About the Book
Book Title: Storms in Serenity
Author: Fay Lamb
Release Date: February, 2018
Genre: Romance, Mystery
How can one man save the town he loves when he’s the reason for the destruction?
Serenity Key, Florida, has seen its share of hurricanes, but this time, one foul weather system is about to collide with another storm, and this one has nothing to do with atmospheric pressure.
David New has guarded his secrets for years, but when two brothers, John and Andy Ryan, arrive in town and he gets news that the daughter he’s never told anyone about has disappeared, possibly the victim of a heinous crime, and the lives of many of the town residents begin to unravel in the gale force consequences of Jake’s past, he has nowhere else to turn.
God is the only one Who can calm the storms, but can David and the good folks of Serenity Key survive until He does?
A tempest has been brewing for thirty years, with only one island town in its path.
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Guest Review from Mindy Houng
This is the first book by Fay Lamb that I have read. It is a fast-paced, emotional read with almost the entire town of Serenity Key getting involved in the deception, lies, and sin that entangle. There are love triangles galore, mountains of secrets that have lain buried for decades, extra-marital affairs and unfounded jealousy, methods of manipulation and control that boggle the mind, and pure evil that comes down upon the small island because of sin and its consequences.
At first, I thought the story would mostly be about Emilie and her past. But the author surprised me by having quite a few third-person point of views in the book. The story is carried by a multitude of voices – sometimes Emilie’s, sometimes her husband John’s, sometimes Andy’s (John’s brother), sometimes by a host of other characters that the reader meets as John and Andy settle into a new life in Serenity Key.
At times, it was difficult to read through the chapters with so many people woven into the consequences of sin. The anger, hurt, and pain that the characters caused each other bled me emotionally and left me feeling unsettled (but that’s what good writing does, right?). I didn’t necessarily understand the reasons for their bad decisions or mistakes but felt the regret, pain, and heartache to the core.
Despite the darkness, the light of Jesus and His forgiveness, His redemption, and His restoration shine through the pages of the book. The author does not leave us floundering in the darkness; she points to Jesus as the only Savior and Restorer of our souls and the souls of those on Serenity Key. I am intrigued that this book is the first in a series and can’t wait to see what book 2 will bring to the small island.
I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher via Celebrate Lit Tour. I was not required to write a favorable review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
About the Author
Fay Lamb writes emotionally charged stories with a Romans 8:28 attitude, reminding readers that God is always in the details. Fay donates 100% of her royalties to Christian charities.
Storms in Serenity is the first book in Fay’s Serenity Key series. Fay’s other series include, Amazing Grace and her novels, Stalking Willow, Better than Revenge, Everybody’s Broken, and Frozen Notes. The Ties that Bind Series includes Charisse, Libby, and Hope. Delilah, is coming soon.
Guest Post from Fay Lamb
ONCE UPON A STORM
I’m one of those people who love storms. I revel in the lightning that streaks across the sky, the rumble of thunder as it rolls over the air, and I dance to the eerie sound of the wind coming through a crack in the window. Storms don’t frighten me. I’m an East Coast Floridian. I’ve lived through many a tempest.
However, so that you won’t think me completely insane, I have also fled a few hurricanes. In our house, a Cat III storm is something to debate as we watch to see how low the millibars fall at the storm’s center. A Cat IV means gather the important documents, place them into plastic bags and tuck them into plastic tubs, batten down the hatches, and depending upon its projected proximity, hunker down or flee. A Cat V is a no-brainer. Run!
If only the storms in our lives had categories so that we know when to stand and face the winds of life or to debate the direction, or to decide when to flee. Sometimes, the storms of life come at us without warning, with no stirring up of the waters by our own hands. Other times, the storms can be abated by the stance we take, the decisions we make, and by failing to move out of harm’s way, perhaps in an opposite direction.
That’s what my first novel in The Serenity Key series is about: one man stirred up a storm many years prior. The destructive force of that storm amassed because he didn’t take a stand, he failed to make crucial decisions, and he choose to run from a situation that God would not allow him to outrun. Storms in Serenity is a modern-day retelling of the Biblical truths of the aftermath of David’s sin with Bathsheba and the destruction the storms of life that blew apart not only David’s family but also those he called friends.
Mostly, though, Storms in Serenity, is a novel that proves that when it comes to sin, truly, no man is an island.
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