Far and Near: A Novel / Digital original - eBook  -     By: Amanda G. Stevens
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Far and Near: A Novel / Digital original - eBook

David C. Cook / 2016 / ePub

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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 9780781411776
ISBN-13: 9780781411776
Series: Haven Seekers

Publisher's Description

Home is not easy to find.

Marcus, Lee, Austin, and Violet are starting over. Texas is supposed to be their sanctuary. But the Constabulary isn’t ready to relinquish their worst offenders, legal jurisdiction or not. They’ve sent agents in undercover, and Marcus is the assigned target of one who has personal reasons to bring him back dead or alive.

Marcus and Lee are ready to be whole again, to secure a home here—together. But wholeness and home might not mean what they thought. Stopping the Constabulary hunters will require more than Marcus knows how to give, and God is about to use him again in a way he doesn’t expect.

Enemies, emotions, the past, the future—everything must be faced in the quest for a true haven.

Author Bio

As a child, Amanda disparaged Mary Poppins and Stuart Little because they could never happen. Now, she writes speculative fiction. Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in English, she has taught literature and composition to home-school students. She lives in Michigan and loves books, film, music, and white cheddar popcorn.

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  1. KarenCollier.com
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Conclusion to a Fabulous Series
    November 19, 2016
    Karen Collier
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    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
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    Ive loved this series from the start, so its somewhat bittersweet to reach the end of this final book. Ill miss Marcus, Lee, Violet, and Austen, and yet Im happy to see them find some resolution and healing, even as a few things are left realistically open-ended.

    If you havent been following this series, you really do need to read it in order, so check out my reviews of Books 1, 2, and 3. And suffice it to say that this series really is worth the time investment to read it. Seriously. What are you waiting for? Youve got some catching up to do! ;)

    This installment rejoins our characters in the newly sovereign state of Texas, trying to build a new life for themselves in relative safety, away from the constabulary. Except that the constabulary may not be as far away as our heroes and heroines would like. And wow, have they got a lot of issues to work through. But can you blame them after all theyve faced up to this point?

    Our (already beloved) characters take center stage in this book, as they continue to grow and mature in their faith. And in the process, they have to confront their worst fears and do things they never thought they could, before they can reach the happy ending they so desperately want. Theres more romance in this book than in the earlier ones, but its subtle and understated, in just the way youd expect from Marcus and Lee if youve been following this series and getting to know them. Sigh. Lets just say that the ending is all I could have hoped for them, and leave it at that for now, shall we?

    Book clubs will find a lot to discuss here on issues like religious freedom, trust, and building relationships. And readers who enjoy a meaty story with thought-provoking what if scenarios, and relatably flawed characters need to read this series. Its easily among my favorites.

    Thank you to the publisher for providing a complimentary electronic copy of the book for review purposes.
  2. VA
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    Far and Near
    February 26, 2016
    Amy C
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    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
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    Far and Near is the fourth installment of the Haven Seekers series. I think I have enjoyed this book the most of the four.

    Definitely worth the read.

    4 stars
  3. Nashville, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Fitting Ending
    February 15, 2016
    Suzie
    Nashville, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As another series Ive followed from book one comes to an end less than two months into 2016, let me just release a long, mournful sigh. Over the first three books in Amanda G. Stevens speculative Haven Seekers series, Ive had the privilege of walking through persecution, fear, and courage with Marcus, Lee, Violet, and Austin.

    After reaching Texas, the state that has declared its independence from the rest of America and welcomes refugees (allowing Christians to worship God without persecution or fear of arrest), each of our foursome works to rebuild their lives. But when they learn of a list put out by the Constabularya list of 15 people in which the state has agreed not to interfere withtheir peace is shattered. Marcus is number four on the list.

    Still struggling with the nightmares, panic attacks, and weight of his four month of torture under Constabulary Agent Jason Mayweather, Marcus has a hard time trusting the people he calls his family (the church) with the whole truth of his past. He knows hes not strong enough. Not strong enough to expose his weaknesses and not strong enough to face another betrayal from someone he considers a friend, a brother.

    Stevens delves into the emotions involved in a trauma so horrifying, one that digs so deep into the soul, it will impact the rest of a life. Both Marcus and Lee are learning to move forward, to ground themselves in the reality of the here and now. Through their pain, theyre trying to become the people God wants them to be. Their friend Violet adds lightness, hope, to the despair of the two people she admires most.

    The relationship between Lee & Marcus has grown through this series into something Ive hoped for from book one. To be able to love someone so much neither of your needs words to communicate speaks volumes in itself. Its beautiful and works for these two characters.

    A story of hope in the midst of darkness, of courage to do the right thing when it scares you into stone, of trusting God beyond what words and prayers can express, Far and near is a powerful and respectful ending to this series. I look forward to seeing what Stevens gives her readers next.

    ***David C. Cook provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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