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Monday, March 13, 2006

WOUNDED HEALER by Donna Fleisher

This is Donna Fleisher, who is just WAY COOL. I met her the first year I went to Mt. Hermon. I sat at Karen Ball's table next to this woman who immediately turned to me and said, "Hi!" Well, who can ignore a conversational opportunity like that?

After I talked her ear off, she mentioned the rather minor fact that she had arrived at the conference and been toppled over by Karen Ball, who offered her a contract--right there at the conference!--based on Donna's manuscript submission (the editorial review or critique service offered to all Mt. Hermon attendees). Talk about making her conference special!

This is the manuscript that floored Karen Ball from page one--and let me tell you, it floored me, too!

WOUNDED HEALER by Donna Fleisher (Homeland Heroes, book 1)

From the back cover:
Flooded with panic, two words burst through Erin's mind: GET HELP. She ran for the door, but someone grabbed her, twisted her arm behind her. Erin's shriek was smothered by a cold, clammy hand. "Shhh--" Breath tickled her ear--" Just take it easy . . ."

Surrounded by the oppressive sand, heat, and tension of Operation Desert Storm, soldiers Erin Grayson and Christina McIntyre shared a special bond. But when an ugly secret from Chris's past shattered without even a good-bye.

Four years have gone by since that day in the desert, but Chris has spent her entire life running from the past, hiding her deepest secrets from those who care for her most. And now tragedy has ripped apart her life. She sees no hope in tomorrow.

Overcoming her own anger and doubt, Erin rushes to Chris's Colorado cabin. When Chris's fear of God and Erin's faith in him collide, they are involved in a different kind of war that only one of them can win. As Chris wrestles with grief, fear, and ghosts from the past, Erin fights to pull her from the brink of self-destruction. She will not lose Chris again.

Chris's life is at stakeā€¦as well as her soul.

Camy here:
This amazing novel starts off with a suspenseful bang, but it's a deeply emotional book on friendship and trust. It's a more unusual women's fiction novel, involving more action than I've seen in other books, but I enjoy that aspect of this.

The writing grabbed me by the throat. Powerful, vibrant, gritty.

Characterization is deep like still waters. Everyone is unique, whether it's the protagonist or someone with only ten pages of screen time. Chris is vividly three-dimensional, strong and memorable. Erin is consistent and markedly different from her friend. I would have liked to see more grit in her, also, but it almost doesn't fit with her softer personality.

The faith element is a major story thread, and it's done with a skilled hand, one of the best I've seen in Christian fiction. Chris's struggles are honest and real.

My biggest objection was the overprotective, hostile nature of Erin's husband. I felt angry and disgusted at how he jumps to conclusions about Chris, which would naturally feed her rebellious nature. But I guess that also means the writer did her job, since I care about Chris and feel strongly about Scott. I also see how the author is setting the scene for the next book in the series, WARRIOR'S HEART, where Chris and Scott are the main protagonists.

It also bothered me how everyone around Erin sympathizes with her and feels sorry about how Chris hurts her. No one even thinks about the underlying issues Chris is dealing with--they all rally around Erin, treat her like the victim, bemoan her loyalty to someone who lashes out at her. Erin cries a LOT. However, my bias could also be because I relate more to Chris--wounded and angry--than Erin, who's had less trials in her life.

The author's experiences in Desert Storm lend authenticity to the flashback settings. I felt as if I were there, in the helicopter, in the barracks.

This is a great story with memorable characters.



At 12:02 PM, March 14, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, yeah, way cool, y'all. This book is the best book I've ever written--oops, I mean read--the best book I've ever read in my entire life! Yeah. Wow. The distinguished and extremely talented author must be a genius in the way she strings together all those sentence fragments into something readable. I mean, wow. And better yet, have you read her second book? Wow. I mean, it's a total snorer until about halfway through, then ... wow! How nice of the considerate author to reward my perseverance to read as I slept, huh. Most people stop reading when they sleep, but not me! I can read in my sleep! But it is a pain when I drool all over the book.

And guess what. I can even write in my sleep too! I'm doin' it right now! Nah, not with this comment, but with my WIP that needs to get done soon. If only someone would create a computer program to hook up my brainwaves to a laptop, I'd be good to go. Forget that nasty ol' carpal tunnel. With my brainwaves doin' all the work, I wouldn't have to type another word again!

Sounds like a plan. Now. Who can develop the software? Wait a minute. Ain't one a ya a biologist? Hmm. Get workin' on it!

Love this site, y'all. You fab four. Keep up the good work, and keep readin'! (Or sleeping, if that's your preference.)

: )

P.S. Anyone wanna buy a couple a used books? They've only been lightly drooled on.

At 12:46 PM, March 14, 2006, Blogger Pammer said...

LOL! I thought your book was great too. I did NOT sleep through it. Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs! Can't wait for the next one.

At 2:01 PM, March 14, 2006, Blogger Heather Diane Tipton said...

I LOVED the first book! I MUST GET THE SECOND ONE!!!!!

LOL Camy, I swear you take your reviews from our convos! That's word for word what you said to me when we discussed this book. LOL


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