[Book Review]The Weight of Shadows:A Novel by Alison Strobel

Posted 10 August, 2010 by Molly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

About the Book:
In The Weight of Shadows, by Alison Strobel, after a difficult childhood, Kim has built a successful life for herself … but she’d leave it all if it meant being rid of the guilt she harbors over a tragic mistake she made years ago.
 
When she meets Rick, she finds everything she needs—including a way to pay for her sins every time he hits her. Kim and Rick’s new neighbor, Joshua, knows more than Kim realizes about Rick, but Joshua has battles of his own to fight. Soon to intersect Kim’s and Rick’s lives is Debbie, who has saved countless women from abuse through the shelter she runs, but Debbie might be as desperate for love as the women she serves.
 
Meanwhile, as Rick’s wrath extends to their baby, Kim must decide if her penance is more important than protecting that innocent life—and if she should dare leave Rick when he has the power to bring her hidden crime to light.


About the Author:
Alison Strobel writes novels that explore life, love and faith. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two daughters. Visit her at www.AlisonStrobel.com.

My Review:
Upon opening this novel, I was pulled in immediately. Kim had self doubt issues that reminded me so much of myself. While I didn’t have the same issues in my personal life that Kim did (I’ll stop there for fear of spoilers), I could still see  my self in her, and my heart went out to her. Strobel is a new to me author who created Kim with an intensity that leaves your heart and soul in a whirlwind. Definitely a talented author to do that!

The plot is filled with sensitive issues and the characters are rounded . Abuse, heartache and doubt are just a few of the sensitive, key pieces that make up this story. But the amazingly wondrous part of this novel in the intensity of God and His mercy through out. My emotions went chaotic with this novel as I saw and felt life through  Kim’s eyes, and God’s grace and redemptive mercy flowed through the words.

I definitely recommend this 5 star novel to all, but be prepared for a gripping, intense, and well written emotional story that will be with you long after you’ve put it down. An excellent story by an incredible author!

You can purchase your copy here.

*This book was provided for review by Zondervan Publishing Company*

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