Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
No Other Choice (The Naomi Chronicles) (Volume 1) Paperback – October 26, 2016
|New from||Used from|
All Books, All the Time
Read author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more at the Amazon Book Review. Read it now
5-Stars!"...Putting the book down was next to impossible! Diffidently a Must Read!" ~ Kim Justice, Book Reviewer at 'Breath of Life'
5-Stars!"This is one of most interesting novels I've read!" ~ Barbara Shelton, Book Reviewer for The Wordsmith Journal
5-Stars! "So moved by this book that I knew it's one of my personal favorites for 2015!" ~ GABixlerReviews
"Secrets, memories, family, torn apart, love, discovery, a lifelong dream. How do all these things come together for Naomi? How does a naive fifteen-year-old girl grow up in a world where she knows nothing and no one? So engrossed in Naomi's life that I found putting the book down was next to impossible!
Paula Rose Michelson's dramatic saga sucked me in from the very beginning. Since starting this book review blog I have read overcome books. I have fallen in love with the books and authors. But starting and finishing this one, well it has absolutely become a book that will stick with me Always! I completely fell in love with Naomi. My heart went out to her automatically.
I can not say it enough, I would read in the evening so I could have quite time without getting interrupted. Then try to sleep, huh....I would lay the retrying to solve or work with Naomi on how to get through something until I would have to get up and finish that part of the book. It did take me a little while to read because I savored every word, sentence, chapter.
Author Paula Rose Michelson is an AWESOME Author. Cannot wait till her next book is out. All of the Characters were so amazing. The biblical references were so to the point that I would do some research of my own. I was really interested in the facts of the book. The different cultures were also amazing to learn how different things are. Will not go any further due to not wanting to give away any more about the book. It is Diffidently A Must Read!
So, for the best story line, awesome characters, fantastic heroine, for leaving me wanting more, if I could, would give an even bigger rating!" --Kim Justice, Book Reviewer at 'Breath of Life'
For fifteen-year-old Naomi, Ellis Island truly becomes "the last hope," but that hope comes at a price. The seemingly nice woman who agrees to sponsor Naomi's application to stay in the US quickly becomes more of a hostage taker than a helper. At least that's what Naomi thinks at first. Later, she realizes that she has just entered into a business arrangement that will shape her life in ways she has never expected.
Naomi's story is heartfelt and heart-breaking. In her native Spain, she had to "live in the shadows" and pretend to be Catholic to avoid persecution for her Jewish faith. She comes to America in hopes of gaining more freedom, but at first it seems that she gets loneliness and an overwhelming sensation of guilt instead of that freedom. Naomi's life journey involves loss, adaptation to the new world, a quick coming of age, marriage, and a sudden flood of opportunities that promise a brighter future, including the hope to get reacquainted with her faith and the Jewish way of life.
There's so much to love and admire about this book. It is engaging from the first to the last page, it is beautifully written, and meticulously researched. The research section that details the plight of Jewish people in Spain has more research than one could ever expect in a novel, and that information is highly appreciated and needed. With authentic detail and a sincere narrator's voice, Naomi's story comes to life on the pages of Paula Rose Michelson's wonderful book. Highly recommended." -- Julia Gousseva, PhD, Writing Instructor at Pima Community College
"This is one of most interesting novels I've read!
Paula Rose Michelson wrote with brilliance her story of Naomi, who being forced to live a lie by omission, we meet as a young teenage girl beginning a peculiar lonely life in a strange new world. Coming to the United States on a free passage to companion the elderly lady she accompanied soon went awry when death takes the lady and Naomi faces deportment and trembling in terror at the unknown. God intercedes and sends old Tia, a compassionate woman that offers to give her residence in exchange for her services without wages. Seeing no other choice, Naomi accepts without the knowledge of now being an illegal immigrant.
Paula Rose Michelson weaves intriguing stories within stories about the residents of Spanish Harlem and their respectful adoration toward the mistress of the casa, Tia's friends and those employed by her to run businesses in the community knew little about Naomi. They believed her to be just another of Tia's "ninas" sheltered from immigration. Little did neither they nor Naomi know what Tia has in the offing for them all.
Eventually, mystery, suspense and intrigue grow intense when the old Tia nears death and wills the everything and all her responsibilities to Naomi. Overwhelmed and frightened by all the turn of events, Naomi learns Tia had been planning Naomi as her replacement all along. With her fate sealed,Naomi considers this is the mission God equipped her for and stands strong, her fear of being discovered as a Jew in Spain still a haunting cloud. She determined with her inheritance of wealth and good reputation that no one would dare question her heritage. She began to feel freedom.
Alas, Padre Paul the Catholic priest and Madre Vida's attorney Ralph Martinez become skeptical over Tia's choice of Naomi as her successor and schemed to assure she would not be led astray. They agreed that Tia's work must continue and decided to "marry Naomi off" to the right man with wealth and security. They set about finding the right potential husband for Naomi. Thus begins the sweet love story between Chaz and Naomi. Not that this union was without complications.
Evil lurks within the Villa with the arrival of Lola - a teenage girl rescued by Naomi at the most inopportune time. Lola intended to seduce Chaz and win him away from Naomi. Trampish and deceitful, Lola sets about snooping to find what would discredit Naomi. During my time spent reading this script, I argued aloud at the characters, trying to change their action sand reactions until I became hoarse and even woke my husband at night with my vocal cheering and recriminations. The depth of Paula Rose Michelson's imagination mingled with her knowledge of complicated truth in history made for one of the most interesting novels I've yet read. The conclusion of this story is one big hook of bait the size of an anchor - and you'll be hooked!! You need to get Book Two of this saga, "Choosing to be" to find out what happens, or hang around until May when I'll be reviewing Book Two! To Paula Rose Michelson,I say WHEW, What a story! Praise God for blessing you with compassion for such a situation." -- Book Reviewer, Barbara Shelton, The Wordsmith Journal
An Entertaining Read!
"Michelson captures the desires and struggles of the characters well. Although, events in the beginning seemed to move abruptly. I am looking forward to the second book and reading more about Naomi,Chaz, and the rest of the characters." -- Maranatha Music Education
From the Author
Writing the Naomi books has been my joy! For Naomi and I penned them together. Although a fictional character, Naomi is as real, kind, loving, and caring as a dear friend would be. She faces problems that only the Lord can help her with. Just like you and me, she must give her heart to Him before that can happen. I love her faith journey and relate to it because I gave my heart to Jesus when I was forty.
With three of the six Naomi Inspirational Christian Romances published, I've read the glowing reviews and discovered that many feel as I do. I rejoice in this for, at my core, I write my heart. And my heart belongs to my Savior! When God called me to write, I prayed that what I wrote would be enjoyed by many and gifted to friends who need to hear of Messiah in culturally sensitive way, and He answered my prayer.
I started writing the Naomi books while working for Chosen People Ministries as a Church Ministries Coordinator. Revisiting the churches with my husband on behalf of our mission to preach and teach in a Messianic context, I often discovered believers were not sharing their faith because they feared rejection. So, when the Lord directed, I left the mission to write full time for Him.
Over the years, God and the Holy Spirit (in Hebrew the Ruach HaKodesh) have called me to write 'The Crucible of Becoming' fictions which deal with difficult worldly issues at times using words I would never say, but God called me to this, so I rejoice! And as the head and founder of LAMB Ministries, I have been blessed to publish one of those teachings as a Christian Self-help book and plan to publish six more in the future. Readers of nonfiction will find a few other books that might interest them. Most notably among them for those who want to know the details of how this profoundly dyslectic author became one, is "From 'Why Johnny Can't Read' To "See Paula Write" (Memoir: Inspiration Journey of Self-discovery).
Top customer reviews
First, the author prefaces the piece by asking us to imagine "what if" our beliefs were what threatened our family's very lives. How would we live to survive? Suppose we saw our families and friends all around us killed or expelled or mistreated because of their similar beliefs? What would you do as a daughter of the house? Would you go into hiding? Live a lie? Fear for your life? Sacrifice for your family's safety? With this mindset established, Naomi is introduced to us just as she sets foot in immigration as a 15-year-old girl, about to be deported because the family that was supposed to support her suddenly refuses to sponsor her in America. But she is rescued. The question presented in this book is this: was that rescue a blessing or a curse? You have to read this story to find out.
This book and book two used to be one story. So you need to purchase the second book to find the resolution to the first, which ends on a mild cliff hanger. Fortunately, book two picks up about five minutes after the first ends. Since this is a series, I didn't mind that so much. But I feel you should know this and prepare to purchase both books together. In spite of that, book one is complete in that it encapsulates a complete idea and develops it thoroughly.
I enjoy getting to know a subculture of America I have never become acquainted with, in this case the Spanish Harlem area, or Harlem as it's known today. The author uses this setting to make the surrounding circumstances Naomi finds herself in alive and familiar. You get to know and somewhat understand her community, watch how Naomi sacrifices her life goals to play an important part of the barrio and in the lives of its citizens. The author writes this so well I felt as if I were part of the community.
Naomi herself is going through a transition. The reader becomes privy to her inner turmoil as she struggles to find her place in life. Then the author adds a sweet romance in the final chapters that brings all the circumstances to a head, adding slight tension in Naomi's character development.
I highly recommend this book, and of course, the entire series. It appears there is more to come, so I am looking forward to reading all the books based on how much I enjoyed the first two. I hope you will grow to love this series too.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I was approached by this author to write a review of her books, and she offered me this one as a complimentary copy. (But I had already gotten it last year. So technically I am writing this review for my opinion with the blessing of the author.) I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
During the 1900s when this story takes place, Jews were often labeled “Jesus killers.” Naomi must hide her Jewish roots for fear of rejection of her benefactor.
It is in our DNA to want to be liked, loved and appreciated. Naomi’s choice to hide her past, to pretend to be someone she was not, leads to her undoing. Not even Chad’s love can erase the guilt she feels.
When people desert us, God draws closer. Paula Rose Michelson wisely points her heroine to Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
No Other Choice leaves the reader with questions unanswered. Will Naomi and Chad reunite? Will Naomi find the redemptive love she seeks? I’m looking forward to reading Book 2: Choosing to Be to find out!