About the Book
Author: Terry Overton
Genre: Christian Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Release date: April 5, 2022
Elaine Smith lived in the small coastal town of Sabal Palms long enough to know when to worry about a squall and when to simply close the windows and wait for it to pass. This one would be significant. It would be significant in terms of damage, but that was to be expected. What no one expected was the profound effect it would have on the lives of people from the Texas coast to New York City. Positive qualities of humanity are often displayed during times of natural disaster.
But a supernatural power had attached to this storm and subsequently worked within the hearts of the most needy, the most lonely, and the most sinister. The lives of four delightful women, a homeless teen, a rebellious son, a grieving lover who is at the bottom, a son who lost his faith, and a hired murderer, are all intertwined in the aftereffects of a Category 3 hurricane thanks to a few passages written by one determined woman.
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At first I thought this novel would be your typical women's fiction, following the lives and friendly interactions of four very different women living on the Texas coast. While the calm, steady writing style continued, the methodical pace of the narrative changed when a hurricane appeared on the horizon.
I liked the friendships between the four women, their interactions, and their snappy conversations. But the message that intrigued me became clear in the after effects of the hurricane. We often wonder if what we are doing for the Lord is really benefiting others. Elaine spent hours writing heartfelt devotionals. “She longed to know that she was furthering God's work with her writing.” (2110/3750) It took a hurricane to reveal the truth.
Overton has given us a touching novel of seeing how God moves in mysterious ways to draw people to Himself, to restore relationships, and to craft friendships centered on caring for others. It is an encouraging story for those who are faithful to God's calling but do not get the recognition of those in the limelight. It also reminds us God works circumstances to His end, even if we are not aware of it. This is an encouraging novel for anyone who has ever wondered if they are making a difference in God's kingdom.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
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This book will take the reader to the southern coast of Texas. In fact, this book happens at the very bottom tip of Texas. The reader will feel the warm sea breezes, view the coastal sunsets and sunrises, and experience the friendships of four close women friends. Here is a sample:
The women gathered at the swimming pool and shed their cover-ups. Next, each lady
took out her favorite sunscreen lotions and creams and sprayed and squirted so much on, they all
looked almost as pasty as a bottle of glue. No one talked at all during this process of slathering
on thick coats of varying SPFs. It was a polite, unspoken agreement that no forbidden words
were ever mentioned when the ladies were in swimwear. Words like cellulite, wrinkles, fat, fatty
tissue, weight, weight loss, weight gain, age spots, and—the worst words ever—skin cancer were
completely and totally off limits.
In times of crises, these four women always bind together and help each other. They have been friends for over twenty years. Here is an excerpt of one of their conversations during a pool party:
What strangers might not understand is the banter back and forth was exactly the only way they could get along. They enjoyed it. They thrived on it.
“Oh, fiddle-faddle, Bonnie, last week you told me you thought the salon was opening up
this week,” Mary jabbed. “It didn’t.”
“I didn’t say that. I said I heard it might be opening next month.”
“You said next week as sure as I am floating on this raft.”
“Had your hearing checked lately?”
“Right after you get yours checked.”
And they both laughed. It was always entertaining.
“Well, horsefeathers! I need to get this hair trimmed again. It is all cattywampus on the
“What? You’ve got a cat in there?” Bonnie laughed.
“Feels like it,” Mary retorted.
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I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.
(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.)