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Posted January 17, 2014
Reviewed by K T Bowes for Readers' Favorite
William Dejor's life has been blessed with a loving home and parents who work hard on their farm in the harsh Southern state. He is comfortable with who he is and where he fits in the grand scheme of things. When his life is touched by tragedy, he is thrown into chaos and uncertainty as his faith seems irrevocably damaged. The novel follows William's journey, both physically and spiritually, as he seeks the sense of peace which he once previously had and took for granted. Friends are gathered along the way, some whose purpose is pure and others who wish him nothing but ill. William's quest takes him into the realms of the paranormal in its extremes, to the peace of Heaven and the ultimate misery of Hell itself as he searches for and finds himself.
This novel is based on biblical truth, but heavily diverts from it in order to progress the story line. The characters are plausible and William is particularly endearing with his internal wranglings and shameless honesty. His portrayal is captivating and tender and draws the reader into his cause as the gentle nineteenth century son of a farmer searches his own soul for answers that can only be revealed to him externally. There is a strong thread of hope and salvation within the folds of the text, which is both intriguing and gratifying and the simple innocence of the writing is refreshing. The novel has great introspection but manages not to be too heavy or depressing. It is something that could be read and enjoyed on a long train ride.