12 Jul THE FALL OF THE PRODIGAL by Michelle Lindo-Rice
Second chances are rare and to be cherished – just as this book illustrates if we really wish and work for our goals then support flows from everywhere. I was intrigued by the blurb of the book and all the twists and turns in the lives of Michael and Veronica kept me glued to their story. Michael initially is not an easy character to like but as I read along, I realized all the characters in the book are layered and so human. Just like us and not so perfect.
This book has so many stories all woven within the book that I uncovered as I read making it an interesting read. The characters had so much to talk and share. As I read about the brothers, Keith & Michael and their estranged relation and how time is the biggest healer I was moved by the familial love. Brothers, love, lies and how all of them find their place in life in this book by Michelle.
This book focuses on relationships and family and drives home the fact that love can make all things possible. Michael may be the hero of the book but I felt that Veronica was the real ‘prodigal’. Her story touched me deeply as she fought her past and need to connect with her loved ones. Her spirit and faith were so moving. I love strong women characters and Michelle has penned her so perfectly.
Keith with is deep faith and family support makes the perfect man to bring his errant brother home. I found his character so calm and nurturing. The way he handled all the confusion and accusations around him while being protective and strong – the perfect brother, father and husband. His faith is so strong that he makes others believe and turns foes into friends.
Mindy, Gina, Bill and Lauren add to the story with each character making me wonder who is the real culprit and is Michael really innocent. It was Keith’s faith and the fast-paced story that kept me intrigued and interested as the story got stickier before it got sorted! 😀 Well, etched characters and family members, a few criminals and lots of drama made this book a quick yet satisfying read.
The Fall of the Prodigal also addresses an issue often swept under carpets and hidden behind closed doors – mental illness. Depression, Bi-polar disorder and other forms of illness that alter our minds and are very rampant in our world today yet acceptance and help quite scant. The way the disease is shown in the book and how capable are people of living double lives. The surprise at the end of the book was just too good and so well scripted. I do not wish to give away the surprise so no more except the fact that ‘Tiger’, Michael and Keith could not have handled it without each other and their faith.
Perfect ending and quite the drama reminding me of the famous lines, ‘it is not the end if everything is not alright.’ The Prodigal finally came home.
(I won a copy of this book in a giveaway, this is my honest review.)
The Fall of the Prodigal
A condemned man, his two brides, and one untimely death.
Michael Ward is at the top of his game and he doesn’t need anyone or anything. Money is his new best friend–until he’s arrested for a heinous crime. As much as he hates to admit it, Michael needs his brother, Keith Ward, the man who stole his wife and children. Will Michael open his heart to forgive his brother?
Verona “Tiger” Stachs has been Michaels’ attorney for years. She’s in love with him, but is tired of being treated as his guinea pig. A lapsed Christian, Verona finds herself being drawn closer to God. She thought she was through with God, but soon discovers He’s nowhere through with her. Which relationship will she choose?
Keith Ward’s a prominent minister and family man, yet he yearns to rekindle his relationship with his brother. When Michael calls him explaining that he desperately needs his help, Keith jumps at the chance to set things right with Michael. Will Keith be able to lead Michael into the light?