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No Greater Love (Extreme Devotion Series: South Africa #1) Paperback – March 5, 2010
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There were only two scenes that, depending on the age and maturity of the reader, might be considered unnecessary to the story or bothersome. After a couple are married, it has a scene the next morning where the reader is informed that they are not wearing clothes. And later on, a woman is accosted by three men while she is bathing herself and her infant son, though it never says if they saw her out of the water.
Besides these two mild parts, the book was amazing from beginning to end! I loved and enjoyed every moment. There were a few scenes that made me smile, while others made my heart ache for the characters suffering. A book like that is priceless! And to add to that, it also has a lot of history of how the times were while Nelson Mandela was in prison in the 1980s. I always enjoy learning new facts and information from history - and getting to learn it within a story is even better!!
If you've been looking for a book that won't quickly leave your thoughts or that will cause you to pick it up more than once to re-read those special scenes, then I highly recommend No Greater Love to be at the top of your list! ;-)
Kathi Macias delivered all of the above in her just-released novel, No Greater Love. She also plucked one of my heartstrings in her story of the clash of cultures in South Africa and the fight to end apartheid. Ever since reading James Michener's The Covenant, I've been drawn to stories centered on that theme.
No Greater Love's cover promises a story of "forbidden romance" and an "unlikely martyr." For me, the setting in South Africa offered that plot on a silver platter. As soon as we meet Andrew, the son of the Afrikaner landowner, and Chioma, the coloured (sic) teenage housemaid, the die is cast. Knowing how hot and high tempers and tensions can run in these situations, I wasn't surprised by the way the story unfolded in the first half of the book. What I didn't see coming, however, was how the prejudices and evils surrounding the ideology of apartheid would be redeemed. Actually, I was rooting for a different ending, but Kathi gives us the only one that really makes sense--the one that works. And I wasn't disappointed.
I found myself completely caught up in the powerful scenes featuring Themba and his band of rebels. Lots of great conflict going on there--power struggles between good and evil, love and hate, survival and sacrifice. I also really appreciated the natural way Kathi included a strong faith message. Some Christian fiction feels like the gospel is just thrown in--but in this story, it is a part of the lives of the characters. As their trials increase, they grow in their faith.Read more ›
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Journey along to South Africa and meet a young woman caught in the midst of life and death struggles, not only in the physical sense but emotional and spiritual as well. Read morePublished on February 18, 2014 by Sarah Elisabeth
Kathi Macias writes another powerful book. In this book, the first of a series, she sets her story in South Africa during the time of "Apartheid". Read morePublished on November 12, 2013 by Calliegh
Exquisite is the word that comes to mind when I think of No Greater Love.
No Greater Love is a historical fiction. Read more
The message is great but I really could not get into the book. Not a lot of depth in the characters.Published on April 9, 2013 by Charity-bomb
No Greater Love is written in the time of free slaves yet not free,Set in South Africa, two children were left alone when thier parents died by white men, a farmer took then in... Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by Shirley Blanchard
I loved the book and it had a lot of twists that I just did not expect, but a great story that kept reading. I finished it in two weeks.Published on March 6, 2013 by Florinda Mazzarella
Kathi Macias has written a novel in an unusual setting and one that many readers know little about."No Greater Love" takes place in South Africa and enlightens us about apartheid... Read morePublished on September 5, 2011 by Hally Franz
Wow, I don't know where to start. This is my first book of Kathi's so I had no idea what to expect. I just knew her books were awesome from the talk about them and I really wanted... Read morePublished on July 1, 2011 by ibjoy1953
Kathi writes about the difficulties of living in a time and place without luxuries(apartheid), such as freedom and liberty. Read morePublished on March 25, 2011 by Jan Verhoeff