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Storms In Serenity by Fay Lamb

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About the Book

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Book Title: Storms in Serenity

Author: Fay Lamb

Release Date: February, 2018

Genre: Romance, Mystery

How can one man save the town he loves when he’s the reason for the destruction?

Serenity Key, Florida, has seen its share of hurricanes, but this time, one foul weather system is about to collide with another storm, and this one has nothing to do with atmospheric pressure.

David New has guarded his secrets for years, but when two brothers, John and Andy Ryan, arrive in town and he gets news that the daughter he’s never told anyone about has disappeared, possibly the victim of a heinous crime, and the lives of many of the town residents begin to unravel in the gale force consequences of Jake’s past, he has nowhere else to turn.

God is the only one Who can calm the storms, but can David and the good folks of Serenity Key survive until He does?

A tempest has been brewing for thirty years, with only one island town in its path.

My Thoughts

4 stars  …  I would love to give 5 stars, because it has great potential.

First, what I liked – I liked that it made it clear God is in control, even in the greatest wickedness, He doesn’t have to scramble and figure out a Plan B.  In the case of this story, a sinful relationship brought about a beautiful, tender hearted woman, who learned to follow the Lord.  We, as Christians call it “beauty from ashes”.  Very serious issues were handled very well, forgiveness, redemption, sin and its results. I like that it was a modern telling of the story of King David and Bathsheba.  King David was greatly loved by God, but he had a terrible family life, as a result of his adultery with Bathsheba and murder of her husband to cover it up. God loved him, but didn’t remove him from the consequences.  Sometimes God has mercy and removes consequences and sometimes he does not.

But what the story gained by all the above, it was weakened by being a bit disorganized.  The author forewarns the reader that there are many names and many various relationships.  I think it would have been better to tell the story of each person, couple or family, from their perspective in a group of chapters in the beginning, not in small portions.  I generally like to have some “emotional connection” with the characters and I couldn’t, because I couldn’t keep track of them, due to changing from one to the other every few paragraphs. Then the author could have intermingled their stories a bit, when all events merge into the main part of the story (about 50% in).  And end the book with branching out again with a few chapters per individual, couple or family, where we see their lives resolve.  As the story is, we jump around among people every few paragraphs, which becomes overwhelming and a bit dizzying.  I actually like complicated plots and don’t mind a lot of people, but this was difficult to get through, I found myself skimming a lot, which I don’t usually do.

DISCLAIMER:  I received this book as a gift.  No compensation was received.  The opinions I express are provided without obligation.

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About the Author

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Fay Lamb writes emotionally charged stories with a Romans 8:28 attitude, reminding readers that God is always in the details. Fay donates 100% of her royalties to Christian charities.

Storms in Serenity is the first book in Fay’s Serenity Key series. Fay’s other series include, Amazing Grace and her novels, Stalking Willow, Better than Revenge, Everybody’s Broken, and Frozen Notes. The Ties that Bind Series includes Charisse, Libby, and Hope. Delilah, is coming soon.

Fay’s is also the author of The Art of Characterization: How to Use the Elements of Storytelling to Connect Readers to an Unforgettable Cast.

Guest Post from Fay Lamb

ONCE UPON A STORM

I’m one of those people who love storms. I revel in the lightning that streaks across the sky, the rumble of thunder as it rolls over the air, and I dance to the eerie sound of the wind coming through a crack in the window. Storms don’t frighten me. I’m an East Coast Floridian. I’ve lived through many a tempest.

However, so that you won’t think me completely insane, I have also fled a few hurricanes. In our house, a Cat III storm is something to debate as we watch to see how low the millibars fall at the storm’s center. A Cat IV means gather the important documents, place them into plastic bags and tuck them into plastic tubs, batten down the hatches, and depending upon its projected proximity, hunker down or flee. A Cat V is a no-brainer. Run!

If only the storms in our lives had categories so that we know when to stand and face the winds of life or to debate the direction, or to decide when to flee. Sometimes, the storms of life come at us without warning, with no stirring up of the waters by our own hands. Other times, the storms can be abated by the stance we take, the decisions we make, and by failing to move out of harm’s way, perhaps in an opposite direction.

That’s what my first novel in The Serenity Key series is about: one man stirred up a storm many years prior. The destructive force of that storm amassed because he didn’t take a stand, he failed to make crucial decisions, and he choose to run from a situation that God would not allow him to outrun. Storms in Serenity is a modern-day retelling of the Biblical truths of the aftermath of David’s sin with Bathsheba and the destruction the storms of life that blew apart not only David’s family but also those he called friends.

Mostly, though, Storms in Serenity, is a novel that proves that when it comes to sin, truly, no man is an island.

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Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Fay is giving away a grand prize of an Echo Spot!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/ca75

 

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