Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Because of Me By: Fay Lamb

Title: Because of Me

Author: Fay Lamb

Year: 2012

Pages: 349

Publisher: Treble Heart Books

Note: I received a free copy from the author.

Honestly, what do you think of when you read the title of the novel? Do you imagine romance? Yes, there is that element. How about families torn apart because of the decisions or actions of others? You would be right there too, that is in the novel. Would you think of issues such as rape, having a child, prison, forgiveness, healing and perhaps restoration? These are also included in this debut novel by Fay Lamb written with a sensitive heart on issues that are, to say the least, tough.

Kip, Jervis, Michael, Rhonda, and Isabel have something that ties them together in a way that is not typical to most characters or settings of a story. No, this is not a true story but it may come close to expressing the various emotions faced by women as well as men. Add the element of a matriarch who wants to control others’ lives and hide the shame she feels by any means plausible. What means does she use? Is it money or the drive for power? Who are those that would most benefit from her desire to control and cover up the “shame” she feels?

Let’s add to the story a district attorney who wants to climb the political ladder along with marrying Isabel’s sister, but for what purpose? We have Cole who loves his mother and longs for the love of a daddy; he has such a childlike faith. Yet, no matter what he endures whether emotional or physical to whom does he cling?

Murder is part of the plot as well. Wouldn’t you know it? While a son is wrongfully imprisoned and something happens to his mother, but where is his father? Michael grew up without his father. He had only his mother and a woman he considers his second mother. Will they still believe in him and love him even though he goes to prison? How does someone who forced another to watch a violent act come to repentance and then become a preacher? Is he really one or just fooling with people again?

Jervis has one thing on his mind all the time and only one thing. No one will stop him or stand in his way either. Does he value life at all? Where did he learn the “tools of the trade” and have such connections even though imprisoned? Oh, there is something else on his mind a lot of the time too, some $30,000. Where did he get that kind of cash?

Have I peaked you curiosity yet? I sure hope I have. This is an excellent novel filled with believable characters, riveting plot, subplots, and action that makes you read until your eyes ache! For a budding author, Fay Lamb sure comes out in full bloom! When you read this novel, it is amazing that someone wrote such an intriguing story that captures you from page one and doesn’t let go until the very last page. Fay did an excellent job dealing with some tough issues, and the choices her characters make along with the outcome of their choices. It exhorts one and all that forgiveness, though not easily given, should none the less be given. Also included in this novel is the truth that we don’t have the ability to forgive on our own. We must have utter dependency on God to help us forgive. I hope you get yourself a copy of Because of Me, to read as well as to enjoy the many picturesque characters that are within the pages of this fictional story. From my point of view Fay’s book is a 5+ star rating. Fay’s internet address is www.FayLamb.com Available through all fine book retailers, Amazon.com, and Mountainview Publishing, a division of Treble Heart Books. Purchase the book at Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Because-of-Me-ebook/dp/B00722KIME/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327670357&sr=8-1 Or at Treble Heart Books at: www.trebleheartbooks.com/MVLamb.html Purchase the book at: http://www.amazon.com/Because-of-Me-ebook/dp/B00722KIME/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327670357&sr=8-1 Fay Lamb works as an acquisition/copyeditor for Pelican Book Group (White Rose Publishing and Harbourlight Books), offers her services as a freelance editor, and is an author of Christian romance and romantic suspense. Her emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. Because of Me, her debut romantic suspense novel is soon to be released by Treble Heart Books/Mountainview Publishing. Fay has a passion for working with and encouraging fellow writers. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she co-moderates the large Scribes’ Critique Group and manages the smaller Scribes’ critique groups. For her efforts, she was the recipient of the ACFW Members Service Award in 2010. In 2012, Fay was also elected to serve as secretary on ACFW’s Operating Board. Fay and her husband, Marc, reside in Titusville, Florida, where multi-generations of their families have lived. The legacy continues with their two married sons and five grandchildren.

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