Storms in Serenity
by Fay Lamb
Series: Serenity Key #1
Published by Write Integrity Press
Publication Date March 6, 2018
Genres: Suspense, Christian Fiction
Setting: Florida Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adult
How can one man save the town he loves when he’s the reason for the destruction?
Serenity Key, Florida, has seen its share of hurricanes, but this time, one foul weather system is about to collide with another storm, and this one has nothing to do with atmospheric pressure.
David New has guarded his secrets for years, but when two brothers, John and Andy Ryan, arrive in town and he gets news that the daughter he’s never told anyone about has disappeared, possibly the victim of a heinous crime, and the lives of many of the town residents begin to unravel in the gale force consequences of Jake’s past, he has nowhere else to turn. God is the only one Who can calm the storms, but can David and the good folks of Serenity Key survive until He does? A tempest has been brewing for thirty years, with only one island town in its path.
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Storms in Serenity is about both internal storms and external ones.
It was very interesting reading about the hurricane that came through Serenity Key. I am also a person who loves storms. I live in Orlando, Florida, and though we do have storms blow through here, being in the center of the state and in a big(ish) city, the way they are handled is very different. The author did a great job in describing the way it feels to be hunkered down listening to the wind raging, hearing thumps and feeling shakes that you don’t know the source of.
The characters in the story were well developed. Though there are a number of them who play a prominent role in this story, it wasn’t difficult to follow them. Their stories were very intertwined, as I imagine it would be in a small island town.
Looking at the cover of the book, it reflects well the content and mood of the story. Mostly dark with a glimmering of light starting to break through. Though my experience tells me that the picture was most likely before the storm (it is amazing how quickly the clouds disappear after the huge storms here), in the story this picture would be showing the light beginning to break through the clouds of darkness to shine on the lives of the characters.
There are dark subjects dealt with in this book, domestic violence, murder, adultery, rape. The author does not go into detail about them and the story remains clean in that respect. Nevertheless, it is not content I would recommend for younger audiences.
Guest Post from Fay Lamb
ONCE UPON A STORM
I’m one of those people who love storms. I revel in the lightning that streaks across the sky, the rumble of thunder as it rolls over the air, and I dance to the eerie sound of the wind coming through a crack in the window. Storms don’t frighten me. I’m an East Coast Floridian. I’ve lived through many a tempest.
However, so that you won’t think me completely insane, I have also fled a few hurricanes. In our house, a Cat III storm is something to debate as we watch to see how low the millibars fall at the storm’s center. A Cat IV means gather the important documents, place them into plastic bags and tuck them into plastic tubs, batten down the hatches, and depending upon its projected proximity, hunker down or flee. A Cat V is a no-brainer. Run!
If only the storms in our lives had categories so that we know when to stand and face the winds of life or to debate the direction, or to decide when to flee. Sometimes, the storms of life come at us without warning, with no stirring up of the waters by our own hands. Other times, the storms can be abated by the stance we take, the decisions we make, and by failing to move out of harm’s way, perhaps in an opposite direction.
That’s what my first novel in The Serenity Key series is about: one man stirred up a storm many years prior. The destructive force of that storm amassed because he didn’t take a stand, he failed to make crucial decisions, and he chose to run from a situation that God would not allow him to outrun. Storms in Serenity is a modern-day retelling of the Biblical truths of the aftermath of David’s sin with Bathsheba and the destruction the storms of life that blew apart not only David’s family but also those he called friends.
Mostly, though, Storms in Serenity, is a novel that proves that when it comes to sin, truly, no man is an island.
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