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*** This novel contains a detailed synopsis of book 1 and can be read as a standalone *** Anissa Toma fled war-torn Syria after narrowly escaping the massacre of her Christian family by Islamists. Fortunate enough to rebuild her shattered life in New York City, the young refugee gained admission to an elite college, where she excelled. Her beauty, brains, and purity soon captured the interest of two powerful men: Michael, an activist working to establish Antioch, the first Mideast Christian state, and Julien, her professor and one of the city’s wealthiest bachelors.
As Anissa's saga continues, the refugee-turned-rising-star must navigate between Michael and Julien, while trying to help her surviving relatives and other vulnerable Christians in Syria. As she gets closer to both men in a complex and evolving love triangle, can she unlock Julien's traumatic childhood to open up his heart? Or will Julien find greater solace from his nightmares and other demons in the sessions with his intriguing therapist? What will Michael do for Antioch and for Anissa, and what will Julien's role be? How far will each person go to help Anissa's remaining family and other persecuted Christians at risk in Syria? Find out in this stunning sequel to The Syrian Virgin.
Anissa's Redemption was just....WOW!!! It picks up right where book one, The Syrian Virgin, leaves off. It is full of twist and turns I never saw coming and kept me guessing right up to the end. I fell even more in love with the characters and absolutely love how this book ends. Love once again does a fabulous job with his writing style and message in his book. It was a beautiful read that I will be re-reading soon! I highly recommend this book!!
A Brilliant and Beautifully Written Book!
Just when I thought that Zack Love had written his most impressive novel to date when he wrote "The Syrian Virgin", he pleasantly surprises me with “Anissa’s Redemption!” I had such a book hangover afterward that it took awhile for me to come out of my literary fog.
Many times when a book I really love ends with a cliffhanger, I find myself hanging onto those last few words and images in hopes that the sequel will be written soon after so that I won’t forget all of its excitement and the feelings the writer has evoked. I worry, too, that with all the anticipation and expectation leading up to the sequel, in the end, it will fall short and leave me disappointed with the series.
This was DEFINITELY not the case with Zack Love’s sequel to “The Syrian Virgin” called “Anissa’s Redemption.” In fact, it was so much better than I ever imagined it would be and it did NOT disappoint!
In “Anissa’s Redemption”, I loved how (seemingly) effortless it was for Zack to pick up where he ended in “The Syrian Virgin” and how from the very beginning, the plot and all his characters continued to evolve and develop throughout. Zack’s intelligent writing and extensive research also continued to paint an accurate and compelling portrayal of the religious struggles caused by Syrian Civil War. But what I loved most about “Anissa’s Redemption was his brilliant ability to peel away more and more of Anissa, Michael and Julien’s "layers" to reveal their true selves and their darkest secrets before the readers’ eyes and not only make them appear more human, but more endearing as well.
In writing "Anissa’s Redemption", Zack created an exciting and quite an emotional roller coaster ride and with every twist and turn of events, he takes his readers through many surprising developments and defining moments!
Definitely a must read!
As a follow up to The Syrian Virgin, this book is a powerful statement of the struggles people from other countries experience while we live our lives ignorant or distanced from their plight. I found myself feeling woefully inadequate as a human being. We take the freedoms we enjoy as just how folks live, when, in fact, many do not have these luxuries. Anissa's journey from hell to happiness is a formidable distance to travel, yet she does so with a loving heart and a zeal we could all strive for. For any christian, I think it can be said that this tale shows what real faith is. Being so secure in your beliefs that you would pay the ultimate price instead of bowing to pressure from outside. What we see of the Syrian's plight, and more so Anissa's family's fight to be safe is awe inspiring. This book doesn't focus on debating one religion over another. Instead, it focuses on the fight for right vs wrong. No one should be murdered because they don't share the same views. And harming another person because you think your view is the only right view needs to be stopped. This is a must read for anyone who loves human interest centered stories. While the political, economic, and religious fight is going on, this book follows Anissa as she struggles to find herself and fall in love, while she fights to support saving her family and her people. She is just one young refugee who makes a huge difference while losing so much more than one person should. She is also just a college student, studying to fulfill a promise to her father. The love triangle between Anissa, Michael and Julien is really well done. There is no way you could even have predicted how it turns out. That is my favorite part of a well done sequel. There are so many oh my gosh moments as we get to know more about the characters. I think there are many things to be learned from this book that anyone could find something gained from reading this. Bravo, Zack. You did the story proud. I will definitely be looking forward to what this author writes next.
- Category: Contemporary
- Published: Mar 23, 2015
- Publisher: Zack Love
- Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC
- Print Length: 325 Pages
- Language: English