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The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman by Carole Brown August 20, 2019

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How far would YOU go to avenge the murder of a daughter?

Caralynne Hayman is angry and bitter over the abuse and death of her eleven-year-old daughter from the hands of her religious group, The Children of Righteous Cain. When her husband suffers a sudden heart attack, she does nothing to help him. In her eyes someone needs to pay, and if that means all of the men in the group, then so be it.

Dayne MacFarland is sent away to college by the senior elder of the group to learn ministry. When he returns after finding salvation, determined to bring the truth to the people he’s known all his life, he rediscovers Cara and realizes the love he once felt for her is still deeply embedded within his heart.

Dayne faces men unwilling to turn their backs on the cult training he despises. Cara faces men who follow their leader in abuse toward their wives and the young girls of the group. Cara is considered rebellious and inappropriate to befriend. Dayne is the apple of Elder Simmons’ eye—until he takes a stand against their teachings.

Can Dayne’s love for Caralynne bridge the gulf of anger and bitterness that divides the community? Or will Caralynne’s deadly secrets prove too high a price for her redemption?


Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown DSCN4465 (3).JPGenjoys mentoring beginning writers. An author of ten books, she loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?



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My thoughts:

What a heartbreaking and troubling story. I found it extremely interesting and wondered what would happen next. What path was Cara on? Whatever happened to the man in the first chapter? Did he tie into the the present?

I can only imagine what it would be like to be trapped in a situation like this and trying to reconcile what you you have grown up with and who God really is, how to decipher the truth.

I couldn’t wait to see how Dayne would step up and speak truth into this community and how everyone would react, would they be glad to walk in this new freedom or would they deny it?

Very engaging read, I enjoyed it.

A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 



One Response to “The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman by Carole Brown”

  1. Thanks for the review! I’ll be reading this one soon myself 🙂

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