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Written with beauty and grace award winning author Shelley Bates pens the compelling story about the unstoppable force of the emergent selfDinah Traynell is trapped in a life that is not her own Raised in a toxic church she is forced to surrender mentally and physically to her sociopathic pastor’s every demand Even while mourning the loss of her father Dinah must hold strong to this role she’s reluctantly played all her life An Most Christian authors soothe their readers with what they want to read inspiring words and a struggle or two that wraps up nicely in the end Few would tackle the subject of a toxic church and its affects Shelley Bates is oneHer first novel Grounds to Believe won a Rita from Romance Writers of America It laid the foundation for the second book in the series Pocketful of Pearls Bates allows the reader to interface with this strange world of the Elect both with the heroes from outside and the heroines inside who face tough faith shattering choicesThe reader feels each sharp pain of Dinah in Pocketful of Pearls as if they themselves were enmeshed in the tight web of the Elect This is a gripping novel difficult to put down and heart wrenching Have a box of tissue ready as you cheer on the heroine s brave attempts to deal with the inconsistencies of her world and fight to surviveI m not a fan of spoilers so trust me when I say this book is so good it s on my shelf next to LaVyrle Spencer Sharon Kay Penman Margaret Lawrence Judith Merkle Riley Jane Austen and Margaret MitchellThe third and last in the series A Sounding Brass wraps up the series Bates tightly written prose is emotional and fulfilling so don t miss any of her books

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Pocketful of Pearls Elect Trilogy #2

D though she dreams of escape this is the only world she’s ever known When Dr Matthew Nicholas appears on Dinah’s doorstep in the dark of night he’s burdened with troubles of his own Leaving behind his university position Matthew has been traveling to escape the trauma of his old life that is until he’s robbed of what means he has left for his journey Stranded penniless and still ill at ease with his life’s turn of events Started out as a creepy religious cult molestation story but ended up being a Christian themed message that ended great Sad but good

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He’d rather lend a helping hand on a stranger’s ranch than go home Instantly drawn to Dinah Matthew is torn between his desire to help her and the fear of getting too involved But as Dinah struggles with the realization that the faith she grew up believing in is not real and an abandoned baby is unexpectedly dropped into their lives they must learn to open up and trust one another if either ever hopes to break free of the past Dinah Traynell has a dark secret As a member of a strict religious organization the Elect she weighs every move and decision in light of church rules Even at twenty four living on her own seems like a dream to Dinah especially since her father has just died and she must help her mother run the farm Phinehas the chief Shepherd of the Elect is both revered and feared Families are deeply honored when he graces them with a visit and since Dinah s family is favored Phinehas stays with them often He has sexually abused and raped Dinah for over ten years pushing it all off as her spiritual sacrifice to GodOn the day of Dinah s father s funeral a drifter shows up at their back door desperately seeking food Although it goes against the church rules Dinah hides him in the barn and feeds him She learns his name Matthew and bits and pieces of information about his life that lead her to believe there s to this man than meets the eye Dinah takes Matthew on as a hired man and slowly the two learn to trust each other When events begin to spiral out of control can Dinah finally stand up for herself or will she remain loyal to the ElectThe novel has a uniue plot with intriguing characters Not having been in a similar situation it s difficult to identify with Dinah but it s easy to sympathize with her pain It s frustrating as a reader to be a spectator to such horrific events and feel helpless to do anything about them except to turn pages Dinah s gradual transformation from membership in a toxic church to independence is slow but very believable The storytelling is straightforward and fascinating Supporting characters such as Matthew Dinah s mother and other members of the church add dimension and realismAlthough God s true hope is eventually revealed to Dinah a sense of heaviness pervades most of Pocketful of Pearls It s not entirely clear until the last pages whether justice will prevail or if there will just be closure to the horror With such a heavy theme a thread of levity would have helped to make the novel readable Overall Shelley Bates forges bravely ahead with a topic many would shy away from shining light onto a religious situation that looks on the surface like truth but in reality is a giant lie


10 thoughts on “Pocketful of Pearls Elect Trilogy #2

  1. says:

    Whew this book is HARD to readThere are some serious difficult to digest issues of sexual abuse in this book From my limited experience with this genre this book is a definite departure This is not a pat Christian love storyDinah Tryanell's father has just died when we meet her she is about to encounter Matthew Nicholas a former University

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    Most Christian authors soothe their readers with what they want to read inspiring words and a struggle or two that wraps up nicely i

  3. says:

    I didn't notice that this was a Christian book until I was a few pages in but kept reading just to see how it was

  4. says:

    Christian based OMG You're not human if you don't grab for the Kleenex box while reading this one Well written highly engaging detailed character development and the main character is inspirational faithful and unforgettable

  5. says:

    Started out as a creepy religious cult molestation story but ended up being a Christian themed message that ended great Sad but good

  6. says:

    Didn't realize this was #2 will have to try to find #1 Enjoyed this different not as easy as some I have read

  7. says:

    Pocketful of Pearls is a love and rescue

  8. says:

    Dinah Traynell has a dark secret As a member of a strict religious organization the Elect she weighs every move a

  9. says:

    After picking this up on a whim and for a good price I was blown away by the storytelling and the volatile emotion evicting setting focused around a country cult With my own turbulent past with Christianity and organized religion in general I really identified with the themes and issues addressed in this book like the power that a figurehead holds over hisher followers the pressures that family imposes on one's actions the moral dilemmas e

  10. says:

    Ever start a book and hate what you are reading yet you cannot put it down That's how this one The subject matter is heartbreaking but the writing is superbI found myself totally engrossed in the storyline and kept hoping things would improve for Dinah There is so much I want to say about this novel but I don't want to give anything away Let's just say that I'm thankful that I never got involved in a cult nor h