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Embrace Me Paperback – March 4, 2008
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Well, I should have known that Lisa Samson could take a premise even that strange and spin it into an immensely readable tale of forgiveness, redemption, and even joy.
The story really focuses on two people: former pastor Drew Parrish, and the girl with the disfigured face, Valentine--whose best friend is her fellow "freak," a beautiful girl without arms and legs named Lella. (Samson admits in a note at the end of the book that there are so many options now for disabled people, you wouldn't be finding them in a traveling sideshow--but she says she bent reality somewhat to make the book's point.)
The friendship between Valentine and Lella is so sweet and tender, and their lives are so full of small happinesses and infused with such gentle humor and quiet grace, you somehow fail to get really depressed about their plight.
While Valentine and Lella are taking a break from the road in a town called Mount Oak, another story unfolds that actually takes place several years earlier--that of the wildly successful preacher, Drew Parrish, who somehow finds himself completely down and out. How Drew rises to prosperity and then loses it all is a fascinating tale.
And how Drew's story intersects with that of Valentine makes for extremely compelling reading. In fact, despite my initial skepticism, I ended up reading the entire book in one evening, completely unable to put it down. While drawing me in with very special and utterly believable characters, it opened my eyes to so many lessons about Christ and about the things that are really, truly important.
However, a newcomer with scars on his soul and in his heart joins the caravan. Augustus befriends Val, but Lella who wants the best for her buddy fears she will be left behind with no one to care for or about her.
Combining a deep need to belong to others, which means forgiving and accepting the hurts they cause, inside a set from Browning's Freaks, Lisa Samson writes a powerful relationship drama that will shake the audience to the core. The cast is fully developed so that readers feel the anguish and loneliness each suffers. Adding depth to the emotional punch is the rotating story line between Drew circa 2002-3 and Val circa 2008-9. EMBRACE ME is a powerful insightful tale of love as Ms. Samson makes an ardent case that everyone needs loving mental and physical hugs.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of my favorite books ever. I've read it more than once and it never gets old. Such a beautiful demonstration of friendship and grace, despite how our choices change us.Published 17 months ago by Tamara A. Coleman
Love every book by Lisa Samson! Insightful, fun, memorable, with quirky characters you won't forget. This particular title might be my very favorite.Published on April 26, 2014 by Linda K.
Lisa Samson writes exceptional character reconciliations.
Having just gone through the death of my dad this year, I was able to appreciate the reconciliation of Gus and his... Read more
This is one of my favorite fiction books. Lisa Samson pulls the mask off of the shallow prosperity message touted in so many churches. Read morePublished on November 11, 2013 by DeroshDerash
"Embrace me" has an unforgettable story. My friend had recommended this book. I enjoyed it so much that I bought it for one of my other friends.Published on September 24, 2013 by Jency
I'm so happy to have discovered this amazing author who writes with such authenticity and heart. I couldn't put it down!Published on August 29, 2013 by C. Marshall
I haven't read one of Lisa Samson's books before, but am ready to read another. She did an amazing job building each character---personality, appearance, past history,etc. Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by Dawndavis
I have read all of Lisa Samson's books. This one is probably the most unique in characters and storyline. If you're a fan of Lisa Samson, don't miss this one!Published on May 21, 2013 by J. Vanderwilt