Today I’m reviewing
Crooked Lines by Holly Michael.
Here is a brief synopsis from Goodreads:
Two continents. Two cultures. Two souls seek hope and a future.
On the shores of Lake Michigan, Rebecca Meyer seeks escape. Guilt-ridden over her little sister’s death, she sets her heart on India, a symbol of peace.
Across the ocean in South India, Sagai Raj leaves his tranquil hill station home and impoverished family to answer a higher calling. Pushing through diverse cultural and religious milieus, he labors toward his goals, while wrong turns and bad choices block Rebecca from hers.
Traveling similar paths and bridged across oceans through a priest, the two desire peace and their divine destiny. But vows and blind obedience at all costs must be weighed…And buried memories, unearthed.
Crooked Lines, a beautifully crafted debut novel, threads the lives of two determined souls from different continents and cultures. Compelling characters struggle with spirituality through despair and deceptions in search of truth.
Crooked Lines is Holly’s debut novel… but she is no novice to writing! She’s published in various magazines, newspapers, and in Guideposts books. Crooked Lines is a beautiful story – yes there is heartbreak, but there is faith, hope and love, too.
The story begins with Rebecca who lives in Wisconsin; her opening lines are intrinsic to the story…
“It didn’t occur to me at the edge of the pond that I’d broken the sixth commandment, actually committed murder.”
Rebecca leaves home on a search to find God’s will for her life. Yes, she makes some very bad choices, but so have we all.
Across the globe, Sagai Raj is also searching for God’s will; after being called to the ministry in the Anglican church, he begins a study to become a priest – yet things are not always as he expects them to be.
There are many similarities between Rebecca and Sagai – both are the seventh child in their families, both have lost family members; they are even praying for one another (through a mutual friend).
This mutual friend is an Indian Priest who counsels and encourages them both through many difficult decisions. Rebecca wants to travel to India to find the peace she hasn’t found in America.
The difference between the two cultures is amazing! I have only been out of the United States once many years ago. I haven’t had the chance to visit India, but this story makes me want to go…
If you take away nothing else from this amazing story, remember that peace is not a place – you will find peace when you choose to follow God’s will.
Crooked Lines is not an easy story to read – but it is worth reading. – CLICK TO TWEET!
Have you ever felt such a deep desire to take a mission trip? – CLICK TO TWEET!
You can read more reviews and more about the book on Goodreads HERE
You can find more about Holly on her website… HERE
God bless you!
© Donna J. Mynatt 2015