Friday, April 23, 2021

Emerald Secrets by Dawn V Cahill

This is the third novel in the Seattle Trilogy and it would be best to read the previous ones to appreciate the resolutions of relationship issues that happen in this one. There are two aspects to the plot. One aspect is the current blackmail attempt on Howard based on the past actions of his wife who died years ago. The blackmail attempt arises from bitterness over a supposed wrong in the past. The other aspect of the plot centers around the welfare of unborn babies.

The character development in this novel is not extensive, except for Howard who experiences a welcome transformation. The plot seemed a bit convoluted to me, especially the part about the pregnancy tea. The plot does reflect the importance of forgiveness, however. Cahill's writing style is pleasant and I liked the setting of the novel in Seattle.

The strongest aspect of this novel is the clear presentation of the gospel and the exploration of its transforming power in individuals.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Dawn V Cahill writes stories of victorious faith for the 21st century, dealing with situations unthinkable for previous generations. She created Hot Topics Fiction, an intensive four day writers conference, helping writers create stories of ordinary Christians following hard after Christ in an upside-down world. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Her novel Sapphire Secrets was a finalist in the 2015 First Impressions Contest. You can find out more about her and read her blog at https://dawnvcahill.com/.

Spring Mountain Publishing, 284 pages.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the author. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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