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A SHUNNED MAN by [Nilsson, Thea J.]
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Length: 224 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 586 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1442141727
  • Publication Date: May 2, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003LO1GIM
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This is a great book for a summer read. It's a thriller wrapped in a sweet and romantic love story. There are chapters that will have you on the edge of your seat and chapters that will have you sighing over the romance.

Claire finds a badly beaten man lying on the roadside and rescues him. Sepp had been born into an isolated religious community that had been morphed into a cult by outsiders who came in and took over the community. He protested some of their actions and was shunned and beaten and then left naked on the roadside to die until Claire stumbled upon him.

Romance soon blooms as he recovers and after she shows him how to use the phone book and her computer and the phone book he finds other men who have left or been driven from the cult. They band together to help their families and friends back in the community throw off the yoke of oppression the cult leaders have placed them under.

Claire and Sepp are a very appealing pair of lovers and the secondary characters are interesting and appealing in their own right. All in all, it's a very satisfying book.
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Claire Dahle starts her summer vacation with a carefree drive down a country road and makes a shocking discovery: an outcast man named Sepp Klemens viciously beaten and left to die by the members of an isolated religious community. Very quickly the two main characters realize they are drawn to each other in a passionate way, and as Sepp begins to recover his health at Claire's home they fall madly in love. Left alone they would be giddy as teenagers, yet both are in their late thirties and have past connections that keep intruding. Claire is a divorced mother with a grown daughter, and Sepp is a lonely man who never quite fit in to his farming community full of married couples with large families. While both characters have spent their lives working as schoolteachers, Sepp's ex-students who have fled the restrictions of Heinz Hollow warn him not to jump into a relationship too soon out of gratitude for Claire's help. He heeds their warnings, but is really too enamored of his new life with Claire to care what they think.

These are sweet characters who feel an instant connection in spite of their differences and are a bit carried away due to their longing for intimacy. Yet considering that each has been alone for so many years it's understandable that they might seize the day and try to find happiness. Obviously an old-fashioned man like Sepp would then see marriage as the ultimate outcome.

But this isn't just a steamy romance novel with a happy ending. There is an interesting balance in the book between the values of the modern world versus those who want to remain separate. Religion is discussed at length in terms of morality, kindness, honesty, and sexual expression.
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This story is a real study of life in all it's facets. The reader is shown through an intense and thorougly believable tale of hurt, care & recovery, of scandal & intrigue, of love, delight, vindication and the rebuilding of lives. Thea writes well, and her style is charmingly detailed, vivid and thought-provoking. Her characters too I found refreshingly many-dimensional and real - the kinds of people you could imagine being your neighbours, teachers, family or anyone you know. The kind of characters that quickly take your attention and that you want to follow through the story. All the elements are brought together right with warmth, charming detail and a gentle, witty humour. It's not often that I read a romance story that is as realistically whole as this. It satisfies the mind as much as the heart, and I thoroughly recommend this book.
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After reading Jeanne Kimsey's highly laudatory review of this book, I purchased a copy and soon learned that Ms. Kimsey's evaluation was, if anything, too subdued. I had anticipated that, following my usual reading habit, I would complete a few chapters of this novel and then put it aside for a time until I had nothing better to do. Much to my surprise, however, I discovered that at the conclusion of each chapter I felt compelled to move on to the next, until after several very enjoyable hours I had finished the entire book. It's an absolutely authentic "page turner"! The story line ( so well described in Ms. Kimsey's review ) moves along seamlessly, and the characters gradually come to life as the plot unfolds. Now, I find myself looking forward somewhat anxiously to learning how Sepp, with the loving help of his new wife, Claire, and his "liberated " friends from Heinz Hollow, continues to adapt to the new world into which he was so abruptly and violently thrust. This book simply demands a sequel!
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This book opens with a great hook: a beaten man is tossed on the side of the road out in the country and told he is shunned. This man is Sepp Klemens who's been accused of raping one of the wives in the isolated Heinz Hollow religious community. After Sepp is left for dead, Claire Dahle happens to drive by and rescues him. As the story progresses, it becomes clear that Sepp was discovering something about the community he shouldn't know. And he did not rape the wife of the leader. In fact, she was the one who drugged and raped him. Then she blamed him of rape, which led to his removal from the community. The question, of course, is why was he set up? What was the wife and her husband trying to hide? What's really going on in this community? That's what kept me up and reading this book until late through the night to figure out.

I really did enjoy this book. Thea J. Nilsson has a compelling writing style, and she'd leave bits of information or questions to peak my interest as I was going along. Now, there were parts of this book that I didn't personally feel comfortable with, but the point of this book was to show how a man who was in a restricted religious environment his entire life will view the more lenient culture that we are familiar with. Though this is fiction, it does mirror society as it currently is so it is a realistic piece of fiction. The reality is that we deal with social issues that are highly debated, and even if we don't necessarily agree with those issues, they are important to address if Sepp is to fully understand and appreciate the differences between his old culture and his new one.

I do believe this story deserves five stars. It is well-written and highly entertaining. Thea J.
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