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Posted February 28, 2012
I was given One Step Away by Eric Wilson at an event back in August. Focusing issues and other books needing to be read kept it away from me, but at long last it was the next item on my list. I was certainly not disappointed.
"A Modern Twist on One of the World's Oldest Tales."
Bret and Sara Vreeland have been targeted. Someone has plans for them, a plot that reaches into their past and threatens their future.
When one of Sara's patients dies, a mysterious old man, he leaves his fortune to her and her family. They have no idea they are part of an experiment. Satan once tested Job through trials, but failed to break him. Now Satan has sought God's permission to test the Vreelands with a $6,000,000 blessing.
As their lives take turn for the better, will their souls take a turn for the worse?
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The book description implies that One Step Away is of preachy nature, but I assure you, it is not. I'd say it could fit in the "drama" genre, but that in no way hinders this amazing tale. It definitely has its share of thrills and chases.
One Step Away is not the kind of story that grips me, draws me in and doesn't let go. This would normally be a bad thing, but the novel is filled to the brim with clever and humorous bits of wording that it is more than made up for. I was impressed at the author's writing ability, and numerous lines of dialogue gained my respect of him many times over.
The story isn't an explosion of awesomeness that left you sitting on the edge of your seat, but rather something to lay back and relax while reading. I may have many books in the near future that I'll be on deadline to read and review, but as the next on my list has not yet arrived, I saw no need to speed through this one. I took my time, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters are fun, especially when you get to know them, and their adventure, if you could call it that, is one of the best stories I have read in quite a while.
In conclusion, this book is amazing. I was wowed by it. I took it at slow pace, but you in no means need to do the same. Eric Wilson is an extremely talented writer, deserving a lot more publicity than he has at present. If you have an upcoming weekend or two with nothing to do, I highly recommend you pick up this book.
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Posted June 13, 2012
Bret and Sara have made it by in this world by counting pennies and adhering to a strict budget. Bret works in the manufacturing world and Sara in the health care industry, he during the day and she at night. A picture of a couple reminiscent of many middle-class people today. They have just enough to get through to the next paycheck and that's about it. On the relationship side, though, they are committed to each other and their family. Bret always going out his way to help his boss and Sara making a house call to help a patient. It's during this trip that Sara finds that the patient has more than a passing interest in her. After his death, she finds that she has been left a large portion of his estate, worth over $6,000,000. As this new found wealth takes hold of their family, they find that a lot of their values have eroded with the money. After a discovery that he ex-fiancee had possibly been killed by the patient that left her all of the money, will it change what they do with the money? Who is stalking them and what does he have to do with the inheritance? Can their family still continue their bond as the money seems to unravel it? NOT GOING TO TELL YOU :)
This book was both quick and enjoyable read. Mr. Wilson has a very fluid writing style that practically keeps you hooked from the first page. In this book, the characters were ones that I rooted for, especially since I felt like I could identify with Bret. Work, work, work, climb, climb, climb. Am I making any progress up the ladder, or will it be like this all my life? I liked that Bret seemed to have ethical struggles after they received the inheritance. Not only by what to do with the money, but also by how people started treating him. Was the pastor treating him different now that they had extra money?
Posted April 16, 2012
I thought the overall story and message was good but it was confusing at times and the auther didn't tie the story ending very well. I also thought the amount of violence was disturbing and was used to gain "street cred". It was gross and annoyingWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 16, 2011
The latest novel by Eric Wilson defies the standard classifications. It is one part mystery, one part romance, one part action and a dash of supernatural thriller. The narrative is strong, with just enough tension to keep the pages turning. The characters are well presented¿we all know people like the Vreeland family. In fact, most of us have been the Vreeland family at one time or another. And the villains¿they remind me very much of the sorts of rogues you¿d find in a book by John Grisham or Dean Koontz. Both authors typically have layers of evil, with some villains moving brazenly, and others lurking in the shadows. So it is in ¿One Step Away,¿ with the addition of an extra layer for those who crave a connection to the eternal. Ultimately, this book is a great story told by a storyteller that is perpetually honing his craft. Well done, Mr. Wilson! I look forward to the next title in the ¿By the Numbers¿ trilogyWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 28, 2011
1 Step Away is the story of the Vreeland family. Brett, the hardworking dad who wants to make a better life for himself and his family. Sara, the patient wife, who also works hard. Their two kids who struggle with bullies and how to pay for soccer pictures. Until, in a strange twist of fate? they are gifted a huge sum of money. They are a family of faith, so through it all they pray, stick together and share a little ice cream on pay day. In the hands of a less gifted and prophetic writer, this book could have devolved into the pandering, preachy and trite books lining the shelves in the "Inspirational Fiction" aisles.
But thank God Eric Wilson is a master storyteller! The characters are so real your heart aches as Brett struggles not just with paying the bills but what it means to be a father, a husband and a provider. As Sara is caught in her past you sympathize with her need to reconcile her faith, the lack in her life and her love for her husband. Claire, Brett's mother, is the 'good wife' on the outside while hiding a life of pain from her own son. Even the bad guy is multi-dimensional, making him far more scary in my opinion.
To be honest, it has taken me a month to read this book. I had to keep putting it down because it was 1 Step Away from my personal financial and family reality. That is the true gift of this, and many of Eric's other works. He draws you in and challenges you to put yourself under the same lens-peering into the lives of these living and breathing characters. The story begins slowly, like the journey up the first hill on a roller coaster, before Wilson sends you on a ride with twists which turn you upside down and leave you a little breathless. Frankly, I am heading right back in line to wait for the next one!
I will become a collector (though not like those in another of Wilson's series you must read, Jerusalem's Undead). Most faith based fiction is like eating chinese food-quick, easy, and cheap but leaving you hungry hours later. 1 Step Away and those to come in the Number series will be like a fine meal you linger over for hours and don't blink at the check-for it was worth every penny.
Posted September 26, 2011
I absolutely loved this book. The characters are so real, it's like they leapt off the page and started living around me! Every heartache, every triumph, every underhanded deed and drop of blood grabbed me by the heart and wouldn't let go. I fell in love with the Vreelands from the start. It was as though I was living their lives with them. The romance between Bret and Sara wasn't some fairy tale perfect fluff, but the kind of romance that really lasts. Their faith, and the faith of their children is really inspiring. I hope that when the time comes, I can teach my children that kind of faith.
1 Step Away was by no means all romance and faith. (Ever hear of a Maserati?) The entire last third of the book I was on the edge of my seat, breathless, muscles tensed, completely freaking out! I have to say, when I heard Eric was writing a new twist on the book of Job, I had high expectations. 1 Step Away exceeded them all and then some. I can't wait for 2 Seconds Late!
Posted August 12, 2011
Bret and Sara Vreeland are an average low income family struggling to make ends meet. Though they try and try they just can't seem to get ahead of all the expenses that pile up. But they have learned to be content and serve God, and are trying to teach their children the same thing.
When Satan notices this family who seems to have so little, he comes before the Almighty with a petition. "Let me test them", he says, "Will they still be so eager to serve you if they have riches beoynd belief?" After careful scrutiny, The One Who Sits Upon The Throne gives his permission--permission to begin a trial of blessing.
How will Bret and Sara respond when everything in life starts going their way? An unexpected inheritance, a major promotion, a dream of sucess come true--will all these things capture the devoton they once gave God? When they're faced with an unexpected choice of life altering proportions what choice will they make?
The premise of this book pulled me in from the start, and did not disappoint. Well written and engaging , One Step Away brings us real characters who come alive on the pages. I found myself cheering and yelling at the characters as if they were close friends. Although not preachy, this book has me considering how I view the blessings I have been given.
This book was provided to me by the publisher, Bay Forest (an imprint of Kingstone Media Group). Opinions rendered are completely my own.