Fear Not by April Joy Spring

BookLook Bloggers has provided me with a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.

Fear Not is the first of a trilogy of novels by April Joy Spring.  The main character in her story, like herself, is a Texan transplanted to Michigan, but unlike Spring, Christina moves back to Texas after the death of her husband, David, to live with her three children, a cat, and a dog in her family home, and to reconnect with her childhood friends.  Unbeknownst to Christina, David had been working for an antiterrorist government organization and a number of people would like nothing better than for her to pack up and head back to Michigan.  How far will they go to achieve their end?

Throughout the novel, we see Christina develop into a more confident woman who is building a strong community of friends which she will need as she faces enemies she cannot see.  The author uses flashbacks to fill in background we need in order to understand the characters better, and there are several mysteries deftly woven into the story.  There is a strong theme of belief in angels and demons and connections between the spiritual beings in heaven and their loved ones on earth which may not mesh with everyone’s beliefs but is persuasively presented.  It took me a while to find the connection between the lion on the cover and the story but it is there.

I wasn’t too happy with ending, although, as the first in a trilogy, I understand why it leaves the reader hanging, and I felt that some of the foreshadowing was a bit heavily dropped in.  Toward the end, a character surprisingly appeared out of nowhere; I’m assuming he is someone who will develop in the 2nd book.  But all in all, it was an enjoyable, fast read with interesting characters, a touch of romance, and an interesting look at an intentional, supportive community.  * * * 1/2

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Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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