Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman

Title:  The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman
Author:  Carole Brown
Pages:  332
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
This is a story set in the present day and revolves around the life of Caralynne Hayman.  She is a member of a religious group called The Children of Righteous Cain.  Her life is misery at the hands of her abusive husband.  Her only joy in life is her two daughters.  Her life is extremely restricted and governed by her husband, the elders of the community as well as the lead elder who allegedly receives direct communication from God.  Some women receive heinous treatment from the lead elder or other men at the command of the lead elder.  He rules his people with an iron fist.
As Caralynne tries to socialize with some of the other women, she sees the signs of abuse they are experiencing as well.  She knows this is not how husbands are supposed to treat their wives and encourages the women to stand up for themselves.  The new minister, Dayne MacFarland, also preaches new messages from the pulpit about God’s love and how men should treat their wives.  As they become more outspoken, they face more and more resistance from the hard core fanatics loyal to the lead elder.  Soon their lives are in danger as well as the lives of Caralynne’s two young daughters.  Caralynne now realizes her community is in fact a cult, one in which women are expected to submit to abuse from their husbands or other men in the community.  They are taught that their husbands are the way to salvation.  Dayne and Caralynne have had feelings for one another for a long time, but circumstances intervened that made it impossible for them to pursue a relationship.  Now circumstances have changed, but living in such a dangerous community with such outspoken beliefs could prove fatal.
I would recommend this for adult readers only.  This was a difficult book to read with the physical abuse the women endured.  The young teenage girls were programmed to accept a “breaking in” time by men in the community to prepare them for marriage and to learn how to be a “good” wife.  This leader of this cult was just evil and spread his sickness to others.  The author did a good job of creating lots of tension and suspense to keep the story moving at a quick pace.  The story is gripping and I wanted to keep reading to see how it ended.  I look forward to reading more books by this author.
My rating is 4 stars.
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