Life and death conflicts are a part of nature. Some internal, some violent, all lifechanging.
The authors I’m reviewing today take us on a quest for peace that will squeeze your heart and make you count your blessings at the same time.
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D. Wallace Peach has outdone herself with a harrowing tale of war in the most sacred of lands- Heaven itself.
Rimma and her sister, Angel, are members of the chosen, picked to live and prosper in Heaven’s sanctuary. But when the electrical field begins to crackle and fade, they are tumbled into a land of poverty and desperation. One where the strongest survive and the sisters’ beliefs are challenged in ways they could never have envisioned.
When Rimma witnesses the senseless murder of her father by people known as Biters, it sets in motion a rage that burns in her soul. Angel’s sweet nature is the only thing keeping her under control. They begin to train for the day the Bone Wall protecting their home falls and they are forced to fight or die by the sword. Rimma, worried about her sister’s innocence, draws an oath from Angel.
As broken as Rimma is, I connected most with her. She sinks into a dark hole after being violently beaten and raped, yet even as retribution lights a fire in her soul, the killings are done with good intent- to protect those she cares for. And though she is banished for the crime, she can’t quite give up the internal hope for a better life for her sister.
The author raises moral questions of right and wrong in this heartbreaking novel I won’t soon forget. How can a society decide who shall prosper and who will flounder?
I’ll leave you with this:
Next is a story of courage and love and the unfairness of death.
This story gutted me. Life can be so incredibly unfair at times.
Kacey Dawson is on a self-destructive course of alcohol, sex, and fame. Her rock band is on the cusp of superstardom, but Kacey is floundering under the disdain of her father and a need to be loved for who she is.
Enter handsome Jonah Fletcher. After a night of excessive drinking, Kacey wakes on her limo driver’s couch and is drawn to the quiet sincerity in Jonah’s eyes and his laidback humor. Knowing she needs to detox and decide on the course of her future, Kacey deserts her band for a few days of Fletcher’s company- a few days that change her life forever.
Jonah has a plan. He needs to finish the glass installation that is to be his legacy, spend time with friends, and Sunday night dinners with his family- that’s it- because Jonah is dying. His body is rejecting the heart transplant he received, and his lifespan can now be measured in months, not years. He can’t afford to let anyone in. He doesn’t want to say goodbye to another person, and he really doesn’t want to hurt anyone else. But Kacey won’t take no for an answer. She sneaks under his armor and gives him the gift of precious moments, memories to take to the end of his days- however short they may be.
Kacey is more frightened than she’s ever been in her life. With her background she doesn’t believe she’s strong enough to be the support Jonah needs, but she’s helpless to say goodbye. Her heart is his- forever.
Have you ever read a book that leaves you drained yet fulfilled at the same time? This is that book.