When Violet DuBay’s friend Khloe confides that her dad is a Christian, it’s the one secret Violet can’t keep. Turning in Khloe’s dad to the Constabulary is her duty. Her decision becomes an opportunity to infiltrate the Christian resistance; but as she gets to know Marcus, Lee, and the others, she’s compelled to question the things her society has taught her about God and His followers. Clay Hansen persuades his family to join him at an underground church meeting and brings Violet, his teen daughter Khloe’s best friend. That night, the church is raided. He and his wife escape, but in the chaos, he loses Violet and Khloe. How can he find them with the Constabulary monitoring his every move? If the God who once spared Khloe won’t intervene, Clay will have to save her himself.
About the Author
As a child, Amanda G. Stevens disparaged Mary Poppins and Stuart Little because they could never happen. Now, she writes speculative fiction. Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in English, she has taught literature and composition to home-school students. She lives in Michigan and loves books, film, music, and white cheddar popcorn.
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Found and Lost: A Novel based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
1. The Writing: This book is full of well thought out good quality writing. The author is able to write pretty prose without distracting from the intense plot or seeming out of place within the character points of view. The writer is able to vary her voice to fit the two drastically different characters you are getting the story from. 2. The Characters: First off, our beloved characters from book one are not gone! We get to see how they have grown over the past few months, and how their bonds to one another have strengthened. We also get to see how outsiders interpret the characters we know. It is fascinating to see how differently Violet and Clay view Marcus, and to realize that neither of them understands him the way we do. The two characters that the author uses to tell her second story were really smart choices. They give you reasons to explore the ideas presented in the second book instead of stopping with the first one. Even though they live side-by-side, they are coming at the story from very different emotional and mental positions, and give us contrasting senses of the world we already know. Violet is a goldmine of a character, because it is important for Christians to understand why non-believers with little exposure to legit Christianity think the way they do. She really is quite lovable once you get to know her. Violet and Clay digest the information they see very differently than Marcus and Aubry did in the first book. These two do not grow in the same direction, but still manage to mirror each other. It is fascinating to see how they react differently when presented with similar stimuli. Like book one, the author forces you to understand the thoughts and actions of her characters whether you think you want to or not. It is very difficult to dislike someone when you are forced to admit, “ok, I see where you’re coming from there.” 3. Message: This book forces you to face a tough Biblical concept that is not usually addressed in Christian fiction: apostasy. In times of persecution, it becomes evident who truly knows the Lord and who never really did. It is an important topic for Christians to understand, and I love that the author does not sugarcoat it. Along the same vein, this book addresses turning God’s gifts into idols and choosing those idols over God himself. This book also forces you to face how expansive God’s forgiveness and redemption truly is. The book makes you emotionally connect with the concept of forgiving a persecutor whose actions previously devastated a Christian community. The command to forgive can be as tough a nut to swallow as apostasy. 4. Plot: Everyone else summarized the plot, but I will address this issue brought up in at least one other review: The ending can be confusing if you blow through it too fast. The information is not spoon-fed, but it is there. If you take your time and digest the dialogue along with Clay’s thoughts, the evidence is there to support the leaps from motivations to actions and from thoughts to conclusions. I think it is pretty slick that there is a touch of a Young Adult flavor in Violet’s half of the narration. Violet has to deal with teen issues while she is in the middle of dealing with all this more important stuff. She is wise beyond her years, though, so I never thought, “shut up you myopic child” the way I usually do when I read YA.