Thursday, August 22, 2019

Celebrate Lit Promo Blast: The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman by Carole Brown

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?

I will admit that this book took a couple of chapters to really get in liking it. I had to reread the first 2 chapters 3x over before I "got it". Once I "got it", I really GOT into the book! I couldn't stop reading. 

The book is fiction, but it reads like a real life happening. Caralynne loses her 11yr old in a Cult Ritual. Caralynne is angry at many people because her daughter died. Her husband suffers a heart attack and she allows him to die. Caralynne is also angry at God because she feels God has made her suffer to many losses. Then Dayne MacFarland, an ordained minister returns to town and could he be the one to reveal her deep secrets or can he get her to turn back to God.  

This book touches on 2 sensitive topics: Cults and Abuse. I think it does so in a good manner. Some parts of the book are difficult to read, but the book also seems like real life. It really is a good book and great storyline! 

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?

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