Book Review and Giveaway - It Never Occurred to Her Author: Michelle Jester On Tour with Celebrate Lit
About the Book
Book: It Never Occurred to Her
Author: Michelle Jester
Genre: Contemporary Religious Fiction, Women’s Religious Fiction, Contemporary Christian Fiction
Release date: November 28, 2021
For two years Gabriel has followed every lead, no matter how small, in the hope of finding his wife who has been kidnapped. He and the police always seem to be one step behind, until investigators give him information that helps him launch the plan to find her.
When Lena looks up into the eyes of her husband, who she hasn’t seen in two years, she is humiliated and wants nothing more than to run before he recognizes her. And so she does. It’s only when she faces a desperate situation that she is forced to return and ask for his help.
As fate twists its way through both of their lives, they realize it doesn’t matter how much they have prepared to face the realities of losing someone, or finding them again, redemption is in letting go of the past and finding a future just off the beaten path.
Michelle Jester is the bestselling author of fiction novels, as well as contributing author to the nonfiction #1 bestseller, My Labor Pains Were Worse than Yours. She also writes nonfiction and children’s books. Michelle lives in Louisiana with her husband, high school sweetheart and retired Master Sergeant. She wears a bracelet with a single yellow, rubber duckie charm on it to remind her to enjoy the fun and happy things of life!
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When I first started writing this novel, it was because of a dream I had. I woke in the middle of the night crying, sweating, and praising God. I immediately got up, went to my computer and started writing about the dream. I was weeping the entire time and barely able to see through my tears.
In the dream, I was homeless, alone, and had drifted from God. I was hungry and went into a food kitchen to eat. I was dirty, smelled terrible, and missed Larry so much, only I knew I could never go home. I had done too much and had too much done to me to ever make it back to him.
After the person in the food kitchen put the food on my plate, I looked up and it was my husband, Larry. I was humiliated and desperately didn’t want him to recognize me. I was about to leave when in the dream Larry’s face turned to Jesus and He said, “I have been looking for you.”
That dream became the cornerstone of this novel.
It Never Occurred to Her is written by Michelle Jester. When I sat down to read this book, I sat and stared at the cover for a good 10 minutes. The cover drew me in and I knew that this book was about to take me on an adventure. I had not read this author before, so I was excited to get started. The author does give a warning to those who may be sensitive to topics such as rape, neglect and violence. Well, these topics may be hard to read about, the author did a great job presenting them along with God's healing and Grace.
I have read a lot of books lately that deal with human trafficking. It's an unfortunate reality. Lena has experienced some horrible things since she has been missing. Her husband, Gabriel has not stopped looking at ever lead that has come in. I cannot imagine the pain that both have been through. Both never lose faith in God. Lena even forgives those who have hurt and violated her.
This is a book of home, forgiveness and redemption. It's book about God's Healing and Grace. The book is well written, there is great character development. This is one that I had to stop several times, close my eyes and let the scene sink in. I will be on the look out for more from this author. Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this book, all thoughts are my own.
To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away a book gift box that includes: other titles from Michelle Jester, as well as several other authors from Rope Swing Publishing, bookmarks, a coffee mug, and a $20 Amazon gift card!!
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