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Review: The Return of Cassandra Todd



Title:  The Return of Cassandra Todd
Author:  Darrel Nelson
Pages:  304
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Realms
                Get ready to delve into a highly charged fictional epic that leads the reader through the journey of rediscovery.  Though I read the words on the back cover to get an overview of the main thrust of this fictional story, I didn’t expect the captivating story inside.  I couldn’t put it down; each page turned was drawing me in to a highly charged series of action and adventure.
                High school is a time of discovery for teenagers and hopes for individuals.  Years later, reunions show the reality of what became of the person.  Those words are the backdrop for the story of a woman married to a man who was high school quarterback.  She was the head cheerleader and everyone assumed they would have a happily ever after forever.  Time shows the reality that nothing is further from the truth than this.
                Cassandra has to run away with her 4-year-old son when the level of abuse keeps rising and soon, even the 4-year-old is in mortal danger.  Brad was successful until the economy ruined him financially, which then put him on a course down the wrong path.  For Cassandra, however, she chooses a different path.  She searches for a Person, and God is ever present.  She begins to draw near to Him, praying and growing in her relationship with God, hoping against all else that her marriage can be salvaged and even healed.  Whatever happened to her happily ever after?
                Working as a handyman, distant from God because of heartaches and disappointments, Turner is going to college to complete his degree.  Through the years he remembers Cassandra as well as Brad, but he was always the victim of cruel pranks in high school.  Now, here she is and all those memories come to the surface, the ones Turner worked so hard to repress.  Cassandra doesn’t even recognize him.  Each of them is thrown together for survival as Brad with his thugs sets out to bring Cassandra back home no matter what the cost.  She does have an “ace” in her pocket to force Brad to think about doing harm to their son if he ever finds her.  Suddenly, the long-dreaded moment is here.
                Reading the story in one sitting was a must for me so I could see how everything was going to be resolved.  The truth of God working in our lives is a main truth woven throughout the story.  Another truth is that time and drawing near to God with the help of His people helps to overcome trauma and stress we all experience this side of heaven.  The last thought I had as I read the book was that while we can choose to draw near to God and go His way, which isn’t always the easiest or shortest route, going alone is definitely not the way to go.  When you get to the end of the novel, I hope your heart is touched with the truth of God’s love and care.
                My rating is 4 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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