Imperfect promises. Can a wounded heart be healed?

Promises. Yes, we’ve heard them, some come true and others, well, you know, they don’t. They can be heart filling or heart-wrenching. My first love promised to be my sweetheart for always, but he broke my heart. He also opened my eyes to how love can be manipulated. Used for its ends and then thrown away. From this experience, I told myself not to give my heart away too quickly. It took a long time to trust again and even then, guarded.

My heart took a lot of healing, but before that, I had to forgive. Who? Firstly myself then the young man who had wounded it. I had to forgive the wasted years that took me away from God’s will for me. Why? Because God wants us to love, to give and receive it. I had encased my heart in bitterness, chained it tightly so as not to get hurt again. Secondly, the perpetrator, he needed forgiving for his actions toward me as they chained me to the past and the act. Without mercy towards myself and him, I couldn’t move on. I would remain a victim, hurt by broken promises.

“Don’t think. Do. Sometimes you have to lance a boil and let the bad stuff out so you can start the healing process” -Imperfect Promises.

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Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Imperfect Promises by Elizabeth Noyes

My Penny’s Worth

I have not read the other four books in this series. However, that did not affect my enjoyment of this book. Both Shea and Jonas came across as believable characters with pasts that changed their present lives.

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Did I like the main characters?

Yes, I liked Jonas, the protector, the man who ached for someone but couldn’t quite get his act together. He knew where he was with his horses! I felt the neediness in him to express his emotions and like me reticent to open up.

“I figured the Army would toughen you up, but I never dreamed they’d take my happy-go-lucky son and send me back a ghost of the man.”

Shea attacked her days with a smile on her face and ached at night. She too hindered by past damage walked a lonely path. Determined not to get hurt.

“Lone animals, injured ones, in particular, make easy prey for predators.”

How that resonated with me.

Is there depth to this book?

There are many instances of a deeper meaning in this book. I could sense wisdom in the writing. It is easy to get caught up in the storyline, which is intelligent, fast and at times unpleasant, but there are pearls of gold nuggets for those of us who have been hurt in life.

“If you put your mind to something, chances are you can make it happen, but tears won’t help.”

In my opinion, Imperfect Promises draws on the pledge from the Father. He wants us to know that He will never leave you because His love is higher than the messiness of life. He sees beyond it and loves no matter what. However, the main characters are like you and me desperate for that Fatherly love. Struggling to strive for it but failing due to our baggage.

“Sometimes you have to get out of your own way and trust the good Lord to figure things out for you.”

What about the antagonist?

Oh, the villain was nasty, homegrown and full of hate. A darkened soul only out to destroy. A portrayal of the sick world without God. Yes, Ms. Noyes wrote a realistic antagonist.

In what way did this book affect you?

For me, the book oozed pain and had me turning the pages to get it finished. Indeed I read it faster than I usually did. The plot thickens quickly, and the enemy is well camouflaged. Elizabeth Noyes does a smart job of misleading the reader. And her descriptions, like paint on a canvas.

“His eyes darkened, filled with daggers, broken bottles, guns and rusty chains as he stared.”

Would I recommend Imperfect Promises?

Yes, I would, but I would also recommend reading the other four in order as I expect they are as good as this book. I have done what I do with a newspaper read from the end to the beginning – my dyslexic brain!

Thank you, Elizabeth for writing this book. I would like to give it 4****

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

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About the Book

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Imperfect Promises by Elizabeth NoyesBook Title: Imperfect Promises (book 5)

Author: Elizabeth Noyes

Genre: Action, Suspense, Romance

Release date: August, 2018

Award-winning romantic suspense author, Elizabeth Noyes raises the bar in this stunning conclusion of The Imperfect Series!

Jonas Cameron

Former Special Forces operative, Jonas Cameron, traded his past and his service for his family back in Idaho and the ranch he loves. But ghosts have a disturbing way of not staying where you leave them.

Shea Townsend

Shea Townsend is on her way to becoming a chef extraordinaire until her father’s illness pulls her from culinary school and back to Montana to care for him. After his death, disinherited and alone, she sets out to make a new life for herself, one which may or may not include the too-alpha, too-sexy Jonas Cameron.

Terrorist Threat

Jonas learns of a homegrown terrorist threat against him and his family at the same time a mysterious stalker sets his sights on Shea. Determined to neutralize both dangers, Jonas calls on old friends for help and draws upon his own very specialized skill set to end the menaces to Shea and himself.

As the danger escalates, secrets are revealed and the truth emerges in a deadly cat and mouse game with Shea caught in the middle.

Fast-paced action. Heart-pounding adventure. This is not your ordinary romantic suspense story!

About the Author

ENoyesElizabeth Noyes—professional writer, aspiring author, dedicated dreamer—lives in the suburbs of Atlanta with her husband and best friend, Paul, who listens tirelessly while she regales him with all the tales in her head of damaged, but very human characters clamoring to be heard.

A native of the Deep South, she claims to still “speak the language,” even after traveling around the world for most of her adult life. Recently retired from a career as a professional business writer and editor, she now fills her days editing, critiquing, reading, playing with the grandkids, learning more about Social Media than she ever wanted, and putting her stories into words to share with others.

Guest Post from Elizabeth Noyes

The Imperfect Tie Between Characters, Themes, and Titles

I love reading across all genres. If it’s well- written, I’m an easy catch. What I don’t like is when fictional characters are portrayed as model-worthy with perfect looks, perfect physiques, and perfect personalities. Yuk! I’ve never met a perfect person.

To quote Mark Twain, “The only difference between reality and fiction is that fiction needs to be credible.”

Believable characters

I want characters with the same flaws as you and me—judgmental, short-tempered, guilt-ridden, egotistical, defiant, withdrawn, too-skinny, compassionate, couch potatoes, foolish, silly, serious, low self-esteem, arrogant, hurt, guilty, deceiving, generous… in other words, real people. These are character traits I relate to, and they come alive on the pages, giving hope that we can also learn from our mistakes and grow into something better.

The characters in the Imperfect Series let themselves and others down. They struggle with life issues, make poor decisions, grieve over mistakes, and then pick themselves up and go on.

Imperfect

In Imperfect Wings, guilt and low self esteem plague TJ, while her male counterpart, Garrett, struggles with anger issues. In Imperfect Trust, yeah, trust was a problem for both Lucy and Wade. With Imperfect Bonds, Cassidy fights for her sister’s forgiveness as she deals with feelings of inadequacy … both of which carry over into her relationship with Derek. In Imperfect Lies—yep, another obvious theme. Lies from the past come back to haunt Mallory and James.

In the final book of the series, Imperfect Promises, the main male character, Jonas, is by a nature a control freak. He suffers from guilt over a perceived failure when at his deepest core he is a protector and perfectionist. Shea, the female protagonist, rose from the ashes of a devastating childhood to forge a new life for herself. Both discover that promises made to themselves and to others can’t always be kept. Despite best intentions, life sometimes gets in the way.

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Shocking from freedom to prison in one day

Don’t take your freedom for granted

Has your freedom ever been cut short? I like so many others have the privilege of living free, so long as we don’t break the law. We are not in fear of being chucked into a prison camp if we say or do things that go against the party line. This life, however, is not the case in certain parts of the world. I wonder how we would cope with living in such a society? But this scenario can happen to a Westerner, a moment of not thinking or wearing the right thing can lead you from freedom to prison in one day. Shocking but true.

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Out of North Korea by Alana Terry.

 

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My penny’s worth

Out of North Korea is a different book from the usual ones I read. You are plunged immediately into the thoughts of Ian McCallister, the main character who has been kidnapped and taken from China to North Korea. He wakes in a cell not knowing quite why he is there. His sense of humour at first seems at odds with the trouble he is in. However, Alana Terry uses it throughout the story to good effect helping it to suggest the different mood changes as the tale unfolds.

“Somewhere in the back of my head, I hear my sixth-grade schoolteacher scolding, Ian all your jokes and pranks and antics are going to catch up with you one day, young man.”

Other characters that I liked

The other two main characters, Hee-Man (yes a joke name for the Korea guard) and Grandma Lucy play pivotal roles in the story. There is a strong Christian seed that winds its way throughout but is not dogmatic, more supportive. But does Ian believe, do these threads help him or confirm his thoughts that Christians are blind?

As I said earlier, Alana’s writing had me right there in Ian’s head; I could feel the gravity of the situation as Ian realises he is alone where he knows no-one nor speaks their language. How would I think if that were me?

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What key points would I say were important

There is a lot that can be taken from this book.

Being positive in the face of an unknown future.

Finding ways to give thanks even in the mess of life.

Understanding that freedom is precious and ought to be celebrated not taken for granted.

Being grateful for small mercies.

Friendships come in different shapes and sizes.

Yes it had me crying

My heart cried as I experienced Ian’s humiliation but felt proud when he managed to turn his misery to thanks. That is not a smooth turn around for anyone. You see Ian has got under my skin, to me he is real, he has lost his freedom and is in dire straits. I don’t think I am giving away the plot by stating so, I mean what else would the story be about – Tulips in Amsterdam?

Did the book grip me?

I needed to know what happened to Ian. I liked the small chapters as it built up the suspense and forced me to keep turning those pages. Each one walked me deeper into Ian’s world.

“He’s (God) the friend who whisper’s peace to you when the darkness tempts you toward despair.”

Again I cried, (I don’t tend to, very few books have this impact) when Grandma Lucy writes a letter to Ian. I hope the author won’t mind that I copied it and stuck it on my wall – I need reminding of its message.

So would I recommend Out of North Korea

Yes, I would. It’s easy to take your freedom for granted and ignore the places in our world where citizens are not as fortunate as ourselves. The book is as powerful as you want it to be. At first, I thought the humour too much in such a severe situation, but it seemed to work when viewed overall in the context of a man’s spirit. Usually, humour is the first thing to go!

I would like to give the book 5 ****

Thank you, Alana Terry, for bringing attention to the plight of those who have lost their freedom.

*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*

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About the Book

Margaret Kazmierczak reviews Out of North Korea by Alana Terry

Book Title: Out of North Korea

Author: Alana Terry

Genre: Christian Thriller/Suspense

Release date: June 25, 2018

A single photograph could cost his life …

Ian McAllister has searched the world over, hunting for that all-elusive perfect photograph.

He finds it on a tourist trip to North Korea when he stumbles upon a young street kid foraging for roots.

Unaware that this single act will brand him a spy and cost his freedom, Ian takes the shot.

Now he must pay the penalty.

A true-to-life novel about an American imprisoned behind North Korea’s closed borders.

A gripping tale of courage, faith, and hope from award-winning Christian novelist Alana Terry.

About the Author

Margaret Kazmierczak review Out of North Korea by Alana TerryAlana is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mom, self-diagnosed chicken lady, and Christian suspense author. Her novels have won awards from Women of Faith, Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and more. Alana’s passion for social justice, human rights, and religious freedom shines through her writing, and her books are known for raising tough questions without preaching. She and her family live in rural Alaska where the northern lights in the winter and midnightsun in the summer make hauling water, surviving the annual mosquito apocalypse, and cleaning goat stalls in negative forty degrees worth every second.

Guest Post from Alana Terry

Have you seen in the news that the leaders of North and South Korea have both publicly stated their willingness to promote peace on the Korean peninsula? It was certainly a historic moment, and this part of the world has earned its place in global headlines.
My interest in North Korea, however, goes back over a decade, when as a young mother I received a prayer burden for the people of North Korea. Fast-forward to five years ago when my debut novel was released. The Beloved Daughter follows the life of a young girl who is sent to a prison camp because of her father’s Christian faith. In addition to winning several awards, The Beloved Daughter gave an expression to my prayer burden to see North Korea free to worship the one true God.
Out of North Korea is unique among my other titles because it’s the first story that focuses on an American in North Korea. Ian McAllister is captured and held in a Pyongyang prison because of a photograph he took of a young homeless boy. I hope the message leaves you as inspired and encouraged as I was when I was writing it.

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