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Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Sinners' Garden by William Sirls

The Sinners' Garden by William SirlsPublisher:  Thomas Nelson
Date to be Released:  December 17, 2013
Pages:  416

About the Book:  In a small town where hope and tragedy intermingle, things—and people—are not always what they seem.
Andy Kemp has suffered most of his life from both physical and emotional scars, and he believes that the scars on his face are proof that God doesn’t love him. Andy has grown into a withdrawn teenager, keeping to himself, until his uncle, ex-con Gerald Ripley, shows up and wants to be a mentor to Andy. Rip has turned his life around and wants to do everything he can to help mend Andy’s pain and the rift in his relationship with his sister.
Meanwhile, police officer Heather Gerisch responds to a late-night breaking and entering episode in one of the poorest homes in town. The masked man makes the sign of the cross, escapes, and Heather soon realizes that he has left $5,000 in gift cards to a local grocery store. As the bizarre break-ins continue and Heather pursues the elusive “Summer Santa,” Andy begins to hear strange and beautiful music, and Rip is convinced that he is hearing the voice of God.
As the lives and stories of the townspeople of Benning Township intertwine, extraordinary circumstances emerge and long-kept secrets are revealed.

Wanda's Review:  The mysterious flower garden, behind a ghostly factory, appeared like a dream. It was too perfect - like a painting on a photograph - absolutely beautiful! Any dark clouds hovering over your life just amazingly disappear when looking at the flowers and you are left with an overwhelming feeling of goodness.

This story, with a strong dose of inspiration, will certainly affirm your faith and touch your heart from the prologue, which sets the stage, to the conclusion. Sinners' Garden is filled with rich and complex characters that are brought to life through the author's skillful writing - he certainly spins a tale of emotions. There is also an added element of mystery, with a crescendo of suspense, as startling revelations unfold. And - a powerful and soul- stirring ending! 5 stars

I received a copy of this book to read and review from BookSneeze.

The Author:  William Sirls
Over the course of his life, William Sirls has experienced both great highs and tremendous lows--some born of chance, some born of choice. Once a senior vice president at a major investment firm, he was incarcerated in 2007 for wire fraud and money laundering, where he learned a great deal more than he ever bargained for. Life lessons involving faith, grace, patience, and forgiveness are evident in his writing. He is the father of two and makes his home in southern Michigan.