Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

Crooked Lines by Holly Michael May 9, 2016

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 12:16 pm
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On the shores of Lake Michigan, Rebecca Meyer seeks escape. Guilt-ridden over her little sister’s death, she sets her heart on India, a symbol of peace. Across the ocean in South India, Sagai Raj leaves his tranquil hill station home and impoverished family to answer a higher calling. Pushing through diverse cultural and religious milieus, he labors toward his goals, while wrong turns and bad choices block Rebecca from hers. Traveling similar paths and bridged across oceans through a priest, the two desire peace and their divine destiny. But vows and blind obedience at all costs must be weighed…and buried memories, unearthed. Crooked Lines, a beautifully crafted debut novel, threads the lives of two determined souls from different continents and cultures. Compelling characters struggle with spirituality through despair and deceptions in search of truth.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Holly Michael, published in various magazines, newspapers, and in Guideposts books has released her debut novel, Crooked Lines. She and her husband, Anglican Bishop Leo Michael, regularly travel from their home in Kansas City to India. She has a grown daughter, Betsy and two sons. She enjoys watching football, especially when her two sons are playing—Jake (NFL) and Nick (Rajin’ Cajuns). Visit Holly at and check out her blog

My thoughts:

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book. Holly does an excellent job of drawing the reader in from the first page.

What I found even more amazing was how she made the process of Sagai becoming a priest very interesting. I mean that really could have been boring but the way she wove other elements and struggles into the story really made it very interesting and I learned a lot along the way.

I couldn’t wait for  Rebecca to find her way to India. Holly dropped hints about Sagai and Rebecca’s paths crossing but it doesn’t happen for a long time and after many bumps in the road.

I loved the truth in the book, that even though we may feel something laid on our hearts we can often get sidetracked by life and poor choices.

Overall, an excellent book. Holly definitely has a talent for crafting an great novel.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me by The Book Club Network Inc. in exchange for an honest review. 


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