Official Review: The Refuge by Heidi Martin

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Official Review: The Refuge by Heidi Martin

Post by e-tasana-williams » 01 May 2017, 20:12

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Refuge" by Heidi Martin.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Ambitious Anna is the youngest partner in her law firm. She and her husband Frederick both have lucrative careers, a beach house, and an enviable life--from the outside. What isn't enviable is the personal tragedy they are both crushed by daily. The Refuge by Heidi Martin describes how the tragedy touches every part of Anna and Frederick's life together, threatening to tear them apart. When Anna starts having strange dreams and longing to leave her native Boston, she wonders what it is all about. For so long, she has defined herself by her career success, and is not sure what will happen when she ventures outside the boundaries of her current life.

Heeding the tug she feels to leave the city, Anna is introduced to a life she never thought she would have. Against the advice of her well-intentioned sister Julia, Anna opens herself to a new way of living in South Carolina. Along the way she meets a lovely little girl and a generous neighbor. Anna's experiences bring up new questions for her. How long can she put her old life on hold? Can she find real healing from personal tragedy? Who is she really meant to be? Is her concept of love all wrong?

The Refuge is an intriguing book. It contains love stories but it is not strictly a romance novel. It highlights some aspects of Ms. Martin's personal life, but it is not an autobiography. It discusses spirituality, but it is not a religious work. My favorite part of the story is its deep character development. Anna is not portrayed as a damsel in distress, waiting to be rescued by being swept off her feet. She is a realistic, relatable heroine facing difficult human issues. While she desires romantic love in her life, she is not ruled by her desire. The unique relationships portrayed in the book, along with the relatable heroine make The Refuge a different kind of novel.

Readers looking for inspiration will enjoy The Refuge, as it chronicles one woman's journey to forgive herself and find self love. Through genuine relationships and well-rounded characters, Anna discovers the value of second chances, spirituality, and giving and receiving love. Readers who subscribe to one particular faith may not like the story, as it incorporates elements from many different religions and gives each one equal value.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The story flows at a natural pace, I found myself invested in the characters' outcome, and the work appears to be professionally edited with no errors of note.

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Post by kandscreeley » 03 May 2017, 08:18

It sounds like an interesting story. I'm glad you were able to enjoy it. I don't know that it sounds like something I would enjoy. Thanks, though!
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Post by mahnoor ali » 03 May 2017, 11:32

seems interesting!

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Post by Chrys Brobbey » 03 May 2017, 14:39

"..... as it incorporates elements from many different religions and gives each one equal value." I find this feature unique, since many writers only present their religious view in their books. Thanks for a good review.

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Post by Amagine » 03 May 2017, 18:14

It sounds like a interesting book, I'm interested in how it addresses different religions. That will be interesting to read. Also I love how the main character isn't a damsel in distress but a realistic protagonist. She sounds like the kind of character I would want to read about.

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Post by Emmanuel Segun » 03 May 2017, 20:43

i love this, xoo interesting

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Post by mistysnow » 03 May 2017, 23:35

This sounds like a unique novel by incorporating different religions. It also sounds like a mystery to an extent. Not sure I would enjoy it, but your review was very good thank you.

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Post by Emmanuel Mrosso » 04 May 2017, 03:00

kandscreeley wrote:It sounds like an interesting story. I'm glad you were able to enjoy it. I don't know that it sounds like something I would enjoy. Thanks, though!
it was so interesting the flow kept me stanning..... :techie-studyingbrown:

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Post by AppointedMessenger » 04 May 2017, 03:56

"The Refuge is an intriguing book. It contains love stories but it is not strictly a romance novel. It highlights some aspects of Ms. Martin's personal life, but it is not an autobiography. It discusses spirituality, but it is not a religious work."
-hmmmm....interesting!

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Post by merrodinelegaspino » 04 May 2017, 05:18

Sounds very interesting. I think I'm gonna love this book.

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Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 04 May 2017, 07:52

I like this very much. Anna feels very relatable. So much stress going on in this world, it's no wonder people start looking for a slower paced life. I feel I would really enjoy this story. Thanks for the review!
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Post by Lest92 » 04 May 2017, 18:29

I like that more of human experience is explored in one story. Usually, the focus would be exclusively on romance or spiritual growth, but to find these different facets in one novel is interesting. Great review:)

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Post by Jenelyn Galagnara » 07 May 2017, 17:19

I love the story. I can relate to Anna. There are instances in my life that iI feel so down. It seems that the world is unfair. Its how you want to grow more when trials wants to weaken us. Instead of growing sometimes I experienced dying in pain of my married life.Just go on and life will show that everything happens for a reason.

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Post by Jaime Lync » 07 May 2017, 17:36

A book that has the reader invested in the characters sounds like a great book. I really like the structure of your review.

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Post by gali » 10 Jun 2017, 05:29

A book that contains love stories but it is not strictly a romance novel, highlights some aspects of Ms. Martin's personal life, and discusses spirituality sounds quite the read. Thank you for the review!
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