Item description for Pocketful of Pearls (Elect Trilogy #2) by Shelley Bates...
Overview Written with beauty and grace, this compelling story about the unstoppable force of the emergent self will appeal to readers of contemporary women's fiction.
Publishers Description - The author's CBA debut novel, Grounds to Believe (Steeple Hill, 2004), won the grand prize in the Lagniappe for Literacy national fiction contest and took first place in the San Francisco Romance Writers of America's "Heart to Heart" contest. - Shelley Bates holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an M.A. in Fiction from Seton Hill University. - Written with beauty and grace, this compelling story about the unstoppable force of the emergent self will appeal to readers of contemporary women's fiction.
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Studio: Center Point Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.44" Width: 6" Height: 0.94" Weight: 1.13 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2006
Publisher Center Point Books
ISBN 158547861X ISBN13 9781585478613
Availability 0 units.
More About Shelley Bates
RITA Award(r) winning author and Christy finalist Shelley Adina wrote her first novel when she was 13. It was rejected by the literary publisher to whom she sent it, but he did say she knew how to tell a story. That was enough to keep her going through the rest of her adolescence, a career, a move to another country, a B.A. in Literature, an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction, and countless manuscript pages. Shelley is a world traveler who loves to imagine what might have been. Between books, she loves playing the piano and Celtic harp, making period costumes, and spoiling her flock of rescued chickens.
Reviews - What do customers think about Pocketful of Pearls (Elect Trilogy #2)?
Must read....well written Oct 10, 2008
Christian based. OMG. You're not human if you don't grab for the Kleenex box while reading this one. Well written, highly engaging, detailed character development, and the main character is inspirational, faithful, and unforgettable.
A gem!! Aug 29, 2008
This book was an absolute treat!! I got so wrapped up in the story that I didn't even stop to eat!! The author makes the world of The Elect so real and you empathize with the main character so strongly. Didn't realize this was part of a series and so am looking foward to reading the other books!!
A beautiful "gem" of a book! Aug 19, 2006
Pocketful of Pearls is the first Shelley Bates book that I have read, so I didn't know what to expect - I was elated to find it to be an intelligently-written, deep, and engaging Christian novel! That is quite a feat, considering that most "Christian" novels consist of nothing more than fluff parading as depth; there is no fluff to be found in "Pocketful of Pearls"!
Though in the beginning of the novel I had some minor discrepancies with character development and subtext, I quickly got over it as I became wholly engrossed in the plot as it unfolded. The characters are not perfect, but are perfectly loveable, and while they may be a bit dramatic or exaggerated, they are still very realistic given the setting. I was intrigued from the start by the idea of the main character growing up in a "toxic church", and continued to be fascinated with the social structure and practices of the church as I learned more about them. I look forward to reading Bates' other novels which are also set in the same church.
I highly recommend Pocketful of Pearls to anyone over the age of 16, due to some of the sensitive material covered. The story of Dinah Traynell may be shocking or grotesque to some, but Bates handles it in such a tactful way, and artfully uses her character's situation to show the power of God's love and redemption, so as long as the reader has a measure of maturity, it is a novel that I know you will learn from and love!
A believable, uplifting story of a Christian cult that you don't want to miss! Jun 27, 2006
Shelley Bates has a fantastic way of getting deep into the sludge of apostate and deceptive Christianity (Cults) and addressing the hard-core issues in a non-offensive way that can also be extremely uplifting. Without going into the details of the story, from the very first page, I found myself connected in a deep way to the heroine, Dinah, as she battles a life-long indoctrination in a toxic church and begins to see sparks of light and truth dawn on the darkness. Her relationship with the hero, Matthew is believable and handled with care under the circumstances of the abuse Dinah has had to endure. The ending is satisfying and encouraging. This is definitely a page-turner that will give you a great understanding of the true love and grace of God.
This story is priceless...and the title is SO perfect and symbolic Sep 26, 2005
I don't like to tip off the reader by telling the entire story in advance, or there is no point in reading the book. But I will say this... Be prepared for a page turner when you pick up this novel. It isn't a warm-and-fuzzy feel-good read, but it is powerful and will make your heart swell to unbelievable proportions as you rejoice and cry with the heroine. (Can you tell I write fiction, LOL!) Also, the author's ability to lure the reader into the mind of someone raised in a cult is SO on target. I've worked with abused women for nearly 18 years and I can tell you for certain that she has the internal thoughts and struggles of the victim down to a science. What can I say? I REALLY loved this story. Unlike most novels dealing with the harsh subject of childhood abuse, Pocketful of Pearls offers the reader grit, but served with a whole lot of bravery and hope. The characters are realistic and not super-human, yet strong in their own ways. This is a must read for people who want to get sucked into a novel and experience emotion by traveling the journey with the hero and heroine. Great plotting, too. I can't say enough wonderful things about this story. Again, I won't destroy it by sharing too many details, but rather than being a depressing story, Pocketful of Pearls is a healing one.