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Bella Maura (Beautiful Justice) Hardcover – October 5, 2010
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Five-year-old Bella displays supernatural gifts that make her family and friends think she has a direct communication line to God.
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In her second novel, author Dawn Dyson seamlessly weaves together a touching love story with weighty spiritual topics such as overcoming abuse, trusting God, and stepping into your spiritual gifts.
As Sienna and Jonathan search for answers regarding Bella’s gifts, they must draw on a strength of character and trust in God they aren’t sure they possess. Their search leads them to Jonathan’s hometown in Ireland and a family secret.
Bella Maura is the first novel in the exhilarating series Beautiful Justice that will open your mind to the spiritual opportunities and challenges that face us all.
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Dawn Dyson's style of writing in this book is extremely poetic and I do admire that! However, it was really hard to get through the first half of the book. I just didn't feel that the story line was believable. From the very start of the book everything was perfect. Too perfect. Dyson actually uses the word perfect a lot to describe the grand houses, careers, landscapes, feelings, and even situations the characters get into and to be honest I didn't feel like that was reality at all. Confrontation, which I feel is needed for any kind of plot, was so tiny or just plain non-existent for almost half of the book. Sienna's old college friend is drugging, boozing, and sexing so bad she calls Sienna and doesn't even remember it. Her friend is then pretty much taken out of the situation for about half the book while she is in rehab. In my opinion it wasn't enough.
I did enjoy the characters within Bella Maura very much though! I feel they were very well written. I could easily visualize every one of them which is a definite plus for me...its helps grab you into the story! Bella is this beautiful little creature with an awesome God given gift and Sienna has the understanding of a saint pretty much! I really admire her faith. That I won't soon forget about! I actually want to be more like her when it comes to her faith in God and His plans! Jonathan, this hot Irish, God fearing man, I was able to visualize every time he ran his hand habitually through his hair! I just loved Sienna's girls too! Especially Aurora! That girl has some spunk for sure!
Another down side though, is I couldn't get over how fast everyone fell hopelessly, die-for-you in love with one another. Again, to me, not realistic. Within days there were couples asking for hands in marriage. Now I do understand that Dyson's idea was for the reader to realize it was all God's work (I am guessing at this so please don't quote me) and I do believe God can and will work fast or slow in the things he wants done...but I found it a little hard to identify with this aspect of the book. Now when these couples do realize they love each other and declare the same thing...watch out! It's this earth moving, window shattering, absolutely, intensely poetic love that is amazing and that's why I continued to read Bella Maura!
Now about halfway through Bella Maura, things start to pick up dramatically! Prophesies, self destruction, prayers, love, travel, and the almighty power of mine and Sienna's God is what takes this book from "eh" to "I so want to read the second book in the series, now!" There were several times towards the end of Bella Maura where I got goose bumps and just couldn't believe what was happening next and that's such a huge plus for me! I love it when I don't know what's going to happen in the books I read and Dawn Dyson nailed it!
I am very much looking forward to reading Justice Quinn, the second book in the series. Over all, I was pulled in eventually and when I was, I too fell in love with the characters and felt their pain, joy, sorrow, desperation, and even their connection to the Lord. Would I recommend Bella Maura to a friend? Yes I would. Just get through the first half of the book and then you too will fall in the love with it and when you do, you will appreciate the first half of the book a little more!
Please also just keep in mind that this is just my opinion. I most certainly have different tastes in books than someone else. In the end I really did appreciate Bella Maura and I know you will too!
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I couldn't wait to start reading BELLA MAURA and it definitely lived up to my expectations.
The story is about Sienna, a well known novelist. She is a very caring and loving person, taking in homeless or abused young women. They are "her girls" and part of her family. An old college friend, Cheney calls and needs help, or so she says. Sienna comes to her aid. Sienna finds out that Cheney has a daughter that she has paid no attention to in years. Cheney is a drug addict and an alcoholic. The b ad thing is she doesn't want to change. She doesn't want to quit. Sienna finds out that Cheney's friend and neighbor is Cheney's daughter's father. She has a beautiful name, Bella Maura. Sienna immediately develops a relationship with the young girl. Sienna can't have children of her own. That is soon to change when Sienna and Jonathan begins to have a relationship. Bella Maura is adopted by Sienna. Bella Maura is special. She can talk to God. In the meantime, Cheney is in rehab.
Dawn Dyson is wonderful in the way she writes. She appears to take great care in choosing her words and the way she describes the characters and the settings. BELLA MAURA leaves the reader with questions that we ordinarily wouldn't think much about. Sienna adds the love throughout the book. You don't feel like you have to finish the book just to say you finished it. You keep reading because the book challenges you to keep reading. To take things to a new level as you turn page after page. You read a little then you stop and think for a second. You want to think about the questions that are challenging you. The book challenges you to think about your relationship with your friends, God and how you feel about yourself. That can be difficult to face but the author leaves it up to you. She doesn't make you feel forced. The book is not "preachy". If it was I wouldn't have read it. Sometimes we feel there is no hope left but the author shows us through the relationship of Sienna and Jonathan that there is hope. They have this wonderful connection. They give so much love and attention to others they forget about themselves. They had a relationship that is endearing and sweet. The author has a special talent of describing her characters so that they have a personality. You can relate to characters who have a personality rather than just be there. There is only one way you can know the love and caring that this book relates and that is to get a copy. You may find answers to some or all of the questions. You may get to know and care about the characters. Most of all, you may find there is someone greater than all of us.
I would give this book 4 STARS.
The cover is beautiful and telling. I'd give it 4 STARS.
I was given a complimentary copy of BELLA MAURA from the author, Dawn Dyson for my unbiased review.
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