Friday, July 12, 2013

Persistent Love by Laura J. Marshall - REVIEWED

About the Book:
Tara sat at the edge of the cliff for a long time. Piercing cries broke her reverie. She dried the tears that had flowed down her cheeks and lifted her eyes to the sky as a large black bird flew aloft above her. The bird flew out and over the cliff's edge and glided effortlessly on the wind. She stood up and stretched her arms wide, yearning to feel free like the raven. She closed her eyes again, feeling the breeze toss her cape wildly about her. 
Christian Romantic Suspense Novella set in 1685, England.

My Thoughts:
“Fear was like an enemy within her own camp, rearing up its head again and making her want to hide from the world.”  (Chapter Three – Tara)
Tara Kerwood has been courted by fear since her childhood – with good reason.  She witnessed unspeakable violence perpetrated against her family.  Unable to recognize it in any way except as a distance from God in her spirit, Tara has become angry and bitter toward her circumstance and sets about to find a way to return India and seek justice for herself and her family.
God is already arranging the details of Tara’s life to provide the answers she is seeking.  Lord Andrew Sharpton is introduced into her life when the family moves to Raven’s Cliff.  From their first disastrous encounter to the moment Tara understands her relationship to God through her circumstances, Andrew and Tara enjoy a curious relationship of wary curiosity.  As their relationship grows and changes, they are required to face more trauma than either of them is prepared for. It is this profound incident that prepares them both for the truth that ultimately comes to light at the end of the story.
This is a very well-written and intriguing story!  In truth, it was hard to put down at times!  I enjoy a story that overtly discusses faith, and Laura Marshal delivers a powerful message of truth and grace in Persistent Love!  I enjoyed the characters as well as the suspense and danger that seemed to plague Tara’s life journey!
My only complaint is that the details revealed at the end of the story seemed a bit formulaic and predictable.  The very last circumstance that Tara and Andrew must face (the truth they have been seeking) felt forced and a bit rushed.  I would have been much more satisfied had the author fleshed it out a bit and written a full-length novel! I know she could do this with Persistent Love!!

I look forward to watching Laura Marshal grow in her writing career and can’t wait to read more of her work!

About the Author:

Laura J. Marshall is a full-time mother of five boys and part-time writer and blogger. She operates a popular blog called The Old Stone Wall which hosts and promotes Christian Authors and encourages interaction between readers and authors. Laura writes Christian fiction and the best-selling Battle Cry Devotional Series. You can find out more about Laura and her other books online at

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