- Paperback: 322 pages
- Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (October 21, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1938499948
- ISBN-13: 978-1938499944
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,422,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman Paperback – October 21, 2013
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Carole Brown wasted no time in pulling me into Caralynne Hayman s nightmare. This fast paced novel burrows into the distorted world of Elder Simmons and his cult The Children of Righteous Cain. Carole did a splendid job of developing characters and scenes that gripped my mind and my heart. As much as I want to believe that Cara s world is pure fiction, I know that such as world exists. --Tom Blubaugh, Author of Night of the Cossack
What would you do if freedom and imprisonment were separated by only a breath? Ms. Carole Brown explores the very real question of a battered wife and her choices between right and wrong. She handles some extremely difficult issues with skill and just as the title, The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman suggests, Ms. Browne writes a lovely and rich story of redemption. If you or someone you know has been through abuse in marriage or as a child, this book will offer healing and comfort. You are valuable and this book is one of affirmation for the woman who needs to know she is not alone. --Angela Breidenbach, author of A Healing Heart
Rarely does a Christian book come along with such raw honesty as Carole Brown's The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman. Written with compassion and sensitivity for abused women, Brown speaks to the heart that has been embittered by abuse and the hope that is found in Christ who died to set the prisoner free. An excellent debut novel. Can't wait for the next one. --Linda Wood Rondeau, author of The Other Side of Darkness, It Really is a Wonderful Life, and winner of the coveted Selah Award
About the Author
Carole Brown is a Selah Award Finalist and a ACFW Genesis semi-finalist. From childhood she has written stories and poems. She's served as a newspaper reporter, an editor of journals and newsletters, and an author of research manuscripts. She and her husband have traveled across the country ministering and gathering material for her writing. When not penning her own novels, she mentors beginning writers and serves as Coordinator of the American Christian Fiction Writers Ohio chapter.
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This was a very powerful book. Caralynne Hayman lives within an abusive and controlling religious sect. Even when her daughter is killed, she can't get away. But one day, she decides to take matters into her own hands. People are going to pay.
The book was very hard to read; so much pain and heartache within these women's lives. Told in such a way as to hold the reader's attention thoroughly, it beckons the reader back when necessary life chores call. I wanted to read constantly, yet afraid at what would come next. There were many times a loud gasp escaped my mouth at the turn of events in this tale.
Caralynne has given up on God. What has He done for her except watch her suffer time and time again until she is certain there is no feeling left inside her except for her two remaining daughters. An old friend, Dayne MacFarland, returns home, now an ordained minister. What new torture might this be? Is there any help for her desperate situation?
This is an excellent novel. The kind that makes you reluctant to pick up another book to read after closes its pages on the final word. I highly recommend it.
The elders hire a former member of the community as their new preacher. Hopeful that Dayne MacFarland will continue to promote the rituals and sinister activities that the head elder has augmented, Elder Simmons finds Dayne's sermons on love and hope in Christ not what he coveted. The elder's plans are thwarted by Dayne's fresh approach and aspirations to teach the cult members about salvation and redemption. His attraction toward Caralynne intensifies the elder's anger and designs to rebuke and discipline her for defiance and rebellion.
In this debut novel, Carole Brown has written a powerfully convincing account of cult activities that exist in our society. She has created characters that are diverse, authentic and credible. The creation of an assemblage of ominous, dark and depraved individuals who know no propriety is powerful. Heinous, inhumane and diabolical activities and corruption throughout this novel evoke intense and powerful emotions. This novel is written with intensity, integrity and candor, a page-turner of epic proportions where redemption is the ultimate objective. I highly recommend this book for those interested in the revelation of cult activities. This book is not for the fainthearted.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
A cult, The Children of the Righteous Cain, that believes in "breaking in" young girls and keeping their women under subjection using abuse to do so. Into this put a woman, Caralynne, who had never truly conformed and whose daughter has died during her breaking in. A woman who has suffered years of abuse who just wants to protect her remaining two daughters and be left alone. She refuses to do the elders bidding and seems to be a target. She turns to revenge.
Enter, Dayne, the man who never forgot his first love, the man sent away to seminary to come back to be their next preacher. He found out what it really means to serve a loving God. He comes home to right the wrongs in the group. Can he get get the message across, the message of love and hope? Will the elders change? Can he help Caralynne before its to late? Will Caralynne give up on revenge and turn to God?
A super good book and I can't wait to read more books by Carole Brown.