Sunday, December 13, 2015

The Fragrance of Surrender (Sea Of Souls #1) by April Geremia

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Title: The Fragrance Of Surrender
Genre: Christian Fiction
  • Series: Souls of the Sea
  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 9, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1518881688
  • ISBN-13: 978-1518881688
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Synopsis: What would cause a woman to stand on the edge of a cliff deciding whether to slip over it or to live another day?

How bad would it have to be?

And what if she can’t turn to God because she believes He’s the root of all her problems? 

Set among the fragrant sweet smell of ripening orange tree blossoms, this emotional story is about a woman who battles God for the right to determine how things should be. Gabriella’s life has been filled with tragedy, including the mystery of why her own parents disappeared one night, leaving her alone at a tender young age. Soon after her husband dies, she and her son move to her childhood home—a house on a cliff by the sea in a village that time has left behind. It’s there that she and some local villagers begin the process of bringing her parent’s old orange grove back to life.

As Gabriella begins to put together the pieces of why her parents abandoned her, she soon learns they were victims of powerful forces that threatened to tear apart the quiet little village by the sea. And that knowledge, along with all the other losses she’s experienced, causes Gabriella to view God with great suspicion and fear. So when her young son experiences a dramatic conversion and begins to serve Him, an all-out battle ensues.

During this time, Gabriella often feels called to the edge of the cliff, torn between letting herself slip over it and ending the pain, or fighting for a happiness she’s not even sure exists. Will Gabriella continue to do battle with God? Or will she come to have faith in the God she blames for all the tragedies she’s suffered? 

And what role will her young son play in her decision?

This book considers questions like: What happens when God doesn’t act like we think He should? And can someone who has experienced so much pain and disappointment ever really let go of the hurt and learn to trust Him?

Review: This is Ms. Geremia's debut novel, but you could never tell it from the way she writes. Her style is unique, and she pulls you into the lives and emotions of each of her characters. 

Gabriella has suffered many losses in her life, and as a result she is very angry at God. When her young son, Sammy, accepts Christ as his Savior, and begins to spread the word to others, Gabriella gets even more angry, determined not to let God have her only child.

There is also a concurrent plot, as Gabriella begins to delve into the mysterious disappearance of her parents when she was a small child. As she finds answers for her first heartbreak, will she finally draw close to God, or will she turn her back on Him forever?

I believe this story will be a help to those who may be questioning their faith due to tragic situations, and also to those new to the faith, who will see that we don't have to be perfect to be worthy of God's love.

Rating: Five stars

About the author
April Geremia has made her living as a professional writer for 20 years, and has recently turned her attention toward her true love—fiction. She loves God, her family and friends, the sea, mysteries, and stories of people battling impossible situations. The books in this series, Souls of the Sea, all have those elements in common.

When she’s not writing, you’ll find her coaxing vegetables out of the ground, playing with her chickens, or whipping up a simple gourmet meal in her tiny house by the sea. Her favorite part of any day is connecting with her readers. 

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