Thursday, October 11, 2012

Review of Casa de Naomi

(The House of Blessing)

by Paula Rose Michelson


Fifteen-year-old Naomi wants to practice her faith in public, find her uncle, and help him raise enough money to bring their family to America. To accomplish this she agrees to companion a blind, old woman whose family plans to tour Europe and settle in the United States. Her plans are thwarted when the woman passes away aboard ship, and Naomi is handed over to immigration. While she awaits her interview, an old Ti­a comes to Naomi's rescue and offers to take her in. With nowhere to go and no one to turn to, Naomi agrees and unwittingly enters the country illegally. This is Naomi's journey from adolescence to womanhood, from frightened isolation and captivity to the noble status of heiress with a mission and responsibility many would shirk placed upon her shoulders. Along the way, she contends with piercing memories, hurtful loss, jealous opponents, a devious lawyer, and a curious priest. Through each step of this journey, she guards two secrets she dare not share with anyone, not even Chaz, the man she has married. Will she keep his love when he discovers who she really is? Find out in the first book of Paula Rose Michelson's saga, The House of Blessing.
My review of Casa de Naomi:
Paula Rose Michelson is an extremely gifted writer.   I was a bit confused at times, but only because I did not know what was coming next in the book. Paula caused me to challenge and examine my own beliefs as I read her book.  The book had many twists and turns for Naomi.   I felt such sorrow for her as she was forced to hide the faith that is so important to her...the very reason that she came to America...seeking freedom and yet, she is immediately imprisoned in a strange situation.   I was afraid for her and I was so sure that she was going to be forced into prostitution or would be sold like a slave.    I felt joy for her when she married Chaz and then that marriage is in danger.   And then, the book had the nerve to END with unresolved issues!   I actually looked at the book and turned the pages and said aloud "no, it did not just end."  I will not spoil this for other readers, but I know I am now anxiously waiting for the next book.  This book revealed some things to me about those who have come to America for the  freedom of worship that I was unaware of and it hurt me that we would treat human beings in such a cruel manner.   You will be blessed by reading Casa de Naomi: The House of Blessing.  
About the Author:
Paula Rose Michelson is the founder of LAMB Ministries, which helps women recover from trauma and abuse through the effective use of scripture, and prayer.   She leads a monthly writers group at Congregation Ben David in Orange, California, and serves with her husband, Ron, with Chosen People Ministries.  The mother of two married daughters, and grandmother of seven, when not writing, speaking, or teaching the effective use of scripture, you will find Paula researching her next book or meeting with friends.  
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.   

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