse toward their wives and the young girls of the group. Cara is considered rebellious and inappropriate to befriend. Dayne is the apple of Elder Simmons’ eye—until he takes a stand against their teachings.
Can Dayne’s love for Caralynne bridge the gulf of anger and bitterness that divides the community? Or will Caralynne’s deadly secrets prove too high a price for her redemption?
This book brought out so many mixed feelings. The writing is powerful and the characters unforgettable.
Caralynne is strong, with an independent streak that keeps her in constant trouble with the cult. The pain she has endured would have completely obliterated the sanity of a weaker woman. Cara’s need for revenge overwhelms her senses and puts her in more danger.
I’ll insert a word of caution here. The cult is evil, and the things they do is abhorrent. While nothing happens directly on the page, the results are still rather terrible.
I found myself constantly wondering why Cara would stay with the cult when things are so bad. When you are this immersed in a story, you care about the characters and want to see them succeed.
Dayne’s return could not have come at a better time, and I eagerly anticipated the showdown I knew would have to happen between him and Elder Simmons.
It’s easy to pass judgement on a character and their decisions, these are fictional people, after all.
But the story makes the journey worthwhile.
I requested a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. An author of ten books, she loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?
Personal blog: http://sunnebnkwrtr.blogspot.com/
Stitches in Time: http://stitchesthrutime.blogspot.com/
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