Trial & Tribulations

Trial & Tribulations

by Rachel Dylan

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ISBN-13: 9781517703912
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Pages: 326
Sales rank: 564,048
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Rachel Dylan writes Christian fiction including inspirational romantic suspense for Love Inspired Suspense and the Windy Ridge Legal Thriller series. Rachel has practiced law for almost a decade and enjoys weaving together legal and suspenseful stories. She lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids--two dogs and three cats. Rachel loves to connect with readers. You can find Rachel at www.racheldylan.com.

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Trial & Tribulations 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Andrea Byers 8 months ago
Trials and Tribulations We are taken to Windy Ridge, a Chicago suburb where Olivia has been assigned to represent a New Age Tech firm that is being sued by another New Age Tech firm, and represented by Grant. Olivia quickly realizes that things are not what they seem on the surface, though she’s not sure at first what is going on. She and Grant get to know each other somewhat due to meetings between them due to the litigation, yet he doesn’t believe anything of the spiritual realm. She seeks out a church and befriends that pastor who is well aware of happenings in his community. The book goes back and forth between Olivia and Grant as well as their respective heads of the two companies and the behind the scenes scuffles and attacks. Engaging book that will keep you wondering what’s going to happen next.
Anne_Baxter_Campbell More than 1 year ago
I need to preface this review with a little codicil. I do love legal mysteries, but I don't love occult books. I realize they're all the rage, but they make me uneasy, even when they're Christ-oriented, which this one is. This codicil's the only reason I'm giving it a four-star rating instead of five. Given that, the writing is good, the tension constant, and Rachel Dylan has done herself proud. This is Book 1 in the Windy Ridge series. So anyway, here we have a young but proficient defense lawyer, Olivia Murray, who has been sent to the Windy Ridge suburb of Chicago to defend one New Age tech company against another. The suit began when Nina Marie Crane of Astral Tech is accused by her former boyfriend, Layton Olito (CEO of Optimism Company), of stealing a computer app. It seems both companies are interested in snagging the electronic generation into their own New Age fold via this app. Olivia, a conservative Christian, has doubts about handing anything New Age, but she works for a prominent law office in DC, and when her boss says jump on it, there's really not much choice. The plaintiff's attorney, Grant Baxter, is also a young dynamo, but fairly recently began his own firm with just a minimal crew. He just thinks all the New Age stuff is wacky, but even wacky companies can hire him if they have the money. But then odd things begin to happen to both Olivia and Grant. Things that have nothing to do with law. It appears both attorneys will be fighting more than just a legal battle. You might want a Bible in one hand while this book is in the other. I was given a free copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
No one are as they first appear... What an interesting concept! I have to admit that I've never thought of mixing a legal thriller and spiritual warfare in the same story but Rachel Dylan totally pulls it off. Trial And Tribulations was an exciting read with the physical and spiritual realms having direct influence on each other. It was also a very good example of how easy it is for things like witchcraft to sneak in without you even realizing it's happening, when you think you are going into it with eyes wide open is usually when the blinders have already been slipped on. Lots of great stuff about spiritual warfare but Trial And Tribulations is also an entertaining story, I totally can't wait to find out what Rachel Dylan has in store for readers and what happens next in the battle between the New Age group(s) and the Believers in Windy Ridge. (I received a copy of this e-book from the author in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.)
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
Trials and Tribulations is book one of A Windy Ridge Legal Thriller by Rachel Dylan. If you want a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat with all the unexpected heart pounding happens, strong faith and spiritual battles than this is the book for you. This story is so intense that I felt as though I was living out the experiences right along with the characters in this story. I have to say that Olivia & Grant were my favorites in this story. There is just something about them that kept me wanting more of them. Be sure to get your copy of Trials and Tribulations today. 5 stars! I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. I received a copy of this book for my honest review.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
Trials & Tribulations ( A Wendy Ridge Legal Thriller - Book 1 ) By: Rachel Dylan Trials & Tribulations is book one in A Wendy Ridge Legal Thriller series. Wow, what a terrific legal thriller, suspense , and spiritual welfare between the good and the evil all wrapped up in one package by Rachel Dylan . I don't usually read thrillers , but the author had me hooked and would not let go till the end and then I wanted more. Before I started Trials & Tribulations I did not know what to expect. There was several times I caught myself holding my breath and could not read fast enough to see what was going to happen next. This is a well written and powerful welfare story and I really enjoyed it. If you love a good edge of your seat story , then you will love Trials & Tribulations. I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review, which I have given.
AnnE42 More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a read! Rachel has written an edge of the seat legal suspense combined with a story of the reality of spiritual warfare and the battle between God's kingdom and the kingdom of darkness that results in a story that grabbed me from the first pages and kept me thoroughly engrossed in the story until the final pages. I definitely recommend this one, and I am certainly looking forward to the next book in the series.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." ~ Ephesians 6:12 Such a powerful statement but one so easily dismissed by most the world. We have a tendency to see what we want to see and to blame God when bad things happen in the world, while the real enemy remains unseen and moving forward in his plans to deceive and destroy those in the world before his time runs out. In her first novel in the Windy Ridge Legal Thriller Series, Rachel Dylan introduces us to Trials and Tribulations. I had first seen this book through Facebook ads of all places and have always been a huge fan of books that deal with spiritual warfare! This one is perfect for those looking for that duality in story lines between the unseen and seen world we live in. Olivia Murray has been hired by Astral Tech as their attorney in a case defending them against an alleged theft of a New Age app from their competitor Optimism. It will take more than her skills as an attorney to win this battle since both companies and their employees deal with New Age mysticism like witchcraft, meditation and demonic activity as if it is simply part of their lives without conscience thought of what they are truly dealing with. In fact, as a believer in Jesus, Olivia wonders if this is something she should be getting involved with as a Christian and if God really has plans for her to take this case. Especially when the attacks become spiritual and work on the very core of her faith. Her opposing counsel is Grant Baxter which Optimism has retained as their lawyer and are alleging the theft came when a partnership between two of the employees who were involved in a personal relationship went south. The only thing that is standing in the way is that Grant is not a believer and therefore fair game for those who dabble in the dark arts. Since he isn't saved as a believer, Grant soon experiences his own spiritual attack but doesn't understand what is happening and soon confronts Olivia with help to figure out what is really going on. He isn't ready to accept any type of spiritual anything as to what is happening and writes it off as stress or working to hard. It will take more than just their skills as attorneys to get to the bottom of what is truly going on and how it impacts both of their lives not just professionally but spiritually as well. Even a well meaning intern is sucked into the lure of these New Age companies with the promise that she can have more than she ever imagined if she is willing to be open to new ideas and see that prosperity is within reach if you only want it. What will happen to the town of Windy Ridge if either of these companies is allowed to go unchecked and how many more young people will be lured into the dark world of the supernatural through their combined efforts? I received Trials and Tribulations by Rachel Dylan compliments of NYLA publishing for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation, aside for a free copy of this novel, in exchange for an honest and personal review. I absolutely love this novel and applaud Rachel for taking a chance in writing a story line like this one. It won't be a favorite of those not willing to believe that such a spiritual world exists and that we are subjected to forces of good and evil by where our faith stands in this world. It is very eye opening.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Trial and Tribulations (A Windy Ridge Legal Thriller Book One) by Rachel Dylan is not what I expected. Olivia Murray is an attorney in Washington, D.C. with the firm of Brown, Carter, and Reed. Olivia is being sent to Windy Ridge, Illinois (near Chicago) to handle a lawsuit against Astral Tech, a new age company (and I am not talking crystals and enlightenment new age). Olivia is a devout Christian and hopes she will be able to handle this case. She can feel the evil in the Astral Tech building (and it makes her uncomfortable). The plaintiff is Optimism which is another new age company and their attorney is Grant Baxter. They feel that Astral Tech stole their new app and released it as their own. Grant is not a Christian but this case may change his beliefs. Olivia’s faith will need to be strong to battle the evil that will attack her and her clients. She does have some angel’s, Ben and Micah, on her side as well as the local Windy Ridge church (who has a team to fight the evil). Everyone will need to be battle ready and on guard to battle the evil entity that is trying to invade Windy Ridge. I have to admit that I did not enjoy reading Trial and Tribulations. I normally enjoy Christian books, but this book was just not for me. The story is basically a battle of good (following the tenets of the Bible, prayer, good church family, having faith) versus evil (dark magic, witchcraft). There is a moral lesson in the book about getting involved in things which are forbidden in the Bible (like witchcraft). I never got into this novel. I just read it to get through it (which does not make for enjoyable reading). The book is very simply written which does make it easy to read. I did like how the author made the legal information understandable by the average person. I was disappointed with the ending because the story was not concluded (the legal case is finished but not the fight). It was left open for the next book in this series. I give Trial and Tribulations 3 out of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of Trial and Tribulations from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
More_Than_A_Review More than 1 year ago
Trial and Tribulations is a spiritual warfare legal thriller. I read it in one day; I had to know what was going to happen next. Olivia is a successful attorney that has been assigned a big case representing a New Age tech company, Astral Tech. She is strong in her faith but working to defend a New Age company becomes more of a spiritual battle than she expected. Grant has been hired by the other New Age company this is suing Astral Tech. Grant and Olivia immediately connect on a professional and personal level. Grant was raised in several foster homes and is skeptical about God and faith. I found the technical side of the new age business enlightening. Who would have thought that a New Age company would try to get followers through a phone app? I really enjoyed how Grant and Olivia connected and worked through their differences. It was very well written. I appreciated how they both had a good support system that they relied on. As I was reading, there were several secondary characters that I am hoping get their own book; including Ty and Chris just in case Rachel reads this review  . Warning: This book is about spiritual warfare which can make it very scary and real for some. It also contains a lot of religious discussions. If you are ready for that; I highly recommend the book and cannot wait for the next book in the series. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.