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 Post subject: Review:IN HIS HANDS by Adriana Anders
PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:57 am 
Clan Fraser

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IN HIS HANDS by Adriana Anders

5 stars

In this third book of the Blank Canvas series, Abby Merkley lives in the mountain home of the cult known as the Church of the Apocalyptic Faith; its organizers enforce rules which are antithetical to just about all the tenets a belief in a loving God should mean. The charismatic leader has everyone and everything tightly under his control in the compound where Abby has lived since she was a young child. After careful planning, she sneaks out to work for a neighbor helping him with his vineyards. Luc, a Frenchman, left his home country escaping from his own family issues. Though a loner and not prone to get involved with his strange neighbors, he and Abby form a bond so that when she desperately needs his assistance, Luc can do nothing less that help her survive the deadly and abusive cult who would wage war in order to keep control over this fiercely brave young woman.

Abby has to learn about the outside world at a rapid pace as she has been stifled and cut off from normal society. The little interaction she and the other women have had with the small North Carolina town down the mountain has been carefully controlled by their leader, Isaiah. Abby desperately wants to get herself and someone she cares for away from the cult knowing the wrong moves could be catastrophic for those women and children who live there as well. Her strong determination and bravery despite the odds and her growing affection for the quiet, tough man who seems to be fighting his own demons makes for a compelling story. Abby and Luc’s relationship blossoms as they work together not only on his land, but to overcome the obstacles which stem from fighting against the controlling cult bordering his property.

Abby and Luc’s personal struggles will draw you in as well as their heartfelt relationship that makes the reader want these two wounded people to fall in that deep well of love which heals and protects. The scars which mark them both physically and emotionally are emblematic of the harshness of life, but also badges of courage showing their strength to not only endure, but thrive. Together Abby and Luc can put aside their pain to experience love, hope, and joy where none existed before they found each other. The depth, passion, and quality of Ms. Ander’s writing imbues this story with much to be reckoned taking the reader on a journey in quite a passionate and well-wrought tale.

This story is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone.

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