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Recipient of the Romance Writers of America RITA award as well as a rare 5 star review from Romantic Times magazine, Dragonslayer is the story of a minister who has lost his faith in God and a woman who, despite being surrounded by poverty and gang violence, has never lost her faith in humanity or the Corners, the inner city neighborhood where she grew up.
Thomas Stonehill and Garnet Anthony couldn't be more different, ice and fire, but both are determined to make the Corners a neighborhood where residents will be safe to enjoy a wealth of opportunities. After a personal tragedy Thomas, once the minister of a megachurch, forms a ragtag congregation in an abandoned store, despite his own doubts that God listens or cares. Garnet, a nurse, runs a maternal health clinic that she's carved from nothing.
When warring gangs threaten Garnet's clinic and personal safety, Thomas takes action to protect her, despite his conviction that he must remain a man apart. Neither of them is prepared for the startling outcome.
Reviewer Melinda Helfer, of Romantic Times (now RT Book Reviews) wrote: "Innovative plots can often open gateways for an author, but they can never take the place of the human experience that the very best books bring to our hearts."
Dragonslayer is a subtle blend of romance, women's and inspirational fiction. But most of all it's a novel about the human heart and the mysterious healing power of love.
Heart wrenching and powerful
This book was fantastic, and even though it was first published in 1993, it is totally relevant to the present time. An underpopulated area that once thrived has become inundated with two gangs, the MidKnights and the Coroners, whose path of death and destruction make it a dangerous place. Buildings and land have not been taken care of and graffiti is everywhere. Reverend Thomas Stonehill is trying to make a difference with his small congregation at the Church of the Samaritan. His past influenced him, and instead of being able to resolve his own weaknesses, the town is blessed with his word. He wants to make the Corners a better place to live.
Garnet Anthony, a nurse practitioner, runs Mother and Child, a health care and social services facility for women and children living in the Corners. She is determined to live at the Corners for the rest of her life, no matter what happens to her. As both Thomas and Garnet work together to try and improve life in the Corners, many stumbling blocks occur that slow down their progress.
This heart wrenching story was powerful, and the genius behind the words grabbed me from the start and did not let up until the end. It is an action-packed, truthful look at hard times where people not only want to make a difference, but also give it their all to try and make it happen. I loved it. [I received this book as a gift from the author, Emilie Richards.]
Will touch your heart
Thomas Stonehill is a minister who has lost his faith, he despises himself and is a tortured soul. Garnet says what she thinks and does what she wants. She will fight everything that stands between her and what she thinks her neighborhood should be. She finds herself in trouble with the local gangs and Thomas steps up and protects her. Over time they conquer the emotional barriers. The friendship and love crept slowly for these two. This is an oldie but goodie (originally released in 1993)– the story still relates to times today. Well written