- File Size: 3801 KB
- Print Length: 114 pages
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- Publisher: Julie Lessman LLC (March 1, 2016)
- Publication Date: March 1, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01B2AOS5E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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A Glimmer of Hope: A Novella Prequel to Isle of Hope (Edgy Inspirational) Kindle Edition
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Jack and Lacey are deeply in love but Lacey's low self-esteem keeps her wanting to connect with Jack in ways that Jack, a seminary student, believes should wait until after marriage. After a compelling scene where Jack tries to comfort Lacey after she's had her worst fight ever with her father yet is hard-pressed not to cross the line he's set for their relationship....the prequel novella ends. Clearly, I'm supposed to buy the full length book. I'm sure it will be a compelling, well-written book and sometime in the future I may read it. but it won't be soon as I'm just too irritated by the author's tactic!
Eighteen-year-old Lacey has loved Jack since she was twelve years old. Her surgeon father Ben's continual rejection, verbal and emotional abuse compel her to seek affirmation of being loved through Jack's expressions of affection. Determined to serve God and feeling intense pressure and spiritual conflict, Jack meets Lacey's amorous advances with resistance.
When Lacey allows cousin Nicki to lead her astray by plotting to make Jack jealous through furthering the attentions of "bad-boy" Royce Barrister, Ben's abuse intensifies. Lacey's search for consolation becomes even more bold and Jack is forced to make serious decisions affecting their relationship and his faith.
"A Glimmer of Hope" is the prequel to Julie Lessman's emotional, compelling story of hope and forgiveness, "Isle of Hope". Previous readers of "Isle of Hope" will love learning the background of Jack and Lacey, new readers will more fully appreciate Lacey's transformation after reading "A Glimmer of Hope".
Never have another prequel and novel touched my heart as deeply as have "A Glimmer of Hope" and "Isle of Hope". Being somewhat biographical re: Julie Lessman's previous relationship with her father, the realism of the characters and life situations takes readers through a gamut of emotions- alternately ripping the heart out through empathy for the characters, then filling it with joy through their redemption by a loving God. The story of Jack and Lacey is one to which many readers will relate/have related - it's reviews bearing testimony of His using it's power to inspire, heal emotional pain, and change lives of readers!!
This short story included so many challenges and typical objections to Jack's intentions to remain chaste that I almost wished it were longer, so the reader could see the consequences and resolutions. Of course, that's what you'll get in Unfailing Love - from much farther in the future.
Too often, I think Christian fiction glosses over the struggle many well-intentioned individuals and couples have in maintaining premarital chastity. I love that Julie Lessman treats physical temptation and in this case, seduction, as the real challenges they are.
All in all, it's a great peek at Jack and Lacey's backstories, who they were and how they loved before sins and disillusionment tore apart their lives and rent their hearts.
This is a super quick read and introduction to her novel Isle of Hope. I was actually very surprised to turn the last page and that was it. But it's a great lead in to the next novel (which you can read that first chapter at the end of this book).
Lacy honestly annoyed me. She was very immature but that is her age and will be a big contrast when we meet her again in the next book. I could also understand her relationship with her dad. It was horrible, the words he said are words I often heard from my own father and this will often drive a girl to do things she shouldn't, looking for love in the wrong way.
Jack is so strong and stable and again, we will see a big contrast in the next book.
Overall, an enjoyable read that is a great set up for the next book, which I plan on reading soon.