Tuesday, July 15, 2014

NEW REVIEW: Never Say Never by Victoria Christopher Murray

5 out of 5 books

Ok this review is going to be a tad different than normal. First let me tell you that Never Say Never by Victoria Christopher Murray was the first book I have ever read by her. To be honest I probably skipped over this author because she writes Christian Fiction, which I tend to stay away from. But…maybe it is because I am getting older and thus my tastes in reading are beginning to change that I am finding that Christian Fiction isn’t so bad.  
Now I originally picked this book up because I saw a 5-star rating for this book by a reviewer that does not give a 5-star review very often unless a book really impresses her. Also, another friend of mine told me that she read up to chapter 12 and had to put the book down because she found she was crying throughout the book. So I HAD to read this book. When I started the first chapter I was sucked into the story right away.
The character Miriam finds out that her husband Chauncey, a fireman, died while trying to rescue students from a burning school.  Miriam is now a widow of three boys and the love of her life has left her to raise these young men on her own. Although Miriam is surrounded by friends and family that are willing to try to do anything that they can to see her through her days but the nights are always hardest. No one but Chauncey’s childhood best friend and fellow fireman, Jamal, really knows the depth of her pain. Since Jamal loved Chauncey as a brother,  it just seemed natural that the person who Miriam gravitates to is Jamal. Just talking with him and vice versa seems to help the two. But what happens when it turns into something more?
Emily, Jamal’s wife and one of Miriam’s best friends’ is a child psychologist and with so many lives lost that day when the school burned, Emily is torn between wanting to be there for her husband and her best friend. When Emily meets one special little girl and sees the pain and heartache on such a young soul Emily is determined to save this child from herself.  Emily knows that her husband is a godsend because he is so understanding and loving. Never would she have imagined that he would do what he did. Never!
Never Say Never by Victoria Christopher Murray was an excellent novel. It was such an emotional read from the very first page all the way to the end. I literally could not put this book down. Ms. Murray did a wonderful job in making the reader really think if they found themselves in a situation what would you do? Because in all reality we can say what we would not do, but honestly never say never because you really do not know what you would do if you were in that particular situation until you are faced with it. The characters are easy to connect with and the pain of what the feelings of each one is sure to affect the reader. I highly recommend this novel to anyone looking for a good read, but I would suggest that if you recently suffered a loss I would suggest on waiting for a while before reading this because I am sure it will trigger sadness within.
Victoria Christopher Murray is a talented writer and really knows how to tell a story. I look forward to reading her previous novels soon.
Reviewed by Leona
Urban Reviews

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