Posted by: Jackie | May 20, 2008

Embracing An Intriguing Book

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Embrace Me
(Thomas Nelson March 4, 2008)
Lisa Samson


Biting and gentle, hard-edged and hopeful…a beautiful fable of love and power, hiding and seeking, woundedness and redemption.

From the book cover: When a “lizard woman,” a self-mutilating preacher, a tattooed monk, and a sleazy lobbyist find themselves in the same North Carolina town one winter, their lives are edging precariously close to disaster…and improbably close to grace.

This is definitely a story of redemption.

Liked: I found the first person accounts interesting and very well handled. Writer’s will do well to study how Samson handles not only the passage of time, but telling a first person story though multiple view points.

I found many intriguing plot twist and turns that eventually sucked me into the story and made the book hard to put down.

Dislikes:The story dragged at first. I had a difficult time getting into the character’s and figuring out their motives and why I should like them. Valentine seemed a little to hard and cynical, except in her care of Lella who I found endearing. Drew was everything I despise in TV preachers. Augustine seemed too perfect.

At first.

But as the story really began to unfold, they came alive to me. Then the plot began to take some interesting dips and turns. That’s when the story redeemed itself and made the beginning struggle worthwhile. 

If you would like to read the first chapter, go HERE  I suggest you get the book and read the whole thing.


Lisa Samson is a Christy Award-winning author of 19 books, including the Women of the Faith Novel of the Year, Quaker Summer. Lisa has been hailed by Publishers Weekly as “a talented novelist who isn’t afraid to take risks.”

In Embrace Me, the latest novel by acclaimed author Lisa Samson, readers are privy to the realization that regardless of outward appearances…hideous, attractive, or even ordinary…persons are all looking for the same things: love, forgiveness, and redemption.

This story explores a world that is neither comfortable nor safe, a world that people like Valentine know all too well. Masterfully crafted by Samson and populated by her most compelling cast of characters yet. It is a tale of forgiveness that extends into all spheres of life: forgiving others, forgiving oneself, forgiving the past.

She lives in Lexinton, Kentucky, with her husband and three kids.


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