Today I’m beginning a new book review blog string and announcing the release and a review of The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, by Carole Brown, a fellow writer and member of ACFW. The book, which was a semifinalist in the Genesis contest, has been described as a novel of hope shining through the darkness with strong elements of suspense and romance.
Carole provided me with an advance copy of her book. The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman is not an easy read because of the subject matter. There were times I was tempted to put the book down because of the abuse Caralynne endured. I prefer to read for entertainment and normally avoid darker themed stories. Yet, I was drawn into Caralynne’s world, rooting for her to beat the odds, stop the abuse in her male-dominated religious cult, and escape the only life she had ever known. Well written and well-edited, this is a book that will grip you and leave you wanting more from this author. Well done, Carole!
About the book:
How far would YOU go to avenge a daughter’s cruel death? 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 his prayers and love reach Cara and show her the way to redemption? Will Cara realize God’s love and forgiveness before she goes too far?
Here’s a short Excerpt from:
The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman
Twenty years earlier
The shadow creatures on the wall shook their wings and legs. Heads with horns nodded. Scary, dark faces watched.
The little girl clasped her floppy-eared rabbit against her chest and stared into the dark.
“Mmm …” Mommy’s murmur reached to her through the walls, and the giggles from her mother tiptoed in, shooing the fear away.
Whoosh. She blew out a breath and squeezed her rabbit tighter. “Mommy has a friend with her, Ramsey. She loves me just like I love you and will give me hugs in the morning after the man leaves.”
Ramsey said nothing. She ran her fingers over his face and could feel his black button eyes staring at her, trusting her to protect him.
“And she’ll read to us and I’ll sit on her lap and we’ll snuggle—all of us together.” She nodded and tugged on Ramsey’s left ear then rolled over.
Real live whispers and laughter floated into the room.
Opening her mouth in a wide yawn, she patted Ramsey’s tummy and whispered again, “Don’t be afraid. I’m right here.”
“Please. That hurts.”
“Mommy?” The little girl frowned but her eyes wouldn’t open. Just like they did when she and mommy put cucumbers slices on their eyes.
Rubbing at her eyes the little girl sat up. Mommy had never sounded like this before, and neither had any of the men—the men who brought flowers and candy and money.
About the author:
Carole Brown’s debut novel is entitled The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman. Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, she enjoys mentoring beginning writers. 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?
She’d love to connect with you at
Personal blog: http://sunnebnkwrtr.blogspot.com/
Carole is also am part of several other blogs:
Geezers Guys and Gals: http://geezerguysandgals.blogspot.com/
Stitches in Time: http://stitchesthrutime.blogspot.com/
Barn Door Book Loft: http://www.barndoorbookloft.net/