Hero of God: The Celebrate Lit Blog Tour and Giveaway of It Never Occurred to Her
About the Book
Book: It Never Occurred to Her
Author: Michelle Jester
Genre: Contemporary Religious Fiction, Women’s Religious Fiction, Contemporary Christian Fiction
Release date: November 28, 2021
For two years Gabriel has followed every lead, no matter how small, in the hope of finding his wife who has been kidnapped. He and the police always seem to be one step behind, until investigators give him information that helps him launch the plan to find her.
When Lena looks up into the eyes of her husband, who she hasn’t seen in two years, she is humiliated and wants nothing more than to run before he recognizes her. And so she does. It’s only when she faces a desperate situation that she is forced to return and ask for his help.
As fate twists its way through both of their lives, they realize it doesn’t matter how much they have prepared to face the realities of losing someone, or finding them again, redemption is in letting go of the past and finding a future just off the beaten path.
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It Never Occurred to Her is a novel that has messages of hope and grace, but there it is also a story that includes heavy topics, as it deals with human trafficking. While a fictional story, it confronts a very unfortunate and heartbreaking reality.
This book jumps between Lena's past and the present. We get to see where she is now, and we get to see where she came from. The author does not sugar coat what has happened to her, and there are obviously many scars that Lena carries that have not healed yet. She has to relearn how to trust, how to love, and how to forgive, both those that hurt her and herself.
Gabriel is so patient and kind, waiting for Lena to come to him and trust him again. It takes a lot of strength from him to be able to give her the space that she needs to be able to open up to him. In the meantime, however, he tries to be there for her in any way that he can.
While I loved the story, there were a couple things about the writing that would draw me out of the book, specifically how the characters' viewpoints would switch in the middle of the chapter with no break or warning whatsoever. It was only a minor thing and did not take away from my experience.
I had received a copy of the book as part of the Celebrate Lit Blogging Team and was required to give an honest review.
About the Author
Michelle Jester is the bestselling author of fiction novels, as well as contributing author to the nonfiction #1 bestseller, My Labor Pains Were Worse than Yours. She also writes nonfiction and children’s books. Michelle lives in Louisiana with her husband, high school sweetheart and retired Master Sergeant. She wears a bracelet with a single yellow, rubber duckie charm on it to remind her to enjoy the fun and happy things of life!
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When I first started writing this novel, it was because of a dream I had. I woke in the middle of the night crying, sweating, and praising God. I immediately got up, went to my computer and started writing about the dream. I was weeping the entire time and barely able to see through my tears.
In the dream, I was homeless, alone, and had drifted from God. I was hungry and went into a food kitchen to eat. I was dirty, smelled terrible, and missed Larry so much, only I knew I could never go home. I had done too much and had too much done to me to ever make it back to him.
After the person in the food kitchen put the food on my plate, I looked up and it was my husband, Larry. I was humiliated and desperately didn’t want him to recognize me. I was about to leave when in the dream Larry’s face turned to Jesus and He said, “I have been looking for you.”
That dream became the cornerstone of this novel.
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To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away a book gift box that includes: other titles from Michelle Jester, as well as several other authors from Rope Swing Publishing, bookmarks, a coffee mug, and a $20 Amazon gift card!!
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Thanks for sharing about the book, it sounds very goodReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing your review of It Never Occurred to Her, this sounds like an emotional story and I cannot wait to read itReplyDelete