Official Review: Sapphire Secrets by Dawn V. Cahill

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Official Review: Sapphire Secrets by Dawn V. Cahill

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[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Sapphire Secrets" by Dawn V. Cahill.]
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My review of Sapphire Secrets by Dawn V. Cahill

Wow! Allow me to preface this by saying that this book thoroughly exceeded my expectations. It met every category that I love. This book is a Christian mystery/romance, but in reality, it's so much more!

The book starts out in a cemetery with a dramatic retelling of an Edgar Allen Poe poem. You can't get more spooky than that. Did I mention it was raining? Oh yeah, and it was dark as well. Are you feeling it yet? Okay, I'm moving on. So Livvy (Olivia) and her twin sister DeeDee (Diana) are both dancers that are fixing to open their own dance studio. Their mother died when they were young, but the twin sisters have differing memories of that time. DeeDee remembers clearly what happened, down to minute details. But Livvy doesn't remember anything. At all. Naturally, this is a cause for distress. Over the years, she tries to simply move on and forget about it, but she starts having dreams about her dead mother. Gradually, she comes to the realization that she has to pursue the truth. Along the way, two very different men come into her life. One is newly-divorced and a Christian, which is anathema to everyone and everything that she holds dear. The other is separated from his wife but clicks immediately with Livvy and the feeling seems to be mutual. Then, tragedy strikes. Livvy must rethink her whole life, and somewhere in the process, she begins to question everything that she has ever been taught. Will she realize that Jesus is real? And if she decides to believe in Him, how will her family react? Will she lose the man she loves, or does God have a bigger plan?

I honestly don't want to say more because it may spoil the book. I was astounded at how the author wove this story together. Most Christian authors are very careful about certain subjects. Ms. Cahill, on the other hand, dove in headfirst. In doing so, she has carefully crafted an amazing story of grit, determination, pain and the wonderful realization of the Father's love. As I have mentioned, there are several “touchy” topics. But the reality is that this is the world we live in. I fully appreciated all of the aspects of this story. There was nothing that felt unrealistic or too perfect. No, this is a story that shows all of the ugliness in the world and along the way, answers some very serious questions.

I have thought long and hard about this story. I stayed up till midnight reading it and when I woke up, it came to my mind immediately. I can't find any error with this book. The writing was excellent. The story line is engaging and moves along at a perfect pace. At first, it seemed like there were too many key characters in play, but it all came together magnificently.

I would recommend this book to anyone that loves Christian fiction, but also to anyone that is seeking for some truth. You may be surprised by what you find. Again, my congratulations to Ms. Cahill on a job well done! I give this book 4 out of 4 stars!

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THank you SO much! I hoped the story would touch people, and I'm so glad you liked it. It was a lot of work, but well worth it.

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I would like to know why Livvy doesn't remember what happened to her mother. It could be a sign of denial or guilt. I must keep an eye on this book.
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Great review, Paliden! I can tell you are very excited about this book. Going on my read list! :D
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dcahill wrote:THank you SO much! I hoped the story would touch people, and I'm so glad you liked it. It was a lot of work, but well worth it.

You are very welcome and congrats again! I really think this book is going to be a major success!!

-- 04 Feb 2016, 17:31 --
chytach18- wrote:I would like to know why Livvy doesn't remember what happened to her mother. It could be a sign of denial or guilt. I must keep an eye on this book.

Trust me, I wondered that all the way until the end. And I couldn't figure it out!! I love it when I am kept guessing all the way through. It's a great book!

-- 04 Feb 2016, 17:32 --
anonanemone wrote:Great review, Paliden! I can tell you are very excited about this book. Going on my read list! :D

Thank you! I know you will enjoy it!
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Very mysterious and intriguing that Livvy can't remember anything at all.
I also love how you said it isn't unrealistic or too perfect. I can't tell you how many Christian Romance books I've read that fall into the unrealistic category! This book sounds like a refreshing change.
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Rachaelamb1 wrote:Very mysterious and intriguing that Livvy can't remember anything at all.
I also love how you said it isn't unrealistic or too perfect. I can't tell you how many Christian Romance books I've read that fall into the unrealistic category! This book sounds like a refreshing change.

I know exactly how what you mean! That is one of the best things about this book, in my opinion. I think it will be a big hit for that reason alone. There are way too many Christian books that are completely overboard in the unrealistic category.
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awesome review
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Thank you!

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Thank you!
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Sounds like a very very good book. I hope I get the chance to read it. Great review! Congratulations to Dawn V. Cahill for such a well-written book.

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kimmyschemy06 wrote:Sounds like a very very good book. I hope I get the chance to read it. Great review! Congratulations to Dawn V. Cahill for such a well-written book.

Thanks!! I hope you get to read it too!
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Kimmyschemy06, thank you for the kind words. I would be honored if you get a chance to read Sapphire Secrets. Blessings!

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Great review @Paliden !!! :D

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Great review! I read a lot of Christian fiction. This one is definitely going on my list of books to read.

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Scott wrote:Great review @Paliden !!! :D

This book, Sapphire Secrets, is Book of the Day today. Take a look on the Sapphire Secrets Bookshelves page to read it free.

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