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Roland West, Loner Paperback – December 1, 2015
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Roland West, Loner is a stellar teen novel! Entering the local public high school forces shy Roland to confront his fears and explore friendship and trust all while dealing with his mean and manipulative older brothers bent on ruining his life. Theresa Linden s superb writing will draw you in and her real-to-life characters will keep you reading to discover what Roland s friend Peter has inherited, who s after it, and whom Roland can trust. With mystery, suspense, a hint of budding romance and an encounter with the Divine, Roland s story has something for everyone. --Carolyn Astfalk, Author of Stay with Me
Roland West, Loner, is one of those books I couldn't put down. Linden tells a delightful tale, weaving the supernatural with the ordinary in a way that left me breathless. You'll never doubt the Communion of Saints after reading this wonderful novel. I can't wait for the sequel. --Susan Peek, Author of A Soldier Surrenders
About the Author
Theresa Linden is the author of award-winning Battle for His Soul and Roland West, Loner. She has several published young adult novels and two short stories in Image and Likeness: Literary Reflections on the Theology of the Body. She holds a Catechetical Diploma from Catholic Distance University andis a member of the Catholic Writers Guild and the International WritersSociety. Balancing her time between family,homeschooling, and writing,she resides in northeast Ohio with her husband and three teenage boys.
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Dependent on the help of his new friend Peter, Roland’s vulnerability inclines him to share little bits of himself he ordinarily holds close to the vest.
Friendship with Peter also introduces him to sweet Caitlyn with her fiery hair and emerald eyes, gossipy Dominic, and even the guests at Peter’s family’s Bed & Breakfast.
They’ll be drawn into a mystery starting with a locked box and culminating in a life-changing experience for each of them, one that will bring Roland back to the faith of his childhood.
Theresa Linden’s superb writing will draw you in and her real-to-life characters will keep you reading to discover what Roland’s friend Peter has inherited, who’s after it, and whom Roland can trust.
With mystery, suspense, a hint of budding romance and an encounter with the Divine, Roland’s story has something for everyone.
(I received a complimentary copy and happily provided my honest review. The author is a fellow member of the Catholic Writers Guild.)
When we first meet Roland, our 14-year-old hero, he is on the verge of a trip to Italy with his father. This is Roland's chance to escape his brother Jarrett and the nightmare of school. But Jarrett wants the trip for himself, and will stop at nothing to get it. While their father is away, he locks Roland in the cellar and puts his scheme into action.
But, unknown to Roland, he does in fact have a friend: someone special in Heaven, who likewise has a scheme and is putting it into action. Roland's life, and the life of all the characters, is about to be changed forever.
When Roland is rescued from his prison by a boy from school named Peter, a friendship springs up between them. The two are drawn together especially by a mysterious locked box that Peter has been given as an inheritance. What it contains is literally out of this world -- a gift directly from Heaven. But someone else wants the treasure too. The race is on to keep the box and its precious contents safe.
Peter's secret inheritance is the very heart of this suspenseful and heartwarming story. Once you've read this magnificent novel, you will never again think of the Saints as being far away!
I cannot recommend this novel highly enough. A rare work by an extremely talented author, that will stay with you long after the last page has been closed.