About the Book
Book: No Longer A Captive
Author: Carol James
Genre: Christian Fiction
Release date: October, 2021
When Ethne O’Connor’s brother tells her of father’s unexpected death, Sean asks her to do something she promised herself she’d never do. Come back home.
A victim of childhood abuse, Ethne left her father and the small Texas town of Crescent Bluff ten years ago on the night of her high school graduation. She’s determined to end the cycle of abuse and believes the only way to do that is remain single. If she has no husband, she’ll never have children that can be abused.
Then she meets Daniel Spenser, a handsome doctor with chocolate-kiss eyes. Daniel understands her past in a way no one else does. He’s lived it.
Will Daniel be able to help Ethne break the chains of captivity around her heart?
And will God release her from her past, to be free to trust the man she comes to love?
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About the Author
Carol James is an author of inspirational fiction. She loves creating Redemptive Romance. She lives in Lilburn, Georgia, a small town outside of Atlanta, with her husband Jim, and a perky Jack Russell Terrier, Zoe.
Having always loved intriguing stories with happy endings, she was moved to begin writing to encourage others as she’d been encouraged by the works of other authors of inspirational fiction.
Her debut novel, Rescuing Faith, was an Amazon number one best-seller. Visit her website to sign up for her newsletter to be the first to learn about new releases: www.carol-james.com
Just recently, Carol allowed Zoe to start Instagram and Facebook pages with two of her dog friends. Follow them at Instagram: 3DogsandtheirAuthorsIG or Facebook: 3DogsandtheirAuthorsFB to learn the behind the scenes info about being a writer.
Carol enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren, traveling with friends, and serving in the production department at her church. And most days, in the late hours of the night or the wee hours of the morning, she can be found bringing her newest novel to life.
More from Carol
One question people always ask me is, “Where do you get the ideas for your books?” Oh, ideas hover all around us. We need only open our eyes and see the common and everyday through the lenses of our faith.
Several years ago, my husband and I began attending a large church near our home. We’d heard people talk about the inspiring sermons their pastor, Buddy Hoffman, preached.
Buddy was unlike any preacher I had ever heard. He had a folksy manner, and he absolutely delighted in tripping all over the English language. Once he told us about a recent mission trip to Asia where he saw Kubotas (i.e. pagodas) dotting the landscape. A picture of a hill covered with riding mowers and tractors popped into my mind.
One Sunday morning, he preached about forgiveness. Ten years later, I don’t remember the major points of the sermon. I remember only one statement he made. “Unforgiveness is a prison.” My English-major self tensed, knowing unforgiveness wasn’t even a word. My husband would have called it a Buddy-ism. But it didn’t matter that unforgiveness wasn’t listed in the dictionary or that spell-check would underline it. That brief statement carried a depth of meaning that entire books might not. Later, in the same service, our worship pastor led us in the song “No Longer Slaves.” And from this service, the idea for No Longer a Captive was born.
No Longer A Captive is the first book that I have read by the author, Carol James. I always love when God puts a book on my radar for reviewing purposes - because there is a lesson he wants me to learn. This is a book about dealing with childhood pain. I did not have a glorious childhood. I was peppered with negativity most of my life. The author tackles the tough subject of abuse and unfaithfulness. Ethne left her abusive father and the small Texas town she grew up in ten years ago on the night of her high school graduation. She took with her the pain and hurt that she endured through childhood. Ethne wants a fresh start and to never look back.
However, her father passes and she goes back for the burial and reading of her father's will. Then she meets Daniel - who also is a victim of abuse. Ethne really did not ever want to be with a man - she was so broken and bruised from her father's abuse. But Daniel understands her.
I really liked how the author showed how true forgiveness works. While we have been forgiven for things that we did not deserve to, we need to offer forgiveness to others that have hurt us - even if they don't rectify or repent their actions. Forgiveness is letting go of the pain and hurt that they have caused us.
The characters are well developed - the storyline is unique. The author tackled a tough subject and presented it in a way where God's love and forgiveness shone through.
Thank you to the author and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this book - all thoughts are my own.
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