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Runaway Choices Paperback – February 19, 2012
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I don't read Christian fiction. It's not because I don't like it. I just don't normally feel the need to do so. I'm very glad I made the time to read Miss Jacob's book though.
First, the visuals were just spine tingling! I had literal goosebumps as we went through the graveyards in Scotland. Just beautiful!
But the real thing for me was the characters. I have to be able to sync with the characters. I think the thing I loved the most about this book was that I didn't immediately sync with Beck. She annoyed me at first, but I was there as she grew up and matured! And then when Colin enters the scene. *swoon* LOL! It was just a beautiful, wonderful romance.
And as a non-Christian, I wasn't put off by the elements that make this a Christian fiction. I ENJOYED the parts that made this a Christian fiction. *eyebrow raised nod* Yes. I did.
You should read the book and enjoy the experience.
The story starts off smart and fast. Beck is running from her past and her life. She's not looking for a fresh start, but is just looking to run. From memories, from people, it doesn't matter. All that matters is she keeps moving. Some people might see her as snotty, rebellious, defiant. I saw her as scared out of her mind. She was scared of her past, of people, of making connections, of feeling, of being hurt and betrayed. I understood her. Parts of her are real enough that it feels like it comes from your own soul.
She comes from a very real place and that means even when it seems like she's being bratty, you can feel for her. You know why she's doing it. It makes you want to hug her, like you might hug the teenage version of yourself, and say Stop it. It's going to be okay, even as she thrashes and fights against you.
Without giving up too much, she runs into a stranger who wants to help her. And through a series of events that may end her life, she meets Colin. Ahh, Colin. Every book needs a romantic lead and he fits the build nicely. He's not perfect either and you start to see how even through his flaws he can help to heal Beck in ways she doesn't want. But she needs them. Just as much as needs to be healed too.
The story is fast paced, has alot of heart but story, suspense, and action isn't sacrificed for this. Instead all the elements come together for a kick butt story that will leave you thinking about it long after it's finished.
I enjoyed the tale on many levels. First, it is different; not the same story I've read a million times. Second, the writing is smooth, without the hiccups often seen in Indie authors. Third, Jacobs manages to tell a story with a spiritual message without beating us over the head. Using mystical elements and a McGuffin magical necklace, she keeps a plot spinning as Beck learns life lessons. All in all, an interesting excursion into a Rod Serling-like spiritual adventure.
author of "Ever-Flowing Streams of Healing Energy"
Jacobs is a brilliant writer that blended both the mystery of the unseen spirit world and troubled lives of ordinary people beautifully. It was an absolute treat how she wove in the romance that sent us on an epic journey of the ancient ruins of different countries that so graphically etched into our imaginations.
The part that was most impressive was the way she incased biblical truth in a way that all could understand and identify with, Christian or not.
It is a story that most definitely would make a great epic movie!!!